If you are a parent to an infant or toddler, you will need to install a car seat. You can enlist the help of trained professionals to set up the seat. If you have decided to do it yourself, it’s important that you do it correctly. CarSwitch.com, an online marketplace to buy used cars in Dubai, did some research to share the details with you.
Whether you are using the conventional seat-belt system, or the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH ) system, these tips should come in handy. Here is how to go about it:
First of all, make sure that you go through the owner manual and the manufacturer’s instructions. Additionally, you can use the various resources, including instructional videos, available online. If the process is still not clear, seek help from a technician.
Rear-Facing Seat With LATCH
If your car has got the LATCH system, use it to install a rear-facing seat for your infant. Put the seat base in the rear seat of your car and then locate it’s lower anchors. Usually, the seats nearest to the windows have them. Connect the clips on the lower straps of the seat base to the lower anchors and then press down the base whilst tightening the straps. Grab the car seat base and try pushing it hard in all directions and ensure it doesn’t budge more than an inch side to side or front to back.
You’d also want to test the recline angle to make sure your infant is able to sit semi reclined. Then, attach the carrier to the car seat base and then place your baby in the seat, before positioning the harness. The straps must lie flat and you should thread them through slots below the child’s shoulder level. Buckle the harness and chest clip, making sure it’s at armpit level.
Rear-Facing Seat With Seat Belt
If you want to install a rear-facing seat for your infant and your car doesn’t feature a LATCH system, follow these steps. Place the seat base in the rear seat of your vehicle. Thread the seat belt using the belt path and then buckle and lock the belt. Firmly press down the base and see if you need to tighten the belt. Ideally, the seat base must not deviate more than an inch. The base should be at an angle that lets your child sit semi reclined.
A lot of these seats come with embedded angle indicators to facilitate this. Make your baby sit down in the seat and then position the harness. The straps must lie flat and you should place them through slots below your baby’s shoulders. Buckle the chest clip and harness, keeping the former at armpit level. In addition, check out our safety tips when driving with children.
Rear-Facing Convertible Seat With Seat Belt
If your child is a little older, you should go for this kind of seat. For installing it, place it in the backseat of your car, facing the rear. Thread the seat belt through the belt path and then buckle and lock the seat belt. Press down using pressure on the seat and tighten it. Install a locking clip if required.
Like the seats mentioned before, ensure it doesn’t move more than an inch in any direction. Follow the angle indicators to ensure the seat is angled properly. Position the harness with your child in the seat. Make sure the straps are lying flat and thread them through the slots. Buckle the chest clip and harness.