Child Car Seat Tips

Car Seat Installation Tips

A properly secured car seat will be the best protection for your child during a car crash. Despite the legal requirements for having a car seat for your child, 70% of the car seats are not installed properly, and thus become the cause for major injuries and even deaths during road accidents. Here are a few car seat installation tips that you should closely follow:�

�While installing the car seat�

  • Always read the safety procedures and instruction manuals of your car seat before installing it on your car. Not every car seat will fit every car, and thus, you have to follow different methods to ensure safety.�
  • It is best to install the car seat on the back seat of your car�
  • Ensure that all that tethers and straps of the seat belt are tight and secured. Any harness, strap or the seat itself should not move more than an inch when secured.
  • When installing the car seat, make sure that no twists or turns are there in the belt straps.�
  • Check the base of the seat, and make sure that it is perfectly at the right recline angle. Many seats come with in-built angle indicator or adjuster.�
  • If you have an old vehicle in which you want to install a car seat, you will be required to use a locking clip in order to ensure safety. This will create fixed webbing length of your shoulder/lap belt.�
  • If the car seat has a base, then make sure that the carrier handle is out of the way when you attach the car seat.�
  • According to experts, the child should be kept in a rear facing seat only, unless he or she has exceeded the recommended weight or height for the seat.�
�While securing your child�
  • When you make your child sit in the car seat, make sure that he or she has his or her bottom and back flat against the seat.
  • The carrier straps should be tight and harness clip should be even with the child's armpits and shoulders.�
  • First, buckle the child in the car seat, and then place blankets and coats over the harness.�
  • The straps should be snug, and there should be a slack of not more than one finger in between.�
  • If there is gap between your child's body and the buckle, then you can place a diaper or roller washcloth in the space in order to ensure secure fit. So, if you are planning to install a car seat in your car, then follow these tips to ensure safety and security for your little one.

Author Note:Kelly is the owner and author of�Kelly's Thoughts on Things. In her blog she writes about family life as well as honest reviews on beauty, travel, fashion, and life!

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