How to install a convertible car seat: Rear-facing

How to install a convertible car seat: Rear-facing

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I'm officer Patrick Roth of the California Highway Patrol, and today we're going to learn how to install a convertible car seat. Each convertible seat comes with some sort of a mechanism that changes it from forward-facing to rear-facing to forward. This particular seat has these mechanisms down here. They fold out for forward-facing, and they fold in for rear-facing.

We're going to install this seat using the LATCH system. LATCH stands for "Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children." This vehicle does not have LATCH in the center position, so we're going to move it to the second safest position, which is the passenger side. It's the off-traffic side, so it's safer to take the baby in and out.

First, you find your lower anchors by an indicator on the seat itself. You can also check your owner's manual and it will tell you where it is. Then you take your tether anchor from your seat and make sure that the hook is facing downward. Go underneath the seat and find that anchor, and then lock it in. You'll do the same for the other side.

Then get the seat in position and put some weight down on the seat, and then pull up on this strap. It may take a couple of tries to get a good, tight fit. Once it's pulled tight, check for tightness. We want one inch or less of movement at that belt path right here. The movement back here is okay – you just want to make sure it's tight here. You also want to make sure that you're at 30 to 45 degrees. This seat has a level indicator that will tell you that.

That takes care of the seat!

Watch the video: Installing the Safety1st Complete Air, rear facing, with LATCH (May 2022).