car seats

United States
January 20, 2009 12:38pm CST
I recently bought my daughter a new car seat. She outgrew her newborn one and this one can be rear facing as well as front facing and has a few other great things about it. I was all excited when I hooked it in the car following the directions word for word. My car doesn't have the latch system but this one is still compatible the instructions said. I hooked up the seat belt lock as a finishing touch. The darn thing still wobbles a few inches from side to side. This just doesn't seem safe or right. The seat belt goes through the seat exactly how it is supposed to. The belt is as tight as it can be and it has the lock hooked on it to prevent it from loosening up. Has anyone else run into these issues? Does anyone know how to fix it?
3 responses
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
20 Jan 09
My car seats did that because the van seats kind of had a divot in them. So I put a towel under the car seat and that seemed to help. You can also take your car seat to places to have them check that it is installed right. They say that tons of car seats are in right even when parents follow the directions.
• United States
20 Jan 09
I never thought of the towel. Thank you for the suggestion! Do you know where I could take it to get it checked out?
@phoenix25 (1543)
• United States
7 Feb 09
I used to have to do that with one of my son's car seats. Thankfully, he is in a booster seat now and I don't have to worry about it anymore.
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I just got a new car seat as well and its doing the same thing. I am going to go get it checked out but i don't know where to get it checked out at.
• United States
20 Jan 09
I'm not sure where to get it checked at either. I know sometimes the state police put on the car seat checks but when/where? I wonder if we would just take them to the state police barracks if they would just do it right there?
@kezabelle (2985)
20 Jan 09
Here in the UK the fire service will help you fit your carseat safely i think. I would be very reluctant to put a towel under it etc to keep it stable because lets face it you wobbling it and actually smashing the car into another are two totally difference forces so while it may be stable when you wobble it it might not under the force of a crash, so personally id have a look online and see who will safely fit your child seat better to be safe than sorry after all!!