Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My personal crusade #1

Thanks to the ZRecs Network Holding Pen for this one.
How to check a car seat
Posted: 16 Sep 2008 10:23 PM CDT
A friendly reminder from ZRecs to check your car seats. Follow these steps to make sure that what's supposed to be keeping your children safe while you drive, actually is:
Make sure the harness straps are set at the appropriate height for your child - typically at the car seat's notch above the shoulders for forward-facing and below the shoulders for rear-facing.
Check your car seat documentation to make sure your child is within not only height or weight limits but any other limits specified by the car seat manufacturer. Some car seats require that the child's ears be at or below the top of the shell, for example.
If your child weighs more than 40 pounds it may be time to reinstall your seat from the LATCH installation to the seat belt installation. You can find the LATCH weight limits for your specific car in your car manual - these are set by the car manufacturer, not the car seat manufacturer.
If you haven't yet met with a car seat technician to make sure you are installing your car seat correctly - especially if you have a new seat or have changed the installation from LATCH to seat belt - please take a minute to set up an appointment. You can find a certified technician here.
If you've already done all these things, then give yourself a pat on the back and give your car seat a tug to make sure it is securely installed and hasn't come loose since you installed it.If you'll need a new car seat soon, check out the semi-annual Britax sale but hurry, it only lasts a week! We have Britax infant seat sale recommendations on Polliwogged and for later seats on Z Recommends.

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