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How to Safely Install a Car Seat

Aug 27, 2008
Automobile accidents are not rare, and even the most careful of drivers can encounter mishap on the roads. Because the occurrence of car accidents can not exactly be reduced, many companies have gone the extra mile to develop additional safety features in the automobiles they design. Furthermore, since children are to be given special attention when it comes to road safety, it is very important for parents to have car seats installed for their kids.

A good car seat can have varying price tags, special features, additional attachments, and the like, stuff that can make selection a bit of a challenge. But in choosing a car seat for your child, keep in mind that it is an investment worth making. Factors you may need to consider are the type of seatbelts on them, the modes of attachment for your car, and the age and weight limits of the car seat. The features such as toys and accessories to keep your child busy are only secondary.

Once you have purchased your car seat, what should be done? If you need a little help, here are some tips on how to safely install a car seat.

1. Car seats are always installed in the back seat, never in the passenger side next to the driver. This is because the airbags, when activated, can cause injury to children.

2. Read the package instructions carefully. Do not try to improvise with putting the belts together if you are not sure. Doing so can result in tangling or injury.

3. If your child is a year old or below, infant car seats are installed facing the rear. For children above the specified weight range, car seats can be facing the front of the car. Some car seats for larger children do not have their own belts, so you use your car's seat belts to secure your child, these are called booster seats.

4. Ensure that you have placed the car seat flat on your car's back seat. Do not place any item under it. As you secure it with your car's seat belts, ensure that everything is buckled tightly. You may have to jiggle the car seat several times to be sure that it is secured.

Always inform your child how important it is to be placed in the car seat. Consider these safety tips when installing your child's car seat, so you as parents can be worry-free and have safe, enjoyable drives with the rest of the family.
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Heather recommends getting a car seat you won't regret having after a car accident like the Britax car seats or the Maxi-Cosi car seats. Safety is valuable!
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