As many as half of the child car seats in use today are installed incorrectly

As many as half of the child car seats in use today are installed incorrectly

Vehicle seats and seat belts are built for the comfort of adults, not to secure a child car seat correctly.
Some seat belts need a different buckle or a special locking clip to safely secure a child car seat.
Some child car seats cannot be used safely in certain seating positions.
Air bags can cause serious injury or death to infants in REAR-FACING child car seats.

This booklet shows you how to solve problems you may have installing your child car seat correctly and securing your child safely in the car seat.

What Should You Do?

Read this booklet to learn how to correct common mistakes.

Read your vehicle owner's manual and the instructions that come with your child car seat.

Try the child car seat in your vehicle, moving it to a different seating position if necessary.

Read Labels


Read Labels

Look for and read labels on seat belts and sun visors and follow instructions. The information could save your child's life... 

read labels


read labels


read labels


read labels

Child Restraint Doesn't Fit Scooped out Seat

Scooped Out Seat

Scooped out seat cushions and belts forward of the seat crack... 

Scooped Out Seat

...can make it difficult or even impossible to install a child restraint.. 

Scooped Out Seat

...seat belt fit is also poor on this five-year-old. Lap belt crosses over stomach, shoulder belt is under chin.

Seat Belts Forward of Seat Crack

Forward of Seat Crack

Even if the seat of the car is flat, seat belts that come out forward of the seat crack... 

Forward of Seat Crack

...can make it difficult to secure a child restraint tightly... 

Forward of Seat Crack

...a car bed should not be used at all with this type of seat belt.

Door Mounted Belts


Door-Mounted Belts

Door mounted seat belts should not be used to anchor child restraints... 


Door-Mounted Belts

... your auto dealer can install a special lap belt designed to lock the child restraint in place

Add On Buckle


Add-On Buckle


Add-On Buckle


Add-On Buckle

In the front seats of some cars, the inboard buckle is too far forward. A Special add-on buckle, obtainable from the dealership, corrects a serious compatibility problem. 
Add-On Buckle

 

Add-On Buckle


Add-On Buckle

 Locking Clip Use


Locking Clip Use


This is a 'free-sliding' latch plate. A locking clip is required to keep the lap belt tightly secured.


Locking Clip Use
This is the end of the belt that has the latch plate. The latch plate locks into the buckle...


Locking Clip Use
...this is a 'locking' latch plate; once the belt is tightened it will keep the lap belt tightly secured without a locking clip.

 


Locking Clip Use

...NOT on the other side. Using the clip as shown here would not hold the child restraint in a crash.


Locking Clip Use

...a locking clip should be installed just above the latch plate as shown here...

 Seat Belts That Can Be Locked


Seat Belts that can be Locked
As the label explains, some seat belts can be locked...


Seat Belts that can be Locked
...by pulling the shoulder belt all the way out and then releasing it.

Infants and Airbags Don't Mix


Infants and Airbags Don't Mix
Infants and Airbags Don't Mix A rear-facing infant must NOT ride in a seat that has a airbag...


Infants and Airbags Don't Mix
...at nine months, this baby is NOT old enough to ride facing forward...


Infants and Airbags Don't Mix
...when an airbag is present, a baby must be placed rear-facing in the back seat.

Selecting Seat For Best Fit

Selecting Seat For Best Fit

A shield is a poor choice for a newborn. Straps don't fit... 

Selecting Seat For Best Fit

...a five-point harness provides a far better fit... 

 

Selecting Seat For Best Fit

...for the first few months, an infant-only safety seat is a good choice.

 

 

Covering Baby Correctly

Covering Baby Correctly

Don't wrap the baby up before putting on the harness...

Covering Baby Correctly

...straps must go on first, covering must go on last.

Correct Car Seat Angle


Correct Car Seat Angle

Child restraint is too upright for newborn. Baby's head flops forward..

 


Correct Car Seat Angle

...a rolled towel tucked under the front of the restraint tips it back a little.

 

 

Harness Slot Level


Harness Slot Level

Rear-facing, use harness slots below shoulder level...


Harness Slot Level

...NOT above shoulder level.

 Twisted Harness Straps


Twisted Harness Straps
Twisted straps and missing harness retainer clip downgrade protection...


Twisted Harness Straps
...straps must lie flat and be held on shoulders with a harness retainer clip.

 

 

When to Change Seat Belts

When to Change Seat Belts

At age two, this child is too young for a booster...

When to Change Seat Belts

...a regular child restraint should be used until outgrown.

Built in Seats


Built-in child safety seats

Built-in child safety seats do away with installation problems...


Built-in child safety seats

..the seat on the far side is used here as a booster, because this child weighs over 40 pounds

 

Shoulder Belt Fit

This shoulder belt comes across the throat...

Shoulder Belt Fit

...but tucking it under the arm isn't the answer; it could cause life-threatening injuries in a crash...

Shoulder Belt Fit

...for a better fit of the lap and the shoulder belt, raise the child up on a belt-positioning booster.

Head Position in Car Bed


Head Position in Car Bed

 

 

Seat Belt Fit

Seat Belt Fit

...sitting upright against the seat back keeps the lap belt below hip bones, touching the upper thighs.

Seat Belt Fit

This 11-year-old is slouching; the lap belt goes over his stomach. In a crash, this could lead to serious or fatal internal injuries...

 Use of Seat Belt with Booster


Seat Belt with Booster

A shield booster should be used when only a lap belt is available...


Seat Belt with Booster

...a rolled towel tucked under the front of the restraint tips it back a little.

 

Booster Seat Fit


Booster Seat Fit

If the child's ears are above the top of the seat back...

Booster Seat Fit

...a booster with a high back should be used...


Booster Seat Fit

...this booster ensures perfect fit of both lap and shoulder belt and provides comfort and support for the sleeping child.

If you still have problems:
Call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free number, 1-800-424-9393. Be sure you have the make, model number and year or date of manufacture of both your vehicle and child car seat when you call.
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Comments

Vehicle have their own arrangements of seat belts but this are basically meant for the adults not for the children. But we have some steps and procedure through which we could definitely save the children from getting harmed if the car meets an accident. The above pictures and diagram provides us a useful information how to be preventive.

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