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8 Tips for Choosing a Child’s Car Seat

8 Tips for Choosing a Child's Car Seat


According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle accidents occurred during the year of 2005 killed about 2,000 children under 14 and injured more than 230,000. Based on this scenario, it is important to purchase an appropriate car seat that matches your child’s age and size and properly installed to secure the driving safety. Here we select 8 most important tips for you to get the correct car seat for your child.


1.      Carefully read the car’s manual before shopping.

The first important tip is to go through the car’s manual and figure out where to place the car seat and how it should be properly installed. According to the installation, a car seat can be either belt or LATCH. The belt car seat can be directly connected with the belt while the LATCH means Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children system, which is common in new motor vehicles. So if you decide to use LATCH type, please make sure your car is equipped with the LATCH attachments, especially in the middle or rear position, which are the safest places for child to sit at.


2.      Match the car seat with the age, weight and height of your child.

Besides the type of seat, you should make sure read the manual and specifications of the car seat and find out the suggested weight and height information. Generally speaking, rear-facing seats for good for newborn and infants; forward-facing seats for better for children over 1 year and weight between 20 to 40 pounds; booster seats are designed for children over 40 pounds.


3.      Figure out how much room you have for the car seat.

Another thing to consider is do you have enough room to put a car seat with a large base into the back seat of a small car. Also, you need to think about how many children are going to sit in the back seat? It’s a good idea to take some measurement in the back seat area before shopping and take the measurement tape with you to measure the seat bases when you are shopping around.


4.      Choose the model that can be easily installed.

There should be clear instruction coming with the product concerning how to install the car seat. It’s better if the instruction includes diagrams and texts that can better explain how to install.


5.      Make sure the belt path is easily accessed and the seat belt is appropriately fastened.

This tip is applicable only when you choose a car seat that is going to be installed on the seat belt. When you choose this type of seat, you are going to use the safety seat’s belt path, which keeps the seat secure. When the seat belt is in place and properly secured, there should be less than 1 inch of side-to-side motion at the belt path.


6.      Two-piece retainer clip is a good feature.

These clips can be very difficult to unfasten, hence, car seats with this feature can effectively prevent toddler to unbuckle and climb out of the car seat.


7.      Accessible harness adjusting is a must-have option.

Actually most car seats have harness adjusters, however, some of them are not easy to reach and use. Please make sure you check the ease of adjusting before buy it, since an improper harness adjustment can make the car seat less effective during crash accidents.


8.      Ease of cleaning should also be taken into account.

This goes less important than safety, but easy to clean is always a virtue, right? Often, car seat with smooth fabrics will be easier to wipe clean than textured fabrics, although textured fabrics do look better.





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