Car Seat Shopping Guidelines
Parents often assume that all car seats are the same, but they are not. A major factor contributing to the misuse of child restraints is the lack of standardization. More than a dozen manufacturers produce more than 60 different models of safety seats with different attributes and features.
When selecting a car safety seat, keep the following in mind:
- Do not base your decision solely on the price tag.
- Be aware that displays or photos may not always show the product being used the correct way.
- Do not assume all seats will fit properly in all vehicles.
Proper Car Restraint Reminders
- Always use a car safety seat. Start with your baby’s first ride home from the hospital.
- Never place a rear-facing car seat in the front seat of a vehicle that has a passenger air bag.
- The safest place for all children is in the back seat of a vehicle.
- Caregivers should set a good example by always wearing seat belts.
- Each car seat is different, so read and keep the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly install the safety seat.