Choosing the Right Car Seat or Booster Seat

Not sure what car seat is perfect for your child? Nancy breaks down all the factors in choosing #TheRightSeat for your child to start National Child Passenger Safety Week.


This video begins our series for Child Safety Week, which is from September 15th to the 21st. Now in this video, our focus is on choosing the right car seat or booster seat as being the first step in traveling with your child. It’s overwhelming the number of choices on the market. Where do I begin? Car seats have come a long way since I last purchased one.

Hi. I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center. Now after taking a four-day class to become a certified child safety technician, thank you, I was amazed of all the information there was to know. I recommend following the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of Gold Standard Protection Guideline in helping to select your car seat. Now it identifies four areas to choose for your car seat. It identifies the age of the child, the weight of the child, the height of the child and finally, the developmental level of the child.

Now once you’ve checked off all of these four items, it comes down to your personal preference. Here are some other things to consider though. How often do you want to purchase a car seat? Do you want that child seat to grow with the child? For example, that a seat starts at rear-facing, as recommended by the manufacturer, and then it moves forward-facing as the child grows. Is the child seat easy to install in your vehicle? Is the child seat heavy to carry? Because some of these car seats can weigh up to 30 pounds. Do you need more than one car seat to fit in the back of your vehicle at the same time?

Remember, your car seat is one of the most important purchases you are making as it’s carrying your precious cargo. Continuing our series tomorrow at 12:30, to check out the next area to focus on the car seats.