Many parents spend as much time researching the best infant car seat to buy as they do deciding on a name. Reading reviews, comparison shopping, and checking out features all go in to buying that first piece of safety equipment for a new baby. The question is, what do you do next? Once the baby arrives and you buckle her safely in, you can check car seat off your to-do list, right? Wrong—the next step is crucial.
Why You Should Register Your Car Seat
In order to stay informed of important information about the car seat you purchased, including any possible safety recalls and what to do about it, it is essential that you register your car seat purchase. You can do this in one of the following three ways:
- Register on the car seat manufacturer’s website. You will need the seat’s model number and date of manufacture found on the seat’s label.
- Mail in the manufacturer’s registration card. The card already includes identifying information about the seat and does not require postage.
- Register online at www.safekids.gov/parents.
Once you have registered your car seat, you will receive notification if the seat is involved in a recall and what to do to fix or replace the seat.
Why This Is So Important
In 2014, over six million car seats were recalled for a safety defect, but fewer than half of the owners actually responded to the recall to have the seat fixed. Even if you hear about a recall on the news, with so many makes and models out there, how can you be sure your seat is included in the recall? Take the quick and easy step of registering your car seat and you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your child’s seat is safe.