Question: What happens if car seat straps are too high?

Too high and prior to breaking, it could compress on your child’s throat. By the way, side impact crash testing shows when the chest clip was missing but everything else was used correctly, the child’s head experienced an extra two inches of side movement and a shoulder slipped out of the harness.

What is the proper height for car seat straps?

Pro tip: In a rear-facing seat, the harness height should be at or slightly below the shoulders. In a forward-facing seat, the harness height should be at or slightly above the shoulders. There are two main types of harness systems: Those that can be adjusted externally and the re-thread type.

When should I move the car seat strap up?

When the straps come so far below the shoulders that they slip off, you need to raise them to the next slot level. Note that many convertible seats have 3 slots for shoulder straps–the lowest two for rear-facing and the top one for forward-facing only.

Where should the straps on an infant car seat be?

Set Up the Harness Straps

As the plate moves up, the shoulder straps go up; as the plate goes down, the shoulder straps go down. In a rear-facing car seat, the harness straps should be slightly between or below baby’s shoulders.

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When can a child sit in a backless booster?

Backless booster seat requirements

Here are the general requirements for backless booster seats: Backless booster seat age requirements: From the time kids surpass the weight or height limits allowed by their car seat to about 8 to 12 years of age (depending on the child’s size).

When can you switch to forward facing?

The current recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics is to keep children rear-facing until they reach the maximum height or weight for their convertible seat. … Some state laws and some convertible car seats say that kids can ride forward facing if they are at least one year old.

Should you use car seat strap covers?

Aftermarket harness strap covers, like those used by McKinney Pope, are specifically recommended against as they can prevent the straps from being tightened properly and prevent the chest clip from being positioned at chest level.

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