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Harness Height Placement

Posted by beyondthecarseatminimums_alabama on March 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Not sure where your child's car seat harness should be coming from in relation to the child's shoulders? It is actually very important, and you don't want your child riding around with an improperly placed harness!

Rear-Facing Air Bag Warning

Posted by beyondthecarseatminimums_alabama on November 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

As stated in every rear facing car seat's manual, you should NEVER install it in front of an air bag. The child's head and neck can be seriously injured when an air bag inflates and hits the back of the restraint.

3 Ways to Install (Infant Seat)

Posted by beyondthecarseatminimums_alabama on November 26, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Did you know there are generally 3 ways that you can install your infant car seat?


1- LATCH installation. The base of your infant seat is equipped with the LATCH system. You can install the base to the Lower Anchors of your vehicle. Your seat then snaps in and out of the base, giving you the convenience of carrying baby to and from the car without taking him out of the seat. (But remember, we do not recommend leaving your baby in the carrier for extended periods of time!) After installing the base correctly, you can know that your seat is safe every time you click it into the car.


2- Seat belt installation of the base. If your vehicle is not equipped with LATCH, or if you cannot get a solid installation with the anchors, you can still install your car seat base with the seat belt. Some infant seats even have belt lock-offs on the base to make installation easier with the lap/shoulder belt. This still gives you the convenience of clicking the seat on and off the base.


3- Baseless seat belt installation. In most cases, the base is not required to install your infant seat. You can install the seat with the seat belt, by threading it through the seat belt guides on the sides of the carrier. Just remember to check your car seat's recline angle and check for less than an inch of movement at the belt path each and every time you install the seat. You lose the convenience of just clicking it in to the vehicle, but you can still achieve a perfectly safe installation.


Always check your car seat manual to see the full instructions for the different ways to install your seat. As always, we also recommend checking with a CPST to make sure you feel confident with your install, and to have any additional questions answered!