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Back to School, but how to get there?

A few days ago, we took the annual trip to our elementary school to see the posted list of classes for the coming school year that starts next week! Lots of kids were elated to find they got the teacher they wanted or a best friend in their class. A number were sad because they didn’t. Most were happy to see friends they missed over the summer.

For parents, it’s back to the routine again. Our kids take a bus, as their school turns out to be twice as far as the closest schools due to the zoning maps. On the plus side, it’s a great school so we don’t complain about it. Plus, we all know that full size school buses are the safest form of ground transportation. Right?

Which Car is Really Safest?

http://www.fordexplorerrollover.com/explorer_rollovers/Default.cfmThroughout the 90s and even into this century, truck based SUVs were all the rage.  Gas was cheap.  The marketing was impressive.  Even though most are used for commuting back and forth to work and never taken off-road or used for towing, the ability to plow through any terrain was a big selling point.  I haven’t been stuck in the snow in 25 years of driving front-wheel drive vehicles in northern Illinois, yet many people here still insist they need 4WD.  Of course, they forget 4WD and AWD do nothing for braking or stability and often wind up in the ditch first!  Sadly, many people also had the impression big SUVs were safer than cars, too.

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.

The Third Row, is it Safe for Kids?

Second Row or Third Row?  Who is Safer?Which child in the photo is safest?  Over six years ago, an article in USA Today created a lot of hysteria among parents.  In particular, one questionable statistic worried a lot of parents and some came to our forums looking for the truth.  The statistic was sensational, it said, “When a minivan with a third-row occupant is hit from behind, the occupant is killed half the time, according to a Ford Motor analysis.”  Could this be true?

The Never Ending Debate? Carseats vs. Seatbelts.

Not Worth the Cost?  Or is it?Do we really need car seats?The topic of car seats vs. seatbelts surfaces again and again, perhaps for good reason.  It arises in the media and in questions from parents on our forums, too.  Is it really any safer to restrain my 3-year old in a booster or 5-point harness, rather than just a seatbelt?  Do we really need laws to make us restrain our kids with expensive child seats after a year or two?  You’d think the answers would be YES. Or NO. But one way or another, we should have proof, right? Apparently, it’s like asking a dozen different Ph.D. Economists which way the stock market is headed, incorrectly assuming there would be a consensus among such brilliant people.