Car Seat Mistakes Even Smart Parents Make

Yes, your kids are buckled in, but is your car seat safe enough to protect your child in an accident? Here's how you can be sure that it is (12 Photos)

Dana Sullivan Kilroy on Sep 9, 2011 at 5:25PM

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Mistake #2: Not Securing the Car Seat Sufficiently

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a Dana Sullivan Kilroy on Sep 8, 2011 at 11:06AM

If your car was manufactured before 2002, you're likely using a seatbelt instead of the LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) system to install your car seat. Read the manufacturer's instructions so you know where to thread the seat belt, and the vehicle’s manual so you know whether you must use a locking clip to secure the seat belt. If you've misplaced the instructions that came with the seat, just contact the manufacturer and ask for a new set (they're free).

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