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Monthly Archive:: March 2010

Kentucky Tragedy

Child restraints have saved lives again.  This time in a very visible way, a way that we as advocates don’t  have to preach about.  Unfortunately,http://www.wlky.com/image/22965549/detail.html the outcome was bittersweet.  The children survived without harm, but everyone else in the 15 person church van died, as did the truck driver who hit them, on the Kentucky highway.  It’s a tragedy when entire families get wiped out, yet there’s hope when parents care enough to make sure their children are strapped in as safely as they know how.  The entire country mourns with these little boys and their close-knit community.

Evenflo Maestro as Booster Review – Part XII Combo Seat Review Series

I’ve decided to document how various combination (harness/booster) seats fit my youngest son in booster mode.  In these photos he is 5 ½ years-old, 48 lbs and 46″ tall.  Our full Maestro review has been delayed for some time as we were unable to procure a sample from Evenflo.  So, for a quick review of this CR in booster mode, I borrowed one from a CPST-Instructor friend of mine (thanks, Pamela!).

Since the Evenflo Maestro has a 50 lb weight limit on the 5-point harness, he’s getting close to outgrowing the harness by weight even though he still has ample growing room height wise.  He’s also well within the age and size range to use this seat in booster mode.  As with all the previous combo seat as booster reviews that I’ve done -  I’ve used the same seating position in my van – driver’s side captain’s chair in a 2005 Ford Freestar.

The IIHS booster study compared the fit of various boosters using the 6-year-old Hybrid lll dummy who weighs 51.6 lbs (23.41 kg) and has a standing height of almost 45″.  The Maestro was not rated by the IIHS in their last round of booster fit testing but after seeing the belt fit on my son (whose size is currently comparable to the 6 year old Hybrid III dummy) I would venture to speculate that it would probably do well in their testing.

The Good:   Belt fit in this case is ideal.  Lap belt is positioned low across the strong hip bones and is touching the top of his thighs.  Shoulder belt is positioned properly across his collar bone.

The Bad:  Doesn’t have much growing room in booster mode.  He will definitely need another booster once this seat is outgrown.

Bottom Line:  Even though it won’t be the last seat you’ll ever need for your child, Evenflo hit a home run with this affordable combination CR.  High top harness slots, 50 lb weight limit for the harness and very good belt fit (at least in this situation) in booster mode.   And all for under $80 – amazing!  I tip my hat to Evenflo for a job well done in this case.

One Week Left to Win a Britax Frontier 85!

In case you missed it, our sponsor, Kids-N-Cribs.com, has teamed with Britax and Car-Seat.Org for a contest and the winner will receive one Britax Frontier 85 in the Rushmore style!  There’s one week left to enter.  All the details can be found on our forums at this link below:

http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=119134

Don’t forget to see our comprehensive review of the Frontier 85, that is now available for purchase.  No contest entries here at CarseatBlog for this one, sorry!

Also, congrats to LesMc537, winner of our Safety 1st Onboard 35 giveaway!  Stay tuned as we hope to have another nice giveaway in the next week or two!

Beautiful Weather–Spring Cleanup

In between the wind storms–we had a freak windstorm pop up at my dd’s baseball game the other night where in less than 10 minutes it went http://mylawnadvice.com/broadleafweeds.htmlfrom no wind to 5 mph to 50 mph (you try grabbing 3 folding chairs, a dog on a leash, a baseball equipment bag, plus a Saltwater Canvas shower bag filled with drinks and running to the van whilst being pelted by sand–fun!)–the weather has been beautiful lately.  Beautiful weather brings lots o’ weeds after an atypical rainy winter, so I’ve been out this weekend pulling weeds and making the front yard look nice.  All the leaves in the neighborhood had blown up next to my front door too, so I swept those out and down my front steps into the street for the street sweeper to clean away.  Have to make the house tidy for my latest visitor set to come this week!  Don’t want Mr. UPS to get his sneaks dirty when dropping off the most important package ;) .

First Peek: New Harmony Dreamtime Deluxe Comfort Booster Review

This is a quick review of the Dreamtime Deluxe highback booster from Harmony Juvenile Products.  This particular model has a grey mesh and soft microfiber suede cover.  

The Harmony Dreamtime Deluxe booster is rated for children who weigh between 30-110 lbs and who are 34-57″ tall.  It’s currently the only designated IIHS “Best Bet” Booster in both highback and backless modes according to the latest round of booster fit testing.  

I think it’s important to point out that according to the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) children under 40 lbs are best protected by a child restraint with a 5-point harness.  Highback boosters, in general, are most appropriate for children over 4 years old, who weigh more than 40 lbs and are mature enough to sit properly in a booster for the entire ride, every ride.  With that said, there are some children who are both old enough and mature enough to use a booster but who are very thin.  The lower weight minimum on this seat may be a benefit for those children.  The perfect example of this would be my oldest son who didn’t hit 40 lbs until he was 5.5 years old but was capable of sitting properly in a booster (at least for short trips or when carpooling) before then.  I just don’t want anyone reading this review to consider putting their 2 year old, 34″, 30 lb child in this, or any other, booster seat.

First impressions…