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Monthly Archive:: April 2009

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You can now find us on facebook and Twitter!  Our Twitter can also be seen on the right side of the blog with the most recent three updates!  There’s not much there, yet, but the marketing experts at a Lifesavers presentation said you have to be there for visibility!  We’ll be sprucing up our pages and doing more frequent tweets in the months ahead!

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Lifesavers Giveaway and News Tidbits

Lifesavers is rarely full of new product information.  Most of that comes from ABC Kids Expo, though we understand there might be some news at the Kidz In Motion conference this year.  Here’s a few tidbits that I can share, above those Heather mentioned already:

The Advocate CS should have a price point around $369 or $379 in the USA.  They said in their presentation that they’ve found the side impact cushions on this model may offer up to 50% reduction in crash energy (Please don’t quote me on that if I phrased it incorrectly!).  There are some more tidbits coming about the Britax Roundabout 50 revealed by Pish Posh Baby.  I’m told it should be public in a couple weeks so stay tuned!

Dorel’s new manuals on the Alpha Omega Elite are color coded to match the label colors for rear facing, front facing and booster use.  They also include a prominent tip about extended rear-facing!

The updated Recaro Signo is due summer 2009.  It will have a non-handed LATCH system that does not require reorienting of the LATCH connectors when changed from rear to front facing.  It will also have new lockoffs and an updated manual.

Combi is working on an extended weight harness seat.  It wasn’t clear if it was a forward facing or combination model, but I’m told more information should be available by ABC Kids Expo in September.

Okay, okay, it’s not the greatest giveaway we’ve ever done.  Still, in the spirit of Marvin, we have a swell insulated Lifesavers tote bag for our winner.  What’s in it?  Well, don’t expect much and you won’t be disappointed!  Simply comment in reply to this blog to enter.  One entry per person.  If you reply more than once, only your first comment will count.  Winner announced Tuesday.  Good luck!

New Seat Hype

I don’t mean to rain on anyone’s parade but I’m frequently amused by the reactions that ensue whenever there’s hint of a new seat.  Don’t get me wrong, I like to speculate about new products as much as the next carseat-loving person but the reality rarely lives up the hype.  The perfect carseat for everyone just doesn’t exist although if you’re lucky – you’ll find the perfect seat for your kid once in a while. 

I’ve learned to not get my hopes up prematurely and to take it all in stride when the seat doesn’t live up to the expectations.  I remember all the excitement about a “real” Simpson Racing carseat – which never materialized.  I remember all the hopes and dreams that we had pinned on the Airway – only to be totally let down by the reality that it was a piece of junk.  I remember the frenzy that followed the initial release of the Super Elite.  That seat was harder to find than a snowball in Miami when it was first released!  There were waiting lists at every baby specialty store and the few that wound up on Ebay went for double and triple the retail price.  Of course, after all of that – the seat had several recalls and was eventually replaced with the Husky.      

Not too long ago the big anticipation was the Recaro convertibles.  Sure, they’re nice seats but they’ve had their share of problems and issues too.  Now, the word is that Recaro is working on re-releasing the Young Sport with a higher-weight-harness limit.  I advise anyone who is interested in that particular seat (or the Recaro infant seat) not to get too excited.  We’ll probably see them eventually but Recaro time is like dog years.  Spring 2010 could mean 6 years from now for the rest of us.  I hope I’m wrong about that but only time will tell.

Just recently the news that Graco might be close to launching a new convertible seat with a rear-facing weight limit of 40 lbs has created a LOT of excitement on the forum. However, they’re not the first manufacturer to promise this and nothing has ever materialized before.  I think going where no other manufacturer (in the US) has gone before is easier said than done.  I’m not trying to be a downer – I just want to caution everyone not to pin all their hopes and dreams on this potential seat.  Especially since we don’t know a darn thing about it yet.  It’s okay to be excited about the prospects and I hope Graco knocks all our socks off with an awesome new convertible seat (they’ve had enough time to work on something in that dept) but I’m not going to hold my breath.        

Fatal Distraction: Too Many Kids Lost Because We’re Being Safe

On Sunday, March 8, the Washington Post ran an article about children who died after being left in hot vehicles and the aftermath.  What happens to the families?  Are the parents who did the unthinkable prosecuted?  Do marriages survive?