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COVID-19 Tips: Cleaning Car Seats

Wednesday, April 15, 2020   (0 Comments)

Many parents and caregivers have questions regarding the proper care and cleaning of car seats during the COVID-19 outbreak. During this time, parents should continue to ensure that infants and children are properly restrained for every ride, and that car seats, booster seats and seat belts are used as directed by their manufacturers. To minimize the spread of germs and viruses, keeping those items clean is also a good idea.


“Parents should follow cleaning instructions provided by the manufacturer for their specific car seat,” said Kelly Mariotti, executive director of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). “Some manufacturers are now easing recommendations and allowing for additional sanitation methods. Check your car seat manufacturer’s website for the latest guidance.”


Certain cleaning methods or chemicals may change the flame retardancy or performance of a car seat so following the guidance provided by the manufacturer remains of critical importance. Spot cleaning with a mild soapy solution is generally acceptable, but instructions for certain car seat models may also allow for machine washing of fabric pads, as well as other methods to sanitize components.


The manufacturer’s name and contact information can be found on the required labels on your car seat. Additionally, JPMA recommends cleansing your own hands according to national guidance before handling your child’s belongings, including a car or booster seat.

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