GREENSBORO, NC -- Fact or fiction: if you use the LATCH system and the seat belt to install your child's car seat, you're giving them extra protection. That's fiction. You should use the LATCH system or the seatbelt, not both.
According BabyProducts.com experts if you use both, "you're essentially treating your child like a crash dummy." YIPES! Here's why; mandated crash testing of car seats measures the forces the car seat can withstand when installed with the LATCH system or when installed with the seatbelt...not both. Using two installation methods could put more force on an area of the seat, making the seat fail.
It's a common mistake. So much so, Cars.com put it on their top 5 mistakes list. Another on their list, "the car seat can move more than an inch after it's installed. Check your car seat by grabbing it near the belt path and giving it a tug. If it moves more than an inch in any direction, adjust it to get a tighter fit. Check this EVERY TIME your kids use their car seat."
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