Infant seats should not be confused with infant or child safety seats (car seats). Regular infant seats simply allow young babies to sit up. They're not designed to protect a baby in a crash and should never be used to transport infants. Some child safety seats, however, can double as infant seats.
What to look for:
- The base should be wider than the seat, and locking mechanisms should be secure. Push down on the unit to make sure it is sturdy.
- The base should feature nonskid surfacing to prevent the seat from moving on a smooth surface.
- The seat belt should be secure and the fabric should be washable.
- If wire supporting devices snap on the back of the seat, make sure they are secure so that they do not pop out and cause the seat to collapse.
Child Safety Seats (Car Seats)
More children are seriously injured or killed in auto accidents than in any other type of accident. Using a child safety seat is the best protection you can give a child when traveling by car.
Never substitute any type of infant seat for a child safety seat. Only child safety seats — properly installed in the back seat — are designed to protect a child from injury during a collision.