The best way to keep your child safe on the road is through the use of a properly installed and secured baby car seat. In spite of the importance of installing car seats, research shows that 6 out of 10 car seats aren’t installed correctly. Keep in mind that there is no “one-size-fits-all” in car seats. It really is important to ensure that the baby car seat you buy fits in your car. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you install your baby’s car seat properly.
The main type of baby car seats available on the market today include:
- Convertible baby car seats: These seats are designed in such a manner that they can be modified and adjusted as your child grows, and it may include other accessories, straps and gadgets that help with restraint;
- Rear-facing baby car seats: These car sets are required for all infants up to 12 months.
When installing your baby’s car seat, put it in the backseat of the car and make sure that the straps/tethers of the seatbelt are secure. It should not be easy to move the harness or straps, nor even the seat itself more than 2.5cm if it is properly secured. Do this by:
- Enabling the seatbelt retractor;
- Use the seatbelt’s latch plate; and
- Install a belt-shortening or locking clip.
The LATCH System
The Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, or LATCH is one of the best and most popular ways to install a car seat today. You do this by attaching the seat’s tethers and anchors to the metal hooks/latches in the back seat of vehicles manufactured after 2002.
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