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Carseat ? SMBC**TTC#3 TTC since Jun 2013; 2 kids; California 17897 posts
4th Apr '13

DD is 30lbs and 32 inches. I bought her a carseat that is for 30lbs and 31 inches. Everytime I turn, the carseat tips over. She is far to large for an infant seat. I'm not sure what is going on. I read the manual. I have in correctly. You just place the seat flush against the car, and put the shoulder strap over. I don't know what is going on, but it doesn't seem safe to me. Am I doing something wrong? If not, what kind of seat should I get? She is 2...and quite hefty.

user banned Vancouver, British Columbia 5643 posts
4th Apr '13

I know this is a stupid question but did you make sure the seat belt was locked into place(pull the strap all the way out till it clicks and then let it go back in)?




ETA: Here's a video. The guy uses his body weight to make sure the carseat is secured in place as tightly as possible.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Mq9bo3-j84

PurpleBama582 52 kids; Dothan, Alabama 3875 posts
4th Apr '13
Quoting Nathaniel'sMom:" I know this is a stupid question but did you make sure the seat belt was locked into place(pull the strap all the way out till it clicks and then let it go back in)?"


This. It sounds as if the seat belt isn't tight enough.

SMBC**TTC#3 TTC since Jun 2013; 2 kids; California 17897 posts
4th Apr '13

Good point. My car is 2004. It doesn't have a locking seat belt. I was wondering if that was the reason... but if so, shouldn't it STATE that SOMEWHERE.... it's kind of important!

user banned Vancouver, British Columbia 5643 posts
4th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Is that still my name?:</b>" Good point. My car is 2004. It doesn't have a locking seat belt. I was wondering if that was the reason... but if so, shouldn't it STATE that SOMEWHERE.... it's kind of important!"</blockquote>



So if you pull your seat belt all the way out it doesn't make a clicking noise as it goes back in? I know of older vehicles then 2004 that have the locking seat belt... It's a safety feature so you don't fly out the windshield if you are ever in an accident.

PurpleBama582 52 kids; Dothan, Alabama 3875 posts
4th Apr '13
Quoting Is that still my name?:" Good point. My car is 2004. It doesn't have a locking seat belt. I was wondering if that was the reason... but if so, shouldn't it STATE that SOMEWHERE.... it's kind of important!"


Most of the time, if it doesn't lock when pulled all the way out, it locks when the brakes are applied suddenly. You can buy a seatbelt locking clip if your carseat didn't automatically come with one.

hobbit* 3 kids; New Zealand 44783 posts
4th Apr '13

If you don't have a locking seatbelt then you NEED to use a locking clip, did your carseat not come with one? It keeps the seatbelt secure.
Also did you type something wrong? I read in you OP that you daughter is 30lbs and 32in, and the carseat is 30lbs and 31in.. Wouldn't that make her too big for it?

PurpleBama582 52 kids; Dothan, Alabama 3875 posts
4th Apr '13
Quoting hobbit*:" If you don't have a locking seatbelt then you NEED to use a locking clip, did your carseat not come with ... [snip!] ... read in you OP that you daughter is 30lbs and 32in, and the carseat is 30lbs and 31in.. Wouldn't that make her too big for it?"


Unless she meant that the weight/height STARTS at 30lbs/31in?

MamaDSx2&SDD Due July 8; 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Monroe, Michigan 10018 posts
4th Apr '13
Quoting Nathaniel'sMom:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Is that still my name?:</b>" Good point. My car is 2004. It ... [snip!] ... that have the locking seat belt... It's a safety feature so you don't fly out the windshield if you are ever in an accident."


Mine didn't click but it did lock..
OP, all these other ladies are right, you have to lock your seatbelt and make sure there is less than 1 inch of movement at the belt path of the seat (shake it with your non-dominant hand) if your seatbelts do not lock (on an '04 they SHOULD) then you need to use the H shaped locking clip that came with your seat.

ThatsAlotaNuts Australia 2359 posts
4th Apr '13

Im not sure but its illegal for any child under 4 to be in a seat like that. Unless thats just australia.

user banned Vancouver, British Columbia 5643 posts
4th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ThatsAlotaNuts:</b>" Im not sure but its illegal for any child under 4 to be in a seat like that. Unless thats just australia."</blockquote>




It's legal in the US and Canada. If it was illegal she wouldn't do it. From the posts I've seen her put up she's a responsible parent.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44071 posts
4th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ThatsAlotaNuts:</b>" Im not sure but its illegal for any child under 4 to be in a seat like that. Unless thats just australia."</blockquote>



I'm assuming the seat belt is holdin the seat not the child. Idk if that's what you meant.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44071 posts
4th Apr '13

Did you try using latch instead?

I♡C&R. 2 kids; Thornton, CO, United States 25259 posts
4th Apr '13

Sounds like she needs a new car seat and maybe you could take it to someone who is certified to help you install it correctly? If it's a 2004, it MIGHT have locking seat belts (I know ours do and we have two 2004 vehicles). If not, try using the locking clip that's the shape of an H and it SHOULD be in your manual on how to put it on the seat belt. Do you know if your car has LATCH? The metal anchor system? Most 2004+ do have LATCH in the car. That's the safest way to get it secure in your situation, I would think. As far as seat to FIT her that isn't too small, I'd get something from Graco like the My Ride 65 or the My Size 70 if she's two. She's too big for an infant seat anyways. Our son was out of his infant seat at 5 months.

SMBC**TTC#3 TTC since Jun 2013; 2 kids; California 17897 posts
9th Apr '13

Thanks ladies. I didn't know they made clips. My car model is one year before locking seat belts really hit the market. I will get a clip!