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Mythbusting: Legs bent or feet touching the backseat when rear-facing is dangerous

Welcome to our Mythbusters Series. Each week we will explore a new myth regarding kids and carseats.

Myth #2: My child’s legs will be injured in a crash if their feet are touching the back of the seat or if their legs are bent. 

This is a very common and very persistent myth.  Child Passenger Safety Technicians spend a lot of time talking to parents about this subject.

Diono Rainier - Clara  Kecia's DS2 rear-facing at 3 years old and 33 lbs

rxt-ds2-rf-2  Toddler rf close to 30* in 2008 Civic

CONFIRMED, PLAUSIBLE, or BUSTED?

In reality, during a frontal crash (the most common type of crash), the legs will fly up and away from the back seat. It’s also much more important to protect the head, neck and spinal cord in a crash which is exactly what rear-facing carseats do so well. If you’re still not convinced – there is this study by CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) that looked at injuries to children ages 1 – 4 who were hurt in crashes and leg injuries were rare for those kids in rear-facing seats. However, injuries to the lower extremity region were the second most common type of injury for the kids in forward-facing seats. That’s because the legs of a child in a forward-facing seat are thrown forward and often hit the hard center console or the back of the front seat. Study quote: “Injuries below the knee were the most common, particularly to the tibia/fibula, and they most often occurred due to interaction with the vehicle seatback in front of the child’s seating position.”

This myth is definitely BUSTED.

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RF in ETA  E rf side view

The video below is part of the curriculum for training new Child Passenger Safety Technicians. In the video, Dr. Marilyn J. Bull, MD, outlines the reasons why rear-facing is so important and also addresses the concerns many parents have about children with longer legs.

Last but not least, we should address the issue of comfort since that’s another big hang-up that adults seem to have with older kids.  The reality is that while *we* might not be happy if we had to sit this way for prolonged periods, kids will always find a way to make themselves comfortable. They might sit “criss-cross-applesauce”, or they might stretch their legs straight out and prop them up, or they might even dangle them over the sides of the carseat. Regardless of how they make themselves comfortable – they will find a way to be comfortable.

And remember – these kids didn’t wake up one morning with an extra 5″ of legs. Every day is the same as yesterday except maybe you’re a millimeter taller today. Kids don’t notice growing – and when they grow enough to warrant a shift in how they position their legs to sit rear-facing, they will make the adjustment without even thinking about it.

Do I look uncomfortable

 

 

Blogiversary Celebration Giveaway – Nuna PIPA & PEPP Travel System + LEAF Curv!

It’s week 6 of our Blogiversary Celebration! We’re thanking our loyal readers and followers for supporting us throughout the last six years. And we know the best way to say “thanks” is with awesome giveaways. This week you’re in for a real treat. Not only are we giving away one fabulous Nuna PIPA infant carseat in the Navy fashion, we’re giving away a matching Nuna PEPP stroller too! That’s right, our incredibly generous friends at Nuna USA have offered up an entire premium travel system! But wait, it gets even better. They’re also including a brand new award-winning LEAF curv! One very lucky winner is going to receive this exceptional Trifecta package of ultra-premium baby gear products from Nuna USA!

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating – a winner will be announced soon!

If you’re not already familiar with the company – Nuna produces a collection of modern and stylish baby gear inspired by Dutch designers who wanted to combine cutting edge safety technology with style and functionality. The idea is to keep things simple, practical and stylish while still being innovative. PIPA is Nuna’s first carseat and while they may be the new kid on the block – they did their homework and it shows. With rigid lower LATCH attachments, a load leg, lots of padding and a canopy bigger than Texas – this seat could set the bar for all future high-end infant carseats. We have a full review of the Nuna PIPA here. The Nuna PIPA is also on our list of Recommended Carseats.

NUNA PIPA + BASE - NavyNuna PIPA Specs & Features:

  • Rear-facing only: 4-32 lbs and 32″ or less
  • 3 harness height positions
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions (plus adjustable crotch strap length for smaller babies and preemies)
  • Adjustable base with “stability leg” (a.k.a load leg)
  • Base has rigid lower LATCH anchor connectors
  • Base has sturdy lock-off for installations using seatbelt
  • Can be installed without base using standard or Euro beltpath routing
  • Thick energy-absorbing EPS foam lines entire upper portion of shell
  • Canopy with unique “dream drape” feature
  • FAA approved for use in an airplane
  • 7 year lifespan before expiration

PEPP is their modern, stylish stroller packed with great features.

Nuna PEPP FRONT - navy

  • Birth – 50 lbs.
  • Folds down to a flat backpack size for trunks, taxis, airplanes and tight entryways
  • Opens easily with just one hand
  • Stands on its own when folded
  • Two-position, adjustable calf support comforts little nappers
  • Made with plush, cushy, better for baby certified Oeko-Tex® fabric
  • Harness features quick click release button
  • One-touch, rear wheel braking system
  • Front wheel swivel locks
  • Three-position full recline
  • Progressive suspension technology for a smooth ride
  • Height-adjusting handle
  • conforms to ASTM safety standards and is JPMA certified

Nuna PEPP FOLD - Navy

With adapters, the Nuna PEPP & PIPA form the ultimate, high-end travel system.

Nuna Travel System - Navy

 

 

The LEAF Curv is the newest addition to the Nuna family.

Nuna Leaf awardThe LEAF Curv recently won a Gold IDEA in the 2014 International Design Excellence Awards for design excellence in the children’s product category.

Every bit as eco-smart and evolutionary (yes- it too can hold up to 130 lbs) as its “big bro” the LEAF, the LEAF curv gives a sharp, sassy and swirl-like spin to this award winning design and is sure to throw a contemporary curve ball to traditional nurseries and living spaces alike. Perfect for baby. Perfect for mom and dad. Perfect for the modern day family.

  • Birth – 130 lbs.
  • Curv base provides a chic and contemporary design for baby use & adult décor
  • Motion lasts unassisted with a gentle push for over 2 minutes
  • No batteries, no cords, no buzz, no noise
  • Made with plush, cushy Oeko-Tex® certified fabric
  • Organic cotton insert is soft and light
  • Easily locks stationary for feeding or playtime
  • Pops out of base for easy storage or quick trips
  • Evolves with baby to big-kid size
  • Perfect angle for both playing and napping
  • Mesh backing for improved air flow

Nuna LEAF-curv

 

Giveaway:

Winner must have a U.S. shipping address.  Hawaii and Alaska are excluded – sorry!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now for the fine print (these may be in addition to the rules listed in the Rafflecopter terms)

Winner must have a USA shipping address to claim the prize. AK and HI are excluded. Only one trio of prizes will be awarded. PIPA and PEPP will be the Navy fashion. LEAF Curv will be limited to available fashion at the time the prizes are awarded.

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsored giveaway at CarseatBlog.comduring 2013 or 2014 (our own giveaways of goody bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned). Blog writers and editors are also not eligible. Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules for any reason.

The contest will close on August 19, 2014, and one random winner will be chosen shortly thereafter. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 7 days, a new winner will be selected.

Good luck!

Please note: If this is your first comment at CarseatBlog, or if you are using a different computer/device or a new email address, your comment may not appear immediately. It will not be lost; it may just take a few hours for it to be approved. Thank you for your understanding and patience as this is the only way we have to reduce comment spam.

Blogiversary Celebration Giveaway: Diono Rainier – The Next Generation of Radian

Diono Rainier - GraphiteEven though it’s our 6th “Blogiversary”, this celebration isn’t about us – it’s about YOU. We know we’re lucky to have so many awesome readers and followers who all care deeply about keeping kids safe in and around motor vehicles. We want to reward you for supporting us throughout these past 6 years and the best reward we could think of was another incredible giveaway promotion!

This week the Blogiversary Celebration continues with a brand new Rainier Convertible + Booster giveaway in the “Graphite” fashion, courtesy of our generous friends at Diono! The Rainier is the top-of-the-line seat in the brand new convertible+booster lineup from Diono. We have a preview of the Rainier HERE and the complete CarseatBlog review will be coming soon!

The promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating – a winner will be announced soon!

Diono Rainier Specs:

Rear-Facing: 5-50 lbs;  up to 44″ tall; at least 1.5″ of restraint above child’s head

Forward-Facing: 20-90 lbs; 57″ or less; at least 1 year old. *NHTSA recommends that children ride REAR-FACING until reaching either the weight/height limits of the seat.

Booster: 50-120 lbs; over 40″ tall

Diono Rainier - Stock RF Diono Rainier - stock ERF Diono Rainier - stock FF

Diono Rainier Features:

  • 5 sets of harness slots
  • 3 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • Aluminum reinforced headrest
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • SafeStop load-limiting device (only use with forward-facing children who weigh less than 40 lbs.)
  • Rear-facing tether capability
  • Heavy-duty SuperLATCH lower anchor connectors
  • Comes with 2 sets of harness strap cover – usage is mandatory (use one set for children under 65 lbs; other set for children over 65 lbs.)
  • FAA certified for use on aircraft
  • Folds flat for travel or storage
  • When used with harness seat has 8 year lifespan before expiration; when used without harness in booster mode seat may be used up to 12 years (4 extra years)

 

Giveaway:

Winner must have a U.S. shipping address.  Hawaii and Alaska are included! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now for the fine print (these may be in addition to the rules listed in the Rafflecopter terms)

Winner must have a USA shipping address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded, in Graphite fashion.

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsored giveaway at CarseatBlog.comduring 2013 or 2014 (our own giveaways of goody bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned). Blog writers and editors are also not eligible. Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules for any reason.

The contest will close on August 12, 2014, and one random winner will be chosen shortly thereafter. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 7 days, a new winner will be selected.

Good luck!

Please note: If this is your first comment at CarseatBlog, or if you are using a different computer/device or a new email address, your comment may not appear immediately. It will not be lost; it may just take a few hours for it to be approved. Thank you for your understanding and patience as this is the only way we have to reduce comment spam.

Evenflo Titan 65 Convertible with SureSafe Installation System – Unboxing, Preview & Giveaway

This brand new retail version of the popular Evenflo convertible also know as the “SureRide” will be available exclusively in Walmart stores and on walmart.com beginning on August 11th. The Evenflo Titan 65 with “SureSafe” offers some nice features not found on other retail Evenflo SureRide models. The SureSafe Series is all about making installation with LATCH easier. The seats in this Walmart-exclusive lineup will include the Embrace infant seat, Titan 65 convertible, Triumph LX convertible and the Symphony LX All-in-One. All the Evenflo “SureSafe” models will feature:

  • SureSafe Quick Connectors for installation with lower LATCH anchors
  • SureSafe LATCH Guides (plastic funnel guides for the lower anchors in your vehicle)
  • Buckle pockets (hold buckle tongues out of the way when loading/unloading child)

Check out the video for the rest of the details! http://youtu.be/37zp3gFIG8Y And get this – the price will still be under $100!  MSRP will be $99.97 which is a great deal for consumers looking for a budget-friendly, higher-weight harness convertible. For the record, the LATCH limit on this new model is 50 lbs. which is really nice considering how many other convertible seats are limited to lower weight limits because of the new LATCH weight limit regulations that went into effect earlier this year. More info on the Titan 65 with SureSafe can be found on the Evenflo website:  http://www.evenflo.com/Products/Evenflo/Car_Seats/Titan_65_SureSafe/

Giveaway:

This contest is closed, sorry!  A winner will be announced on Rafflecopter soon.

This contest is sponsored by our Car-Seat.Org community forum.  It’s a little different than most of our contests, because you must follow the Rafflecopter instructions to leave a comment both here at CarseatBlog AND also at Car-Seat.Org to enter!  If you don’t enter at both places, you will not be entered, sorry! Winner will win their choice of one (1) carseat, either an Evenflo Titan 65 SureSafe OR an Evenflo SureRide DLX.  Winner may choose any fashion in stock and eligible for free shipping at Walmart.com online eligible for free shipping, up to a maximum of $100 (no third party vendors sorry).  Titan 65 SureSafe is expected to be in stock on or around 8/11, so there may be a delay if the winner prefers this model.

Winner must have a U.S. shipping address.  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now for the fine print (these may be in addition to the rules listed in the Rafflecopter terms) Winner must have a USA shipping address to claim the prize.  Only one prize will be awarded.  Winner’s shipping information will be shared with Walmart.com online for delivery of the prize.  We reserve the right to use an alternate supplier for fulfillment. Previous CarseatBlog contest winners are eligible.  Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count. We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules for any reason. The contest will close on August 11, 2014, and one random winner will be chosen shortly thereafter. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 7 days, a new winner will be selected. Good luck!