Like most things baby-related, car seats are complicated. What, on the surface, looks like a simple piece of equipment, can turn into a sweat-inducing nightmare that requires athleticism, Yen-like patience and the ability to decode hieroglyphic instruction manuals. So we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to fit a car seat to help you, follow these directions:
How to fit a car seat with car seat belts:
- Pass the cars’ seat belt through the correct guides on the child seat. Generally, the belt must pass through the blue guides if it is a rear-facing seat and the red guide, if it is a forward-facing seat.
- Push your whole weight into the child seat as you are tightening the seat belt, to make sure the seat is held a securely as possible. Ensure there is no slack in the seat belt.
- Your seat may have a lever or button that can be used to help you tighten the seat belt once it has been placed through the guides.
- Use the lock off device to keep the seat belts in place and prevent them from slipping.
- Try gently moving the car seat, making sure there is very little forwards or sideways movement.
- Ensure that the seat buckle is not resting on the child seat frame.
Isofix child seats:
- Isofix seats will not fit every car, so check that the one you choose is approved for use in your vehicle before you purchase it.
- Isofix cars have Isofix slots hidden on the back seat, generally in the joint between the back of the seat and the cushion back. Some also have a third attachment to stop the seat tipping forward.
- Before you start installation, find where the Isofix points are located in the car, and locate the Isofix connectors on the car seat.
- Click the connectors into their matching slots. There may be a visible indicator which changes from red to green to show you that the seat has been securely attached.
- If you have the top Isofix point, then fix this. Do not attach this to anything else, such as the headrest, as this is not strong enough.
- If the seat you have purchased has a supporting leg, then make sure this is attached correctly. Ensure the leg is not sitting over any under floor storage, as this is unsafe should impact occur.