Child car seats have come a long way since they were first created and used, and today’s car seats, thankfully, are much safer and easier to use. We have come to know many safe and useful things since the invention of the car seats. For example, now we know that children are much safer to ride in the back of the car, as opposed to the front.
Here some more safety tips you might want to read about and also double checking if your child’s car seat has been installed properly.
There are essentially two types of car seats. There is an infant car seat, made specifically for infants, which includes a handle for carrying the seat and also snaps in place to the base in the car. This infant seat faces the rear of the car. The other type of car seat is a convertible car seat, which can either face the rear or the front of the car. This seat is big enough to ride your child until they reach the age/height when the seat is no longer needed.
Here are things you should consider looking for:
- Make sure the car seat is less than 6 years old. The past years of heat and cold make the car seat less effective, and if you buy a used car seat, you might want to check the age.
- When the baby is facing the rear of the car, make sure that the harness straps are connected to the car seat at the level of baby’s shoulders. Also, the retainer clips should be high at the chest level.
- Check if you have strapped your baby tight enough by pinching the straps at the shoulders. If you are able to pinch the straps, then you need to make the straps tighter. The moment you are not able to pinch the straps, and your fingers slide over, then you have reached the proper tightness necessary to keep you baby safe.
- Make sure you don’t install the car seat with BOTH latch system AND seat belts. You need to use either/or. If you use both the latch and the seat belt, it will give more pressure on the car seat and prevent from the car seat to work properly in a potential crash.
- If you have leather seats, make sure you put something underneath the car seat, to ensure that the seat will not skid on the leather.
- Make sure that when you install the car seat, you are not able to move it more than an inch from the secured position. Otherwise, you installed it incorrectly.
- Avoid attaching toys to the car seat, they are proven to be dangerous in crashes. You may use the car seat toys provided by the car seat manufacturers, that have been tested and are proven to be safe.
Remember that properly installed car seats will save your child’s life.
You might also want to bring your car to a reliable auto body repair shop, to inspect your vehicle for possible hazards which could prevent unwanted accidents.