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Happy Earth Day 2014

recycle carseatToday is Earth Day, the day we love our planet and reduce, reuse, and recycle without abandon. To celebrate, we thought we’d share our list of carseat recycling centers found around the country. This way, we can keep carseats out of landfills when we can and put them to better use after they’ve been crashed or aged out.

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What other ways do you celebrate Earth Day, either today or every day? In my family, we recycle anything that can be recycled, heat our pool with solar power, have solar panels to provide some of our electricity, and one of our cars is fully electric. I still feel like we don’t do enough though. Call it green guilt?

Amazon Busy Toddler Savings Event

Amazon.com Busy Toddler Savings Event

Save on select toddler products. Add at least one eligible item to cart and the discount will be reflected at checkout. Offer only applies to products sold and shipped by Amazon.com. Offer good while supplies last. See full Terms and Conditions.

Spend more, save more:

  • Spend $75, save $5
  • Spend $150, save $20
  • Spend $250, save $50!

The event includes a number of carseats on this list in specific fashions, while supplies last!  Some examples are the Clek Foonf convertible carseat, the Safety 1st Boostapak booster,  the Graco Affix high back booster, the Recaro Performance RIDE convertible car seat and the Britax Roundabout 50 Classic convertible carseat.  There are a number of nice accessories and other toddler items too, like the Go-Go Babyz Kidz Travelmate carrier, the Skip Hop Zoo Lunchies insulated lunch bag or one of our favorites, the Thermos Foogo Leak-Proof stainless steel food jar.

 

Mix and match these items at Amazon’s already great prices to combine for $5, $20 or even $50 off your total order!  And don’t forget about Amazon Mom!  You get all the benefits of Prime 2-day shipping and Prime streaming videos plus 20% off subscribed items like diapers and wipes!  Shop Amazon Mom – 20% Off Diapers

Britax Pioneer 70 Update

Just a small update on the Britax Pioneer 70 Harness-2-Booster combination carseat.  As you may know, new 2014 federal standards are much more strict in regard to carseats with a 5-point harness that are rated for children who weigh above 65 lbs.  In fact, many competitive products that previously were rated above 65 pounds are now being sold with 65 lb. limits.  The Britax Frontier 90 and Britax Pinnacle 90 are the only current combination models rated well above 65 pounds, primarily due to their industry-leading maximum seated torso harness height of 20.5″ tall.

As we noted in our Britax Pioneer review, it had a shorter maximum harness height of about 18.5″.  In January, Britax made a running change to production that increased this harness height to 19.5″!  This allowed the Pioneer 70 to continue with a 70 lb. child weight limit.  That change also makes it an even better value for parents, as some kids will reach an 18″ or 18.5″ seated torso height limit before they are even 65 lbs, meaning they will outgrow some competitor’s 5-point harness systems by height before they reach the weight limit.  Below you can see the difference between an original and newer production Pioneer model.  An added benefit is that maximum booster mode height is also increased slightly.

Pioneer comparison pioneer195

In other news, we previously mentioned that Britax harness-2-booster models, the Pinnacle 90, Frontier 90 and Pioneer 70, were approved for airline use.  In addition, they have also been approved for use with inflatable seatbelt systems found in some Ford and Lincoln vehicles.  These changes are retroactive for these particular models, but the official labeling for production models was made on or around February 3rd, 2014.  For more information, please see the Britax FAQ for Harness-2-Booster seats.  Britax is also working on a running change to improve the lap belt fit of these combination carseats when used in booster mode.  We will update on this change as soon as possible, as we were told more information would be available in the second quarter of 2014, which could be soon.  In the mean time, owners of these products who have children already transitioning into booster mode can call Britax for a SecureGuard accessory clip if one is needed for marginal lap belt fit.  The patented SecureGuard accessory also improves lap belt fit and provides a 4th point of restraint as well.  Some kids, especially older, taller children, do not have an issue with lap belt fit and owners would not need to take any action for their child when using the booster mode.

Stay tuned to CarseatBlog for more product news and a great giveaway coming soon!

Carseat Inflicted Injuries

first aidWe all know that car seats help prevent injuries in kids. Anyone who has installed a few also knows they tend to cause injuries in the adults who are installing them. Broken nails, scraped knuckles, smashed toes, bruised shins: I’ve had them all, and then some. Today was a first, though.

I was carrying a boxed car seat through the house and needed to hoist it up to clear a kitchen chair and a serving cart. Somehow I lost my grip and the box slipped out of my hands. Luckily it only fell an inch or two onto the chair and cart I was trying to avoid, but when my hands slipped off, they also flew up…into my face. One of my finger nails jabbed my nose, leaving an unsightly and rather painful gouge.

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So, tell us: What unusual carseat-related injuries have you endured?