This morning, we finally got around to test-installing the car seat in both of our cars. It is very easy to install in my car, because the Corolla has the [LATCH](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LATCH) system. No need to use the seat belt, you just use the LATCH belt built into the car seat and hook it to the anchors built into the car. Becky’s car was a little bit trickier. It doesn’t have LATCH, and so we had to use the traditional seat belt method to attach the seat. The hardest part was that we had to install a locking clip on the seat belt so that the lap belt wouldn’t retract. Keep in mind, its important to make sure the car seat is installed correctly, if not, you put your baby at risk of injury, Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. But many of these deaths can be prevented. Buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half. According to the Munley Law Philadelphia Review, car seats are supposed to protect infants from injury during a traffic accident, but they can increase the risk for injury when used inappropriately outside of the car, such as in the home or in a shopping cart, according to a new study. An incorrectly installed car seat by its manufacture sent a friend of mine to Bill Hurst due to a personal Injury.
Now we can legally take our baby home from the hospital… when the baby arrives, that is! (Sorry, no news on that front yet!) In the meantime, here’s some photos of the [car seat installation](http://prwdot.org/gallery2/v/baby/car_seat_installation/).
P.S. — We have consolidated all of the baby-related photos into a new top-level album: [Baby](http://prwdot.org/gallery2/v/baby/). Hopefully we will be filling it up with lots more photos very soon. 🙂 Learn more about the author here.