Car Seat Fitting Guide
Fitting a car seat with a seat belt
Fitting a car seat with ISOFIX
Common Car Seat Fitting Issues
According to a 2018 study, nearly two-thirds of car seats are incorrectly fitted. No matter how many safety features your car seat is equipped with, if it’s not fitted correctly, it simply isn’t safe.
1. The car seat harness is too loose
Too much space between your child and the harness increases the risk of their shoulders slipping out in the event of a collision. How can you tell if the harness is fitted correctly? You should be able to fit only two fingers between the harness and your child’s chest.
2. The seat belt is too slack
If the seat belt isn’t correctly adjusted, your child is at greater risk of being injured in a crash. Always make sure the seat belt is tightly fitted and properly clipped in its buckle to ensure both your child and the car seat are secure.
3. The seat belt is sitting incorrectly on your child
Whether it ends up below your child’s arm, cutting across their neck, or sitting on their tummy, there are numerous ways the seat belt could be positioned incorrectly. Never try to guess how a seat belt should be positioned. Instead, make sure you follow the car seat manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
4. Buckle crunch
If the seat belt buckle rests against the frame of the car seat, pressure on the buckle could potentially cause it to fail (also known as buckle crunch). Only the material part of the seat belt should ever touch the car seat frame.
5. The seat belt is twisted
A twisted seat belt won’t react as it’s designed to in a collision, and it may even fail to work altogether. To avoid this problem, make sure the seat belt runs smoothly through every fitting.