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Car Seat Quandry: Part I

Last Month, Volvo introduced three new child restraints, developed by Britax Römer (article also viewable courtesy of Sweedspeed). 

- The child restraints are available in three models for children of different ages and sizes:
1. Infant seat, from newborn up to 13 kg, up to about one year old.
2.  Convertible child seat, 9-25 kg, from 9 months to about age 6. Can be turned forward facing no earlier than age 3, preferably age 4, and the child must weigh at least 15 kg.
3. Booster seat with backrest, 15-36 kg, from 4 to about 10 years, preferably longer.

Perhaps of the greatest interest is their convertible child seat that can be used rear facing, “from nine months until the child is about six years old, which is a breakthrough in safety for children in cars.”  It can then be fitted forward facing starting once the child is at least 15kg (33 pounds) and has outgrown the rear facing settings.

Why do CR Manufacturers continue to ignore boys?

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I’m jealous.  Every time I see a new girl cover hit the market it makes me mad.  Helloooo…. what about boys?  Do CR manufacturers think boys don’t care what their seat looks like?  Do they think parents of boys don’t care?  Maybe they think the seat will be so dirty in a week that no one will be able to tell that it’s a boring brown/tan/black/gray.  

Whatever their reasoning is, it’s wrong and it’s gone on for too long.  With very few exceptions, even the small number of boyish covers in the last 5 years have been less than thrilling.  It just isn’t fair.  Boys like covers that “speak to them” as much as girls do.  

Stop at an Actual Stop Sign? Never!

I guess I’m getting old and grouchy.  Or maybe I’m not old, but just plain persnickety.  Whatever it is, I seem to be the only one around bothered by people who run stop signs.  Sure, there are letters to the editor in my paper about stop sign runners or people who apply their brakes ever so slightly when approaching a signed intersection.  But who’s going to do anything about it?

Most of the major intersections in my area are controlled, which is good.  We used to be an area of 4-way stops and there was always someone who wouldn’t yield the right of way.  Frustrating, but what can you do?  It’s actually pretty fun to watch anxiety levels rise by coming to a complete, wheels-don’t-turn stop at a 4-way stop.  Try it sometime.  ;)  I never realized that I wasn’t stopping at stop signs before until my local Safe Kids coalition did an observational survey at an intersection a few years back.  Out of several hundred vehicles observed, something like only 3 actually came to a full and complete stop at the stop sign.  I was shocked and immediately on the drive home paid attention to my driving habits.  Sure enough, I wasn’t stopping my wheels either when I thought I was.  Now when I see a stop sign or a red light when I’m turning right, I come to a complete stop, much to the chagrin of the driver behind me (sorry, dude, it’s the law and I’m gonna stop).

I’m still amazed by the drivers who don’t even slow down at a stop sign or red light when they turn right.  It’s like it’s not even there; the world revolves around them and everyone else should yield to them, right?  What the heck?  The thing is the number of drivers who do this.  If I only saw it happening once a week, I’d write it off as the person was distracted (um, who hasn’t been?), but it’s often several times a day.  This kind of driving, plus all the drunk and otherwise impaired drivers on the road, plus the drivers going 80 mph in a 45 mph zone make me feel like a moving target who will one day run out of luck.

CarseatBlog Grab Bag Giveaway Contest

Today’s contest is another “Stump the Reader” like the one Kecia did last week.  This time, I know what it is and want to see who else does, too!  It might be CPS-related and it might not.  If it turns out to be too hard, I’ll give hints with a zoomed out photo every once in a while.  Without further ado, here IT is!

What is IT from?

Take your best guess!

Only your first guess counts.  Anytime I post a hint, you may guess one more time.  Extra comments will only serve as hints to the next person!  Anyone who has a login to write guest blogs is not eligible!

I am looking for a very specific answer.  Even if you guess ITs function, you must also say exactly what IT is from to win.  I will be the sole judge as to the first person with an acceptable answer that meets my definition and my interpretation of the rules!


What is the prize you ask?

This weeks prize comes in video format.  I make no guarantees as to the condition of the prize or its contents.  Good luck!


First Hint:

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