Knowing that you have a car seat to keep your child safe is a priority if you are a parent. You want to ensure your child won’t be seriously injured in a car accident every time you pull out of the driveway. But how can you ensure that your chosen car seat is safe? Here are some tips to help you find your child’s best car seat.
If you are purchasing a seat for an infant, realize that they grow tremendously in the first five years. You are wasting money if you buy a car seat that doesn’t adapt to your child’s growth. Your baby will eventually face forward in its car seat, so think of the car seat as a long-term investment. If it sounds expensive, there are a variety of different-priced car seats available.
If you are busy, you may miss a story on the news about that car seat you just bought is the subject of a recall. How do you find out if there is a recall on your car seat? Go to seatcheck.org to find out if your purchased seat has been recalled. It would be wise to visit the site before buying a car seat. By doing this, you will ensure that your child is safe.
Never place your child in a used car seat. Older car seats may not meet current safety standards for car seats. Used car seats often have missing vital components that will cause the car seat to be less effective or fail. If you don’t want to put your child in danger, never put a used car seat in your vehicle.
Your infant will undoubtedly spit up in the car seat, needing to be cleaned often. When choosing a car seat, find it easy to clean. Make sure that the coverings can be removed and washed or easily replaced.
If you purchase a car seat, be aware of the LATCH system. The latch system uses a system of straps, hooks, and anchors to secure a car seat. In the LATCH system, seatbelts are not used with the car seat. While research does not show that LATCH is more effective than using a seat belt, it does not show it is worse than seat belts. There are two schools of thought on which is better, and research is needed to understand each system. The decision rests with you if you want to use the LATCH system or a car seat that utilizes a seat belt.
Be sure to measure the car seat to see if it will fit in your car. If you are in a smaller car, some seats might not fit. If your vehicle is older, it may not have anchors for the LATCH system either, so be sure you know what kind of car seat you are purchasing.
Buying a car seat takes some due diligence, but in the end, when you have chosen the right car seat, you are ensuring your child’s safety in your vehicle for the duration of their childhood.
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