While a car seat can help prevent a child’s injury in an accident, it may work only if it’s properly installed. Here’s how to make sure you are making the most of this piece of safety equipment.
- Read the instruction manual – If something is not clear, even after reading the instructions, call or email the manufacturer;
- Lay flat against the seat – If the seat is forward-facing, make sure the back and bottom are flat against the seat;
- Visit a fire or police station – If you still have trouble, you can visit a local fire or police station, and they can help you install your seat properly; and
- Utilize locking clip – Older vehicles may require a locking clip if seatbelts are not equipped with a locking mechanism that is activated when hitting the brakes.
The type of car seat you use for your child will depend on his or her size and age. Familiarize yourself with your state’s laws and always use the proper seat for your child.