- 1 Here are the top 10 common mistakes to avoid while using your car seat
- 1.1 1. Acquiring a refurbished car seat without much knowledge about it.
- 1.2 2. Fixing your car seat at a wrong spot.
- 1.3 3. Wrong installation of your kid’s car seat or the bucking up your kid.
- 1.4 4. Ensure the correct angle inclination of your child.
- 1.5 5. Advancing to a forward-facing car seat instantly.
- 1.6 6. Failing to get rid of your baby’s heavy clothing’s.
- 1.7 7. Adjusting to a booster seat immediately.
- 1.8 8. Incorrect use of your booster seat.
- 1.9 9. Adjusting to a safety best instantly.
- 1.10 10. Not Asking for help
Are you aware that one of the best ways of ensuring a safe ride with your kids is by understanding the car seat safety measures?
Note that understanding how to buckle up your kids as they mature can be challenging, but it is worth it.
For instance, most parents aren’t aware of some of the most common mistakes of the car seat safety, and hence they end up repeating the same error routinely.
Below are some of the most nine common mistakes made by most when dealing with their kid’s car seat safety.
Here are the top 10 common mistakes to avoid while using your car seat
1. Acquiring a refurbished car seat without much knowledge about it.
If you decide to acquire a used car seat chiefly for your kids, consider the following factors about that particular seat.
It should have installation instructions, a label indicating the model number, type and the manicuring date.
- Has this particular seat model ever been recalled due to defective issues of any kind and when
- Has it exceeded its expiry date or has it lasted more over six years while in use.
- Does it have any omitted part or visible damage?
- Has it ever been involved in any form of crush, whether moderate or severe?
- If you are not conversant with that particular car seat history, kindly don’t bother using it.
2. Fixing your car seat at a wrong spot.
Do you know one of the most secure locations to have your child’s car seat is notably behind the back seat, far from the active airbags?
The reason behind this is that placing the kid’s car seat in front of the main seat, in case the airbag inflates, it will hit the rear-facing seat which is precisely where the child’s head would be positions, and this can cause severe or fatal injuries.
Moreover, if the child is facing forward during the ride, there is a possibility of getting harmed by the air bag. Remember, is the child has to travel in a car which has only single seat row like a pickup truck.
It is highly recommended to deactivate the forward-facing airbags alternatively incorporate a power switch that can otherwise prevent the deployment of the airbag in case of a crash.
3. Wrong installation of your kid’s car seat or the bucking up your kid.
Remember, it is very wise to follow the manufactures installation instructions as well as the instructions on the vehicles owner’s guidebook.
For instance, ensure the sear is not only tightly secured but also it faces the correct direction. Ensure no more than 2.5 centimeters of free movement on either side back or front when you try to shake it at the lower attachment point.
In case you are using a single infant car seat or a convertible car seat in the back-facing position, make sure to remember these tips.
Ensure to correctly use the harmless slots described on the manual instructions mainly those below or above the shoulders of the child. Position the harness straps above the child’s shoulders. Buckle the chest clip and the harness straps with the chest clip on your child’s armpits.
Ensure the clip and the straps lie flat against the chest of your kid and over their hips and ensure no slack. You can as well add a roll of a small blanket alongside the baby to ensure that the head and neck are well supported.
Moreover, if the car seat manufactures comes with an allowance to add a washcloth, you can use it between the crotch strap and the baby to create a more secure fit.
4. Ensure the correct angle inclination of your child.
For instance, in the back-facing position, recline your car seat according to the manufacturer guidelines to ensure your kids head doesn’t flop backward or forward. Your baby should ride while halfway inclined to provide the airways are open.
Many seats come with an inclination indicator or an adjuster to direct you. Note that as your child grows and increases in size, you will be required to adjust the angle so ensure to follow the manufactures guidebook. You can use a infant car seat head support for more safety of your child’s head and neck.
5. Advancing to a forward-facing car seat instantly.
By all means, avoid the urge to position your kid’s car seat in the forward-facing direction to view them on your review mirror.
Note that rear-facing ride is highly recommended in as much as possible until your kid attains the recommended height by the seat manufacturer. A convertible seat can be a good start since you can initially use it in the rear-facing position and later convert it to a forward-facing seat.
Such kind of a chair comes with higher rear-facing height and weight limit than the only-infant seat. You can also turn it from an infant-only position to changeable car seat as your baby grows.
Once your kid attains the required height and weight limit of that particular convertible seat, you can turn the seat forward. When making the switch, remember the following.
Mount your child’s car seat in the back seat bestowing to the manufacturer guidebook while using the LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children system)
Apply the tether strap, which is usually a strap that hangs on top of the seat and is attached to the anchor of your car for additional stability. Fine-tune the harness straps, so that are correctly above your kid’s shoulders and fit perfectly.
6. Failing to get rid of your baby’s heavy clothing’s.
Remember heavy clothing’s such as blankets can hinder the harness straps from the cozily securing your kid. Remember to buckle and place a sheet or a coat over the harness that keeps your baby warm.
7. Adjusting to a booster seat immediately.
Although older children require a booster seat that helps the adult safety belt to fit perfectly, it is only recommended to switch to a booster seat only when your child has attained the maximum weight about 50 to 80 pounds (20 to 36 kilograms) or the height indicated by the car seat manufacturer. However, remember your child is more secure on a seat that has the harness for maximum safety.
8. Incorrect use of your booster seat.
Remember that a booster seat must be incorporated together with a shoulder and a lap belt but not just a lap belt alone. Ensure the belt lies ideally across the hips of your kid while the shoulder belt and the pelvis belt crosses at the center of your kid’s shoulder and chest.
9. Adjusting to a safety best instantly.
Although most kids can use an adult car seat safely, these belts are recommended for kids aging over eight years. The following can help you determine if the kid is ready.
- Is your child attained a height of about 4 feet 10 inches?
- Do the child’s knees bend comfortably at the sear edges when the child seats against the back of the car seat and if they can remain on that position during the entire trip?
- Does the lap belt lie below the child’s hips and pelvis and does the shoulder belt rest on the center of the child’s shoulders and chest and not merely on the face or the neck? For children below 12 years, the back seat is the safest place during the trip.
10. Not Asking for help
For new parents installing or setting car seat for babies is really challenging. You you are not sure that you have installed the car seat correctly take help from car seat experts.