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The first is purchasing a car seat that does not meet U.S. safety standards. To ensure that the seat you purchase is a good one for your child and at a minimum meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, be sure that you are buying it from a legitimate retailer. This is particularly true when buying it online. A permanent label that provides that information will be affixed to the seat. Along the same lines, if you are using a seat that has been used previously, make sure it is not past its expiration date. That too can be found affixed to the seat, usually on the bottom.
When installing the car seat be sure to refer to the manual that came with it. While a YouTube video may be helpful there is much more information about the seat and its use found in the manual. The information can make the installation of the car seat safer.
Making sure that a car seat is installed properly is only part of what needs to be done to keep your children safe. In our next post we will focus on the importance of using the seat correctly.