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Not Solving the Seat Belt Problem at Schools

So much time spent educating.  Three events scheduled at my kids’ school to stop vehicles and assess whether kids were buckled up in the back seat.  Education and positive reinforcement passed along.  Three events evidently worth nothing.  I try not to get too jaded: despite my Type A personality, I have a very much live and let live philosophy of life.  However, when I’ve spent so much of my time educating my peers and my kids’ friends on the dangers of sitting in the front seat and not wearing seat belts, I get mad.  Did they not learn anything?

What Does A Good CPS Tech Do?

I frequently read posts on various parent forums from moms and dads who have taken their vehicles and car seats to child passenger safety technicians to be inspected or installed.  They seem to either have glowing reviews of the tech with whom they worked or they were fuming about something the tech did or didn’t do.  So let’s go through the steps a good tech will take with a parent to ensure the car seat is installed and used properly.

Safety Bug

When did the safety bug bite you?  I’m guessing you’re here reading the blog because somewhere along the line you became interested in seat belts or vehicle safety or your child’s safety.  But have you always been a safety-minded individual or did something happen to make you that way?

Carseat recommendations

Take pity on me because Marvin is a tough act to follow ;)  Seriously,  that’s one  smart little fella and that link he posted was just priceless. 

Anyhow, the previous blog post “Who’s better?  Who’s best?” got me thinking about the practice of recommending carseats.  The current standardized Child Passenger Safety training curriculum, as well as the previous curriculum, strongly discourages CPS Technicians from recommending specific seats.  The curriculum tells us that it’s okay to recommend specific features (like a 5-pt harnesses, front harness adjuster, etc.) but that we should not recommend specific brands and seats.  So why is it so common to see CPS technicians and even instructors (both online and IRL) recommending specific seats to parents and caregivers?  Let’s examine the issue a little closer…

Recalls – the good, the bad and the ridiculous

Recall – the mere words strike fear into the hearts and minds of safety-conscious parents everywhere.  After all, no one wants to hear that there is a potential problem with their carseat – a product that they’ve entrusted to protect their child’s life.  But for child restraint manufacturers, recalls are more than just product issues.  Recalls are usually costly and chock full of bad publicity.  In short, recalls are bad for business.

But recalls are also a part of the business and almost every manufacturer has to face a recall issue sooner or later.  Truthfully, not all recalls are for serious, life-threatening problems although some clearly are.