A car seat is one of the most essential accessories in your vehicle as it not only provides comfort but also safety. Thanks to advancement in technology, there are hundreds of options on the market so finding one will not be a challenging task.
Here are four factors that you need to consider when looking for a car seat.
Check the Straps
Check if the straps in the seats are easy to adjust before making the purchase so that you don’t have to purchase a new seat as your baby grows. Most of the newer car seats have handles that you can use to adjust the straps and the straps should not need to be rethreaded.
Look for the JPMA Stamp on the Box
Most of the car seats on the market undergo rigorous tests before being released into the market. However, to be sure, it is recommended to check if the car seat has a JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) certification seal. Safety technology used to make car seats is continuously improving and so you should purchase a new seat instead of going for a second-hand one.
Check Your Vehicle Owner’ Manual
Before you start shopping for a car seat, it is imperative to check your vehicle user’s manual to known the specifications you should look for when comparing the car seats on the market. For example, does your car’s construction allow new car seats to be attached using the LATCH system or the seat belt?
Amount of Space in the Back Seat
Know the amount of space in the back seat to avoid purchasing a new seat that will not fit in the car. For example, a seat that has a large base may not fit properly in a small car. In that case, you should get one that has a narrower base.
Take time to evaluate all these factors to avoid inconveniences down the road. The personnel at the store can also help you understand the specifications and make the right choice.