Convertible car seat safety is one of the most important and crucial factors that all parents should understand and know well in order to keep their children safe in the cars when traveling. In order to avoid mistakes of using and installing convertible car seats, parents need to read and learn the guidelines of “The DOs and DON’Ts” of convertible car seats. By reading and learning the given guidelines, you will be able to know what you should do and what you shouldn’t.
Ensuring the safety of your child during travel in the car is very important and crucial. However, it may cause difficulty for you to use and adjust the car seat because the size of your child may change when it grows up. In order to set up and install the car seat properly without mistakes, you should follow the given guidelines below:
- Instructions must be clear in details.
- The information of manufacturers should be included
- The model number and date of manufacture should be clear
- Warranty should be included (the years will be depend on each manufacturers)
The backseat is the safest position to set up the convertible car seat. The middle of the car is the ideal position that can help prevent from the impacts whenever car crash occurs. Remember that putting the car seat on the front seat which has the activation of the airbag, can cause potential dangers to your child. Make sure you avoid the position which has the airbag. Placing the car seat in the middle of the car can help minimize the risk of injury in the instance of a crash.
A convertible car seat or an infant car seat is the important and necessary thing you need to have if you want to keep your child traveling safely in car. However, it is recommended that you should not convert the car seat into a replacement crib at home because the structure of car seat does not have special functions like the structure of normal cribs. Therefore, it can impact negatively on the development of your child if you use the car seat as the replacement of crib at home.
You should read the manuals and instructions of convertible car seats carefully before starting to install it. Make sure that after installation the car seat can be stable in position – no more than 1 inch in moving from back to front or from side to side.
Make sure you follow the given guides and instructions properly when installing the convertible car seat in the rear facing position. In addition, make sure the angle and adjuster indicators are available and working to use. It is advisable that you can only use other additional equipments recommended by the manufacturers; otherwise you should avoid to use extra things freely.
Regardless of height or weight, it is recommended that your child should be kept in the rear facing mode until they reach the age of 2. Luckily, there are some special convertible car seats can give you good options of use in both the forward and rear facing modes. These have great advantages which infant car seats don’t have. Conversely you could switch to a convertible from the infant seat after the child is two years old. The safest convertible car seat will usually meet the requirement of 5-point harness and have the LATCH system.
It is completely wrong if you dress your child in too bulky outerwear which can reduce the function of the convertible car seats. In other words, the harness straps will not work well with its functions.
Note: Switching to a booster seat too soon can cause some problems. It is recommended that you should keep your child in a car seat with a harness for as long as possible until it reaches 36 kilograms in maximum.
Note: Switching to the Vehicle Safety Belt Too Early also can cause troubles. It is recommended that you should only switch to the vehicle safety belt one your child reach the ages of 8 and 12.