Forward-facing Toddler Seat installation


"In this episode: How to install a FORWARD-facing seat for INFANTS."

That's for toddlers from nine to 18 kilograms, or 20 to 40 pounds.

For babies and older children, watch the other videos in this series.

Here's the first step.

Locate the tether strap on the car seat, and the tether anchor in your car, just like this. Check your vehicle owner's manual to locate the tether anchor points in your vehicle.

Now, check your car's seat belt to see how it LOCKS.

You need to pull the seatbelt all the way out and listen for a clicking sound to see if it locks here in the retractor.

If it doesn't lock in the retractor, check if it locks here on the latch plate by a cinching mechanism or a switch.

If it doesn't lock, you will need a locking clip. Installed like this, one half inch from the latchplate so you can see two "C" shapes.

Vehicles made in and after 2002 will have handy Universal Anchorage System (or UAS) points between the vehicle seat back and the lower seat cushion, like these. Check your vehicle owner's manual to see if you have this feature.

Child car seats come with a UAS belt. Simply thread the belt through the correct belt path (for forward-facing it usually goes through the back of the car seat), and connect it to the UAS anchorage points in your vehicle. Always check your vehicle owner's manual and car seat instructions for correct installation.

Use the seat belt or the UAS system, not both.

Let's continue with our seat belt installation.

Now you need a friend, to put weight in the child car seat so you can tighten the seatbelt.

Thread it through, and make sure the seat can't move more than two and a half centimeters, or one inch, where the seatbelt or UAS goes through the belt path..

Now it's time to secure your child.

Don't use overly bulky clothing when you fasten the buckles hereā€¦.and here.

The chest clip must be at armpit level. Snug, so you can only get one finger between the harness and child's chest.

Also, the harness straps coming through the seat must be AT or ABOVE the shoulders. Remember that's different than a rear-facing child car seat.

Before you drive away, here are some general tips.

Ensure all straps lie flat without twisting.

Seats manufactured for sale in Canada must have a Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard label or statement of compliance on the seat itself. Look for the round sticker with the maple leaf on it.

Check for an expiry date, and don't use a seat more than 10 years old.

Use extra caution when buying a pre-owned seat. Replace the car seat if it's been in a collision.

Most importantly, this series is a visual guide, but remember, every car and every seat is different. Follow the instruction manual closely.

Thanks for watching.