Is It Safe to Use a Seat Protector Mat With a Child Car Seat Base?
Babies are adorable but messy. There can be a natural temptation for parents to want to protect their vehicle from the detritus associated with nibbling infants and toddlers. But before buying a protective mat or car seat cover, there are important considerations.
“Seat protector mats fall under what we, as child passenger safety technicians, talk about as third-party or aftermarket products,” says Emily Thomas, Consumer Reports’ auto safety engineer. “And aftermarket products are not approved for use with your child car seats. They have to be approved by car seat manufacturers themselves.”