Instructions for Safety 1st Car Seats

By Laura Gianino
Make sure your child is secure in her car seat.
Make sure your child is secure in her car seat.

Safety 1st car seats ensure that your infant or toddler is protected in your vehicle in the case of an accident. For safety, you will want to make sure you are placing the car seat correctly in the car. To ensure that you are properly protecting your child, follow these steps in conjunction with the instructions that came with your particular Safety 1st model car seat.

Place the car seat in the back of your car. The back of the car is the safest place for a toddler or infant to be in the event of a crash.

Strap your child into the car seat using the car seat harness. For a toddler in the forward facing position, harness straps must be even with or above your toddler's shoulders. For an infant in the rear facing position, harness straps should be even with or below the baby's shoulder's. Children smaller than 34 inches should be in the rear facing position, according to the Safety 1st product testing and certification.

Thread the seat belt of your car through the belt path at the foot of the base of the car seat. In the case of automobile shoulder and lap belts that are attached, thread both through the belt path on the car seat.

Buckle the car belt. Adjust it tightly by pushing down on the base of the car seat while simultaneously pulling up on the shoulder belt. This will tighten the lap belt and ensure the safety of your child.

Tilt and push the car seat forward and back and from side to side. The base of the car seat should not move more than an inch or two. If the seat is too loose, unbuckle the car seat belt and tighten it again or use locking clip to secure the car seat. Locking clips are available in baby product stores.


To locate a specific Safety 1st car seat model instruction manual, see Resources.


Do not use the Safety 1st car seat if the baby is too small for it.

About the Author

Laura Gianino works at a publishing company in New York City. Her writing has appeared on eHow, LIVESTRONG, Synonym and Global Post.