Car seats are part of being a parent. Sometimes they seem to burden us, but without them, we risk our children’s safety.
Here are five shopping tips to consider when shopping for car seats:
1. Take friends and family’s recommendations to heart, but realize that the best car seat is the one that fits your child, fits well in your vehicle and is installed correctly.
2. The more expensive a car seat does not mean it’s safer.
3. Know your car seat’s history.
If you’re buying new you should be fine, however, if you find a “deal” be certain to look on the label for the manufacturer’s date and research to find out how long the manufacturer recommends using the seat. There should be no visible cracks in the car seat. Check to be sure the car seat has a label with the manufacture date and model number so you can research to see if the car seat has been recalled. With this information, you can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-88-327-4236 or visit the NHTSA Website .You have instructions, whether in the form of a manual or online through the manufacturer.
4. Always be sure your car seat is installed properly. I recommend a certified CPS technician and a child seat fitting station. You can locate one near you by visiting
- NHTSA or
5. Lead by Example.
Your kiddos look up to you. Always wear your seat belt.