Not all vehicle belts and seating positions will work with child restraints. Please follow the steps to below for assistance to secure your child restraint with a vehicle belt.
- You MUST review your vehicle owner’s manual. Your vehicle owner’s manual will let you know what vehicle belts and seating positions child restraints can be installed in.
- Determine how the child restraint will be locked into place. The vehicle belt MUST NOT loosen after tightening. This means there needs to be a way to lock the vehicle belt. The way this can be done are: A.) By using the seat belt’s retractor or B.) By using the seat belt’s latch plate.
- Check the retractor. Retractors pull seat belts into stored positions and lock the belt to hold passengers in place. A retractor is most likely how you will be locking a child restraint into place.
- Check the latch plates. Latch plates are the part of the seat belt that goes into the buckle. Hold the lap belt with one hand and with your other hand, grasp the tongue of the latch plate (the part that goes inside the buckle). Pull the latch plate straight out in line with the lap belt.
If the latch plate does not slide up and down the vehicle belt, it is a locking latch plate.
If the latch plate does not slide up and down the vehicle belt, it is a sliding latch plate. Sliding latch plates easily slip between the lap and shoulder portions of the belt.
If you have an Emergency Locking Retractor with a sliding latch plate, you MUST use a locking clip to install your child restraint (car seat).