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Car Seat Safety & Travel Tips ׀ CYBEX Safety Center
Car Seat Safety & Travel Tips ׀ CYBEX Safety Center
Car Seat  Safety & Travel Tips

CYBEX Safety Center

Safety Made
Simple

CYBEX Safety Center

Safety Made Simple

 

CYBEX Safety Center

Safety Made
Simple

 

A Secure Start

For your child to be fully protected by their car seat, it is crucial that they are properly secured. But children often have other ideas, which is why we’ve compiled these tips to help you make sure your little one is secure, no matter how energetic they are.

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Car Seat Harness Tips

Tip 1:
Rear-Facing: The harness straps should be positioned at or below the child’s shoulders.
 

Forward-Facing: The harness straps should be positioned at or above the child’s shoulders.

 

Tip 2:
All straps should lie flat and even.

 

Tip 3:
The chest clip should always be closed and positioned at armpit level.

 

Tip 4:
To check the harness for tightness, pinch the strap at the child’s shoulders. You should not be able to pinch the harness webbing together.

 

Tip 5:
Winter clothing such as padded coats creates extra space between the harness and the child’s body, making it difficult to properly secure the child. If you need to keep your child warm in the car, cover them with a blanket once they’re secure in the car seat.

 

Tip 1: Rear-Facing: The harness straps should be positioned at or below the child’s shoulders.
Forward-Facing: The harness straps should be positioned at or above the child’s shoulders.

Tip 2: All straps should lie flat and even.

Tip 3: The chest clip should always be closed and positioned at armpit level.

Tip 4: To check the harness for tightness, pinch the strap at the child’s shoulders. You should not be able to pinch the harness webbing together.

Tip 5: Winter clothing such as padded coats creates extra space between the harness and the child’s body, making it difficult to properly secure the child. If you need to keep your child warm in the car, cover them with a blanket once they’re secure in the car seat.

Tip 1:
Rear-Facing: The harness straps should be positioned at or below the child’s shoulders.
 

Forward-Facing: The harness straps should be positioned at or above the child’s shoulders.

 

Tip 2:
All straps should lie flat and even.

 

Tip 3:
The chest clip should always be closed and positioned at armpit level.

 

Tip 4:
To check the harness for tightness, pinch the strap at the child’s shoulders. You should not be able to pinch the harness webbing together.

 

Tip 5:
Winter clothing such as padded coats creates extra space between the harness and the child’s body, making it difficult to properly secure the child. If you need to keep your child warm in the car, cover them with a blanket once they’re secure in the car seat.

 

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CYBEX Safety Tips

A Safer
Journey

CYBEX Safety Tips

A Safer Journey

 

CYBEX Travel Tips

A Safer Journey

 


Traveling With a Car Seat

Traveling with a baby doesn’t have to be a hassle! Whether traveling by ride share or on your next flight;
traveling with a car seat keeps your baby safe and secure throughout any journey.

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Rideshare safety description

 

Rideshare

More and more people are turning to ridesharing as a flexible way to travel. And there’s no reason why your baby can’t share the ride, too. Pay attention to the following for a hitch-free journey.

 

Tip 1:
Everyone should be buckled in their own seat and properly restrained on every ride.

 

Tip 2:
Using a base makes it easy to install and use your infant car seat on a day-to-day basis. However, infant car seats can usually be installed without a base, using the vehicle seat belt. This may be an easier option if you frequently rideshare or use taxis or public transportation. See our Selection & Installation page for details on how to install an infant car seat using the seat belt.

 

Tip 3:
Bring along a stroller that pairs with your infant car seat to make a travel system, for easy onward travel when you reach your destination.

 

Rideshare

More and more people are turning to ridesharing as a flexible way to travel. And there’s no reason why your baby can’t share the ride, too. Pay attention to the following for a hitch-free journey.

Tip 1: Everyone should be buckled in their own seat and properly restrained on every ride.
Tip 2: Using a base makes it easy to install and use your infant car seat on a day-to-day basis. However, infant car seats can usually be installed without a base, using the vehicle seat belt. This may be an easier option if you frequently rideshare or use taxis or public transportation. See our Selection & Installation page for details on how to install an infant car seat using the seat belt.
Tip 3: Bring along a stroller that pairs with your infant car seat to make a travel system, for easy onward travel when you reach your destination.

 

Rideshare

More and more people are turning to ridesharing as a flexible way to travel. And there’s no reason why your baby can’t share the ride, too. Pay attention to the following for a hitch-free journey.

 

Tip 1:
Everyone should be buckled in their own seat and properly restrained on every ride.

 

Tip 2:
Using a base makes it easy to install and use your infant car seat on a day-to-day basis. However, infant car seats can usually be installed without a base, using the vehicle seat belt. This may be an easier option if you frequently rideshare or use taxis or public transportation. See our Selection & Installation page for details on how to install an infant car seat using the seat belt.

 

Tip 3:
Bring along a stroller that pairs with your infant car seat to make a travel system, for easy onward travel when you reach your destination.

 

Flying tips

Flying
 

If you’re jetting off on vacation, taking a car seat can be a convenient way to keep your child safe and comfortable onboard.

 

Tip 1:
Turbulence on a flight can happen with little or no warning. Therefore, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends that your child travels in a securely installed child restraint at all times. 

 

Tip 2:
Contact your airline well in advance of travel to find out if there are any reduced rate child fares for children under two and to ensure your child restraint is suitable for their aircraft.

 

Tip 3:
Find out whether your child's restraint can be used on an aircraft. This information be found in the car seat user guide and on the product label. 

 

Flying

If you’re jetting off on vacation, taking a car seat can be a convenient way to keep your child safe and comfortable onboard.

Tip 1: Turbulence on a flight can happen with little or no warning. Therefore, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends that your child travels in a securely installed child restraint at all times. 
Tip 2: Contact your airline well in advance of travel to find out if there are any reduced rate child fares for children under two and to ensure your child restraint is suitable for their aircraft.
Tip 3: Find out whether your child's restraint can be used on an aircraft. This information can be found in the car seat user guide and on the product label. 

Flying
 

If you’re jetting off on vacation, taking a car seat can be a convenient way to keep your child safe and comfortable onboard.

 

Tip 1:
Turbulence on a flight can happen with little or no warning. Therefore, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends that your child travels in a securely installed child restraint at all times. 

 

Tip 2:
Contact your airline well in advance of travel to find out if there are any reduced rate child fares for children under two and to ensure your child restraint is suitable for their aircraft.

 

Tip 3:
Find out whether your child's restraint can be used on an aircraft. This information can be found in the car seat user guide and on the product label. 

 

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We're here to help

 

 

See below for a list of our most frequently asked questions. If the answer to your question isn’t here and you need further assistance, please contact our customer support team, we’d be happy to help.

 

Some car seat harnesses are adjusted by pulling a strap at the front of the car seat (between the child’s legs). These generally adjust more smoothly when pulled in a downward motion. However, if the car seat is installed in a rear-facing position it can be harder to pull downward on the strap. In this event, try the following:

1. Place your child in the seat and buckle the harness.

2. Pull the chest clip out towards you. This will tighten the harness across the child’s legs and gather all of the slack at the child’s shoulders.

3. Next, pull the strap between the child’s legs to remove the slack. Make sure the chest clip does not slide up into the child’s face.

4. Position the chest clip at armpit level and check the harness for tightness by pinching at the child’s shoulders.

CYBEX car seats come with positioning inserts, which should be used per the instructions in your car seat user guide. Using the insert that came with your car seat may help eliminate the gap between your child and the buckle.

If the positioning insert does not eliminate the gap, you may use some fabric such as a small washcloth to help fill in this gap. Simply place your child in the car seat and buckle and tighten the harness until it is tight enough so you cannot pinch the straps together at the child’s shoulders. Once tightened, slide the cloth in the gap between your child and the crotch buckle.

If needed, you may also use tightly rolled receiving blankets placed next to your child to center him or her in the car seat. The positioning blankets should never be placed under the child, between the child and the harness, or near the child’s mouth, face or neck.

Belt-positioning booster seats are designed to raise the child up and help to position the vehicle lap and shoulder belt correctly. When a child is properly positioned in a belt-positioning booster seat the vehicle’s restraint system can correctly secure them, reducing their risk of injury in all types of crashes. In the event of a crash, the vehicle seat belt system provides all of the crash protection for a child in a belt-positioning booster seat. Because a seat belt extender modifies the existing vehicle seat belt system, it should be specifically approved for use by the vehicle manufacturer before use with a booster seat.

First, consider whether your child should be moved back to a rear-facing car seat, as these often provide a more reclined position and may help prevent your child’s head from falling forward. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children remain rear-facing until they meet the upper height and weight limits of their rear-facing car seat.

If you decide to keep your child forward-facing, check to see if his or her car seat has a recline feature, as this may help keep your child’s head in the headrest. Many forward-facing car seats offer a mechanism providing a semi-recline for installation. Be sure to check your user guide for weight restrictions and to ensure you use this feature properly. Additionally, many CYBEX car seats and booster seat models feature a three-position reclining headrest which allows the child to sit with his or her head tilted back, helping it stay in the protected area of the seat.

Finally, if allowed by the vehicle manufacturer, the vehicle seat can be slightly reclined when installing the car seat. Reclining the vehicle seat may also help keep your child’s head resting in the restraint. Please always follow the installation instructions of both the vehicle and car seat manufacturer, and ensure that installation is carried out correctly and securely.

 

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