Basic Buying Tip #1
Select the car seat or booster seat that fits your child, fits your car, fits your budget AND that you will use correctly. We will guide you through it.
Don’t get overwhelmed by all the different models. All car seats meet the same U.S. federal safety standards.
Basic Buying Tip #2
Here are the basic parts of every car seat.
When you are shopping, you’ll find car seats with extra features. Buy a car seat that comes with the extra features you want, because adding on aftermarket products later (like a padding for the harness straps) can make your child less safe.
Basic Buying Tip #3
Check the Label
Read the labels on the car seat or booster seat before you buy. Look for the weight, height and age limits to make sure it’s the right choice for your child.
If you’re buying online, you can usually find this information in the product description in a section labeled “specification” or “specs.”
Basic Buying Tip #4
Avoid borrowing a used seat or purchasing one from garage sales, flea markets or second-hand stores where you don’t know the previous owner and the complete history of the car seat.
A used car seat is unsafe if it has been in a crash, has a recall, or is missing parts, labels or instructions. There’s just no way to be sure it’s safe.
Basic Buying Tip #5
Remember to complete and mail the registration card that comes with your car seat or booster seat.
Registering your seat will make sure you are notified by the car seat manufacturer if there is ever a recall. Don’t worry, the information provided on the registration card cannot be used for marketing or anything other than to notify you about a recall.