Top Tips for Placement of Car Seats

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.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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. 


  • 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

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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