Car Seat is not a luxury, it is essential and important…it is unavoidable. Using a child safety seat (car seat) is the best protection you can give your child when traveling by car. Child safety seats can reduce the risk of a potentially fatal injury substantially for babies in particular and also for toddlers.
Procedures for choosing Car Seat
When choosing any car seat, following some general guidelines will help ensure your child's safety.
- The best car seat is not always the most expensive one — it's the one that best fits a child's weight, size, and age, as well as your vehicle.
- Once you select a seat, be sure to try it out, it is up to you to learn how to install a car safety seat properly and harness your child for the ride.
- Ensure that it is well installed; ask for help if you need one.
How to Install a Car Seat
Prior to installing your baby's infant-only seat, read the product manual thoroughly. These tips can help with the installation:
- An infant-only seat should be placed in the back seat, ideally in the middle of the back seat, but most important, in a position where it fits securely.
- Some seatbelts may require a special locking clip designed specifically to keep the belt from loosening. Locking clips are available from baby product stores, safety seat manufacturers, and some car dealerships.
- Never use an infant-only seat in a forward-facing position.
- Read the owner's manual for your vehicle to find out how to use its seatbelts with a child safety seat.
- Use your knee to push down on the seat as you tighten the car's seatbelt through the belt path. The car seat should not move more than 1 inch (3 centimeters) from side to side or forward and backward at the belt path. If the seat wiggles or moves on the belt path, the belt needs to be tighter.
- Be sure to check the tightness of the safety seat before each use.
- The car seat should recline at no more than a 45-degree angle.