You've got a used luxury car and a brand new baby, and you need to know how to make the two get along safely. Fortunately, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has a few general tips to follow to get your child safety seat installed correctly:

  • Use a rear-facing seat for children two and younger
  • All car seats must be secured using the lower anchors, or the seat belt
  • Carefully read both the car seat manual, and vehicle owner's manual for correct seat installation
  • Install in the back seat
  • Pull on child seat after installation. If it slides more than 1 inch side-to-side or front-to-back, it must be tightened
  • For forward-facing seats, make sure the tether strap is connected to the tether anchor and tightened
  • For rear-facing seats, make sure the correct recline angle is set

If installing a child safety seat still sounds like a confusing task, the IIHS evaluates the LATCH systems on many recent-model-year vehicles for ease of use. Vehicles with a good LATCH rating will have anchors that are easy to locate, easy to maneuver, and will not have confusing hardware that could be mistaken for a tether anchor.

Remember, proper seat installation is critical to safety in an accident -- and so is having a vehicle that is well maintained.

Schedule car repair service in Westborough to make sure your vehicle is meeting all safety requirements. Shop new tires, have your brakes inspected, and more at Autobahn USA.

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