Features to look for when purchasing a car seat

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Features to look for when purchasing a car seat

Okay, so features that you want to look for while you’re choosing your car seat. One of the big things is will it fit in your car? Sometimes, when you’re doing the research online with the different manufacturers, your friends have this car seat or you’ve seen this other one, you want to check it out online, you want to look at the dimensions. You want to see if it’s easy to use. And the best way to do that is also find it in a store close to you and play with it hands on. Those things are really important, because if you pick a car seat, because somebody else likes it and it has all these bells and whistles, but you don’t know how to use it, that’s an immediate problem. So you want to find one that you’re comfortable with, that you can figure it out. And if not, you know that there’s a certified person close by no matter where you are that you can ask questions of. You can even call the manufacturer and ask them questions with their help desk. So there’s a lot of ways that you could figure out what car seat is best for you. One of the problems that we face is that 90% of the people using a car seat right now – the car seat is not installed correctly for their car. It’s not being used correctly and it’s because they either felt like they could follow the generalized directions and get it right and customize it to their particular needs and that didn’t happen. Or they weren’t sure who to ask. But you can ask any certified person listed on seatcheck.org or the NHTSA website. Get somebody on the phone, ask them those questions and get those answers.

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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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