Lower Universal Anchorages for Vehicles, Infant and Child Seats

Road Safety Leaflet # RS-2002-02(E)
Release Date: October 2, 2002

All new Canadian vehicles, manufactured on or after September 1, 2002, are equipped with lower universal anchorage bars, as required by a new Canadian regulation. These lower anchorage bars make it easier to install infant and child seats in the rear seat of a vehicle. In recent years, some vehicles sold in Canada were already fitted with this innovative anchorage system.

Also, all new Canadian infant and child seats, manufactured on or after September 1, 2002, have two connectors, that can be attached to a vehicle's lower universal anchorage bars. These new infant and child seats also work with the seat belts in older vehicles, which may not have lower universal anchorage bars. If you have an infant or child seat designed to work with a seat belt, you will still be able to use your car seat in a newer vehicle equipped with lower anchorage bars.

A top tether strap must be used on all forward-facing child seats, whether the child seat is secured by a seat belt or by the new lower universal anchorages.

infant and child seats symbol
Look for this symbol on infant and child seats as well as on vehicle seat. Consult the vehicle's owner's manual.
sample image of a child seat attached to a Lower Universal Achorage for vehicles, Infant and Child Seats

For further information, contact the vehicle manufacturer, the manufacturer of the infant or child seat, or Road Safety, Transport Canada at 1-800-333-0371.