Questions about Car Safety Seat Installation

Do you know the history of the safety seat?

  • If the seat has ever been in a vehicle accident with a child, replace it
  • If the seat is more than six years old, replace it

Do you have and understand the instructions?

  • Always read the child seat use and installation instruction manual
  • Read your vehicle owner’s manual seat belt and child seat installation section
  • Be sure to register the child safety seat (in the event there is a later recall)

Does your child ride in the correct safety seat?

  • Infants, from birth to age one, and at least 20 pounds should ride in the back seat in a rear facing safety seat
  • Children over one year and at least 20 pounds may ride in a forward facing child safety seat in the back seat. Children should ride in a safety seat with full harness until they weigh about 40 pounds
  • All children who have outgrown child safety seats should be properly restrained in booster seats until they are at least 8 years old, unless they are 4'9" tall

Is the seat too loose in the car?

  • You should not be able to move the child safety seat more than one inch in any direction

Are you using the harness chest clip correctly?

  • To assure harness straps are in the right place, the clip should be at armpit level. Both sides of the clip should look the same, with fabric at the front

Is the harness too loose on the child?

  • Straps should be snug and tight when you pinch the fabric of the harness

Has your child safety seat been recalled?


Do you wear your seatbelt?

  • Studies show that when adults are buckled, kids are buckled