Why can’t I tighten my car seat?

Is car seat supposed to wiggle?

The car seat is too loose in your car

You shouldn’t be able to move the safety seat side-to-side or front-to-back more than 1 inch when pulled at the belt path. … Every car seat needs to be installed using either the LATCH system or a locked seat belt to secure it in place.

How tight should a car seat harness be?

The harness is tight enough when you can’t pinch any webbing between your fingers at the child’s shoulder. Last, position the chest clip at the child’s armpit level.

How is a car seat supposed to fit?

Buckle the harness straps and chest clip, ensuring a snug fit. The chest clip should be even with your child’s armpits. Make sure the straps and clip lie flat against your child’s chest and over his or her hips with no slack.

How do I know if my car seat is too small?

A child has outgrown the infant seat when either of the following happens:

  1. the top of their head is less than an inch from the top of the seat when buckled in.
  2. they’ve reached the weight limit, which is typically 30 to 35 pounds.

Why do American car seats have chest clips?

An American seat uses the chest clip to keep the straps properly placed on the shoulders: if the chest clip is too low the straps can be too wide on the shoulders. If it’s too high, it can be in the way of the child’s throat. … They reduce head excursion on harnessed seats in a similar way to a top tether.

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