Every infant car seat is safe, as long as it’s used correctly.Priority number one for any parent buying an infant car seat is their newborn’s safety. And in the words of Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, Chairperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, “Car seat manufacturers aren’t in the business of putting kids at risk.” In fact, every car seat on the market has been rigorously tested and certified by its manufacturer to ensure it meets federal safety standards when it’s installed correctly.
But here’s the catch: That level of safety is only maintained if a seat is installed correctly. And it’s easy to make mistakes during installation. Studies have found that up to 95 percent of parents misuse their car seat, putting their children at risk. The only way to know you’ve installed your car seat safely is by bringing it to a licensed Child Passenger Safety Technician for an inspection. But there are car seats that make it easier to avoid the two most common mistakes: harness/chest-clip adjustment errors and incorrect installation.