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Monthly Archive:: May 2009

Ah Vacation!

CarseatBlog is taking a few days off; our brains hurt.

We’ll be back soon with reviews, giveaways and more commentary.

Have a great weekend, everyone and please be safe!

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  Unfortunately, his nomination was withdrawn.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.