Four Auto Standards You’ll Only Find in Canada

Standards for automobiles, safety equipment and child safety states can differ from country to country and in Canada, the auto standards are uniquely their own. Transport Canada is responsible for creating and regulating safety standards in an effort to protect the safety of Canadians.

Here are some important auto standards all Canadians should keep in mind:

Child safety seats: Anchors for child seats must protect heavier children and allow for the continued use of child restraints for a longer period of time. Vehicles designed for European standards may have to be modified to meet the requirements in Canada.

Defrost standards: In Europe, the minimum temperature requirement for defrost is -8? C whereas in Canada, the defrost system test is completed at a temperature of -18? C or lower.

Vehicle safety: In Canada, safety standards dictate that vehicles must be designed to protect the integrity of the fuel system to prevent leakage if the vehicle is struck at 80 kilometres per hour. European standards call for a test speed of 35 kilometres per hour. Similarly, Canadian vehicles must also be tested for frontal impact at 56 kilometres per hour whereas in Europe, no similar tests are completed.

Daytime lights: Daytime running lights are mandatory in Canada, although this is also a requirement in Europe the requirements are not regulated at the same level. Additionally, vehicle theft protection is mandatory in Canada.

Car safety requirements are important as they could prevent injury during a motor vehicle collision. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to faulty manufacturing or another drivers negligence, contact a car accident lawyer at Greg Monforton and Partners today at 1-866-320-4770.