Install Rear Facing Car Seats

How to Install: Rear Facing Car Seats

When you purchase a car seat it will have users guide, or manual included.  But since things get lost over time, I’ve decided to provide some down and dirty installation instructions.  Over the next couple of pages on detail how to install each type of car seat — infant, toddler car seats, and booster seats.

  1. Place the car seat base in the back seat of your vehicle.
  2. Carefully thread the seat belt through the rear-facing belt path. Check to make sure there are no twists in the seat belt.
  3. Buckle the seat belt.
  4. Lock the seat belt.
  5. Press down firmly on the car seat base and tighten. The base should not move side-to-side or front-to-back more than 1 inch.
  6. 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.
    • As your child grows, the angle may need to be adjusted, so be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Attach the infant carrier to the base.

Installing the Car Seat Base With Lower Anchors

  1. Read your car seat’s instruction manual and your vehicle’s owner manual carefully. Pay close attention to the location of the lower anchors, and directions on how to use this vehicle hardware.
  2. Place the car seat base in the back seat of your vehicle. In a crash, the back seat is the safest place to be, and rear-facing car seats provide extra protection for your child’s head, neck and spine.
  3. Locate the lower anchors in your vehicle.
  4. Connect the lower anchor attachments on the car seat base to the lower anchors, making sure the straps aren’t twisted.
  5. Press down firmly on the car seat base and tighten the straps. You should not be able to move the car seat base side-to-side or front-to-back more than 1 inch.
  6. Make sure your 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.
    • As your child grows the angle may need to be adjusted, so be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Attach the infant carrier to the base.