10 MUST READ Car Seat Safety Rules

September is child passenger safety month, and as you know, your family's safety and wellness is our top priority. Take a moment to read through these important car seat safety rules to make sure your babies are buckled up properly.


1. Rear facing as long as possible!

Keep your child rear facing until at LEAST age two. It is much safer for children to ride rear facing, and most convertible car seats are designed to allow a typical three-year-old to rear face. Of course, always consults your car seat's manual for height and weight requirements.

2. Always tether a forward facing seat.

Regardless of whether your forward facing seat is installed using a latch system or using a seat belt, always use the back tethering strap! This dramatically decreases the range of motion of the head in case of an accident.

3. Stay in a booster until your big kid can pass the 5 step test.


4. Remove bulky coats in the winter.

Yes. This means an extra step for you, but your child’s safety is worth it. Bulky coats can decompress in a collision, leaving the car seat straps much too loose. So take off those coats, and cover your little one with a blanket after buckling, instead.

5. Keep the straps snug!

It’s a safety seat, so pull those straps tight. You should barely be able to slide your pinky finger under the strap when it is properly tightened. Tight like a hug, to keep little ones safe!

6. Chest clip on the chest!

Be sure the chest clip is in line with your child’s armpits or nipples. This sneaky clip tends to slide down, but in the case of an accident, a chest clip on a child’s stomach can cause severe internal injury.

7. Center is safest.

The center of the backseat is the safest place for a child. Whenever possible, install your car seat there.

8. Always buckle at all 5 points!

Even when using your infant car seat in your stroller or in your home. ALWAYS buckle at all 5 points. Buckling at just the chest can lead to strangulation if the infant slides down. Fastening between the legs will prevent the baby from moving downward.

9. No elevated surfaces for infant carriers!

Never leave your infant carrier unsecured on elevated surface, especially the top part of a shopping cart. Shopping carts are not designed to hook your infant carrier securely into place. Place the carrier in large part of the cart. If you need more space for your groceries, get some clips, and reusable shopping bags and fill as you go.


10. Have a trained technician check your car seat installation.

90% of car seats are being misused. Have a professional check yours out.

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