As the holidays approach, it can be a good time to think about buying a car seat. There are a couple of tips to keep in mind when you are buying a seat and also how to make sure you are not getting a counterfeit seat. With COVID-19 online shopping will be a good option to avoid crowded areas, but it is important to follow a couple of guidelines to ensure you get a seat that meets federal safety guidelines.
When buying a seat, it is important to get one that fits your child, one that fits in your car, and one you can install correctly every time. It is always important to check the height and weight limit of the seat to ensure you get one that is appropriate for your child. You can learn more about and the different types of seats before you buy a seat.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also has developed resources to help you know which type of seat to use and also gives you the option to compare various types of seats. Once you know which type of seat to buy, it is important that you buy one that meets federal guidelines. When buying online, it can be difficult to make sure you are getting the seat from a third-party, which may increase the risk for a counterfeit seat.
A couple things to keep in mind when you are buying a car seat online:
After you bought the seat, you can look for a couple of things to ensure the seat meets federal safety guidelines and safety requirements.
If you cannot locate any of these items, contact the seller and see if you can return the seat. Do not use the seat unless you can find the FMVSS label. It can be very dangerous to use a counterfeit or knock off seat as the risk for injuries goes up significantly.
Holidays can be a great time to get or receive gifts and car seats are such a critical safety item for your child. When bought correctly, the gift you will be giving will help keep your child as safe as possible.