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Monthly Archive:: May 2009

Reverse Belt Path Video

Today, I’m posting a short video clip of a long (or reverse) seat belt path installation.  This fitment is in the 2nd row captain’s chair in a third generation, 2006 Honda Odyssey.  This type of install is allowed on certain child restraint models, such as the Britax Frontier and Britax Regent.  If permitted in the child restraint owner’s manual, this seatbelt routing may result in a more secure installation than the standard short seat belt path.  This type of install can take a little more time and effort.  You have to make sure not to get the seatbelt twisted and it may be a little more difficult to feed the slack from the lap belt up into the shoulder belt retractor.  A second pair of hands can be a big help!  Without further ado:

 

Tips for tricky Frontier installations and instructions for the long belt path method can be found at the Britax USA website.

Anyone Know the Pres?

As you may or may not know, we are in need of an appointee to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Some child passenger safety advocates were hopeful that Charles Hurley, CEO of MADD, would be the next head.  Unfortunately, his nomination was withdrawn.

So, I’m thinking, why not Kecia?  Or Heather.  Or me.  Really, why not all three of us?  I’m sure we’d be happy to split the salary!  Someday, the #1 killer of kids will get the attention of the administration.  Why shouldn’t that day be today?  So, if you have the President’s blackberry info, please give him a call and mention us!

Doing the Right Thing

The way people react to a situation varies as widely as the people themselves. I’m a “helper”. I’ve always been a helper. I like to help. I can’t help myself.  ;)    

Case in point, I was coming home from a check event last week and I missed being in a 4-car pileup by about 10 vehicles. My first thought was “thank goodness I didn’t leave 20 seconds earlier”! My second thought was to hope that no one was seriously hurt.  

I could see the smoke from the crash (some of it was probably from the deployed ABs) as I came to a dead stop in traffic. It’s a single lane road and no one was going anywhere so I put my van in park, told DS2 to sit tight that I was going to check on the people, and went to the scene.

Slow Day Giveaway

We have some better giveaways coming up in the next few weeks.  Today’s is pretty lame, I know.  It’s a 3-month Benefactor subscription at www.Car-Seat.Org.  If you already have a subscription, yours will be extended for 3 months.

To enter, please reply with a comment.  One winner will be picked at random on Tuesday.  The email address used in your comment must match the email address in your account at the Car-Seat.Org forums.  Good luck!

Baby It’s HOT Outside!

Summer’s coming up and while it may not be hot yet where you are, it’s definitely hot where I live.  I’m a desert rat, grew up in a desert city, and heat is what I know and love (trust me, if you throw a snowball at me, I’m liable to hurl a cactus at you ;) ).

It’s hot outside and even hotter in the car.  The kids are crying in the back seat, they’re all sweaty and red and mom is panicking, thinking they’re going to get heatstroke.  They could, I suppose.  Kids’ bodies don’t have temperature controls like adults do; they can’t dissipate heat effectively and overheat quickly.  Heat exhaustion strikes first: skin is pale and sweating is profuse, child may complain of nausea, headache, and dizziness, there are muscle cramps.  It’s very uncomfortable; I’ve had it a few times.  Heat stroke comes after heat exhaustion and is the most severe form of heat sickness-it’s LIFE THREATENING.  Symptoms include flushed and DRY skin-sweating has stopped, altered mental status, core temperature of 105˚ or higher.