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What’s the Buzz? Safety 1st Complete Air

It goes to 40 pounds rear-facing.  It goes to 50 pounds forward-facing.  It also has Air Protect, “the most innovative and groundbreaking safety feature ever offered in a car seat. Developed in conjunction with Kettering University’s renowned Crash Safety Center, Air Protect™ is designed to protect children in side impact collisions, putting a state-of-the-art layer of air protection where it’s needed most, around the child’s head.”

Not only that, but it’s created a lot of buzz at the Car-Seat.Org forums.  This thread is less than a week old and it’s already one of the most viewed on the forums and has almost 250 posts in it so far.  We hope to have a full review of the Safety 1st Complete Air with Air Protect at CarseatBlog.com later this summer!

You can find the official press release here: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/safety1st/38800/ .

DOT Press Release: Good News and More Good News!

The press release last Friday from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is big news for the CPS community.  Apparently, NHTSA has been ordered to develop a side impact safety standard for child restraints.  Finally!  Now, there’s no telling how long it will take NHTSA to come to a consensus on what the standard will be, how it will be implemented and when child restraints will be required to meet it.  Still, at least the ball is starting to roll on this issue. 

Transporting Special Needs Children? It’s EZ with the Roosevelt

The Roosevelt has been at a number of conferences and shows over the last few years, including the Lifesavers conference we just attended.  It doesn’t get a lot of publicity, because it’s a rather expensive model intended for special health care needs.  It does, however, have some more mainstream applications.  For example, it has an upper weight limit of 115 pounds, maximum height of 62 inches and a top harness slot of over 22″.  That alone makes it one of the only options for older kids in the top few percentiles of weight or height who may not be ready for a booster or seatbelt.

Special needs child restraints serve a very important purpose, from preemies to teenagers who can’t use a conventional carseat for any of a number of reasons.  Just as there are specialty seats for this purpose, there are many specially certified technicians who have taken an extra course to be familiar with these issues.  Working with you, your child and their physician or therapist, a special needs tech can help create a personalized transportation plan. 

Do you have a child with special health care needs and have questions on what to do when transporting them in your vehicle?  Our discussion forums at Car-Seat.Org now have a special forum for this purpose (and also for issues involving alternative transportation like school buses and aircraft).  It is monitored by around a dozen certified technicians who have taken the special needs transportation course.  The forum is overseen by a course instructor who works with special health care needs patients in a hospital setting.  Please feel free to browse or ask a question!  No registration is required, though questions from unregistered guests may take some time before they are approved and appear to the public.

New Recaro Signo Recall

RECARO North America, Inc. is recalling certain Signo child restraint assemblies manufactured from February through September 2008. The central front adjuster strap on some seats may slip within the metal adjuster (A-Lock) that controls tightness of the harness, thereby preventing the harness from being properly tightened. If this condition existed and a vehicle crash occurred, the child would not be properly secured in their child restraint system and may sustain injury. RECARO will notify owners and replace any defective child restraint system free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during March 2009. Owners can contact RECARO customer service toll-free at 1-888-473-2290.

At this point, this is the only information that we have.  We weren’t able to find any additional information on Recaro’s website at the moment but we’ll continue to post additional details when they become available. 

In the mean time, if you own a Recaro Signo that was manufacturered from 2/2008 – 9/2008 please check your harness straps to make sure there isn’t any obvious slippage.