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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!

Pinch Test (Harness Tightness)

Posted by beyondthecarseatminimums_alabama on November 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (2)

How tight is tight enough?

You don't want the harness of your car seat so tight that it's squishing your child, but you definitely don't want it too loose either! To get the correct tightness for a child in a harnessing seat, use the pinch test. If you can easily pinch the harness webbing at the child's shoulders, it's too loose! Your fingers should be able to easily slip off the harness while trying to pinch. Sometimes it helps if you pull up the slack from the hip area first, and then tighten the harness at the shoulders.

Where's Your Chest Clip?

Posted by beyondthecarseatminimums_alabama on November 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Where's your chest clip? If your child often looks like the picture on the bottom, some changes need to be made! The chest clip is designed to properly pre-position the harness straps over the child, and it should be positioned across the strongest part of the chest. The top of the clip should be at armpit level. It's common for the clip to break open during an accident, after it's done its job of positioning the straps. Having the clip low on the child's belly can damage internal organs, and the ill-positioned harness can allow for ejection.