- Not Considering the Child’s Weight
Always buy child car seats according to your child's weight. Refer to the weight table set by your local department of vehicles. Take note that there are three stages of using car seats: rear-facing child seats, forward-facing seats, and booster seats. Rear-facing seats are for infants and should be installed facing the car's rear. It should have a snug harness.
Forward-facing seats are for children weighing 10 to 30 kg and should face the rear as well. Booster seats are for kids four years or older or children up to 145 cm tall. Rules regarding booster seats vary, so refer to your local authorities.
- Not Following Manufacturer’s Installation Steps
Always check the manufacturer's instructions on how to use child seats. It’s essential for convertible child seats as you can use this to face forward. Use correct hardware and tools when installing your child's car seat.
- Uncomfortable Straps, Incorrect Placement
Children tend to get fussy when the straps are incorrectly placed or are very uncomfortable. You should check if the straps are correctly positioned to avoid any discomfort. The harness straps must be snug with the chest clip along the armpit for seats facing the rear and along the mid-chest for forward-facing seats. Secure the straps very well, especially when your child is wearing a thick coat.
- Using Defective Seats or Non-Certified Seat
Always use recommended and certified car seats by your doctor or by your auto insurance company. As much as possible, don’t buy or use second-hand car seats. If you are in an accident, replace a defective seat right away. Also, check recalls for car seats and return yours if it’s part of a recall.
Talk to your auto insurance company if you have concerns about child safety and coverage in your current policy. Your policy grows with you, so be sure to update it as soon as there are changes in your driving style, vehicle and safety needs.
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