Tips on Installing Your Child’s Car Seat

October 12th, 2012 by

Trust Our Homewood Car Dealership for the New Car Seat Safety Guidelines

Are you a new parent looking for information about car seat safety? Head down to our Homewood Chevrolet dealership and ask one of our factory-trained technicians about the newest guidelines about child seat safety. Being a new parent is a crazy time and we’re here to help make your driving experience safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

New Safety Guidelines for Your Child’s Car Seat

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are teaming up to help reduce the risk to your young passengers by issuing out brand new child safety seat guidelines. The guidelines now advise parents to make sure their children are in rear-facing seats until they’re about two years old or reach the maximum height and weight for their safety seat. The height and weight guidelines are found in the manufacturers’ instructions.

The new guidelines also recommend that most children are riding in a belt-positioning booster seat until they’ve hit 4’9”, which is typically between ages 8 and 12. It’s also recommended that children stay sitting in the backseat until they’re 13.

Installing Your Car Seat With LATCH System

To start, you’ll want to put your car seat where the LATCH connection is. The middle seat is the most secure as long as it has the LATCH system. If you have two young children – an infant and a toddler, we recommend that your toddler is in the LATCH-equipped seat in the middle and place your infant seat in one of the outer seats. This way is the best option because of the way infant seats are constructed.

Find the two anchors in the seat bight, this is the spot where the front and back of the seat come together. Pick up your car seat and attach the straps on the seat to the anchors. Next, tighten seat belt and make sure it’s secure. To test it, make sure it doesn’t move more than an inch to the side, front or back.

Follow the manual for the car seat about positioning the harness. Keep adjusting it until it’s nice and snug. The chest clip should get placed at the armpit level of your child.

Lastly, make sure the seat is rear-facing at a 35-45-degree angle if you’re placing your infant in it. This is the best angle for your car seat in order to prevent “head drop.”

Learn more about these new car seat safety guidelines when you visit our service center at Chevrolet of Homewood. We strive at providing important information regarding the safety of you and your passengers in our Chevy vehicles. Visit our Facebook page for more tips and tricks about installing your car seat and for contact information to our dealership.

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