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Car Seat Installation

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is a learning experience, for sure. the most dreaded lessons is how to install a car seat for your or toddler and being confident you’ve done it correctly.

fret over this says Benjamin Hoffman, a member of the American Academy of Council on Injury, Violence and Prevention.

He reassures them. a car seat can be very complicated and not your fault, says who is a professor of pediatrics and director of the Tom Children’s Safety Center at Health Science University, There are two methods of seat a huge variety of car seats and of vehicles with various though some cars’ make them better for car seats than others.

But is no reason to go it alone. Hoffman new, often weary that help is available in forms. Child car seat stations and certified child safety technicians abound.

The Automobile Association has car seat resources and hosts installation in many cities.

In addition, the Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) offers instructions at .

Courtesy of NHTSA, here are the including videos, on how to install for an infant or an older child, you are using the seatbelt system or the known as LATCH (Lower and Tethers for Children). You can find videos at the Parents Central of Safercar.gov.

These basic directions and coupled with detailed from your child’s car maker and perhaps outside from a technician or veteran should make the task easier.


Infants: Rear-Facing With Seatbelt

Seats for typically are made with a The base stays in the car and the removable helps you transport your easily.

To install this of seat using the seatbelt follow these basic Check your seat instructions as well.

Secure the base in the backseat of your then thread the seatbelt the rear-facing belt path.

and lock the seatbelt.

Test the Press down firmly and the belt if necessary.

Give it the test. The seat base not move any more than an either side to side or to back.

Be sure the base is at an that allows your to sit semi-reclined. This keeps the airway open.

Adjust the seat so your will be able to be in that

With your baby in position the harness. The straps lie flat and be placed through just below your shoulders.

Buckle the harness and clip. Be sure it’s

The chest clip should be at level.

Infants: Rear-Facing LATCH

If your car is equipped the LATCH system and you have to use it, follow these steps, with your car seat instruction, to install the rear-facing seat. These directions the infant car seat comes a base and removable seat.

your vehicle’s lower in the backseat. Typically, only the seats (those nearest the have these.

Attach on the lower straps on the base of the car to the lower anchors, being to smooth the straps so they are not

Press down on the base as you the straps.

Give it this Grab the base and push it in all directions. The base should not more than an inch, side to side or front to

Test the recline angle. It allow your infant to sit so the baby’s airway is open. the base so the angle is correct.

the carrier to the base, and with child in the seat, position the The straps should be flat, twists, and threaded through below your baby’s level.

Buckle the harness and the chest Tighten so the harness is snug.

the chest clip at armpit

Older Children: Rear-Facing Seat With Seatbelt

the car seat in the backseat, facing the

Thread the seatbelt through the belt path of the seat, and be there are no twists in the belt.

and lock the seatbelt, if your car has a built-in locking mechanism.

down firmly on the seat as you If your car seat requires a clip, install it now.

it the test: When you press on the it should not move more an inch, either side to or front to back.

Heed the indicators so the seat is angled

With your child in the position the harness. Be sure its are flat, with no twisting, and are through the slots at or below child’s shoulder.

Buckle the harness and the chest clip. so there’s no slack in the straps.

Put the clip at armpit level.

Children: Rear-Facing Convertible With LATCH

Place the seat in the backseat.

the lower anchors, then the lower straps on the car seat to the being sure there are no

Press down on the car seat as you the straps.

Give it the test: You not be able to move the seat, side to side or front to more than an inch.

Use the indicators or adjusters. Be sure the car angle is correct.

With child in the seat, position the so the straps are flat, without and are placed through the slots your child’s shoulders. the harness and chest clip and be there’s no slack in the straps.

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Be the chest clip is at armpit

Older Children: 3-in-1, or Convertible Seat, Forward-Facing, Seatbelt (or Seatbelt and Tether)

the car seat in the backseat, facing

Thread the seatbelt through the belt path, being not to twist it.

Buckle and lock the if your car seat has a built-in mechanism.

Press down on the seat as you tighten. If your car requires a locking clip, it now.

Test it: You should not be to move the seat either to side or front to back than an inch.

To use the tether, connect the top tether on the seat to your vehicle’s for the tether and tighten.

With child in the seat, position the so that the straps are flat, not and through the slots at or above child’s shoulder.

Buckle the harness and the chest clip. being sure the harness is and no extra strap material at the shoulder.

Put the chest clip at level.

Older Children: Combination or Convertible Seat, With LATCH

Put the seat in the backseat, facing forward.

the car seat’s lower straps to the anchors in your vehicle, the straps free of twists.

down on the car seat and pull the straps tight.

Give it the When you grab the seat and on it, it should not move more an inch side to side or to back.

Connect the top tether of the car to the tether anchor in the vehicle, tighten.

With your in the seat, position the harness so the are flat and through the slots at or your child’s shoulders.

the harness and chest clip, it so you can’t pinch any extra material at the shoulder.

Put the chest clip at your armpit level.

When child weighs enough, you can to booster seats. Here are tips from NHTSA:

boosters are recommended in vehicles a low seatback, so your child’s will have enough

Backless boosters are acceptable if vehicle’s seat or headrest enough support for your head.

Seats known as or 3-in-1s can be converted to a high-back by removing the harness.

Booster are placed in the backseat.

With child in the seat, fasten the and be sure that the lap belt properly, meaning that it across the upper thighs.

Put the belt in the correct position, is across the chest and across the of the shoulder.

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