Great Car Seat Installation Reminders

Recently, I attended a CPS (Child Passenger Technician) Update Course as part of my re-certification.  With car seats changing and improving every year, I, along with all parents, can never learn enough about car seat safety to keep our little ones as safe as possible.

I wanted to take an opportunity to remind parents of a few important tips to remember when installing a car seat.

  • If you have any doubt in your ability to install the car seat 100% correctly, please find a car seat safety check or contact your local fire or police station for assistance from a CPS Tech.
  • Choose a car seat that fits your child, fits your vehicle and that you can install correctly every time.
  • Check the weight and age limits on the car seat to make sure you are putting your little one in the appropriate seat.
  • Your infant must be rear-facing until 1 year AND 20 lbs minimum but keeping your baby rear-facing as long as possible is best!  Just make sure you check the rear-facing weight limit.
  • 5 point harness is best for as long as possible!  Many seats go up to 65-80 lbs with the 5 point harness – so make sure you consider these seats.
  • Do NOT install your car sat with both LATCH and seat belt!  You might think it’s 2x as safe – but it’s not!
  • Location for a car seat in the center of the backseat is best, if possible.  If you prefer to use LATCH, make sure you check your vehicle manual because less than 13% of vehicles allow for rear center LATCH installation.  The vehicle manual must specifically say you can install in the rear center with LATCH.
  • Make sure you check your vehicle’s LATCH weight limit.  Most cars have a 40-48 lb LATCH weight limit so above that weight you will need to install with the seat belt.
  • Remember that if you are installing 2 car seats next to each other that 2 LATCH buckles cannot attach to the same vehicle LATCH anchor.

For more information from the child passenger safety experts visit:  SAFE KIDS USA

Click here to find a Safe Kids Seat Check Event in your area.



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Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in North Carolina where she is having a blast designing and decorating her new home.

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