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Monthly Archive:: October 2009

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:

http://www.waff.com/Global/story.asp?S=11259745# 

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:
http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/safedrivers-childsafety-programs-regulations-research-research-887.htm

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.

Sometimes wishes do come true

Pre-test Picture of Sunshine Kids Radian

Pre-test Picture of Sunshine Kids Radian

There’s an old adage that says “Be careful what you wish for.” I was reminded of this last week when Transport Canada followed through on the promise Transport Minister John Baird made in May 2009, and released the results of the research crash testing that Transport Canada has been doing behind closed doors since 2003.

Transport Canada NCAP Crash Tests

The big CPS-related news story of the week (and maybe even the whole month) is undoubtedly going to be the video footage of  Transport Canada’s NCAP Testing.  TC recently made the videos public and has provided us with an outstanding summary of their findings.  I commend TC for “trusting” that we can handle this.  We can handle this, right?  Honestly, I think the best way to thank them is to not freak out and make them sorry they decided to release these videos. Personally, I always hate when information is withheld from the public for fear of causing panic.  We’re all intelligent, logical and analytical. I doubt anyone who cares enough to read this blog is going to throw their child restraint away and start riding around with their kids unrestrained in a moving vehicle.  Of course you could decide never to drive anywhere again and hey, if that’s your decision, I highly recommend Lancaster County, PA (aka Dutch Amish capital of the world).  But even travel by horse and buggy with kids is risky so there’s no avoiding risk altogether.