How can I make sure my car seat is installed properly?

Cynthia Crothers, Car Seat Specialist, shares advice on how to make sure that your child's car seat is properly installed in you car and how to adjust it to make sure that it stays in place
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How can I make sure my car seat is installed properly?

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Getting your car seat checked to see if it's installed properly is the first thing that a parent needs to do. When you purchase a car seat, there's a paper on it that says: Go to seatcheck.org and find an inspection locator near you. Definitely, absolutely do that. 90% of all car seats are installed wrong and used incorrectly and seeing a professional, certified person will help you learn what you did wrong and create the proper use and installation for the baby. You're going to make adjustments as the baby gets bigger, too. You need to know how the system works. People should be looking for a car seat inspection station or a training session in their seventh month of pregnancy. They should not be waiting until that baby class just before they deliver to find out that they need to find and have their car seat checked because then you're not going to find any availability in the time frame that you have.

Cynthia Crothers, Car Seat Specialist, shares advice on how to make sure that your child's car seat is properly installed in you car and how to adjust it to make sure that it stays in place

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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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