When can a child start riding face forward? A child may ride in a vehicle facing the front when they are at least 9 kg (20lbs).
Once facing forward it is necessary to use a tether strap anchored to an approved anchor in your vehicle (many car manufacturers will install the anchor for free if not already present.) To prevent the car seat from moving forward and causing injury in a collision, it is important to use the tether strap exactly as the manufacturer recommends.
Installing your Forward Facing Car Seat: To install a forward facing car/child seat it is necessary to fasten the tether strap to the anchor. Once this is done use your body weight (knees on the car seat work well) to strongly tighten and fasten the strap to the UAS (Universal Anchorage System). Once installed and your child is in the seat you must ensure that the shoulder straps are at or above the child's shoulders. Straps should be snug, with only one finger width between the strap and the child's chest. Avoid using aftermarket car seat products as they can easily become projectiles or may have hard or sharp surfaces that can hurt the child in a collision.
Confusing? As with installing infant seats the installation of a forward facing seat can seem daunting (especially having to put pressure on the seat to tighten). Give Barry a call at 905-864-9144 and he'll install the car seat for you and show you EXACTLY how to place your child in the seat to ensure the utmost safety.