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Correctly Installing A Child Car Seat In LATCH Vehicles

By Karen Stewards

It is reassuring to know that most parents today are responsible enough when it comes to their children and do in fact use a car seat to protect their child in their car.

However, it is still surprising that so many parents go to the expense and trouble of selecting and buying the best car seat that they can get for their requirements but still end up installing it incorrectly.

Incorrect fitting of a car seat for your child will certainly not provide your child with maximum safety in the event of an accident and could actually cause more harm depending on how you have misfitted it.

This article is a general guide to correctly and safely installing a forward facing car seat in your vehicle using the LATCH system.

The best and most appropriate guidance for correct fitting of your specific model is the fitting instructions that came with your seat and it is these that you should follow.

The LATCH belt should be fed through the specific opening of the child car seat.

You should ensure that the belt is not twisted or restricted in any way and lies flat.

The seat should at this point be in the upright position.

Adjustable stands should be locked into position at their closed position.

By extending the belt fully, you will find it a lot easier to install and the finally attachment will be more secure.

Install the safety seat to the LATCH points of your vehicle using the car connections.

Most LATCH fastening will provide you with an audible click noise to confirm that the seat has been fitted securely.

Using your knee if possible, firmly push down on the seat cushioning of the car seat and tighten the LATCH belt firmly by pulling on the corresponding connectors.

At this point your child car seat should now be securely fitted into the LATCH mechanism.

You should check that the fitted car seat does not move excessively.

Accidents happen from all angles and you do not want front or side travel of the car seat.

If you do find that the baby seat does move to much in any direction, simply check that the necessary belts are tightened properly.

By adjusting the tether strap hook belt connected to the LATCH anchors, you can remove any further movement of the fitted car seat.

Ensure that any of the belts and in particular the fastening belts are not tangled in any way.

Guideline fitting and seat instructions allow you to safely fit your car seat in a secure and responsible manner and fully protect your child.

Every now and then, or preferably each time you place your child in their car seat you should do a quick check to ensure that the car seat is still firmly and securely fixed into place.

Now you have a great overview of how to fit a child safety seat correctly and securely using the LATCH system.

LATCH is a great standard that was introduced and the popularity of using it in the future will hopefully mean fewer children are hurt in accidents.

Sometimes parents are forced to use another method besides the LATCH system to fit their baby seat in their car.

LATCH connection points are only available on newer model cars.

If this is the case with you, then you should follow the simple manual instructions that came with the seat, so that your car seat is safely secured and fitted into your vehicle and also provides your child with maximum safety in the event of an accident.

New babies should be put in a car seat appropriate for their age and weight in the forward facing position.

If you have a newborn baby, the guides for fitting that came with your seat and or carrier should be followed for correct and safe fitting in the rear position.

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Stewards, Karen "Correctly Installing A Child Car Seat In LATCH Vehicles." Correctly Installing A Child Car Seat In LATCH Vehicles. 22 Aug. 2010. 18 Aug 2014 <>.

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