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Tips for Installing your car seat

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Adapted from an article By Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) — Proper installation of a rear-facing car seat, recommended for all infants and children up to age 2, offers protection for your child in the event of a car crash.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests these guidelines:

  • For children riding rear-facing, the harness straps should be in the slots that are at or BELOW the height of your child’s shoulders. Straps should fit snugly with the chest clip at mid-chest.

  • For children riding forward-facing, the harness straps should be in the slots that are at or ABOVE the height of your child’s shoulders.

  • Make sure the car seat is installed snugly. It should not move more than 1 inch in any direction.

  • A rear-facing car seat should never be placed in the vehicle’s front seat.

  • Make sure the lower anchor and tether or seat belt are properly routed through the appropriate belt path, according to the seat’s installation instructions.

  • Set your car seat to the appropriate angle that doesn’t allow your child’s head to bend forward.

If you need help getting your car seat installed, check out our car seat resources page for a listing of inspection stations in Larimer and Weld Counties.  Appointments are required.


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