You shouldn’t be able to move the safety seat side-to-side or front-to-back more than 1 inch when pulled at the belt path. If you can, it’s not tight enough. This is the number-one mistake parents make, according to car-seat inspectors.
Is car seat supposed to wiggle?
The car seat moves more than 2.5cm at the belt path
You can check this by wiggling the seat at the base closest to the belt path (not the top of the seat – it is normal for this area to move more than 2.5cm). If your seat does move more than 2.5cm or feels loose, you should reinstall the seat more firmly.
Are car seats supposed to move up and down?
It shouldn’t move more than one inch in any direction. If it does, it’s not installed tightly enough. Note that this test doesn’t apply to up-and-down movement.
How much should car seat move when installed?
Don’t allow more than 1 inch of movement either forward and back and side to side when force is applied at the belt path.
How should infant car seats should be positioned?
Place the car seat in the backseat.
The safest spot for your baby is always in the backseat — preferably in the middle spot, away from passenger-side air bags. If your car doesn’t fit a car seat securely there, place the seat on either side of the backseat (or, if you drive an SUV, in the second row).
How much does a child have to weigh to face forward?
While 1 year and 20 pounds used to be the standard for when to flip car seats around, most experts now recommend using rear-facing child seats until children are 2 years old and reach the top weight and height recommendations of the car seat manufacturer, which is typically around 30 pounds and 36 inches.
Which side does car seat go on?
The safest place for your child’s car seat is in the back seat, away from active air bags. If the car seat is placed in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it could hit the back of a rear-facing car seat — right where the child’s head is — and cause a serious or fatal injury.
How do I stop my car seat from moving side to side?
So, what is the best way to tighten your car seat? Parents noted that the easiest and most foolproof way to tighten your child’s seat is to put your knee on the seat, pushing with all your weight, as you tighten the seat belt as much as you can, and then finish by locking the belt strap.