Can a car seat touch the seat in front of it?
Yes. The child car seat can be in contact with the front vehicle seat, providing that the vehicle seat is not pushing or firmly bracing the car seat and that the vehicle manufacturer also allows contact (see your vehicle owner’s manual for more information).
Why can’t car seats go in the front?
Riding in the front seat simply isn’t as safe as riding in the back. … Infants and toddlers in rear-facing car seats are at extreme risk from air bags when placed in the front seat because the back of their car seat is so close to the dashboard.
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 space should there be between car seat and front seat?
Once you’ve securely and properly installed the car seat in your vehicle, simply make sure that there is a safe distance of at least 10 inches (the average length of an adult’s forearm) between the front airbag and the driver or passenger.
Can I put two car seats next to each other?
Since forward-facing offers less protection than rear-facing, give an older forward-facing child the center and the rear-facing child the side, so long as the kids get along well enough to sit next to each other and the car seats install securely side-by-side.
Is it safe to put 3 carseats across?
Even if your car has three available latch anchors it is unlikely that you can fit three standard car seats in your backseat because car seats are so wide. Car seat manufacturers have designed narrow car seats to help parents fit three car seats of varying types across the back seat of their vehicles.
Is latch or seat belt safer?
The truth is that neither is more safe than the other when used properly. According to government testing standards, there aren’t any safety-related advantages to using seat belts over LATCH lower anchors, or LATCH lower anchors over seat belts, provided that the seats are installed correctly.
Should a car seat go behind the driver or passenger?
Install in the Backseat
The car seat should always be installed in the back seat. That is the safest spot for your baby. If you can, put the car seat in the center seat. If not, it is fine behind either the driver or passenger side.