Table of Contents ▼ Main Menu ▲ 06/08/08 14:22:33 31SDR620_048 Protecting Infants and Small Children, Selecting a Child Seat If it is necessary to put a forwardfacing child seat in the front, move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible, and be sure the child seat is firmly secured to the vehicle and the child is properly strapped in the seat. Selecting a Child Seat When buying a child seat, you need to choose either a conventional child seat, or one designed for use with the lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH) system. Conventional child seats must be secured to a vehicle with a seat belt, whereas LATCH-compatible seats are secured by attaching the seat to hardware built into the two outer seating positions in the back seat. In seating positions and vehicles not equipped with LATCH, a LATCHcompatible child seat can be installed using a seat belt. Whatever type of seat you choose, to provide proper protection, a child seat should meet three requirements: 1. The child seat should meet U.S. or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. Look for FMVSS 213 or CMVSS 213 on the box. Placing a forward-facing child seat in the front seat can result in serious injury or death if the front airbag inflates. If you must place a forwardfacing child seat in front, move the vehicle seat as far back as possible, and properly restrain the child. Since LATCH-compatible child seats are easier to install and reduce the possibility of improper installation, we recommend selecting this style. 2. The child seat should be of the proper type and size to fit the child. Rear-facing for infants, forwardfacing for small children. We also recommend selecting a LATCH-compatible seat with a rigid, rather than a flexible, anchor (see page 45 ). CONTINUED 43 Driver and Passenger Safety Even with advanced front airbags that automatically turn the passenger’s front airbag off (see page 33 ), a back seat is the safest place for a small child. Table of Contents ▼ Main Menu ▲ 06/08/08 14:22:45 31SDR620_049 Selecting a Child Seat, Installing a Child Seat 3. The child seat should fit the vehicle seating position (or positions) where it will be used. Before purchasing a conventional child seat, or using a previously purchased one, we recommend that you test the seat in the specific vehicle seating position or positions where the seat will be used. Installing a Child Seat After selecting a proper child seat and a good place to install the seat, there are three main steps in installing the seat: 1. Properly secure the child seat to the vehicle. All child seats must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/shoulder belt or with the LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) system. A child whose seat is not properly secured to the vehicle can be endangered in a crash. 2. Make sure the child seat is firmly secured. After installing a child seat, push and pull the seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure. A child seat secured with a seat belt should be installed as firmly as possible. However, it does not need to be ‘‘rock solid.’’ Some side-to-side 44 movement can be expected and should not reduce the child seat’s effectiveness. If the child seat is not secure, try installing it in a different seating position, or use a different style of child seat that can be firmly secured. 3. Secure the child in the child seat. Make sure the child is properly strapped in the child seat according to the child seat maker’s instructions. A child who is not properly secured in a child seat can be seriously injured in a crash. The following pages provide guidelines on how to properly install a child seat. A forward-facing child seat is used in all examples, but the instructions are the same for rearfacing child seats. Table of Contents ▲ Main Menu ▼ 06/08/08 14:22:57 31SDR620_050 Installing a Child Seat The lower anchors are located between the seat-back and seat bottom, and are to be used only with a child seat designed for use with LATCH. LOWER ANCHOR MARKS The location of each lower anchor is indicated by a small button above the anchor point. To install a LATCH-compatible child seat: 1. Move the seat belt buckle or tongue away from the lower anchors. 2. Make sure there are no objects near the anchors that could prevent a secure connection between the child seat and the anchors. Rigid type 3. Place the child seat on the vehicle seat, then attach the seat to the lower anchors according to the child seat maker’s instructions. Some LATCH-compatible seats have a rigid-type connection as shown above. CONTINUED 45 Driver and Passenger Safety Installing a Child Seat with LATCH Your vehicle is equipped with LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) at the outer rear seats. Table of Contents ▲ Main Menu ▼ 06/08/08 14:23:06 31SDR620_051 Installing a Child Seat TETHER STRAP HOOK Flexible type Other LATCH-compatible seats have a flexible-type connection as shown above. 4. Whatever type you have, follow the child seat maker’s instructions for adjusting or tightening the fit. 46 ANCHOR 5. Lift the head restraint (see page 92 ), then route the tether strap through the legs of the head restraint, making sure the strap is not twisted. 6. Attach the tether strap hook to the tether anchor, then tighten the strap as instructed by the child seat maker. 7. Push and pull the child seat forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure.