Using the locking clips for car seats

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Using the locking clips for car seats


Almost every car seat that you buy will have a locking clip attached to it. It looks like a metal capital "I" and it will be in an infant seat, under the leg of the car seat. It will be in the back of a booster or second stage convertible. Some place in your car seat, there is going to be a locking clip. That allows you to use a seat belt to create a pre-crash position of the seat belt, meaning, all seat belts have a position if you reach over, it will lock, but when you relax, it releases. We don't want that movement with a car seat, so we pre-crash it by pulling the seat belt really tight, turning our lap shoulder belt into a lap belt using that locking clip. Keeping our car seat exactly where we want to keep it, all the time. It does a couple of other things, too. If we are going to have a passenger in the car, take the car seat out, fold our seats down; we can put our car seat back in and it's already positioned nice and tight. I think it's the most important ways to install a car seat with a seat belt.

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Cynthia Crothers

Car Seat Specialist

Cynthia Crothers of KidzSeatz Carseat Installation Service is a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Specialist in Los Angeles and New Jersey. Cindy is the mother of five daughters and has six grandchildren.  An eager student, Cindy had the opportunity to go through a five day training with Sit Safe, the VW and Audi CPS training program. Amazed at how car seats and car seat safety has changed over the years, Cindy became a strong advocate for child passenger safety starting with her own grandchildren. Thousands of families later, she currently offers detailed hands-on training sessions for parents and caregivers. A parent needs to know how to customize and reinstall their car seat correctly and use it correctly for their child to have the best chance of surviving a crash. Vehicles are the number one killer of children under 16 years old. To Cindy, nothing is more important in protecting children on the move.

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