Car Seat Safety

Toyota of Orlando shares car seat safety tips

When it comes to your family, you obviously want the best of the best when it comes to safety technology, features, and drive time, right? That’s why choosing a new Toyota in Orlando is definitely a solid bet. They’re all decked out with the latest and greatest safety technology, and Toyota is consistently working on new research to take their safety features to the next level.

Do you know how to install a car seat?

However, it’s not all about the technology in your car – safe drive time also comes from safe driving habits and behavior, which are entirely in your control. One element of safe driving behavior that often gets overlooked is car seat safety, and it’s an exceptionally important part of your drive time. Do you know how to properly install a child safety seat and which seat is best suited for your child? Toyota of Orlando is here to help you with all of the above.

First up: do you know how to put a car seat in properly? Luckily for you, all new Toyota options come with the LATCH system – Lower Anchors and Tether for Children. LATCH is an attachment system that’s designed especially for car seats and makes it easier for parents to properly install them. Here’s a breakdown:

  • The lower anchors can be used to attach the seat instead of the seatbelt, which can be easier to maneuver.
  • The tethers take the safety of the seat to the next level, especially in forward-facing seats.

The good news? Almost all seats designed after the year 2002 are designed to be compatible with LATCH systems.

 

Which car seat should you use in your Orlando Toyota?

However, if you’re still not sure about how to go about installing a car seat, then you should definitely visit your local fire station or a police station. They can help you install and check it to give you the peace of mind you need when it comes to your family.

Orlando Toyota safety tips

Your child also needs a particular type of seat depending on their age, so know which is appropriate. Here’s a basic guide regarding the different age groups and which type of car seats they require.

Infants and Toddlers: When you’re transporting this age group in your vehicle, you should be using rear-facing seats until they’re at least 2 years old, and until they reach the height/weight requirements for the next group. You can use rear-facing only seats or rear-facing convertible seats for this age group.

Toddlers/Preschoolers: If you’re installing a car seat for this age group, be sure it’s a forward-facing one. Children that fall into this group should be in a convertible seat or front-facing seat with a harness and should stay in them for as long as possible (until they outgrow the height/weight restrictions).

School-aged kids: For kids who are too big to sit in a convertible or forward-facing car seat, you should think about investing in a belt-positioning booster seat for your ride. Your child should stay in this seat until the car’s seatbelt fits them properly (this is usually between the ages of 8-12 and any kids who are taller than 4’9″ in height).

After your child is big enough to ride in your car without a car seat, you should still ensure that they are always in their seatbelts and that the seatbelts are worn properly. ALWAYS use both lap and shoulder belts to get the maximum efficiency out of them.

Have questions or want to check out all of our Toyota safety technology? Call us today – we’re open seven days a week at (407) 298-4500.

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