Car Seat and Booster Seat Features
Not every car seat is the same. With most every model, you’ll find different features that will impact your convenience, budget, and most importantly, the safety of your child. Here are some features you should look for in a car seat:
These models can do it all—transitioning from a rear-facing car seat for infants, to a front-facing seat for toddlers, to booster seats for young kids.
Convertible car seats are multi-functioning, but don’t normally include functions for children of every age. One may work as a front and rear-facing car seat, and another may transform from a front-facing car seat to a booster seat.
Front-facing car seats normally come with a 5-point harness system. They clip in at both shoulders, hips, and the crotch. The point of this system is to reduce the risk of your child slipping out of his/her seat.
Wide straps are best for keeping your child restrained and comfortable. Twist-free straps guarantee that they won’t get tangled and cause harm or discomfort to your child.
Multiclip Chest Straps
Most car seats come with a chest clip, but they’re not something that’s mandated by law in America. They help secure your child in their car seat and keep straps from moving around.
Built-In Lock Clips
Lock clips keep your kid’s car seat from tipping over. Instead of selling a separate piece of metal, now most car seats include these locks within the seat itself so they’re easier to install.
This stands for “lower anchors and tethers for children.” All cars since 2002 have been mandated by federal law to include these systems. For cars that don’t have it, car seat companies offer LATCH System kits. They’re designed to better secure front and rear-facing car seats. They eliminate the need to use a car’s seat belts to anchor a car seat and give greater stability to a car seat.
About 40% of all car accident deaths of children under 8 are caused by side collisions. Impact protection uses EPS foam (types used in helmets) to add extra cushion around your child’s head.
This design enhances the safety of your child’s head during crashes. While wings help keep your kid’s head upright, they also provide cushion in case of a collision.
This feature is mostly used in rear-facing car seats since it can be dangerous in front-facing models. It gives your child more comfort for sleeping.