How loose should a car seat base be?

Is the base of a car seat supposed to move?

The base should not move side-to-side or front-to-back more than 1 inch. Make sure your car seat base is installed at the correct recline angle. Babies must ride sitting semi-reclined to keep the airway open. Most infant car seats have built-in angle indicators or adjustors to assist you.

Is it safe to use a car seat base?

No. Safety 1st infant car seat bases are a convenience accessory, not a safety requirement for installation of the car seat.

Should car seat base Lift up?

Manufacturers don’t recommend using a tether with a rear-facing car seat, so it’s okay for the base to move up and down, just not side to side or back and forth.

Should carseat be in middle or side?

Placing the car seat in the wrong spot

The safest place for your child’s car seat is in the back seat, away from active air bags. If the car seat is placed in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it could hit the back of a rear-facing car seat — right where the child’s head is — and cause a serious or fatal injury.

How much should a car seat move once installed?

Do: Regardless of whether you’re using LATCH anchors or the vehicle’s seat belt, the installation should have less than 1 inch of movement forward and back and side to side when pulled at the belt path.

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