1. FIND THE BEST SPOT
IN THE CAR.
For children under the age of 13, it is safest for them to ride in the back seat. However, not all cars have seat belts in every seating position that allow for the use of a car seat. Refer to your car owner’s manual to determine where a car seat can be safely placed. Ensure that each child in the car is in the optimal seating position for their car seat or booster seat. Additionally, make sure all other passengers in the car are able to ride safely.
2. WAYS TO SECURE
A CAR SEAT
When securing a car seat in a vehicle, there are two options available.
- The first method involves using the seat belt of the vehicle. Simply thread the seat belt through the car seat at the designated belt path, which can be identified by arrows on the car seat or instructions on the label. For forward-facing car seats, it is important to also use a top tether to secure the car seat properly.
- A different option for fastening a car seat in a vehicle is to utilize lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH). These car seats come equipped with lower attachments that connect to the car’s lower anchors. For all forward-facing car seats, it is important to also use a top tether when securing the car seat.
3. TESTING INSTALLATION
When properly installed, a car seat should not move more than one inch (2.54 cm) in any direction when pulled at the seat belt path. This applies to both forward-facing and rear-facing car seats, regardless of whether a seat belt or LATCH system secures them.
4. CAR SEAT’S WEIGHT LIMITS
Please note that LATCH should only be used for children who are under a specific weight, as indicated on the car seat label. Once your child exceeds this weight, it is important to discontinue using LATCH and instead secure the car seat using the seat belt and top tether.