Making the Right Choice
With all the factors to consider, choosing the right car seat can be overwhelming. To take some of the stress out of this decision, we've created this overview to provide a better understanding of installation and best practices.
Rear-Facing Car Seats
Find a rear-facing car seat for safe travel from birth.
Forward-Facing Car Seats
Choose a convertible or all-in-one car seat for all your little one’s future journeys.
High-Back Booster Seat
Meet the high-back booster that will fit your growing child's needs.
The seat that grows with your child from birth through their elementary years.
Installation Done Right the First Time
Installing a car seat doesn’t have to be stressful. Read on to find out how to get your car seat set up safely and properly.
In general, there are two ways to install car seats, either with a LATCH system or with a seat belt.
How to Install an Infant Car Seat
Infant car seats are often installed using a base, which is either secured in the car using a LATCH system or with the vehicle seat belt. Installation with a vehicle seat belt is especially useful when travelling by air or via rideshare.
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CYBEX allows specific car seats to be installed using the two inner Lower Anchors from the outboard seating positions if the distance between them is between 28-51 cm (11-20 in) AND if the vehicle manufacturer allows it. (If distance is not correct and/or not allowed by vehicle manufacturer, the vehicle belt must be used for installation in the center position.)
It’s always best to test the car seat in your vehicle before purchasing it. Ask your retailer if a test installation is possible.
If you’re not able to try out the car seat, you can check the car seat product dimensions provided by the manufacturer, and measure out the space in your vehicle.
Please note that comparing the dimensions of your car seat and your vehicle’s back seat will not always give you the full picture. There are many thousands of combinations of vehicle makes, models, car seat configurations, vehicle seat belt designs, and seat cushion shapes. Therefore, the surest way to determine whether your car seat is suitable for your vehicle is to test the car seat first and check whether a proper, tight installation is possible.
There are many thousands of combinations of vehicle makes, models, car seat configurations, vehicle seat belt designs, and seat cushion shapes. The easiest way to determine whether a particular car seat setup is suitable for your vehicle is to test it out first and check to make sure all car seats can be installed properly, especially when trying to fit multiple car seats on the back bench of your vehicle.
The following conditions should be met when installing three car seats next to each other:
- Each car seat must be installed firmly and correctly.
- Each car seat must be positioned properly on an individual vehicle seat and must align properly with the seat belt or lower anchors that secure them. None of the car seats should encroach onto another vehicle seat, and the position of each car seat must not be affected by contact with another seat.
- If the individual seats on the back bench can be adjusted forwards and back, make sure that all vehicle seats are adjusted to the same position.
- Only one lower anchor connector must be connected to any single lower anchor point.
- None of the car seats can come into contact with any surface in a way that could bend or deform any of their components.
- None of the lower anchor belts or seat belts used to install each car seat should rub on each other or crossover in such a way that they interfere with each other.
In addition to this, some car seats are designed to rotate to allow easy onboarding and offboarding, for example, the CYBEX Sirona S. These car seats need additional lateral space for the rotation, which may mean that so fitting another car seat in the adjacent seating position isn’t possible without restricting the use of this feature.
There are many thousands of combinations of vehicle makes, models, car seat configurations, vehicle seat belt designs, and seat cushion shapes. Therefore it’s not easy to say for certain whether a third passenger will fit on the back bench of your vehicle. For example, some smaller sedans and SUVs have rear seat belt systems that overlap, which makes it very difficult to fit a third passenger in the rear seat.
In addition to this, some car seats rotate to allow your child to be easily onboarded and offboarded, for example, the CYBEX Sirona S. This car seat will need some additional lateral space for the rotation, so fitting a passenger in the adjacent seating position may make using that feature difficult.
The easiest way to determine whether a particular car seat setup is possible is to test it out beforehand and ensure that the car seats can maintain a proper, tight installation, especially when trying to fit multiple passengers in the back seat of your vehicle.