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Choosing The Safest Car Seat For Your Child

Nov 3, 2007
Choosing the safest car seat for your child will be one of the most important decisions you'll make during your lifetime. Ease of use, durability and car seat crash test ratings should all factor into your decision making process.

Infant car seats, toddler car seats, convertible car seats and child booster seats are manufactured by over twenty companies. The most popular of these companies are Britax, Peg Perego, Graco, Evenflo, BabyTrend, Safety 1st, Chicco, Compass and Cosco. Child car seat prices range from $50 to over $300 depending on the manufacturer and feature set. Keep in mind that expensive doesn't always mean better. Some of the cheaper seats perform just as well as the top models.

Let's take a look at a few of the standard features found in child car seats:

1) 5 Point Safety Harness - This is the most secure belt system a seat can have. If the car seat you are considering does not have a 5 point safety harness, I advise you to look elsewhere.

2) EPS Energy Absorbing Liner - Without question, the most important feature a child car seat can have. Almost all new car seats come with this type of liner. Upon impact, the foam linear absorbs and distributes the energy which decreases the likelihood of seat failure. Please make sure the seat you are considering has this type of liner.

3) LATCH System - LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. It's an easy and safe seat anchoring system that is built into all new automobiles.

4) Adjustable Seat Levels - This allows the parent to adjust the seat positioning. The seat can be set to a reclining or vertical position. Seat positioning usually depends on the size and age of your child.

5) Weight Restrictions - Recommended child weight is usually between 5lbs and 40lbs.

6) Rear Facing and Forward Facing - Infant car seats are always rear facing. Convertible seats are rear and forward facing. Booster seats are always forward facing.

7) Removable Padded Fabric - Great feature to have! You'll definitely throw the cover into the wash multiple times during the life of the car seat. Kids have a knack of making a mess!

Now that you understand the basic features you should be looking for in a child car seat, its time to start doing your research. Remember, CHILD SAFETY comes first, so DON'T choose a seat for the way it looks! Most car seats come in multiple patterns and colors. If you can't find one that suits your needs, you can always buy a child car seat cover to change the pattern. Booster Seat Covers have become very popular over the last few years. One more tip, do not base your decision solely on user reviews written at sites like http://Amazon.com. They should only be used as a aid in your decision making process. If you're looking for crash test ratings I suggest you use Google to search for the term "Car Seat Crash Test Ratings".

Good Luck and best wishes to you and your little one!
About the Author
K.J. Brown is an expert article writer based out of New York City. He has written over 100 informative articles ranging from finance to child safety. To find more articles related to Child Car Seats and Child Safety, please visit http://www.bestchildboosterseat.com and http://www.boosterseatcover.com .
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