Infant Car Seat installation Guide to Keep Your Child Safe

It is very import to know how to install an infant car seat securely in your vehicle. Watch the videos and read the tips below. In every case the best guidance for installation of your car seat in your vehicle is found your car seats manufacturers manual, and in your vehicle owner’s manual.

Important facts:

-Infant car seats can only be used rear-facing, and must never be placed forward-facing in a vehicle; and
-Infant car seats should always be installed in the back seat.

Read your car seat’s instruction manual and your vehicle’s owner manual carefully. Take time to note the information about your vehicle’s seat belt system, and how to “lock” the seat belt in place. Every seat and vehicle is different, which affects the way you’ll install your particular seat.

Installing the Car Seat Base With a Seat Belt

  1. Place the car seat base in the back seat of your vehicle.
  2. Carefully thread the seat belt through the rear-facing belt path. Check to make sure there are no twists in the seat belt.
  3. Buckle the seat belt.
  4. Lock the seat belt.
  5. Press down firmly on the car seat base and tighten.
  6. The base should not move side-to-side or front-to-back more than 1 inch.
  7. Make sure your car seat base is installed at the correct recline angle.
  8. Babies must ride sitting semi-reclined to keep the airway open.
  9. Most infant car seats have built-in angle indicators or adjustors to assist you.
  10. As your child grows, the angle may need to be adjusted, so be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions.

Attach the infant carrier to the base.

Installing the Car Seat Base With Lower Anchors

  1. Again read both the car seat and your vehicle manual and follow carefully.
  2. Pay close attention to the location of the lower anchors, and directions on how to use this vehicle hardware.
  3. Place the car seat base in the back seat of your vehicle. In a crash, the back seat is the safest place to be, and rear-facing car seats
  4. provide extra protection for your child’s head, neck and spine.
  5. Locate the lower anchors in your vehicle.
  6. Connect the lower anchor attachments on the car seat base to the lower anchors, making sure the straps aren’t twisted.
  7. Press down firmly on the car seat base and tighten the straps. You should not be able to move the car seat base side-to-side or
  8. Front-to-back more than 1 inch.
  9. Make sure your base is installed at the correct recline angle.
  10. Babies must ride sitting semi-reclined to keep the airway open.
  11. Most infant car seats have built-in angle indicators or adjustors to assist you.
  12. As your child grows the angle may need to be adjusted, so be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions.
  13. Attach the infant carrier to the base.