It is very important to correctly install a child restraint. An incorrectly sized or adjusted child restraint can be just as lethal as not using a child restraint at all.
To correctly install a child restraint, follow these steps:
- Locate the anchor point
Locate and remove the anchor point cover plug. It will be located on the parcel shelf in most sedans, or on the floor area in station wagons, vans and hatchbacks. Some station wagons may have the anchor point on the inside roof area. Please refer to your vehicle owner's manual for more information.
- Secure the anchor bolt
Tighten the anchor bolt with a spanner, using only the force of a forefinger to achieve the correct tension. Connect the upper strap or, if required, an extension strap, directly to the anchor bolt.
- Secure the child restraint with a seatbelt
Guide the vehicle seatbelt around, or through, the child restraint (as shown in the child restaint manufacturer's instructions) and buckle up. Ensure the seatbelt or harness straps are not twisted.
- Buckle the child in
Place the child in the restraint. Put the child's arms through the shoulder straps and connect both the harness clips to the crotch buckle.
- Adjust the shoulder harness
Tension the shoulder harness by releasing the harness adjustment clasp and pulling the adjustment strap firmly upwards.
- Check that the harness adjustment is correct
Check the harness is fastened correctly and ensure the child is firmly secured.
Note: when choosing and installing a child restraint, always read the manufacturer's instructions.