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Car Seat Safety - Understanding Seat Belt Systems — Installing a Child or Infant Car Seat

hi I'm Greg Durocher from safe ride for

kids calm today I wanted to help you

understand a little bit about vehicle

seatbelt systems and how you can use

them to properly restrain your child

restraint you know your rear-facing or

your forward-facing car seat so there's

really two main principles or places

that we need to look in order to

understand the vehicle seatbelt locking

system you know as a child passenger

safety technician one of the most common

misuses that we find in vehicles is that

the vehicle seat belt isn't in a locked

mode and what happens is the parent

buckles the child restraint in and if

they don't walk the vehicle seat belt

what happens is as they drive around

town that child restraint becomes looser

and looser and maybe you've experienced

the same thing well today we're going to

teach you how to fix that so that never

happens again and your child will be

properly their safety seat will be

properly restrained if there ever is a

crash so there's two places that the

seat belt can lock one is at the latch

plate but most common these days is

actually here in the vehicles retractor

mechanism the retractor is the part of

the seat belt system that pulls in the

extra webbing now the way that we access

the locking mode is if we very slowly

pull the seat belt all the way to the

end and then in order to test and to see

if your vehicle has a switchable

retractor in other words the mode where

it goes in and out or the mode where it

only gets tighter the locked mode is to

allow about six to eight inches of

webbing back into the retractor and

you're going to be listening to see if

you are to hear if it clicks as the seat

belt goes back in that's one indication

that you have accessed that locking mode

the second is to pull gently

back on that webbing to see if it's

locked so again you allow six to eight

inches back in and then try without

jerking it to pull that webbing back out

in this vehicle has a switchable

retractor which means that the retractor

locks the vehicle seatbelt to properly

keep the child restraint tight so if

there were a child restraint here a car

seat what we would do is feed the

vehicle seat belt through either the

rear-facing or the forward-facing belt

path buckle it into the vehicle's buckle

at that point we would then pull this

all the way out to switch the retractor

allow that to go back in and pull and

tighten the child restraint into the

seat with the seat belt in that locked

mode now if in your vehicle if you pull

this out all the way to the end and you

allow the webbing to go back in and it

comes back out then you're going to look

to the latch plate to lock and we're

going to move to another vehicle to

demonstrate that okay so here we're

going to demonstrate the locking latch

plate so in order to test the latch

plate to see if the latch plate itself

is the locking mechanism in the vehicle

you're going to buckle it into the

buckle and then you're going to lift on

the lap portion of what you notice is

that the lap portion is locked even

though this part the shoulder portion is

loose it's not pulling through the latch

plate and that's really the test to

determine if you have a walking latch

plate as opposed to a locking retractor

so thanks for joining us in this video I

hope it was helpful if you have any

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