Driver Busted for Using a Case of Beer as a Booster Seat for Toddler

Dad uses case of beer as booster seat

A man from Ontario, Canada, has been arrested for creating a makeshift booster seat that was actually dangerous. Police pulled over the man after they discovered that he was using a 30-pack of beer as a booster seat for a 2-year-old riding shotgun in his vehicle. 

  • The driver was reported by a concerned citizen who called in about the traffic violation.

    CNN reported that the driver -- who has yet to be identified -- was pulled over on Wednesday in North Perth after someone spotted him and made a call to police.

    When they arrived, they discovered the 22-year-old driver had decided to use a case of beer as a booster seat for a toddler in the front seat.

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  • The driver was arrested and charged with endangering the child's life.

    In a statement on the Ontario Provincial Police's Twitter account, they shared that the man has officially been charged with "failing to ensure a child was properly seat-belted."

    CBS 2 reported that the boy was not hurt from the makeshift seat, but police have warned parents to never try this for themselves.

  • Ontario Police added that parents should follow safety regulations and put their children in proper safety seats.

    In the tweet from police, they added that "Children under 40 lbs. require child-seat" and children under 8 years old, 80 lbs. and 4'9" "require a booster."

    In August, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed its recommendation and suggested that parents keep their kids in rear-facing car seats for "as long as possible."

    Experts explained that a rear-facing set may protect a child's head and neck better than a forward-facing seat. In the past, the recommendation was for children 2 and younger to use the rear-facing seats, but now the academy hopes parents will keep their kids in the safety seats until they max out the height and weight limitations even if they are older than 2.

    "Under the new guidelines, kids as old as 4 years old can use rear-facing car seats if they haven't maxed out of the other (height and weight) requirements because experts agree that keeping kids in car seats for as long as possible is beneficial in the long run," CafeMom reported in August 2018. 

    We can all agree, however, that no experts would recommend a case of beer as a suitable safety seat.

    CNN reported that the police later said the beer was factory sealed, so the man was not in violation of open container laws. 

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