So, you have bought a convertible car seat for your kid after reading reviews of safest convertible car seats by consumer reports. Well, that is a good investment because it will keep your child safe as he/she goes with you in the car. However, before you can begin your maiden journey with a convertible car seat installed in your car, you need to figure out a way to install it properly in the car because if the convertible car seat is not properly installed, then it can inflict more damages to your kid than ensuring his/her protection. Convertible car seats can be installed in forward-facing mode as well as in rear-facing mode, but before you can use it in any of these modes, you must install it in the right way.
- A convertible car seat can be easily installed using the LATCH system where the LATCH stands for ‘Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children’. If your car has the LATCH in the center position, then that’s good, otherwise, move it to the second safest position.
- Once you’ve moved the LATCH, then you need to lower the anchors by an indicator on the seat itself. To locate it, you can read the owner’s manual. Now, you can take the tether anchor from the seat and make sure that the hook is facing downward. You need to go underneath the seat to find the anchor and then, lock it in. Do the same for the other side.
- As the seat gets in position, put some weight on it followed by pulling up on the strap. You will get the right fit and once you do, check for tightness. There shouldn’t be too much movement around the belt. Also, make sure that you are at a 30-45 degree angle, and for that, you can take the help of the level indicator.
That sums up the installation process of a convertible car seat.