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    Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... You should test for a secure installation at the belt path. The top of a rear facing seat may flip up toward the back of the vehicle, but it should not move more than 1" forward or side-to-side when tugged firmly at the belt path.

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... Many stores will allow you to try child restraints in your vehicle before you buy one. If you don't have this option, make sure your store has a good return policy, so that you can return or exchange the seat if it isn't compatible with your vehicle, doesn't fit your child, or is too difficult to use properly.

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you return the registration card that came with your child's seat? The seat's manufacturer needs your contact info, so they can let you know if there is a recall on the seat. If you forgot to do it when you bought the seat, or if your contact info has changed, you can call the manufacturer to give them your updated address and phone number. Be sure to have your seat's model number and date of manufacture handy when you call.

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... Boosters can only be used when both a lap and shoulder belt are present. The lap belt should sit low across the child's hips or thighs, while the shoulder belt should rest between the center of the child's shoulder and his/her neck. If the belt doesn't fit properly, try a different booster.

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... After-market products are unregulated. Such unregulated products may say that they "meet all applicable federal standards", which is true, because there are no applicable federal standards!

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... Infants and toddlers should always use their carseats on airplanes. Not only will this help keep them safe in the plane, but it will ensure that they have a seat to use in the car once you land. Seats checked as baggage are sometimes lost or damaged.

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... Lower LATCH anchors can rarely be retrofitted in vehicles made before 2002 (there are a few 2000-2001 vehicles that are exceptions). If your vehicle does not have LATCH, simply use the seatbelt to install your child's carseat.

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... To find a CPST in your area, check out the links on http://seatcheck.net/!

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... While a lap-only belt is fine for installing a child restraint, it's not the best option for other passengers. Adults and teens should use a shoulder belt whenever one is available. There are also special harnesses and vests that can be used in lapbelt-only seating positions. Some of these can be used for passengers up to 168 lb!

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... your child's seat should move no more than 1" side-to-side when tugged firmly at the belt path?

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... Your child's harness should be snug enough that you cannot pinch any slack in it. The rule of thumb is that you should be able to fit one finger between the harness and the child's collar bone.

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... Bulky clothing like winter coats can allow too much slack in a harness or seatbelt. A simple solution for those living in cold climates is to remove the child's coat, buckle him in snuggly, then place the coat on like a blanket. The child can even wear the coat "backwards" in the car after buckling up!

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... Some countries require booster use until a child is 12 years or 4'11" tall.

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... Your child should continue to use a booster until the seatbelt fits properly, even if the law where you live is less strict.

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... Child restraints must be replaced after almost all crashes. If you aren't sure if your seat needs to be replaced, call the seat manufacturer to find out. Your insurance company may pay for the replacement, but they probably won't tell you that unless you ask.

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... You should never, ever put a rear facing child seat in front of an active airbag.

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... Used child seats should be avoided. Never, ever buy a seat at a garage sale or pick one up off the curb. You don't know how the seat has been used or abused. It may be missing parts, damaged, or recalled.

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... If you've lost your seat's instruction manual, you can get a replacement from the manufacturer. Some are available for download from the manufacturer's website, but if yours isn't, you can contact the manufacturer, and they'll mail you a new copy.

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... Carseats have expiration dates! The expiration date may be stamped onto the seat or listed in the seat's manual.

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    Re: Facebook tip of the day

    Did you know... Pregnant women should buckle up! Place the lap belt under your baby-bulge--low on the hips or thighs--and the shoulder belt across the center of your chest; then pull all of the slack out of the belt and feed it back into the retractor.

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