Tips For Child Car Seats
The safety of all children is something we should all take very seriously. Here are some tips that could save the life of one of our kids.
Buy a used car seat only if you know its full crash history. That means you must buy it from someone you know, not from a thrift store or over the Internet.
Once a car seat has been in a crash or is expired or broken, it needs to be replaced. We know that when adults wear seat belts, kids wear seat belts. So be a good example and buckle up for every ride. Be sure everyone in the vehicle buckles up, too.
Car Seat Installations Tips
The main types of infant car seats include:
Rear-facing seats, which are required for all children up to 12 months old
Convertible car seats, which are designed to be modified as your child grows and may include more gadgets and straps that aid with restraint.
When installing a car seat:
Place it in the back seat.
Ensure the seatbelt straps/tethers are tight. You should not be able to move any strap, harness, or the entire seat itself more than an inch if the car seat is properly locked into place by doing one of the following:
Using the latch plate on the seatbelt
Enabling the seatbelt retractor
Installing a locking or belt-shortening clip
If available, using the car seat’s built in lock-off device.
Make sure there are no twists in the seat belt straps. Make sure the base of the car seat is at the correct recline angle. Many car seats come with a built-in adjuster or angle indicator. If you have a vehicle manufactured prior to 1997, you may need to use a locking clip, which is used to create a fixed length of webbing on a lap/shoulder belt when there is no other way to lock the belt, and must be positioned within 1 inch from the latch plate.
If your car seat came with a base, the carrier handle should be out of the way when the car seat is attached. Read your car seat’s instructions and if you have questions contact us.