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It’s easy to understand why a quality car seat for our kids is incredibly important. For decades now, it has been required to include standard children’s car seats in your vehicle to keep your children safe from any danger caused by accidents. We all understand and recognize that driving poses an inherent danger, and we must take all the precautions and safety measures in order to protect our children.

But whether you are a new or soon to be parent, or an experienced parent struggling with a new seat to install, we’ve got you covered. We wanted to provide parents with a simple guide to installing car seats for the kids, and even recommendations on where to start with your car seat shopping.

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For this guide, we are using the Clek Foonf Convertible Car Seat. This seat comes with an anti rebound bar, preventing rebound in a side-impact collision. The design also allows for extended rear-facing use, and can accommodate children in a rear-facing position until their 4th birthday (up to 50 lbs). Below are more specifications and features below:

Specifications:

  • Seating Depth: 12.5 in.
  • Seating Height: 21.5-26 in.
  • Harness-Slot Height: 8-17 in.
  • Width: 13-17 in.
  • Fore-Aft Measurement in Rear-Facing: 33 in.
  • Height Measurement in Rear-Facing: 25.75-28.75 in.
  • Seat Weight in Forward-Facing: 32 in.
  • Seat Weight in Rear-Facing: 36 lb

Child Requirements:

Rear-Facing:

  • 25-43 in.
  • 14-50 lb
  • Able to sit upright alone

Forward-Facing Child:

  • 30-49 in.
  • 22-65 lb
  • 2+ years recommended (1 year minimum)

Features:

  • Improved Rear-Facing Installation – easy access belt path, small footprint and anti-rebound bar
  • Smooth Recline – included is an easy to use recline function, making the ride more comfortable
  • GREENGUARD certified – fabric is certified and provides permanent protection against stains, moisture and odor-causing bacteria. Also free of brominated and chlorinated flame retardants.

So now that you know what car seat we’re focused on, let’s break down how to set this (and other standard car seats) up safely and simply:

Installing a Rear-Facing Infant Car Seat – With a Seat Belt

  1. To start, always read your car seat manual and vehicle owner’s manual to ensure that you do not miss any important information regarding the car seat and the vehicle. Most importantly, focus on the seat belt system, and how to install it with your vehicle’s system in mind.
  2. Place the seat base in the second row of the vehicle.
  3. Thread the seat belt through the rear facing belt path, making sure that the belt is straight and has no twists.
  4. Buckle and lock the seat belt in place.
  5. Press down on the base to tighten. Ensure that the seat passes the 1 inch rule, and that it cannot move more than 1 inch front, back and side to side.
  6. Ensure the base is at the proper angle for the age of your child, which should be specified in the manual.
  7. Attach the carrier to the base.
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Installing a Rear-Facing Infant Car Seat – With Lower Anchors

  1. Read the car seat manual as well as your vehicle’s owner manual. Focus on the placement of the lower anchors.
  2. Place the seat base in the second row of the vehicle.
  3. Locate lower anchors in your vehicle.
  4. Connect the lower anchor attachments in the seat base to the car lower anchors, ensuring the straps are not twisted.
  5. Press down on the base to tighten. Ensure that the seat passes the 1 inch rule, and that it cannot move more than 1 inch front, back and side to side.
  6. Ensure the base is at the proper angle for the age of your child, which should be specified in the manual.
  7. Attach the carrier to the base.

Installing a Forward Facing Car Seat – With a Seat Belt and Tether

  1. To start, always read your car seat manual and vehicle owner’s manual to ensure that you do not miss any important information regarding the car seat and the vehicle. Most importantly, focus on the seat belt system, and how to install it with your vehicle’s system in mind.
  2. Place the car seat in the second row.
  3. Thread the seat belt through the belt path without any twists.
  4. Buckle and lock the seat belt.
  5. Press down on the base to tighten. Ensure that the seat passes the 1 inch rule, and that it cannot move more than 1 inch front, back and side to side.
  6. Connect the tether from the car seat to the vehicle’s tether anchor and tighten.

 

Installing a Forward Facing Car Seat – With Lower Anchors and Tether

  1. Read the car seat manual as well as your vehicle’s owner manual. Focus on the placement of the lower anchors.
  2. Place the car seat in the second row of the vehicle.
  3. Locate the lower anchors in the vehicle, and connect the lower anchor attachments of the car seat to the lower anchors, without twisting the straps.
  4. Press down on the base to tighten. Ensure that the seat passes the 1 inch rule, and that it cannot move more than 1 inch front, back and side to side.
  5. Connect the tether on the car seat to the tether anchor in the vehicle and tighten.

 

If you follow these guides, you should have a safe and comfortable car seat for your child! Always make sure to look over the manual of both the car seat and your vehicle’s owner manual to ensure that all necessary steps and precautions have been taken.