There are 5 things to do when buying and installing your car seat.
Check the label on your car seat and make sure it is appropriate for your child’s age, weight, and height. Double check the label for an expiration date to make sure it is still safe. All children 2-4 years old must be in a forward facing car seat. Children ages 4-8 and less than 4ft 9in must ride in a full car seat or booster seat.
All children should ride in the back seat until they are 13.
Your child should be in a rear-facing car seat until age 2. Make sure to attach the top tether after you tighten and lock the seat belt or lower anchors.
Once your seat is installed, give it a shake at the base. Can you move it more than an inch in any direction? A properly installed seat will not move more than an inch.
Make sure the harness is tightly buckled and coming from the correct slots (check your manual). With the chest clip placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at your child’s shoulder. If you are unable to pinch any excess webbing, you have adjusted the straps correctly.