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Car Seat Safety Infographics and How-To Video

How Do I Test My Car Seat Installation? 

June is National Safety Month and one of the most important safety checks in your vehicle is testing your car seat installation. Ensuring that a car seat is properly installed is critical when it comes to driving with infants and children. But how do you test that your car seat is properly installed? These car seat safety infographics and tips are here to help you make sure that your car seat is safe for your child.  


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How to Install a Car Seat 

Buckle Up for Life is a national safety program created by Toyota and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. This partnership works to educate parents and caregivers about how to properly use car seats in their vehicles and aims to help families in need of car seats. We have included one of the Buckle Up for Life informational videos featuring Gloria Del Castillo, Senior Specialist of Community Engagement. In this video, Del Castillo explains how to choose the right car seat for your child and also demonstrates how to properly install a car seat and fasten your child in the seat.

Car Seat Inspection Centers Near Decatur 

  • Decatur Morgan Hospital | 1201 7th Street SE, Decatur, AL 35601 
  • Hunstville Pediatric Associates | 1963 S Memorial Parkway, Hunstville, AL 35801 
  • Hunstville Hostpital Fitting Station | The Franklin Tower 927 Franklin Street, Hunstville, AL 35801 

Checking Your Car Seat Installation 

Buckle Up for Life Car Seat Inch Test Infographic with text reading “Once you’ve installed your car seat, give it a good tug at the base where the car seat is secured. A properly installed car seat should not move more than an inch side-to-side or front-to-back. Try to remember to check for looseness every few months. Make sure to check your car seat manual for additional information.”

Buckle Up for Life Car Seat Shoulder Check Infographic with text reading “See where the shoulder strap is threaded through the car seat? As your child grows, you can adjust the straps lower or higher according to their shoulder height. If your child is rear-facing, you want the straps to come out of the seat at or below their shoulder. For a forward-facing position, the straps should emerge from the seat at or above the shoulder."

Buckle Up for Life Car Seat Pinch Test Infographic with text reading “Once you have safely secured your child in their car seat, make sure the harness is buckled, snuggly secured, and coming through the correct slots of the seat. With your child safely secured in their car seat and the chest clip placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at your child’s shoulder. You should not be able to pinch any excess on the strap. If you can you will need to tighten the harness until it is smooth against your child’s shoulders!”


Read more: How Does the Toyota Safety Sense Pre-Collision System Work?


A properly installed car seat is critical to keeping your child safe while riding in your vehicle. Follow these tips to help you ensure your child’s car seat is safely secured in your car. For more information about the LATCH system in your Toyota vehicle or how to use it, contact a member of the Serra Toyota of Decatur service team today.