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Monthly Archive:: February 2011

Have You Read Your Vehicle Manual Today? You Might Be Pleasantly Surprised :)

When was the last time you got truly excited reading an owner’s manual?  It should be par for the course when we get a new item, but dang, some of those manuals are so dry.  Some are just plain hilarious depending on how the translation went (our stereo manual had a one word sentence of “However.” just nonsensically stuck in the middle of two other sentences).  And some pull you in so you read them cover to cover like they are the best non-fiction book you’ve ever read.  That’s how I felt when I got my new Acura MDX and started reading the manual.  I still haven’t finished reading the manual.  Heck, I still don’t know how to operate my iPhone when it’s plugged in because I haven’t gotten past the passenger safety section of the book.  What I found was so exciting to me that if it hadn’t been nearly midnight when I first read it, I would have gotten past my phone phobia and called my fellow bloggers to share the news. o_O

Graco Snugride 30 Unboxing

Yes, another lame unboxing video, but as a blog guy, I have to uphold the finer principles of blogdom and do the silly unboxing anyway.  Besides, it’s been a slow year so far.  This unboxing vid is much brigher than the last one, but I still need to remember to speak LOUDLY when my back is to the camera…  Enjoy!

Guest Blog: Burning Down the Car

Now and then when I’m driving along, I think of horrible scenarios that could happen: getting t-boned in an intersection, driving off a bridge, having my car catch on fire. In my mind we always escape without injury, plus we get new car seats out of the ordeal! I realize, though, that reality isn’t always so kind.

A couple weeks ago I wrote about how I left carrots cooking unattended while I went out to dinner. As I researched safety tips for that post, I stumbled upon information about vehicle fires. That’s when it occurred to me that in my bizarre daydreams, I always picture myself heroically getting my kids out of the car, and then it’s over. I never fantasize about how to prevent the fire in the first place or what to do once we escape the inferno.

So I researched some more and learned some interesting things, which I will share with you now.

Dorel Recalls Hundreds of Thousands of Carseats

The Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling 794,247 carseats in the U.S. and Canada because the harness can remain loose after adjustment. These seats have a center front adjuster, which we call a front adjuster strap around here. The problem occurs when the front strap is pulled and the adjuster button/lever doesn’t return to the locked position.

Carseats affected were manufactured from May 1, 2008 through April 30, 2009, and include infant, convertible, and combination seats (harnessed seats that convert to booster seats). Infant seats were sold as individual units or in combination with strollers as a travel system.

The model names potentially affected by this recall include, but are not limited to: Bertini B5, SureFit, onBoard, Designer 22, Alpha Omega, Alpha Omega Elite, Alpha Luxe Echelon 3-in-1, Eddie Bauer 3-in-1, Eddie Bauer infant, Eddie Bauer combination, Avenue, Uptown, Vantage, Vantage Point, Prospect, Maxi-Cosi Mico, Maxi-Cosi Priori.     

As a remedy, Dorel will be providing registered consumers a small tube of non-toxic, food-grade lubricant and instructions on where to apply the lube. If you own one of the affected seats, you may continue using it; just make sure that the harness remains tight after adjustment and the adjuster lever is in the locked position by pressing on it. If the harness loosens, your child could be seriously injured or killed in a crash.

For more information, contact Dorel at 1-866-623-3139 or via email at harnessadjustment@djgusa.com. You may read more about the recall at the NHTSA website or at safercar.gov. Canadians can read about the recall on the Transport Canada website.

Complete list of models affected (thanks to crunchierthanthou for researching model names!):

22-077 = SureFit infant seat
22-078 = onBoard infant seat
22-148 = AOE convertible
22-149 = AOE convertible
22-150 = AO/3 in 1 convertible
22-152 = AO/3 in 1 convertible
22-154 = EB 3 in 1 convertible
22-155 = AOE convertible
22-158 = AOE convertible
22-159 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 convertible
22-172 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 convertible
22-177 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 50 lb convertible
22-178 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 50 lb convertible
22-185 = Alpha Omega 3-in-1 convertible
22-188 = AOE convertible
22-195 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 convertible
22-346 = Bertini B5 infant seat
22-356 = OnBoard infant seat
22-371 = Maxi Cosi Mico infant seat
22-372 = Maxi Cosi Mico infant seat
22-412 = Designer 22 infant seat
22-439 = Safety 1st Avenue convertible
22-449 = Safety 1st Avenue convertible
22-452 = 3 in 1 convertible
22-453 = 3 in 1 convertible
22-456= Safety 1st 3 in 1 convertible
22-458 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 convertible
22-459 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 convertible
22-462 = Safety 1st Alpha Luxe Echelon 3 in 1 convertible
22-465 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 convertible
22-469 = Safety 1st 3 in 1 convertible
22-475 = Uptown convertible
22-476 = Maxi Cosi Priori convertible
22-486 = Maxi Cosi Priori convertible
22-546 = Vantage combination
22-547 = Vantage combination
22-553 = Vantage combination
22-554 = Vantage combination
22-561 = Designer 22 infant seat
22-564 = Vantage combination
22-567 = Vantage combination
22-574 = Vantage combination
22-580 = Prospect combination
22-657 = EB infant seat
22-740 = EB 3 in 1 convertible
22-741 = some 3 in 1 convertible
22-755 = EB 3 in 1 convertible
22-758 = EB 3 in 1 convertible
22-759 = EB 3 in 1 convertible
22-790 = EB 3 in 1 convertible
22-799 = AOE convertible
22-880 = EB Combination
22-560 = Safety 1st combination
93-560 = Vantage combination
17-439
IC-072 = infant seat