Car Seats: Know the Types of Car Seats


Parents often struggle with installing and choosing car seats for their children. Picking out a car seat for your child is a never ending battle. Safe Kids Washoe County has made it simple for you understand the types of car seats that will work for your child.

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Types of Car Seats

Rear-Facing Only Seat. This is your baby’s first car seat, often used from 5 to 40 pounds. People often buy this type of seat because it is portable.

Convertible Car Seat. This seat is larger and stays in the car. It can be used rear facing until your child is 2 years or more. After that, it can change to a forward-facing seat.

Forward-facing-only car seat. This type of seat is used in one direction and has a 5-point harness and top tether. 

Combination seat. This is a forward-facing seat with a 5-point harness and top tether, and can change into a booster seat when you remove the harness. 

3-in-1 car seat. This seat also stays in the car. You can use it rear facing, forward facing, and then later, as a booster seat.

Booster seat.  It boosts the child for a safer and more comfortable fit of the adult seat belt. Make sure your child has outgrown the weight or height limits allowed in the forward-facing car seat. The seat belt must lie flat across your child’s chest, on the bony part of the shoulder and low on the hips or upper thighs. Most children will be between the ages 8 to 12 years old before they are ready for the seat belt alone.

Have a trained car seat technician check your installation

Why: 3 out of 4 car seats are installed improperly, with some studies showing that the misuse rate at 90% with the average car seat having 3 mistakes.

Solution: Ensuring that you child’s car seat is installed properly by a certified car seat   technician will ensure the safety of your child. 

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Car Seat Installation

Call today to make an appointment at the Renown car seat fitting station on 1095 E. Second Street between Monday-Friday, except holidays fro 8-11:30 a.m., and 1:00-4:00 p.m. 775-982-2620.There is a $25.00 fee for inspection and installation services. If you have more than one child, each additional installation/inspection during the same visit is $10.

For income-eligible families, we offer a reduced fee of $10. You must provide proof of income, eligibility or a referral from a public assistance agency such as WIC, Medicaid.

For more tips on car seat safety visit Safe Kids World Wide.

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