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How to Properly Install a Car Seat

A baby car seat is an essential thing to have on your car because it is where you will put your baby. It has to be secure enough so that it will not move abruptly and it also has to be comfortable enough for your baby to sit in.

That being said, a lot of parents still do not know how to properly install a car seat, which is why in this article, I will go over some of the most important tips that you need to know in order to properly install one in your car.

Don’t know where to get one? Well, you can easily search for them in an online baby store.

Car Seat Safety

The Child Passenger Safety (CPS)- a group of safety technicians and instructors- are responsible for making sure that every baby car seat is installed properly in vehicles.

According to a survey, about 81% of parents do not know how to properly install car seats using the LATCH system, which means that they are doing it incorrectly. This can pose a threat to your kid, especially if accidents happen or something.

To help make things as clear as possible, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA will now require manufacturers to include a label that will warn parents not to utilize the lower anchors of the car seats once the combined weight of their child and seat reach more than 65 pounds. Why is that?

Well, if you go beyond the maximum capacity, there is a huge chance that the lower anchors of the LATCH system will detach during a car crash, which puts your child in immediate risk of danger.

Technically, if your child exceeds that limit, you can still use the seat- provided that you no longer use the lower anchors and use a seat belt instead.

How to Properly Install the Car Seat

  • Use Either Seat Belt or Lower Anchors but NOT Both– Using both of these at the same time can do more harm than good to your child- especially when it comes to their comfort. So, use only either of them, but not both at the same time.
  • Always Start at the Middle– The middle portion of the backseat is the ideal position where you should place the car seat. Unfortunately, there are some cars that have LATCH anchors situated at the side of the car. The workaround here would be to use the middle seatbelt, but you can try the LATCH anchors from either side and position it in the backseat (though, not all cars support this).
  • Always Ensure a Tight Fit– You would want to start at the center position, but if your car doesn’t permit it, then you can go to the sides. Just make sure that it has a tight fit in order for the seat to stay in place while in transit.
  • When Using the Seatbelt– Pull the seatbelt all the way out to activate its locking mechanism. This will make the installation easy for you. Make sure to consult with the seat’s manual when doing so.
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