Car Seat Basics Part Two: From Infant to Convertible Seat

Posted on 06. Jul, 2012 by in Auto News

Babies grow quickly and require a seemingly endless supply of appropriately sized equipment – none of them more important than a child's safety seat. A trip to your local big box store will show you that there are tons of car seats to choose from. Which one is right depends on several factors, and the most important are age, weight and height of the child.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics recently changed their policy on rear facing car seats. Children should now remain rear-facing until at least their second birthday or they reach the height / weight limit of the seat.

Here is an overview of the types of seats you need, and if it is appropriate for your child. Promotion to the next grade We cover car seats and final step to safety seat fewer trips in our next post.


Infant Seats:
This child safety seat has a carrying handle and can be installed with or without its base. Most of these seats are rear-facing for infants from £ 5 to 20-plus pounds, but check the manual for the size and weight limits. Some important things to remember:

  • In terms of weight, the seat belts are only designed to keep the weight limit listed, so it is important to use this seat if the child outgrows it.
  • These seats have height limits, the head of the child should be under at least one inch of the top edge of the seat. If your child that head over to the head and neck is not supported in a crash, it's time for an upgrade.
  • When this seat is mounted, it should be to sit in a 45-degree angle. This helps to ensure that the child's airway is open and properly distribute crash forces in the event of an accident. Use the level guide on the side of the seat, in order to position it properly. Some seats have adjustable feet to change the angle, you can use a foam pool noodle or rolled towel between the seat back and the car seat base to make it level.


Rear-facing convertible seat:
After the child outgrows the car seat, a rear-facing convertible is next. These seats are often for children who rated less than 5 kg weigh, so it is possible to skip the rear-facing child seat all together. Things to keep in mind:

  • Your child may be directed to the rear tire, but there is no argument: It is important to this position as long as possible to maintain the seat. Again, refer to the manual for the size limits. Loud NHTSA, most frontal impact crashes, so keep infants in the rearward position as long as possible to ensure the car seat back absorbs most of the crash force, instead of the child develop spine and neck. This position also provides more headrest during a frontal crash.
  • The angle of the seat should be 30 degrees to 45 degrees, depending on the manual recommendations.
  • The straps should be placed at or below shoulder level and fed by the seat of the lower band slots. The belt clip should armpit level and the straps should be tight – you should not be able to pinch more than an inch of belt strap. Seats also follows belt rules.


Forward-facing convertible seat:
When the time is right to make a forward-looking seats, the rules change update.

  • As with the other car seats, should the belt clip armpit level and the straps should be tight, but here they should sit on or above shoulder height.
  • Regardless of whether you install it with a seat belt or latch anchor the car seat, be sure to use the top tether. Connecting to the line anchor reduces head movement in a crash to protect the neck and spinal cord.
  • Re-use of the seat ad to the right angle to get, but nothing ever took place (like a noodle or rolled towel) between the seat back and the car seat.
  • As with other car seats are forward facing seats height and weight limits also. Follow the handbook guidelines. A child seat is next to when it's time for an upgrade.

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