How to install a forward-facing car seat
Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in children over the age of one in the United States. Many car seats are installed incorrectly, providing lessened protection for vulnerable children in cars in case of an accident. Knowing how to install a forward-facing car seat for your child can help keep them safe.
If your child is under the age of two, you should always use a rear-facing car seat. After this age, you can continue to use a rear-facing car seat until they exceed the height and weight limitations for the seat. Many families start using a forward-facing car seat around this age, and safe installation of a forward-facing car seat is essential.
In this video, you’ll find valuable information on how to install a forward-facing car seat, including:
- How to check labels to find out the maximum height and weight limit for your car seat
- How convertible seats can convert to a booster seat for continued use as your child grows
- Why the back seat is the safest place for your child to travel
- Where the buckles on the car seat should sit when your child is riding in the car
- How tight the straps should be for safety and comfort
- And more
For more information on safe travel, check out this blog post on keeping children safe in the car.