Is your child or soon to be child using a car seat? Is that car seat safe? Nancy provides the 5 major tips on buying a car seat especially before having your child use it.
Is your child in a car seat? And is that car seat safe?
Hi. I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center.
Now, for your convenience, here’s a list of five tips before even using the car seat.
Number one, is there a label on the car seat reading FMVSS 213? Well, this label certifies that the NHTSA, which is the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard has been met for the child safety seat. Because each test is performed under different crash scenarios, but it must pass a simulated crash head-on collision at 30 miles an hour.
These tests are done on child seats for children 80 pounds and under. The crash performance tests are mandated by the federal government, and to receive that stamp of approval for that label, they must pass all vigorous tests to certify their performance.
Number two, never buy a used car seat unless you know for sure it has not been involved in an accident. Also, remember to look for the expiration date on a car seat to make sure it isn’t older than six years old. Because plastics have the shell of the car seat they start to deteriorate over time, and ports also can be missing or broken.
Number three, it’s important to know if there’s a recall on your car seat. Now, you can check for car seat recalls on the NHTSA website.
Number four, once you buy a car seat, it’s recommended to complete the registration card. So if the seat is recalled in the future, you will be notified to get it fixed or replaced immediately.
Number five, you should never modify any car seat or booster seat as they can change the performance in a crash. If needed, use only the padding the manufacturer supplier recommends with the car seat.
Well, thank you for watching, and be sure to check out our website for other videos on car seat safety.
Remember, as always, Wednesday at 12:30 you could see a new video. See you here at 5473 Somers Point Road in Mays Landing for your next car care need.
And as always, feel free to schedule your next appointment through our website or call us at 609-625-3286. Thank you.