As 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.
Today marks the first day of Child Passenger Safety Week, and Nissan is celebrating with its ten year anniversary of the Snug Kids program, which began back in 2002. Snug Kids was the very first program in the automotive industry dedicated to providing the most detailed safety information for child safety seats.
As part of the program, Nissan researches in-depth the very best car seats or booster seats that fit compatibly and most safely in all Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. The research also informs parents and guardians of how to properly install both forward-facing and rear-facing safety seats.
Why is this such a big deal for Nissan? Simple: automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 12. The proper use of a child-restraint system can reduce these adolescent fatalities by 71% in infants and 54% in toddlers. As such, knowing what safety seat to use and how to strap it in correctly is integral to protecting every child who rides in a Nissan or Infiniti.
Over the last decade, the safety engineers of Nissan have spent thousands and thousands of hours testing and evaluating child safety seats and compiling their findings in a comprehensive child safety seat fit guide for parents. As part of the Snug Kids program, Nissan will continue this dedication to the safety of the nation’s youth for decades to come.