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January 1st, 2012, 10:36 AM
AnnaandRyansMommy's Avatar Sarah
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I just purchased a graco snug ride 35 and I don't think I'm installing it right. I did make an appointment with the state police for Tuesday to check it but I was wondering if you ladies had any suggestions. I put the base in as instructed with the latch. The manual says it should not move more than an inch side to side or front to back - which it doesn't. But then when I put the seat on I feel like it flops all over. I want there to be an anchor for the other side to secure to the floor like how the forward facing seat I have is. But it doesn't. Is this normal for it to move to much? My daughters convertible seat seemed so much easy to instal snuggly.
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January 1st, 2012, 11:36 AM
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Yes, that sounds normal. We had that same worry when we were installing our infant seat. The base and the belt path was really snugly secure and didn't move, but the front of the seat moves up and down and wiggles a lot, and that freaked us out! But that's normal. In a forward crash the momentum is thrown forward so that anchor is the point that really matters.
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January 1st, 2012, 11:40 AM
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I always think the actual seat part feels a little loosey-goosey when you snap it into the base, but as long as the base is tight you should be fine!
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January 1st, 2012, 12:00 PM
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You should ONLY check for movement at the belt path. If the base moves less than 1" in either direction, it is installed properly. If the base were anchored to the floor like you want, it will actually inhibit the RFing seat from working properly in a crash. There will be some movement in the back part of the seat above baby's head because there has to be.

If you visit the state police, be sure to ensure that whoever you speak to is a certified tech, not just an officer. CPSTs (certified passenger safety technicians) have been properly trained on installation and use of car seats.
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January 1st, 2012, 01:27 PM
AnnaandRyansMommy's Avatar Sarah
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Thanks so much for your help. The base isn't moving at all. I figured out that if I sit on the carseat while pulling the straps tight I can get it super tight.. Only took me 2 years to figure that one out. I guess I'll still take it in to have it checked, maybe they can check my older daughters convertible while we're there, although that one doesn't budge, so I'm pretty sure I have that one in correctly.
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January 1st, 2012, 03:53 PM
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Thanks so much for your help. The base isn't moving at all. I figured out that if I sit on the carseat while pulling the straps tight I can get it super tight.. Only took me 2 years to figure that one out. I guess I'll still take it in to have it checked, maybe they can check my older daughters convertible while we're there, although that one doesn't budge, so I'm pretty sure I have that one in correctly.
Yes, we always recommend putting weight into the seat/base when tightening to get the best install. Try this website to find a local CPST to check your seats. Not all police officers/firefighters are actually CPSTs. We want you to go to someone who is best qualified to help you. Just enter in your location/zip code.
https://ssl13.cyzap.net/dzapps/dbzap...AFEKIDSCERTSQL
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