Q: How do I properly secure a car seat in the rear seat?

asked by on

How do I properly secure a car seat in the rear seat?

Car seats or booster seats meant for restraining children are either secured via the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system compatible anchors or by using the vehicle’s seat belts to secure the seat. Here are a few steps to ensure your car seat is installed into the rear seats of your vehicle safely and securely:

  1. Put the car seat on the center of the vehicle’s seat and make sure it rests in a natural, level position.

  2. Carefully read the manual to your car seat to ensure that you know how the seat belt should be properly looped through the child restraint and whether or not the seat needs to be tethered at the top to be secured.

  3. Loop the lap and shoulder belts through the car seat and fasten the latch plate into the seat belt buckle. After it is secured, pull the shoulder belt all of the way out and then let it retract, as this will

lock the belt in place. Push down on the car seat and pull on the shoulder bet to remove slack.

  1. If the seat needs a top tether, then locate the top tether anchors either on the tops of the passenger seat or against the rear panel (regular cab only).
  • If using the seatback-mounted tether anchors, loop the tether(s) through both the tether anchor on the seat the car seat is secured into and the center tether anchor.

  • If using a tether anchor mounted onto the rear panel, then the tether needs to be uncovered and the tether(s) coming from the seat must not stretch over the headrest.

Tips

  • To check the car seat once installed, grab ahold of it and move it back and forth. If it moves more than an inch in any direction, it needs to be secured further or re-installed.

  • Child restraints cannot be mounted in the center passenger seating positions for safety reasons.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. How do I properly secure a car seat in the rear seat?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: What does the Service Front Camera message mean?

The Service Front Camera message can appear in the driver information center (DIC). When the DIC displays this message, then the front camera is malfunctioning, and the lane departure warning (LDW) and forward collision alert (FCA) systems will be disabled....

Q: How do I adjust the instrument panel brightness in a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox?

The brightness of the instrument panel can be adjusted to your preference. To do so, locate the instrument panel brightness knob, which is to the left of the steering column, on the instrument panel. Rotate this knob clockwise to brighten...

Q: Q: How do I use the windshield washer?

The windshield washer allows you to wash your windshields while you’re driving. This feature is excellent when you’ve been driving through dust or dirt, or have hit a lot of bugs, as it offers you maximum visibility. To use the...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...