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Anybody with a child will know how important it is to ensure that you purchase and fit the correct car seat not only for your child but also for your car.
All too often a car seat is bought and fitted by a parent with the best intentions in mind, but not knowing that maybe that car seat isn’t suitable for its intended purpose. For example you can pretty much buy a car seat in most supermarkets these days and fit it yourself but there is a checklist you really should read first before purchasing.
Cars.com have a number of videos guiding you through the car seat fitting process for a range of different cars.
Cars. com start every Car Seat Check by investigating the car's Latch system, which is supposed to make it easier to correctly install car seats, to test its user-friendliness. Next, we test how each vehicle handles the various sizes of child-safety seats in terms of both space and installation.
What is a latch system?
Latch stands for Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children. Few automakers set the lower anchors out in the open, so finding these small metal bars often involves digging between the back and bottom seat cushions, called the seat bight, to find them. Sometimes the cushions are difficult to move out of the way, or the anchors are buried deeply between the cushions, nestled too closely against them or positioned too close to the seat belts. All of these scenarios make it difficult to install child-safety seats.
They offer the following advice;
· Ensure there no are headrest restrictions, and that any headrests can be adjusted or removed.
· Ensure you have a rear facing car seat for children aged 0-2, its sometimes recommended to age 3.
· All booster seats must have a back preferably a high-back
· Always read the manual as well as the section on car seats in your own cars manual
· Check for any airbags that could cause harm in an accident and disarm
· Always have a car seat fitted by a professional
Finally if you’re unsure on anything, ask for help