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To install your rear-facing child car seat:
Install away from active airbags. For most vehicles the safest place is the back seat or the second or third row of a mini-van.
Install the base at the correct angle. The angle range will be written on the car seat itself or in its manual. Some infant car seat models feature a built-in level indicator.
Use your body weight to tighten and fasten the seatbelt or Universal Anchorage System (UAS) strap through the base. The child car seat should move no more than 1 inch in any direction where the seatbelt or Universal Anchorage System (UAS) strap is routed through the child car seat.
If needed, use a locking clip. This clip helps secure the child car seat into your vehicle, if your vehicle’s seat belts do not lock. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual to see if you need one. If so, install the locking clip on the seatbelt within one-half inch of the latch plate.
Use the harness slots to position the straps correctly. Your harness straps must pass through the correct slots. Check your child car seat manual for the correct height.
To use your rear-facing car seat:
Make sure the harness straps do not twist or fold. Harness straps need to be straightened out each time you secure your baby in the seat.
Adjust the chest clip on the harness. It should lie flat against your baby’s chest at armpit level.
Secure the harness straps at or below your baby’s shoulders. You should not be able to fit more than one finger underneath the harness straps at your baby’s collarbone.
Make sure the carrier latches into the child car seat base every time.
Give it a tug to ensure it is still secure each time you place your child in the child car seat.
Remove bulky clothing from your baby, such as, thick sweaters or heavy jackets to ensure that the straps fit snugly.
It is best to keep your child in a rear-facing child car seat until they reach the manufacturer’s recommended maximum weight and height limits, since the rear-facing position is the safest. When your child outgrows the maximum weight or height limits of an infant rear-facing car seat, they may move to a larger convertible infant/child car seat and stay rear-facing until the child is ready to face forward. Rear-facing car seats should never be placed in the front seat of a vehicle. Do not use a car seat past its expiration date or if it is involved in a collision.
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