Selection- Info needed- Childs age, height and weight Direction- need to know age and weight Location- safest place in your vehicle. Installation- Ensure proper installation
Babies r us- best place Cover baby with blankets AFTER buckled in. Thick clothing will not allow baby to be fasened in properly. (loose fit) Straps should always be this way in a rear facing seat Should not be able to pinch any strap These items are not tested with seats and can prevent seat from being to standard. Also become projectiles. Angle can change as child gets older and has more control of head and body.
If using seatbelt, pull out seatbelt ALL the way- Check to see if it makes a noise when you let it back in.
In sweden children sit rear facing till 4 years old It only takes ¼ inch of strech of the spine to break Most move 2 inches in an accident
Car Seats and your child Presented By Officer Jackie Laminack Belleville Police Department
4 Important Steps• Selection• Direction• Location• Installation
Rear Facing Car Seats (Infant)• Check label on seat for weight limit – Usually 20 or 22 lbs• Childs head should be at least one inch below top of seat
Rear Facing Car Seats (Convertible) • Follow label for rear facing weight – Usually 30-35 lb limit • Check size of vehicle, not all car seats will fit in all vehicles • Do not use tethers when rear facing
Facts for Rear Facing• Ensure seat fits into • 80% of base should fit on vehicle vehicle seat• Child should be wearing • Ensure seat is at correct no more than ¼ inch angle (30-45 degrees- fleece when in seat. read manual)• Harness straps should be • Do not add after market at or below shoulders accessories• Harness should be snug • Only install one way, belt (pinch test) or latch, not both• Harness retainer clip at • Test installation, pull base armpit level at belt path, no more than one inch play.
Forward Facing• CAN be used after 1 year old• Check height and weight limit for seat• Harness slots at or ABOVE the shoulders• Child should be sitting up straight• Retainer clip at armpit level• Harness should be snug (pinch test)
Installation• Tethers (2000 and newer • Place seat in car vehicles) • If rear facing and not• Latch (2004 and newer correct angle use noodles vehicles) or rolled up towel• Find directions for both • When you have the seat vehicle and car seat. installed, kneel on seat• Only use Latch or then pull tight seatbelt for installation • Check seat at belt line (not both) should have no more than one inch
Extra Car Seat Info• Used car seats • Car seats and accidents – Complete history? • Replace Unless meets all – All labels on seat? of these requirements – No cracks or deformities – Meet current federal can be seen standards? – Vehicle can be driven away – All parts? from accident – Free of cracks? – Door nearest car seat undamaged – Less than 6 years old? – No injuries – Airbags did not deploy
Booster Seat• After child has outgrown forward facing with harness• Check weight limit• Recommended around 4 years of age• Properly places seatbelt on child
Illinois State Law• Child under 8 years of age must be restrained per federal guidelines.• Child over 40lbs may use only lap belt