Stan Cassidy Foundation and the NBHRF partner for advances in child safety

The Stan Cassidy Foundation and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation are teaming up to examine the use of car seats for children with special needs.

In a press release, the organizations say their study will also seek to address a gap in current Transport Canada guidelines.

The foundations say they are contributing a total of $6,000 to support research conducted by Occupational Therapist Krista Fraser of the Stan Cassidy Centre.

By September 2019, 25 to 50 children will be evaluated and the study's results will be shared at national and international forums

Under Canadian law, car seats are required for all children under the age of 12, however children with special needs do not fit within Transport Canada's standard guidelines and the foundations say there is a lack of manufactured equipment that meets Canadian safety standards for this population.

The organizations anticipate the study could help standardize the federal safety and manufacturing standards, along with establishing best practices for healthcare professionals who serve the pediatric special needs population.