Whoever thought it is easy to install an infant car seat, think again.You might think that the instruction manual will provide step-by-step instructions which are easy to follow.Practically speaking, there are several factors that you need to consider while installing the seat. Research has shown time and again, that every three seats out of five are improperly installed.These statistics are alarming and if you are concerned about the safety of your child, this guide will tell you how to install a seat for an infant. Remember that car seats for infants are always rear facing, and experts recommend that this should be so for as long as possible.There are recommended 'maximum rear facing height and weight limits' and these should be followed.Many people fail to follow the fact that the middle part of the rear seat of the vehicle is the safest and the ideal place for the seat.
Once the child reaches the height and weight limits of rear facing seats, then he/she can sit facing forward.In spite of this, the middle part of the vehicle's rear seat is the best place for the child as far as safety is concerned. The second factor to consider while installing the seats for infants is the instruction manual for the seat along with the vehicle's manual.If you do not have the manuals, you can call the toll free numbers for the vehicle as well as the brand of car seat you have purchased.The internet is also useful in giving the phone numbers for car seats of various brands. All cars manufactured after 2002 have the tether system having the abbreviation LATCH.This stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children.Using the LATACH system, you no longer need to rely only on the seat belts for attaching the child's car seat as the LATCH option provides you with a more permanent and secure attachment system.
You can even consider getting the LATCH system for your vehicle in case it does not have one. For forward facing child car seats, the seat should be fixed flat against the bottom and the rear of the vehicle's seat.Most manuals will also give you the recommended angle of recline for both rear and front facing car seats, so do follow the same.If you feel there is any gap left, you can use your weight, either your knees or with your hands, to push out the gaps under the seats. The belts should be threaded correctly through the slots in lieu of the LATCH system.The belt should not slack and should be pulled as tightly as possible.The recommended position is that the car seat should not be able to move more than an inch forward, backward and sideway on the belt path. There are special locking clips available to ensure that the seat belts are secure and held firmly in place.These locking clips are available in most children's stores.After the installation is over, you need to check if the seat resists forward, backward and sideways motions.If not, you need to reinstall the seat.