Parents always want to do their best to keep their children safe no matter where they are. When the kids are in the vehicle, this means that they need to buckle up, and if they are very young, they need to be in baby car seats. It’s important to choose a high quality seat and to make sure that you’ve installed and are using it properly.
Several types of car seats are available
When looking at car seats, you will have a number of different styles from which you can choose. There are infant seats, convertible seats, combination seats, and booster seats, which are for children who are older – generally five years old or greater. The size of the child is more important than the age when choosing to move on from a car seat to a booster.
What baby car seats are right for newborns?
Newborns can use two different types of car seats. They can use a rear-facing infant car seat, or a convertible car seat that can face the rear of the car while the child is an infant, and then be turned around once they get older.
Proper installation is vital
Installing a baby car seat in the vehicle is not always as easy as the instructions make it look. An improperly installed car seat could be dangerous for the child. Make sure you have a professional check the car seat after installation to make sure it is secure.
Is the car seat safe?
Naturally, you want to make sure that you are choosing the safest possible baby car seat for your child. All of the models you will find in the stores and online have gone through and passed safety tests. However, you should also check to see if there have been any recalls or customer complaints with the model before you buy.
Make sure the seat will fit
When shopping for a baby car seat, make sure it will fit in your vehicle. Most vehicles can accommodate the seats, but you should double-check the size before buying to be sure.
Keeping your children safe when they are in the vehicle is about more than just the baby car seats. You need to make sure the vehicle is always in good working order and that the safety equipment is working properly.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as 5 Essential Things to Know About Baby Car Seats and was authored by Valerie Johnston.