Monthly Archive:: November 2009

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Why Do You Do It?

volunteer with parentAs a tag onto Darren’s post the other day about CPS burnout, why do you do CPS?  What brought you into the field?

It’s a question I get fairly often at checkup events from parents: what made you decide to do this?  They find out that I’m not a police officer, I’m not a firefighter; nope, not EMS either.  Just a mom, who, for some crazy reason, decided to learn how to install carseats.  So why did I decide to take a 40 hour class on just carseats and seat belts and crash dynamics?

In Honor of Veteran’s Day

us-flagCarseatBlog would like to thank all of our veterans who have served our country as well as those who are still serving all over the world.  We appreciate the sacrifices they have made for all of us.  We also would like to thank their families, who support their loved ones always.

The Last ABC Free Giveaway Contest?

I think we’re down to our last bag of ABC Kids Expo goodies.  You may not have the good fortune of the premium stuff (!) that went into the first bags, but it’s still better than nothing (as far as you know!).

All you have to do to enter is to reply to this blog 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!

What’s better than a keychain?  Well, a free car seat for starters!  This one isn’t from us, so you can enter at trademybmwforaminivan !  Good luck!

CarseatBlog Issues Warning on Consumer Reports – Labels Their Carseat Reviews a “Don’t Read: Nonsense Risk”

CR Magazine

It’s like Déjà vu. All over again.    

As we previously reported on CarseatBlog – Consumer Reports made some wild claims about the Orbit Baby infant carseat back in August.  They claimed that the carseat detached from its base during testing and labeled the popular (and pricey) product a “Don’t Buy – Safety Risk”.  Orbit Baby fought back and claimed that their own safety compliance testing contradicted the CR test results. They also claimed, and CR acknowledged, that the infant seats were not installed according to the directions.  All this led to massive confusion as consumers were left wondering who to trust. 

It seems that we finally have an answer thanks to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  NHTSA, for those of you who may be new to the world of Child Passenger Safety (CPS), is the federal agency responsible for setting performance standards and compliance testing carseats to ensure that they meet the standards.  Well… shock of all shocks,  NHTSA found nothing to support CR’s claims that the Orbit Baby infant carseat didn’t meet federal standards and was unsafe to use.  You can read all about NHTSA’s conclusions and their letter to Consumer Reports on the Orbit Baby issue HERE.