The safest place for your car seat is the rear middle seat due to its maximum distance from passenger-side air bags and any potential impact.
Does car seat go behind driver or passenger?
The car seat should always be installed in the back seat. That is the safest spot for your baby. If you can, put the car seat in the center seat. If not, it is fine behind either the driver or passenger side.
Is driver or passenger side safer for car seat?
If you can’t fit two seats right next to each other, you will have to use the two outside seats. There isn’t really a preferred side for the infant as far as crash safety is concerned. There is virtually no difference between driver’s side and passenger side in crash statistics.
What is the safest side to put a car seat?
Placing the car seat in the wrong spot
The safest place for your child’s car seat is in the back seat, away from active air bags. If the car seat is placed in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it could hit the back of a rear-facing car seat — right where the child’s head is — and cause a serious or fatal injury.
Can rear-facing car seat go behind driver or passenger?
Safest place for 2 car seats
The safest place to install two car seats depends on if you’re installing the car seats in the rear-facing or forward-facing positions. If both of the car seats are rear-facing/forward-facing, place the younger child in the middle and the older child behind the passenger seat.
Can car seats go side-by-side?
Since forward-facing offers less protection than rear-facing, give an older forward-facing child the center and the rear-facing child the side, so long as the kids get along well enough to sit next to each other and the car seats install securely side-by-side. Rear-facing is safer than forward facing.
What side should car seat be on UK?
Using a baby or child car seat
Make sure you always put your baby into their car seat from the pavement side of the car.
Is the middle seat the safest for a car seat?
The center of the back seat is statistically the safest place in the car. Research from real crashes shows that the center is safest – particularly because you can’t take a direct impact in the center. One study of kids 0-3 years old found that kids sitting in the center are 43% safer than those sitting on the side.
Why is rear-facing safer?
A rear-facing car seat will absorb most of the crash forces and supports the head, neck and spine. When children ride forward-facing, their heads – which for toddlers are disproportionately large and heavy – are thrown forward, possibly resulting in spine and head injuries.
Where should the chest strap be placed on a child?
Yes. The chest clip keeps the straps running alongside your baby’s neck, and right over the middle/top of the shoulders. Without the chest clip, the straps can very easily move, or be moved (toddler hands sure are tricky), too far to the outside of their shoulders.
When can I switch my child to forward facing?
The AAP now recommends that kids sit rear-facing until at least age 2 and for longer if possible. NHTSA now recommends: “Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer.”
Can I put rear facing baby seat in front of car?
NEVER put a rearward-facing baby seat in the front if there is an active passenger airbag. It is illegal and dangerous to do so, because if the airbag goes off, it will hit the baby seat and fling it forward with considerable force.