Volvo integrated booster cushions bear
incorrect weight use information
February 28, 2006
Transport Canada is warning consumers
that certain Volvo model vehicles are equipped
with integrated or built-in booster cushions
that are inappropriately labelled for use
by children weighing between 15 and 36 kg
(33 and 80 pounds).
Integrated or built-in
booster cushions are designed as an integral
part of the vehicle seating system for
the purpose of seating a child in an
elevated position on the vehicle seat in
order to correctly position the vehicle
seat belt over the child's body.
advising owners and operators of these
vehicles that these integrated booster
cushions should only be used by children
weighing at least 18 kg (40 pounds).
Children weighing less than 18 kg
(40 pounds) will obtain optimum protection
when properly restrained in a child restraint
system with an internal harness. Moreover,
the use of booster cushions by children
weighing less than 18 kg (40 pounds)
is prohibited in several provinces in
Since July 2005, Transport Canada has
received a number of inquiries from members
of the public concerning Volvo integrated
booster cushions. Specifically, the weight
range of the children for whom the integrated
booster cushions were designed, as recommended
by Volvo, is inconsistent with that of
non-integrated or add-on booster cushions.
Vehicle Restraint Systems and Booster
Cushions Safety Regulations require that every
non-integrated or add-on booster cushion
have a label affixed to it that indicates
that the booster cushion is for use by
children who weigh at least 18 kg (40
pounds). However, the requirements governing
integrated booster cushions as set out
in section 213.4, "Built-in
Child Restraint Systems and Built-in Booster
Cushions," of the Motor Vehicle Safety
Regulations (MVSR) do not include any requirement
for a minimum weight use limit.
The department has
undertaken steps to amend the labelling
requirement of CMVSS 213.4 to add the
minimum weight use limit of 18 kg
(40 pounds), thereby reconciling the
minimum weight threshold between integrated
and non-integrated booster cushions.
Transport Canada informed Volvo
Cars of Canada Corp. of this issue and solicited
their cooperation in rectifying this situation
in order to ensure that the safety message
being conveyed to the Canadian public is
consistent across all booster cushion applications.
The department has
recommended that Volvo Canada forward
letters to owners of affected Volvo vehicles
advising that these integrated or built-in
booster cushions should only be used
by children who have outgrown their child
restraint system, and who weigh at least
18 kg (40 pounds).
For sold units, Volvo
Canada will ensure that the information
stated and provided with the vehicle
will be updated to reflect the minimum
weight use limit of 18 kg
(40 pounds). In addition, label changes
will be made for the 2007 model year Canadian
Volvo vehicles effective May 2006.
To date, there have been no reported
injuries associated with the use of the
integrated booster cushions in Volvo vehicles.
For additional information,
please call Volvo Canada at 1-800-663-8255
or Transport Canada’s
Road Safety Information Centre at 1-800-333-0371.