Babies have large heads and weak necks. The car seats are angled backwards because babies need extra support while riding in a car. A rear-facing car seat will support your baby’s neck in a sudden stop or crash.
Always install the rear-facing car seat in the back seat of your car. This way, your child is as far away as possible from the front seat air bags if they inflate during a crash. There may be more than one way to install your car seat in your car. All three ways listed below are safe, so you can pick the one that is best for you and your car. You should check both your car owner’s manual and the car seat user guide for more information.
Remember: A child should not be left in the car seat to sleep once the car has stopped.
Use the Universal Anchorage System (UAS), if you have it in your car. Your car owner’s manual will show you where to find the anchors and may explain limitations for their use.
In most vehicles, this symbol shows you where to find your car’s UAS anchor bars. It also shows you where the connectors are on your car seat.
Use this option if your seat belts or car seat have a built-in locking feature. Check your vehicle owner’s manual and car seat user guide to see how to lock the seat belt correctly.
Use this option if your seat belts and car seat do not have a locking feature. Check both your vehicle owner’s manual and car seat user guide to see how to use the locking clip.
Make sure the rear-facing car seat is at the correct angle
Make sure the car seat doesn’t move
Hold both sides of the car seat ONLY where the seat belt or UAS belt is threaded through the car seat. Firmly try to move it in every direction: it should not move more than 2.5 cm (1 inch) side to side or front to back. Movement at the top of the car seat is normal.
Make sure the harness is snug every time you place your child in the car seat. This will keep your child as safe as possible in a crash or sudden stop.
Things to watch for:
Make sure there is enough space between the top of your child’s head and the top of the car seat; every car seat is different. Check your car seat user guide to know how much space is required.
Make sure the harness straps are snug on your child’s shoulders. Slide a finger under the harness at the collarbone and pull gently up/out. Attempt to pinch the webbing of the harness with the thumb and forefinger. If you are unable to pinch the harness, then it is sufficiently tight
Make sure the chest clip is at your child’s armpit level and closed properly.
Make sure the harness straps are snug on your child’s hips.
Make sure the harness straps are at or just below your child’s shoulders.
Don’t hurry. Keep your child in the rear-facing car seat until he or she grows out of it. Your car seat user guide will tell you the weight and height limits of a child for that car seat. If your child grows out of the rear-facing car seat, there may be another model that fits your child.
It is okay if your child’s legs touch the back of your vehicle seat.
Even if your child weighs more than 10 kg (22 lbs), and your provincial/ territorial law says you can use a forward-facing car seat, your child is safer in the rear-facing car seat as long as he or she is still below the car seat’s weight and height limits and fits in the car seat correctly.
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