Five Common Car Seat Installation Mistakes

Car seatAs part of the celebration of Snug Kids™ 10th anniversary this year, Nissan recently released these common car seat installation mistakes*:

1.)    Wrong slot used for harness. If your infant still requires a rear-facing car seat, choosing the slots located at or below your child’s shoulders will provide the safest fit. If your child is a little bigger and is now in a front-facing car seat, the slots located at or above their shoulders should be used.

2.)    Incorrect chest clip position. The moveable chest clip should be aligned with your child’s armpit level, not resting over their abdomen.

3.)    Loose child restraint system (CRS) installation. Once securely belted in, the car seat should not move more than one inch when pushed side to side or front to back.

4.)    Loose harness strap. Pinch the harness strap at your child’s shoulders. There should be no slack or give to the strap.

5.)    Incorrect use of seat belt with booster seat. Contrary to popular belief, the lap belt in your car should not lie across the stomach of your child in a booster seat. It should fit snuggly across your child’s upper thighs. The shoulder belt should not be touch your little passenger’s face or neck, but should instead lay snuggly across the shoulder.

Be sure to read your Nissan owner’s manual for other tips on how to properly install your child’s safety seat. Stop by James Ceranti Nissan with any questions and our team will be happy to assist.

*source:www.nhtsa.gov

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