Thursday’s Thoughts- Car Seats and Your Car

thursdayFew events in life bring a volume of emotions like the birth of a baby. Everyone loves a baby. There is something about a new life that has clean slate that is just so perfect and pure. Also, if you can’t have a little fun shopping for baby stuff, you must be some kind of monster. One of the most important things new parents, grandparents and caregivers need is a proper car seat. There is a shocking statistic floating around out there that a disturbing amount of car seats are improperly installed and ill-fitting for children. Don’t worry, we are here to help you find the right car seat for the new little one in your life.


Thankfully the days of just loading kids like sacks of potatoes in a vehicle and flying down the highway at break-neck speeds are long past. Toyota engineers have followed the U.S. government blollimandate that all of the new  vehicles available at Buckeye Toyota or Buckeye Honda  in Lancaster Ohio come with the LATCH system for properly securing car seats. When you are trying to find the right car seat, the first thing you need to do is find one that is appropriate for the child. Babies and toddlers up to the age of three should be in a rear-facing car seat. Forward-facing or a high-back booster seat is usually appropriate for children from four to seven years old. Kids between eight and 12 years old may need to use a booster to ensure proper and safe seat belt alignment across the body.

seatProperly installing a car seat

Actually installing a car seat can be a very difficult measure for any parent. If you need any help making sure you have done it correctly, the Buckeye Honda & Toyota Service Departments or your local fire or police station are excellent resources in this regard. However, since all car seats are different in how they are installed, here are a few universal signs you need to look for to make sure you are headed in the right direction.

  • Once the car seat is installed, you shouldn’t be able to move the straps, harness or seat more than an 1/2 inch. If there is too much play, you may need to reevaluate the situation.
  • Make sure there are no twists or other kinks in the seat belt straps themselves.
  • Many car seats come with an recline angle indicator, make sure the seat is at the proper angle for the vehicle it is being installed.

If you have any questions about how to install a car seat properly in your vehicle, feel free to contact Buckeye Toyota or Buckeye Honda of Lancaster and let us show you how to properly use the LATCH system.  The LATCH system can save you time in the long run, as well as insure that the seat is installed safely.


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