Is using a car seat base safer?

Car seats can be installed using two different methods: The vehicle seat belt or Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). … Both LATCH and the seat belt are equally safe in general, but whether one is safer than the other depends entirely on your child, your vehicle, and you.

Are car seat bases safer?

The base is designed to avoid consumer misuse by reducing the number of times the seat must be anchored to your vehicle. … Clearly it’s preferred to use your infant car seat with the base, but if you’re traveling with baby, it’s much safer to use your seat without the base than to not use a car seat at all.

Do you really need a car seat base?

Typically, you don’t need the base to properly use your car seat — it’s just a convenience. To install without the base, just thread the seat belt through the grooves on the side of the seat and tighten in the same manner as above.

What is the point of a car seat base?

Infant car seat: The base

Your baby’s infant car seat slides into the base and locks into place. (Some infant car seats can be used without a base. Check your seat’s instructions to find out if this is safe.)

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Can you buy car seat bases separately?

You can buy extra bases.

If your little one will be a regular rider in more than one vehicle (your partner’s car, or a caregiver’s or grandparent’s car), you can buy additional bases — which is much less expensive than having to buy a whole extra car seat.

What are the sides of a car seat called?

The cushion where the driver or passenger sits on is either called a horizontal cushion or seat cushion. The back of the car seat (No. 16) is called the seat back but it can also be referred to as a backrest.

Can you use Graco carseat without base?

Like most other rear facing only seats on the market, the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 LX can also be installed without the base. … The lap belt will be the only belt going through the belt guides on the car seat. The shoulder belt will lay against the vehicle seat back.

Can you use Evenflo car seat without base?

The Evenflo LiteMax infant car seat allows the “European” belt routing method when installing the carrier without the base. … Lock your vehicle seat belt and pull to tighten. Either installation method may be used as long as a tight, correct installation is achieved.