There’s more to car-seat safety than the seat’s fit. Here, four other vital pointers to help keep your child safe on the road.
TIP 1: Read your manual - Two years ago, a car-seat inspector would not have said it was OK to leave a car-seat carrier handle up while a child was strapped inside. Now some manufacturers recommend just that.
TIP 2: Buckle all seat belts near a car seat – Buckles on loose belts could turn into hazardous objects if you make a sudden stop or have a collision.
TIP 3: Make sure your window shade is not a danger - Window shades keep the sun out of your child’s eyes but can be dangerous projectiles. Buy a lightweight shade with no rod attached that sticks to the window on its own.
TIP 4: Make sure your baby mirror is not a danger - Buy a lightweight, soft baby mirror with rounded edges that won’t injure your child if dislodged in a wreck. For added security, opt for one that anchors on instead of one with Velcro.