Like any parent, you want to ensure that you baby is always safe in your car as you travel. There are two ways to fix your baby’s car seat in place: a conventional 3-point seat belt system and a car seat base. Both are safe, but in some cases, a car seat base may be the better option. How do you choose the best installation system for your car? Let’s discuss the pros and cons of each system. Hopefully, this information can help you decide.
A car seat base locks the base of your baby’s car seat to anchor points that directly connect to your vehicle’s chassis. It is expensive, however it is becoming very popular. For the benefits it provides that is it minimizes the risk of faulty installation. It is simpler to use, unlike car seats fitted using seat belts that are more complicated and tend to be installed incorrectly. Statistics show that 8 out of 10 new parents install their conventional car seats the wrong way. This error can dramatically reduce the protection the seat can offer your baby should there be a crash. Car seats using seat belts also tend to take more time to install compared to car seats with base locks.
Another great thing about the car seat base is that it provides a solid and permanent connection between the body of the car and your baby’s car seat. Safety tests show that it is outstandingly safe. The risk of faulty installation is also low, as 94% of users are able to get the car seat in correctly, right away. These base units often have clear indicators to guided parents in fitting them correctly. Just one click is all that’s needed to attach the car seat solidly to the vehicle. The top tether strap or extra support leg also increases stability and helps keep your child in place. Booster seats can likewise be permanently secured using a car seat base.