If you’re a new parent, chances are you’re already overwhelmed with the number of things you need to learn to keep your child safe. Learning about child car seats probably isn’t at the top of your list. However, since so many children are injured in traffic accidents, knowing how to install and use a child car seat correctly is critical to every child’s safety.
Rear-Facing Car Seats for Infants and Toddlers
Children up to two years old should be facing backward in their car seat. Children ride in these car seats until they are from 22 - 40 pounds or the height recommended on the car seat, which varies according to the manufacturer. There are three main types of rear-facing car seats: rear-facing only seats, convertible seats, and 3-in-one seats.
Forward-Facing Car Seats for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Once a child has outgrown a rear-facing car seat, he or she may be introduced to a forwarding-facing car seat with a harness. Children can remain in the forward-facing car seat for as long as possible--up to the highest height and weight, up until at least four years of age.
Booster Seats for School-Age Children
Once a child outgrows the forward-facing car seat, they can use a booster seat. Children should use the booster seat until a regular seat belt fits them properly. Typically, a child uses a booster seat until he or she is 4 foot 9 inches tall and roughly 8 - 12 years old. Booster seats are designed to raise a child so that both the lap and shoulder belt holds a child at the most active part of his or her body.
At Brown Motor Works, we care about the safety and well-being of your entire family. Come in and see us today so that we can ensure that every part of your car is safe and that you are secure. Contact Brown Motor Works today, or stop by our shop at 520 Clemson Rd., Columbia, SC 29229. For the best service, schedule an appointment online. We specialize in BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Mini Cooper vehicles.