Monthly Archive:: October 2009

Magna Clek Oobr Booster Guest Review: Über cool, über stylish…über expensive

IMG_2245Continuing with their consistently Duggar-esque nomenclature, Magna Clek recently welcomed it’s newest–and largest–baby yet, Oobr.  Baby Oobr follows on the footsteps of older siblings Oto (now discontinued), Olli, and Ozzi.  Clek boosters have thus far been famous for four things: rigid LATCH attachments, Paul Frank fashions, hefty price tags, and being the cutest little things to come out of Canada since Avril Lavigne.  But after hype extending back to 2008, does the full-sized sibling really measure up?

Yet Another ABC Bag Giveaway!

It’s another tote bag.  It’s full of mostly the same ‘ol stuff.  Some of the stuff you will like.  Other stuff may find its way into a drawer.  Some stuff is destined for the circular file.  If you are lucky, one or more of these extra stuffs will be thrown into the bag, but no guarantees!  All you have to do to enter is to reply with a comment!  One entry per person, if you leave more than one, only the first comment counts.  Winner selected at random on Monday!  Maybe our last winner will post what she won and that will encourage [or dissuade] you from entering again!  Good luck!

Dorel Cosco Scenera Review: A True Workhorse.

In the November 2009 issue, Consumer Reports listed the Cosco Scenera as one of their Top Products.  Does the Scenera qualify as a “top product?”  It was introduced as a replacement to the Cosco Touriva back in 2005.  It’s a convertible seat that’s basically tried and true: it has reliable belt paths that are easy to access, installs well in a wide variety of vehicles, and is a low-cost seat.  This is a convertible (rear-facing and forward-facing) child restraint for kids 5-40 lbs. who are less than 43″ tall.  Rear-facing the seat is rated from 5-35 lbs.  Forward-facing, it can be used for children over 1 year old who weigh between 22-40 lbs. Keep in mind that even though the Scenera can be used for children over age 1 and 22 lbs., the American Academy of Pediatrics now highly recommends rear-facing to at least age 2.

The is a basic seat and some models may have a removable cupholder, infant head roll, toddler pillow, and harness strap covers.

Dorel is an umbrella company under which many other companies exist.   Cosco, Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer, Maxi Cosi, Quinny, Alpha Elite, and Alpha Sport are all brands under the Dorel name.

Alabama and Orbits and Clothes

Matt’s back.  For your enjoyment ;) .

Heather sends me this link to a story out of Alabama. Alabama mug shot Here is the link:


Go ahead.  Click on the link and read the story.  I’ll wait.

Christmas came early this year, thanks to Transport Canada

Combi Center DX infant seat, which detached from the base during testing resulting in a voluntary recall in Canada.

Combi Center DX, since recalled in Canada, pre-test

I’ve spent the last two weeks digging out from under all the virtual wrapping paper, under a very special early virtual Christmas tree. Our government friends here in the great white north sent us a gift that may well give your Lady Liberty a run for her money. I haven’t seen my colleagues so excited since the last release of new Britax fashions. Transport Canada is no Scrooge, that’s for sure–with a free-for-bandwidth virtual haberdashery of crash test footage now available on the government agency’s website. This isn’t the usual made in China knock-off crap, either. You won’t see mom and dad’s old Mercury Monarch rear seat bench magically propelled into a thick wall of nothingness. Nope. Unlike your Coach purse, this is the real thing. Real carseats, real vehicles. The babies are still fake, but they had to draw the line somewhere.

If you haven’t already taken a look, click away:

Some of that crash test footage was pretty darn shocking, and I’m thinking you’re here because you don’t want your anthropomorphic test dummy’s head slamming into your vehicle’s front seats with such force that said dummy’s going to have more than just a splitting headache as a result. Either that or you’re a concerned parent, Child Passenger Safety Technician, or Children’s Restraint Technician. Perhaps you’re a member of the media reporting on the evils of child restraints and how they fail during testing–but you don’t quite know enough about carseats to really understand what all these failures mean in the real world. The real world..the real babies. The ATDs, however, come at a cost of into six figures. That’s a whole lot of in-vitro, if you went that route. ATD or the more organic version, a real live baby, we want to protect our investments…err..kids’ lives.