Yes, part of installation of a child car safety seat is making sure it properly fits the child as well. Unless you are an expecting parent getting prepared before baby comes, please do bring your child to the check event or appointment.
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There are several types of child safety seats and what works best for your child really depends on a few factors:
This guide from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association is a good place to start.
The safest place for your child to be seated is in the back seat of your vehicle. Consult your vehicle’ manual and the manual of your car seat for more information. When in doubt, sign up to see a certified car seat technician to aid you in your installation.
Airbags have been designed to help protect adults in front-end collisions, but not children. It's very important that all children ages 12 and under or less than 5 feet tall be properly restrained in the back seat. If a child must ride in the front seat of the car, the front airbag must be turned off. (See your vehicle owner’s manual)
Used child safety seats can be used if properly checked for defects or damage. You must check the following:
When in doubt, sign up to see a certified cars seat technician to aid you in your installation.
The best source of information about your car seat and your vehicle are the owner’s manual for both. Installation of child safety seats is a priority, therefore you will find important information in both manuals. You may also visit the following sites: