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Monthly Archive:: December 2009

Santa Strikes Again! An Evenflo Big Kid Amp Backless Booster!

Evenflo has generously agreed to sponsor today’s giveaway, a Big Kid Amp Backless Booster in your choice of colors!  While we don’t have a review of the Evenflo Big Kid Amp yet, it did just score a “Best Bet” in the new IIHS Booster testing.  (Kecia will have more on the new IIHS Booster testing later today).  Shipping is to the USA and Canada only.  To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog!  Now, for the fine print again:

Ho Ho Ho! Santa is Bringing a Britax Parkway SG!

Thanks to our sponsor, Kids-N-Cribs.com, we have the luxury of giving away a Britax Parkway SG in Sesame as our first booster giveaway of the week!  It will be shipped directly to the winner from Kids-N-Cribs (shipping is free in the 48 contiguous United States, but a charge will apply anywhere else they can ship).  You can also read our review of the Parkway Secure Guard.  All you have to do to win is leave a comment!  Now, for the fine print…

The Five Days of Christmas?

We know we haven’t done a child safety seat giveaway in a little while, but we don’t want to be known as carseat scrooges!  So, this week, we will be giving away a booster or two, or maybe more!  They won’t arrive at the winner’s doorstep in time for Christmas, and maybe not even until the new year, but it’s still a nice holiday surprise!  Stay tuned to CarseatBlog and our forums at www.Car-Seat.Org over the next few days and be sure to watch for any giveaway contests!

Buying a Safe Car

Winter is here.  That means good deals on new cars!  The excitement over the introduction of 2010 models is long gone.  Cash for Clunkers is a distant memory.  The economy isn’t doing much to promote sales, either.  Combine that with sales incentives for the last month and last quarter of the year, and the planets are starting to align for great deals.

But how to buy a safe one for your family?  Obviously, you should find one that has good visibility and a good driving position.  It should be comfortable for you and have conveniently located controls to prevent distractions.  Don’t settle for a 10 minute test drive.  Ask for an extended one or to borrow it overnight.  Unless it’s a model dealers can’t keep on the lot, they will probably let you.

As for crash safety, there’s one tool that can help you compare vehicles, especially those of different classes.  If you simply look at the IIHS or NHTSA results separately, you cant compare a compact to a midsize or an SUV to a sedan.  InformedForLife takes the NHTSA and IIHS results and compiles them using research from published studies.  It gives you a composite score you can compare to any vehicle in its database.  We’ve mentioned it in the past and it’s still the best tool for vehicle safety comparisons today.

It’s not foolproof, though.  Sometimes, some vehicles haven’t been put through all the tests by the IIHS or NHTSA.  For any missing tests, InformedForLife assigns a “typical” result for the class of vehicle.  That means that the overall score may change when all the test results are eventually completed and entered into the database.  For models where a full set of crash tests are available, it’s a great tool to find a safe car.