What is the Snug Kids™ Program?

2022 INFINITI QX60 Seating

When you’re on the go in Tallahassee with your little one in tow, it’s crucial that your child restraint system (CRS) is properly installed to ensure their safety. Although, we understand that it can be confusing working your way through the child restraint installation process and making sure seat fit is up to standards. Fortunately, because INFINITI values the safety of each and every person who rides in their automobiles, the automaker created Snug Kids™–the industry’s first-ever program that is geared toward proper child safety seat installation.

INFINITI engineers have evaluated hundreds of different child restraint systems and installed them in the backseat of INFINITI vehicles to create a helpful guide that caretakers can follow. Keep reading with INFINITI of Tallahassee as we delve more into the SnugKids™ INFINITI Child Car Seat Safety Guide. 

Snug Kids™ Safety Seat Fit Guide for Specific INFINITI Models

If you’ve recently purchased a new or used INFINITI, the automaker has provided SnugKids™ INFINITI Child Car Seat Safety Guides for specific models. You can find the guides for each respective model, below:

General Child Restraint System Installation Tips 

Before embarking on your Pensacola travels, you need to make sure that your CRS is properly installed. Along with consulting the SnugKids™ INFINITI Child Car Seat Safety Guide for your particular INFINITI model, take a look at these general tips for achieving an even more secure CRS:

  • Placing a non-slip mat underneath the child restraint system can help stabilize it against the seat bottom and seatback–this can be especially helpful on slick seating surfaces like leather. 
  • Having an extra pair of hands can help you install the CRS more tightly. While you’re pushing down and into the vehicle’s seatback to compress the seat cushions, your assistant should be pulling the seatbelt tightly around the CRS to remove any slack.
  • Make sure that the seatbelt isn’t twisted and the buckle is positioned properly. If the seatbelt is twisted or the buckle is facing the wrong way, it can prevent tightening. 
  • Be careful not to pinch the seat belt webbing when pushing down the child restraint system. If you’re pushing down on the CRS and also pushing down on the webbing, the webbing can’t tighten around the CRS. 
  • If your vehicle has an adjustable seatback, you may want to consider installing the CRS with the seatback slightly reclined. Once the CRS is secured, move the vehicle seatback to an upright position, and this will tighten the installation.
  • When tightening the belt around the CRS, first, tighten the lap belt by pulling the webbing through the buckle location. Then, pull the excess webbing into the shoulder belt and continue to tighten. 
  • Consult your owner’s manual for proper installation and routing if your automobile has rear head restraints.
  • Adjust or remove the vehicle’s adjustable head restraint if you’re installing a high back booster. This can help improve its fit.
  • All new CRSs manufactured after 9/1/02 are LATCH-equipped (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children). See the CRS and the vehicle’s owner’s manual for installation instructions.
  • Once the CRS is installed, you should confirm the proper placement of the system by pushing side-to-side on the restraint at the belt routing location. If it moves more than an inch, you’ll need to do some more tightening.  If after several attempts at tightening, an inch or less movement cannot be attained, try a different seating location or call INFINITI at 1-800-662-6200 for assistance.

Child Restraint System Age Requirements 

A child’s age will dictate the positioning of the CRS they need and the type of CRS that they need. Here is a breakdown of the CRS age requirements.

  • Rear-Facing CRS (Infants/Toddlers): Children under the age of 1 should always ride in a rear-facing CRS. A child should remain in a rear-facing CRS until they reach the maximum height or weight allowed by the CRS manufacturer. You should keep a child in a rear-facing CRS as long as possible.
  • Forward-Facing CRS (Toddlers/Small Children): Children should use a forward-facing CRS with a harness until they reach the maximum height or weight limit allowed by the CRS manufacturer. You should keep a child in the forward-facing seat with a harness for as long as possible.
  • Booster Seats (Large Children): Children that outgrow the forward-facing CRS should be moved into a booster seat in order to obtain a proper seat belt fit. Once the shoulder belt is no longer on or near the face and neck of the child, and the lap belt can be positioned properly across the lower hips or upper thighs, you can use the seat belt without the booster seat.

Keep Your Children Safe With the SnugKids™ Program

Now that you know more about the SnugKids™ Program, contact us today if you have any remaining questions. INFINITI of Tallahassee is committed to helping you and your family have rides that are both enjoyable and safe.