Among the many daunting challenges for parents of young children is learning how to install a car seat for your infant or toddler — and being confident that you've done it correctly.
If you're a parent, you might fret over this task, but there's no reason to go it alone. Help is available in many forms; child car-seat inspection stations and certified child-passenger safety technicians abound. The AAA Car Seat Guide has a wealth of car-seat safety resources, and the organization hosts installation clinics in many cities. In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers detailed instructions at safercar.gov.
Courtesy of NHTSA, here are the basics, including videos, on how to install seats for an infant or an older child. These apply whether you are using the seat-belt system or the system known as LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) that is installed in most newer vehicles. You can find more videos at the Parents Central section of safercar.gov.
Remember, the first and most important step in installing any car seat should always be a careful reading of the manufacturer's instructions and owner's manual. But these directions and videos should make the process much clearer, and you can always seek extra help from a technician or a veteran parent.