In the Market for a New Car? Make Sure it Passes the Car Seat Test


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cars.com. All opinions are my own. Learn all about the car seat check honor roll and why you’ll want to check it before you go car shopping.

There are a lot of things to think about when it comes to buying a new car.

Price. Safety features. Number of cup holders. Does it have dual-zone climate control? (That’s an essential because I’m always colder than everyone else in the car.) How great it will look in the school drop-off line.

As parents we think a lot about how safe our cars are in terms of crash tests, number of air bags and other features — I got a new car last year pretty much just because of upgraded safety features.

Find the safest car for your kids with the Cars.com Car Seat Check Honor Roll.
Cars.com photo by Evan Sears; illustration by Paul Dolan used with permission.

But if you have kids in car seats — particularly more than one kid in car seats — the ability to safely tote kids is a big consideration, too.

Cars.com Car Seat Check Honor Roll

Did you know that Cars.com provides ratings for the vehicles that most easily and safely fit two car seats at a time? They have certified car-seat-safety technicians who test the Latch system for ease of use, then test multiple kinds of car seats, including:

  • infant
  • rear-facing convertible
  • forward-facing convertible
  • booster

They look at how easy it is to safely install different seats and how well two fit in the same backseat and compile the scores to develop their Car Seat Check Honor Roll. Brilliant, right?

If I had more than one kid and was in the market for a new car, this information would be so helpful. No lugging around car seats to try in the vehicles you test drive!

Learn about the Car Seat Check Honor Roll from Cars.com before you shop for your next car.
Cars.com photo by Evan Sears used with permission.

Check out all the car seat check ratings (you can even look at past model years, if you’re looking for a used car or want to check out the safety of the car you already have; though they haven’t checked every vehicle in every model year), and be sure to read up on the latest guidance on child safety seats and seat belt usage for kids from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Did you think about car seats when you bought your car? I’d love to hear about it!

Thanks to Cars.com for sponsoring this post!

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