Child safety seats are vital because they provide children with additional protection in the event of an accident, but they won't be effective if they aren't installed correctly. It's also necessary to keep your child in a car seat that's appropriate for their size. Use these tips from Mears Mazda Volvo in Lubbock, TX to pick the right car seat for your little one.

Rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, booster seats, and seat belts are used to keep children protected when they're in a vehicle. Infants need rear-facing car seats, and forward-facing car seats are appropriate for most toddlers. Booster seats and seat belts are used for older children.

Read through the owner's manual for installation instructions and be sure to see if your vehicle has lower anchors and tethers, which help keep car seats in a secure position. If you can move the seat more than one inch in any direction, it's not installed correctly. Keeping your child in a car seat as long as you can will maximize safety, and it's also important to keep little ones in the back seat.

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