Before buying a child car seat, check with your manufacturer’s handbook for what kind of fittings you have in your car. If you have Isofix you should look for a car seat that is appropriate but do bear in mind that if you change your car you will need to also have the points or your seat will be useless. If fitting with seatbelts, it is essential to get the right tension through the fitting points so that the seat does not slew around or tip when the car corners. The child will be powerless in an accident to stop themselves from losing position – the seat could come free and not only will the child be seriously injured but it might also hurt other people if the seat is loose in the cabin. Most retailers of car seats will fit them for you if you are in any doubt and when this is taking place, make sure you watch carefully so you can repeat the procedure yourself. Never remove labels from child car seats because they have the path of where the seat belt should be threaded – doing it wrong is almost as bad as not doing it at all.
It is impossible to take too much care
When it comes to fitting a child’s car seat, extreme care must be taken every time it is refitted to make sure it is in place correctly. If you are lending the car seat to someone who is looking after your child, fit it yourself and also make sure they know how to check it is in place before every journey. A child is very vulnerable in an accident because they are not only more fragile than an adult but they can be injured more by a badly fitted seat, so it is impossible to ever think you are taking too much care.
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Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown