Today at MAPFRE FOUNDATION we will see how to use them correctly, paying special attention to seats equipped with a 5-point harness, the function of which may require more attention.
3 STEPS TO FOLLOW
Firstly, it is important to check that the upper straps of the harness come through the seat at shoulder height to the baby. If they are lower, in a head-on collision they will force the shoulders down compromising the spine, if they are too high you won’t be able to adjust them properly to the child. If you cannot adjust the straps correctly it may be time to consider a new seat.
Secondly check that the safety straps and the harness are completely smooth, not twisted or tangled up to avoid the load being unevenly distributed over the body.
Lastly we must adjust the harness to the correct tension, only allowing a couple of fingers between the harness and the child’s body.
EDUCATING THE LITTLE ONE
Although this is the safest restraining system, the 5-point harness is worthless if the child unbuckles it. This is why educating that they must never, under any circumstances unbuckle their harness. Should they manage to do it, don’t praise their ingenuity but stop the vehicle and, tell them off and fasten it again. The child must think that not being locked in to the harness means the car stops (if you make an exception the child will believe it is OK to unbuckle it when they feel like it).