Did you know the week of September 18th is National Car Seat Safety Week? I was able to work with Cars.com last week to learn:
- The proper weight and height requirements for rear- and forward-facing seats
- Whether or not age is a factor when transitioning
- Is your child properly harnessed?
- How to properly install car seats rear- and forward-facing
- How Cars.com approaches its car seat checks
I also walked away with a ton of information to share with all my readers. My kids are out of car seats, but I know a lot of you still have kids in carseats. There is so much conflicting information out there on what parents should or shouldn’t do regarding car seats. Our children are the most important thing in our lives, so we want to make sure there are safe. The statistic that floored me was that up to 75% of carseats are installed incorrectly! Here are a few tips to make sure you are doing it correctly:
- Read the manual that comes with your car seat. Everything you need to know is in the manual. What are the weight requirements? What are the height requirements? How long before it expires? All of this can be found in there!
- Read you car manual. It will direct you where you can install a car seat and where the LATCH system is in your car.
- Use the LATCH system or seat belts – not both. This is a common mistake!
- Make sure the car seat is level.
- Make sure there is no movement. Once in, that car seat shouldn’t be moving! Climb in the car and push on the seat and pull tight if you must.
These are just a few tips that will help you install your car seat correctly.
Wondering how your car measures up? Check it out on Cars.com Car Seat Safety Check. Certified child passenger safety technicians conducted hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats and pass along the results to you! As we learned, not all cars are created equal. Some make it easy to install car seats, some do not.
What I learned most is that if you don’t know, ask! There are plenty of experts out there who want to help you. Car seats aren’t rocket science, but they aren’t the easiest things either. Our children are our worlds and to have something happen would be devastating.
Do you have any car seat tips?