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KIM 2010 Updates and News, Part 2

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Hey there!  This is Anne (ketchupqueen) again, concluding the news and updates that we were given at the 2010 Kidz In Motion Conference in Ft. Worth, TX.  (You can see Part 1 here.)  Thanks again to Christa (celtic1885) for her help with pictures, fact-checking, and everything else!

Evenflo shared some upcoming updates with us during the manufacturers’ panel.  Evenflo also has 30+ CPSTs on staff, did you know that?  They are in marketing, engineering, quality control, sales, and Parent Link departments.  They did confirm a few things we already knew, but I thought bore repeating in case anyone hasn’t heard- tether extenders are available for all their seats.  LATCH in booster mode is allowed in all of their seats so equipped (3 in 1, combination seats) as long as it does not interfere with proper fit or positioning (for instance, you may not use offset LATCH in booster mode as it would interfere with proper positioning of the belt.)

Evenflo also shared some changes they have made recently or are making.  They are adding color-coding to stickers for greater ease of installation, and as of seats shipping this December, all labels on each seat will have model name and expiration clearly marked, according to Dave Sanders, CPST and engineer who was speaking to us.  All booster weight minimums have now been increased to 40 lbs., and they will not be selling boosters with a weight limit lower than 40 lbs. in the future.  They have updated the fairly-new Maestro so it can be 5 degrees more reclined.  The Embrace handle is being redesigned; the Z-shape will no longer be on the Embrace, it will be shaped like the handle on the Serenade that sits closer to the shell of the seat.  While the “handle down, 1.5 inches clearance” rule does still apply at this time, they are “working on” allowing different handle positions (though I’m not quite holding my breath on that one.)  The weight limit on the Embrace may or may not be increased in the future.

KIM 2010 Updates and News, Part 1

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Howdy, all y’all!  Greetings from Dallas/Ft. Worth TX, where I have been attending the 2010 Kidz in Motion Conference, or KIM, an annual gathering focused entirely on Child Passenger Safety (yes, I know some other conferences prefer another acronym; here at KIM, we’re still saying CPS.)  I’m Anne, also known as ketchupqueen on the car-seat.org forums.  Since Darren, Kecia, and Heather were unable to attend KIM this year, I’ve been asked to share the scoop- updates and information from manufacturers we got at this year’s conference.  My friend Christa (celtic1885 on the boards) has been helping me collect, record, and organize the news as we get it so that we can share it all with you!

KIM is a small conference by national conference standards, which means that all the participants and presenters get an opportunity to sit down together, get to know each other, and really talk.  I’ve met up with people I know and people I know of, heroes in the CPS community, CPS “celebrities” and other techs just like me (some of whom were just as star-struck when sitting next to manufacturer representatives at lunch- it’s quite a shock the first time Sarah Tilton of Britax fame brings her plate over next to where you are sitting and asks, “Mind if I sit here?”)

The small, intimate nature also means we got to ply the manufacturers with all the questions we wanted to during floor exhibits and clarify new information.  We have some interesting updates and news, so, without further ado, let’s get to it!

Buckle Up Takes Center Stage at Smithsonian

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Two of the most influential characters in modern American advertising history were recently inducted into my favorite museum, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.  Vince and Larry, the crash test dummies from the ‘80s and ‘90s made it cool to wear seatbelts by showing us with humor how dangerous it is to go without them.

Also gifted to the museum were other auto safety items, like a 1961 Volvo vehicle seat with lap/shoulder belt, a Hybrid II crash test dummy from Denton ATD, and a padded dashboard invented by a reconstructive surgeon.

If you’re in the DC area, be sure to stop by and cave in to your inner CPS geek to see these awesome treasures.  You’ll definitely make me jealous!

Girl Hits 5 Deer in 1 Year–Look Out!

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I don’t know who to be more scared for–the deer or the girl.  Kacee Larson of Iowa has hit 5 deer in the last 12 months.  Perhaps she needs to read Ulrike’s blog post on how to react when encountering deer.  I do like the part in the article where the police use the phrase “don’t veer for deer,” because drivers who do can roll their vehicles or drive into oncoming traffic.

Of course, I’m not at all making fun of Kacee.  My deer of choice when I was 16 was a Volvo.