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Health Tip: Installing a Child's Car Seat

(HealthDay News) -- Proper installation of a rear-facing car seat, recommended for all infants and children up to age 2, offers protection for your child in the event of a car crash.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests these guidelines:

  • The harness straps should be in the slots that are at or below the height of your child's shoulders. Straps should fit snugly with the chest clip at mid-chest.
  • Make sure the car seat is installed snugly. It should not move more than 1 inch in any direction.
  • A rear-facing car seat should never be placed in the vehicle's front seat.
  • Make sure the lower anchor and tether or seat belt are properly routed through the appropriate belt path, according to the seat's installation instructions.
  • Set your car seat to the appropriate angle that doesn't allow your child's head to bend forward.
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