Do local fire departments install car seats?
Many fire departments will install and check car seats, but they need to have a child passenger safety technician on hand to do it. Not as many firefighters are also CPS techs anymore due to liability risk. You should certainly call and ask before you assume the fire department can help.
Where is the best place to install a car seat?
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.
Should car seat go behind driver or passenger?
Install in the Backseat
The car seat should always be installed in the back seat. That is the safest spot for your baby. If you can, put the car seat in the center seat. If not, it is fine behind either the driver or passenger side.
When should I install my car seat?
Anytime between 35-37 weeks is a good time to install your infant (or convertible) seat in preparation for the big day. If you go into labor before 35 weeks, your baby will probably spend some time in the NICU, so you’ll have plenty of time to figure it out in the meantime.
Is the middle the safest place for a car seat?
The safest place for your car seat is the rear middle seat due to its maximum distance from passenger-side air bags and any potential impact.
Why is the seat behind the driver the safest?
The majority of crashes are frontal impact crashes. Being in the center rear seat is most beneficial of the more rare but more dangerous side impact crashes. Being in a rear-facing car seat is safer if the crash is front impact as the child’s head, neck and back are all being supported during the crash.
Can you put a baby seat behind the driver?
If the car does not have airbags in the front, or if they can be deactivated, or if the car has sensors which switches the airbag off automatically when you fit a child seat, then you can legally carry a rearward facing baby seat in the front. However, it is still better to fit it in the rear.
Why is rear-facing safer?
That’s because a rear-facing seat spreads the crash force more evenly across the back of the car seat and the child’s body. It also limits the motion of the head, reducing the potential for neck injury, and keeps the child more contained within the shell of the child restraint.
Should a forward facing car seat be in the middle?
Children riding in a forward-facing car seat have fewer safety features protecting them than those riding in a rear-facing car seat. So, they need to be placed in the middle to reduce the risk of injury in a collision.
How long can a newborn be in a car seat 2020?
Many car seat manufacturers recommend that a baby should not be in a car seat for longer than 2 hours, within a 24 hour time period. This is because when a baby is in a semi-upright position for a prolonged period of time it can result in: 1. A strain on the baby’s still-developing spine.
How long can infants be in a car seat?
How long should a baby be in a car seat? Lots of parents want to know “how long can babies stay in car seats?” The general advice is that your baby should sit/sleep in their car seat for no more than two hours at a time.