Without other means of stopping a vehicle, it is important to have restraint devices for children that are properly installed and used. However, not all of the restraining systems on the market can be trusted. Child restraint anchorage systems should have two lower anchorages. We’ll also include safety tips to help keep both you and your child safe when traveling in your vehicle.
1. The straps are often very long
There are various child restraints anchorage systems on the market. However, not all of these provide the necessary safety features to keep your child protected and away from harm. One of the problems that parents face is how to use such a restraint system when you have very young children, who do not weigh enough for the anchors to work properly. In such cases, a lap belt must be used. Fortunately, many manufacturers make dual-seat belts that can be both installed in a front seat or back seat of your vehicle.
2. The straps can be too long and restrain the child too much
The reason that the straps are so long is that the manufacturers want to ensure that your child will be restrained in the maximum way possible. However, if your child is too big for the seat for his age, some of these straps may stretch out of shape and end up restraining him too much. Restraint systems come with a variety of different features to help keep your child safe and comfortable. At times, some products may not work properly with other types of vehicles. If your vehicle is not compatible with the restraint system, you can consult the manufacturer to find out what options are available.
3. The straps are too short and force you to brake too short
Another problem that parents face is that their children are not tall enough for their age. Using a child restraint anchorage system may be tricky if your children are not very tall for their age and weight. In such cases, the straps will be too short and will force you to brake quickly and slam on a child’s head or body during a collision. However, manufacturers have found a way to solve this problem by providing belts that have multiple sets of nylon webbing or padding which can be adjusted by snapping off extra straps.
4. The harness tends to be too narrow and tight
If you are using a child restraint anchorage system that has a fairly skinny harness, it is likely to be extremely uncomfortable for your child and limit his movement during an accident. If the child restraint has not been adjusted properly, it may even restrain his breathing. Furthermore, if the harness is too tight, he may not have enough freedom of movement to avoid injury during an accident. This can lead to serious injuries or death in a crash.
5. Locking clips can be difficult to use
One of the other problems that you face when using a child restraint anchorage system is that it can be quite difficult to insert or remove the locking clip. Children may not be able to open it by themselves or they might accidentally unlock it while the car is moving. In addition, locking clips are often located under harnesses which are bulky and not easy for a child to reach. Fortunately, there are now high-tech buckles that have a variety of safety features and come with extra storage compartments.
6. The seat belt locks can be broken off
If the seat belt locks are broken or missing, the child restraint system will not be able to hold him in the safest manner. In such cases, he may fall out of his seat belt. More often than not, this could result in serious injury to him. Fortunately, some manufacturers provide a wide variety of different styles of child seats which have more durable buckles which are harder for a child to break. Furthermore, some models have improved locking clips which hold a child properly in the car seat even if the lock is broken or missing.
7. Child restraint anchorage systems may damage your car
Many consumers do not realize that the child restraints they are using may permanently harm their vehicles. However, these systems can cause problems that extend out to the entire vehicle. One of the biggest problems that child restraint mounted car seats face is that key locks on a motor vehicle can be damaged by repeated unlocking and relocking.
This results in a permanent loss of power and often prevents you from locking your vehicle from the inside. Fortunately, many manufacturers now provide child seat anchors which do not require you to remove any key locks for mounting or removing child safety seats.