Installing a Child Safety Seat the Right Way

At Honda Cars of Katy, we provide to you the resources you need in order to make driving with you and your family as safe as possible. Not only are we going to find you the perfect vehicle for you but we will also leave you feeling and knowing you are in a safe Honda vehicle. Child Saftey, is of utmost importance, and child safety seat installation is something that we all need to know about.  Please read on, and know the proper techniques! Happy reading!

If you grew up in the 60s, 70s or 80s, chances are you never had a child seat (or maybe never even used seat belts) and your parents never gave it a second thought.

Now child car seats are a part of everyday life, and installing the seat into their new Honda Accord can be difficult.  It doesn’t help matters that there’s no standardized way to mount them – each brand is different.

That trepidation and worry is well-founded – the NTHSA has found that as many as 80 percent of child safety seats are improperly installed and used and that poor installation can be a contributing factor to many traffic fatalities in children under 14.

Honda Cars of Katy - Installing Child Safety SeatHere are some things to keep in mind:

  • Getting a proper fit between car seat and vehicle seat is essential, and usually tricky.  Some vehicles have automatic locking retractors (ALR), emergency locking retractors (ELR) or retractors that can work either way.  The seat cushions’ shape and size can make a big difference, as can the huge variety of shapes and sizes of child safety seats.
  • The federal government has stepped in to set a standard, with new car seats and post-2002 vehicles featuring LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children).  The LATCH attachment can be rigid or flexible, and negates the need for using seatbelts to anchor the seat.
  • Regardless of what brand of seat you get or how it’s supposed to install, make certain that it’s the proper seat for your child’s age, weight and height.  This is crucial!
  • Remember that the safest place for a car seat is always in the rear seat.  Post-2008 models will have a shoulder strap for the middle rear seat position, so keep that in mind when installing.
  • More than anything else – read both the car’s owner’s manual and the child seat manual carefully, and follow their instructions. If you still have questions, call your new Honda dealership in Houston and ask them.

Infant seats and toddler seats will typically have different designs and different mounting procedures.  Follow their instructions to the letter!  Then, after the seat is installed, grab the seat and try to move it.  It shouldn’t  move more than an inch from side to side or front to back.  If you’re still not sure, feel free to call your Honda dealership, or consult the NHTSA’s Child Passenger Safety or National Safe Kids Campaign websites.