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Installing it yourself? Here are a few tips:
Tip 1. Securing your child car safety seat
Always install the seat tightly, using your body weight to tighten and fasten the seat belt. There should be no more than 2.5 cm (1″) of movement where the seat belt or the Universal Anchorage System (UAS) strap is routed through the child car seat.
Tip 2. Using tether straps with forward-facing car seats
The tether strap for a forward-facing child car safety seat must be used. The tether strap is located on the rear of the child car safety seat and has a hook. The hook is designed to attach the strap to the tether anchorage on the vehicle as specified by the vehicle manufacturer. Ensure the tether is only secured to the designated anchorage point(s) in the vehicle as specified by the manufacturer.
Tip 3. Using Universal Anchorage System (UAS)
Canadian vehicles manufactured on or after September 1, 2002 come with lower universal anchorage points. Consult the vehicle owner’s manual before using the UAS system to determine where the anchorage points are located and ensure that the correct method is used as advised by the car seat manufacturer.
Tip 4. Using locking clips
Sometimes locking clips may be required to safely secure a child car safety seat in a vehicle. Consult your owner’s manual to see if you need one. If so, install the locking clip on the seatbelt within 13 mm (1/2 inch) of the latch plate.
Tip 5. Using harness slots
Your child car safety seat’s harness straps must be positioned correctly by ensuring they pass through the correct slots.
- Rear-facing child car safety seat harness straps should sit at or below the child’s shoulders.
- Forward-facing child car safety seat harness straps should sit at or above the child’s shoulders.
Tip 6. Securing your child in the harness
Place the child in the child car seat, ensuring the harness straps lie flat with no more than 1 finger space between the harness and the child.
Tip 7. Positioning your harness straps
Ensure that harness straps lie flat and they do not twist or fold. Harness straps need to be straightened out each time the child is secured in the seat.
Tip 8. Adjusting chest clip
Properly adjust the chest clip on the harness. It should lie flat against the chest and be positioned at armpit level.
Tip 9. Check for the safety label
All child car safety seats manufactured for sale in Canada on and after March 15, 1998 must have a Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) label on the seat. Prior to this date, a Statement of Compliance label was attached to the side of the child car safety seat. Both the CMVSS and Statement of Compliance are the manufacturer’s certification that the child car seat meets all applicable regulations in effect at the time the child car seat was manufactured.
For more tips go to http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/carseat/tips.shtml