We Now Have a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician

Did you know that 3 out of 4 car seats are installed incorrectly? And that car related injuries are one of the leading causes of death for children in the US. Many of these deaths could have been prevented with a properly installed child safety seat. There is a correct car seat for your car, for your child’s age and installing and securing them correctly is important to us.

We have a certified child safety seat technician on staff. They have completed the NHTSA class to learn proper installation. Additionally, he learned how to select the correct seat based on your vehicle and your child’s age, height and weight, as well as how to instruct parents, grandparents and care givers to install the car seats themselves.

Car Seat Installation and Training: $24.95–Checking seat appropriateness, Installation and Care Giver Training

Here are some basics for the APA recommendations for child safety seats. Do not be anxious to move children into seats before they are ready.

Car seats can be installed with the vehicle seat belt or with the LATCH system. Most new cars now have a LATCH system installed. Additionally, all car seats should use the tether to secure the seat to the vehicle.

Rear Facing Car Seats should be used for children from the day they come home from the hospital until they reach the height and weight limits of the car seat. Recent research has proven that having children stay rear facing as long as their seat allows has shown to decrease injuries in collisions. When children ride forward-facing, their bodies are restrained by the harness straps, but their heads – which for toddlers are disproportionately large and heavy – are thrown forward, possibly resulting in spine and head injuries.

Children should use a forward-facing car safety seat with a harness for as long as possible, until they reach the height and weight limits for their seats. When using the harness, Pull the harness snug to your child’s body – the straps should be tight enough that you can just slip two fingers flat between your child’s body and their collar bones. Place the chest clip just under their shoulders. In the colder months make sure to remove any heavy coats, so that the harness is tight against the child and not the bulky clothes.

When children outgrow the height and weight restrictions on their forward-facing car seat they should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle’s lap and shoulder seat belt fits properly. High back boosters do a better job of positioning the shoulder belt correctly by using channels on the head area of the booster and provide head and neck support.

Children can start using a regular seat belt once they can easily rest their back against the seat of the car and bend their knees over the edge of the seat. Here is the 5-point checklist to see if your child is ready to move out of all seats.

  • Does your child sit all the way back against the vehicle seat?
  • Do your child’s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the vehicle seat?
  • Does the vehicle belt cross your child’s shoulder evenly between the neck and arm?
  • Is the lap belt as low on the abdomen as possible, near the top of the thighs?
  • Can your child stay comfortably seated like this for the whole trip?
  • Does the belt stay in place when the child moves?

Children under 13 should be seated in the rear seats of the vehicle and not the front seats where the air bags could cause harm