Using top tether on a rear facing car seat

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Using top tether on a rear facing car seat


Many of the new car seats on the market are equipped with a top tether for when you’re using that convertible seat in the forward facing position. However, a lot of them are now allowing you to use that top tether also in the rear facing position. It’s important to note that that top tether is not to be tightened so tight that it’s pulling the car seat down for a further recline. It’s mostly to prevent the car seat from bouncing back up in the event of an accident. When it rides the wave of the crash, that top tether on the rear-facing car seat is going to keep it anchored down further, so that your child doesn’t come up as much in the accident. So, you can usually wrap the little attachment that comes on the tether around the seat rail, on the back of your front seats or your passenger seat. Wrap that little attachment around it, and you can hook that top tether right to the hook that comes provided with the car seat. You should always reference your car seat manual to make sure that you’re following the instructions properly. It is not required in most car seat installations, but it’s an optional add-on.

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Jennifer Beall, MBA, CPST

Founder of Tot Squad

Jennifer Beall is the Founder and CEO of Tot Squad formerly known as CleanBeeBaby, an eco-friendly cleaning service for strollers and car seats that is at a different neighborhood retailer or preschool every day. Professional safety technicians help properly reinstall car seats after they are cleaned.Certified as a Child Passenger Safety Technician since 2009, Jen is passionate about helping parents properly use their car seats given that 85% are incorrectly installed. She also serves on the Los Angeles committee for Baby Buggy, a charity that helps collect used baby gear to redistribute it to families in need.Jen received her MBA in 2010 from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where she focused on Marketing and Entrepreneurship. CleanBeeBaby was created through her coursework, for which she won first place in the Kellogg Cup Business Plan Competition and the Student of the Year award in Entrepreneurship. Prior to business school, she worked in management consulting as well as internal strategy for a food and beverage company. She also received a BS in Mathematics from Duke University after leaving her hometown of Austin, Texas.Jen now lives in Los Angeles but remains a loyal fan of the Texas Longhorns and the Duke basketball team. She enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling. She has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Daily Candy, and Crain's Chicago Business.

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