Labels on Car Seats

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Labels on car seats provide critical safety information that is specific to your car seat. The labels are required by the federal guidelines and help you ensure your seat has all the safety features. There will a sticker that states the seat has been test crashed in accordance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS213).

It will also provide the weight and height limits of the seat and any limitations that may need to be considered. It is always important to locate this information on the seat so you can make sure the car seat is the appropriate seat for your child. It will also help you determine if it is time for your child to move to another time of seat. 

Also, you will find information about the manufacturer, date of manufacture, the manufacture’s name, and model number. This will be important information to help you when you register your car seat to get updates and recall information about your seat. 

Also, on the seat there will be an air bag warning reminding you to never place a rear facing seat in front of active air bag. Again, it is important to locate where your air bags are in your car so that you know the best place to put the car seat. The warning label will also remind you that the back seat is the safest place for children under the age of 12 years old. 

The labels will also provide basic information on how to correctly install the seat and show you where the seat belt path may be located as well as where the lower anchors are in the seat. If the seat is a convertible type of seat, there may be two belt pathways, but it is important to make sure you secure the car seat with the correct belt path. 

If the seat is a rear facing seat, there will be a label that helps guide you to make sure the child is reclined correctly in the seat. This may look different depending on the seat but might look like a line to level the seat with, or another visual to help you position the seat in the appropriate reclined position for your child. 

There may also be labels that show you how to use different parts of the seat such as the tether system, lower anchors, and harness system.

Labels will also provide you with information about how the car seat can be washed as well as the material the seat is made of and how to clean specific parts. 

There may also be a label that states the seat meets airline requirements when flying. Many airlines will look for this sticker to ensure the seat is safe to use on an airplane. 

Often, the manufacture’s number and website may be located on the seat, so you know who to contact if you have questions about the seat. There may also be a QR code that helps provide you with installation videos as guidance. 

Car seat labels are a critical safety feature that helps guide you to make sure your seat is as safe as possible. Again, we do not recommend that you use a used or second-hand seat because the labels may be missing, and you do not know if the seat has been in a wreck. While it may be tempting to remove your stickers from your car seat, make sure you leave all the stickers on the seat to ensure all safety features are followed correctly.

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/how-to-know-if-child-car-seat-meets-us-standards/

https://www.safekids.org/ultimate-car-seat-guide/glossary/