Top Tips for Placement of Car Seats

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child in rear facing carseat

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, the safest seat and best seat for your young child to use is a rear-facing seat. 

Keep your child in a rear facing position as long as possible.

Why:

  • It is important to ensure that rear-facing car seats recline at the proper angle according the car-seat manufacturers recommendation, which is usually between 30-45 degrees.  If available, use the car seat’s angle indicator to help ensure your car seat is at the correct angle.
  • However, our Washoe County certified car seat technicians will tell these parents to resist the urge to move your child’s car seat to a forward facing position too soon.  Riding rear facing is now recommended for as long as possible, until a child reaches  weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer. 
  • In the event of a crash, the seat will cradle and move with your child to reduce stress to the child’s head, neck, and spinal cord.

Solution:

  • As your child grows, you can have your child move from an infant rear-facing only seat, to a bigger convertible seat or a 3-in-1 seat installed in the rear-facing position.
  • Another option is you can start with a convertible seat that is suitable for your child’s age and size. Transition your child to a rear facing seat and later to forward-facing, once your child outgrows the weight and height limit of the rear-facing position.
  • Convertible seats and 3-in-1 seats typically have a higher weight and height limit than an infant-only seat. 
  • Whichever seat you choose for your infant, ensure that they remain in the rear-facing position as long as the car seat manufacturer advises.

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Ensure your child’s car seat is reclined at the proper angle

Why: 

  • It is important that rear-facing car seats recline at a 30-45 degree angle, according to the car-seat manufacturer’s recommendation.   
  • This recline angle is critical for infants who are unable to lift their heads on their own. 
  • Having your car seat angled helps protect the child’s neck and back and keeps your child’s airway open in the event of a crash. 

Solution:

  • In the rear-facing position, recline the car seat according to the manufacturer’s instructions or at a 30-45 degree angle.
  • Most car seats designed for rear-facing positions, have built-in angle indicators or adjusters to help ensure your child is at the correct angle.   
  • Keep in mind that as your child grows, you might need to adjust the angle. 
  • Ensure that you check the car seat manual and labels for more help, and have your car seat checked by a certified technician to ensure that your car seat is installed properly. 

Car Seat Installation
775-982-2620

Call today to make an appointment at the Renown car seat fitting station on 1095 E. Second Street at 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.

Tell us that you saw this article on BestMedicine when you make your appointment, and you’ll receive a $10 coupon for a car seat inspection and/or installation.

For more tips on car seat safety visit Safe Kids World Wide  or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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