Car Seat Safety Tips

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CYBEX car seats are meticulously designed for safety and style no matter the ride. To ensure a safe ride for baby, first make sure your car seat is installed properly. Beyond the initial installation, there are several car seat safety tips you can follow for proper use and cleaning to get the most out of your CYBEX car seat before its expiration date. See our top car seat safety tips below.

Registration Card

Every car seat comes with a postage-paid product registration card in the box. It is important that you take a few minutes to complete this card and place it in the mail. Or – visit our website to complete this information. These details allow us to contact you in the unlikely event of a product recall.

Expiration Dates

All CYBEX car seats have an expiration. The useful life period is indicated in a label on the product and noted in the product instructions. The timeframe ranges from six years to ten years depending on the type and function of the car seat. Safety standards change over time as restraint technology develops. Expiration dates help ensure that you are not using a car seat that may be secondhand, has been in a crash or has missing or damaged parts; plus, an expiration date provides a gentle reminder that it is time to buy a new seat with the latest technology and safety features.

Cleaning Car Seats

Car seats should always be cleaned according to the instructions provided with the car seat. In general, the soft goods components of CYBEX car seats may be removed and machine washed separately in cold water on delicate cycle with mild detergent. This includes the seat cover, body and head inserts, shoulder pads and buckle pads (if available). These items must drip dry. You can also spot clean these items, as well as the harness straps, using a clean cloth with mild detergent and water.

CYBEX Video Appointments

Our team wants to make sure you are confident with your car seat installation. We offer free, live video installation appointments with one of our certified child passenger safety technicians on staff. Sign up for a 30-minute appointment to double-check your car seat installation or for assistance with a new installation.

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General

  • Secure all loose objects in the vehicle to prevent items from moving in the event of a crash, causing further injuries.
  • Buckle children in car seats, booster seats, or seat belts on every trip, no matter how short.
  • Parents and caregivers should set a good example by always wearing a seat belt themselves.
  • Car seats are designed to be used for transporting children safely in a vehicle. They should not be used outside the vehicle unless approved by your manufacturer for use as an infant carrier or with a stroller.
  • To prevent falls, car seats should not be placed on elevated surfaces like counter tops, couches, chairs, tables, on top of shopping carts, etc.
  • Never leave a child alone in the car for any amount of time.

Car Seat Testing & Manufacturing FAQ

Does my child’s car seat contain lead and other chemicals? How do you test CYBEX products for chemicals to determine they are safe?

Steel often has trace amounts of lead in it, so small amounts of lead may be contained in the metal components of the car seat. Any trace amounts of lead in an CYBEX car seat cannot be contacted by the child while the car seat is in use. Additionally, any trace amount of lead in an CYBEX car seat cannot be extracted from the product without submerging the product in an acid bath. Importantly, CYBEX’s lead testing program meets federal standards, and uses XRF equipment and more precise chemical extraction tests to ensure that lead levels in its products are as low as is technologically possible and well below the safe limits set by the federal government.

If car seats are required by government regulation to be flame-retardant, how does CYBEX make sure it meets the government standard?

Flammability testing of car seats is required under the FMVSS 302, Flammability of Interior Materials Standard. The test measures the rate of flame spread with the goal of maximizing the amount of time a caregiver would have to remove an occupant from the car seat in the event of a vehicle fire. CYBEX’s car seats are tested by an accredited independent testing laboratory and meet the FMVSS 302 standard. Additionally, CYBEX car seats are tested for toxicity to meet or exceed the requirements of various state and federal child products banned substances laws and regulations.