Finding convertible car seat safety ratings is simpler than you may have thought. What you want to do is look up car seat brands and find out what they have to offer. Surely you’ve heard of at least a couple different car seat companies if not some specific car seats. Once you’ve found the brand you’ll be able to see what safety ratings they’ve achieved and which of their seats are the highest rated all around. After all, if you’re going to be putting your baby in the seat you want it to be safe in all aspects and not just one or two.
Remember a convertible car seat is one that stays with your child through different stages of their growth and development. This means they may be in the seat when they are a newborn (rear facing) as well as when they are a toddler (forward facing). Some car seats also include a third aspect where they can be used as a booster seat for older children. Keep in mind that not all car seats continue through all three areas. Some may only be rear and forward facing car seats while others may only be forward facing and booster seats.
Convertible car seat safety ratings are required to be posted in information about the seat. You’ll be able to see what kind of testing the seat has gone through and which safety standards it has passed. It needs to be reasonably safe (pass U.S. crash test standards) in order to be sold in the United States but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be 100% safe for your child. You need to watch a few more key features to make sure of that.
This seat is rated for children who are between 20 and 100 pounds. In the traditional car seat configuration with the 5 point harness the seat is intended for children between 20 pounds and 65 pounds. It can be used as a high backed booster for children between 30 and 100 pounds and for children between 40 and 100 pounds it can be used as a backless booster if you prefer. The booster configurations ensure that the traditional seat belt in your vehicle does not fit too high for your small child.