Common Mistake of Car Seat Installation
After purchasing a car seat that suits your precious one, have you installed it correctly?
Incorrect installations will severely limit the effectiveness of a car seat! Are you confident that you have installed it accordingly? If you are not 100% sure, please come to Stroller World as we provide a Car Seat Consultant service which helps parents to check the condition of the car seat and whether it has been installed correctly according to the height and weight of the child.
Here are some common mistakes parents might accidentally make, these mistakes must be avoided to ensure your child’s safety on the road.
- 1. Placing the car seat in the wrong spot: Many Malaysian parents place their child in the front seat, but this extremely dangerous action which might lead to tragedy should an unwanted crash occur. When the airbag inflates, it will hit on the rear-facing car seat or worse, will suffocate a forward-facing child to their death. The worst case is if the windscreen breaks, it will hurt the child in the front seat. This may inflict permanent trauma in a child.
- 2. Reclining your child at an incorrect angle: There are so many brand collections in the market, some with 6, or even 9 recline angles. That may sound like a good thing, however it is crucial to purchase an ECE R44/40 or R129 approved car seat with only 1 angle for rearward facing and 3 angles for forward facing. As parents, we need to keep in mind that as our child grows, we might need to adjust the angle. For specifics, you may find a reliable source from the internet, or ideally bring your car seat to Stroller World and we will help you fix it to the correct position, and brief you about the correct angles moving forward.
- 3. Moving to a forward facing or booster seat too soon: As mentioned in last week's blog, we classify children into 4 groups according to their height and weight. Hoping into the next stage too early will not protect your child effectively even if they have been buckled up. The minimum weight for a front facing seat is 9kg, however we advise to only change when your child can walk independently. Children will only be protected in booster seats after they reach 15kg, thus before that, you should stick to car seats.
- 4. Not removing heavy outerwear: Bulky outerwear and blankets can prevent harness straps from securing your child. We should first buckle the harness, then only place a coat or blanket over the harness to keep your baby warm.
Together we can protect our children better, feel free to contact us at 03-80824716 or
010-3555992 or visit Stroller World for further assistance.