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Three convertible car seats to keep your kids safe this summer

There’s no lack of gear you need when you have kids. One of the biggest and most important purchases you’ll make is the convertible car seat. When your child is too big for an infant seat but still needs extra protection, this is the car seat you’ll get. And we’ve researched them in depth to find you the best one to keep your precious cargo safe.

A convertible car seat can be fitted in both rear-facing and forward-facing positions, so your child can keep the same car seat as she grows. (Infants need a rear-facing car seat, whereas older children need a forward-facing car seat. Check local laws and manufacturer’s weight limits to gauge when you should switch your child to a forward-facing seat.)

For your child's safety, it's vital that your car seat is properly installed. Each model fits in its own way, so take a good look at the manufacturer's directions before you fit it; don't just guess. If in doubt, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains a list of car seat inspection stations where a technician will check to ensure your seat is fitted correctly. This service is usually free of charge.

Britax USA Advocate ClickTight Convertible Car Seat

With outstanding, science-backed safety features, this is a car seat many families trust to keep their little one safe. It’s a dependable car seat that's reasonably priced for the incredible quality you get. It's easy to install, too.

Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat

An affordable yet safe choice for parents who don't mind minor inconveniences, such as difficult installation and fewer added extras. Fortunately, your child will find it comfortable.

Diono Radian RXT All-In-One Convertible Car Seat

We love the safety of the full-steel frame, aluminum-reinforced sidewalls, and shock-absorbing EPS foam. And the slim profile means you can fit three-across in the rear seat of a car, which is ideal for larger families.

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