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Monthly Archive:: August 2011

Sunshine Kids Becomes Diono: Same Company, New Name for the Radian and Monterey Manufacturer

Starting Thursday, September 1, 2011, Sunshine Kids will officially change its name in the U.S. and Canada to Diono. We first brought it to you on our Facebook page when it was announced at the KIM Conference.

Let’s start with the obvious: Diono is pronounced “Dee-oh-no.” They will be coming out with new carseats as well: the Radian RXT, which is a combination seat based on the Radian XTSL, the Radian R100, which is the RXT without adjustable head wings and is based on the Radian 65SL, and the Radian R120, which is based on the Radian 80SL. The Radian R100 will harness rear-facing from 5-40 lbs., forward-facing from 20-65 lbs. and booster from 50-120 lbs. The R120 and RXT will both harness rear-facing from 5-45 lbs., forward-facing from 20-80 lbs. and booster from 50-120 lbs.

The new Diono website will be www.diono.com. There’s nothing there right now but the logo, but it’ll be up and running soon.

We’ll have a review of the RXT for you coming soon! In the meantime, you can participate in the on-going thread at car-seat.org or leave your comments here. We *love* comments! We also feel the “like” at Facebook ;).

Dorel Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Review

The Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 is a revolutionary new convertible that includes a seat-within-a-seat system called “TinyFit.” Many convertibles claim to fit 5 lbs. babies, but the harness doesn’t fit the child well—it’s too loose or the bottom harness slots are above his shoulders. With the Pria 70 with TinyFit, it’s completely possible to take your preemie home in this seat and still be using it when he or she is 5 or 6.

*UPDATE: The Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 is now available with and without the TinyFit insert. Models without TinyFit have a minimum weight rating of 9 lbs and are not really appropriate for newborns in our opinion. Pria 70 models without TinyFit are better suited for babies 3+ months old. With the TinyFit insert, fashion options currently include Total Black & Walnut Brown. Without TinyFit, fashion options currently include Dress Blue, Sweet Cerise, Steel Grey, Mineral Grey, Walnut Brown, Black Leather & Brown Leather. With the exception of the leather models, the Pria 70 without Tinyfit is approximately $30 less than the model with.

This review is specific to the Pria 70 with TinyFit.

The Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 with TinyFit rear-faces from 4-40 lbs. and less than 40”, then converts to a forward-facing convertible for 22-70 lbs. and 34-43”. Because it encompasses such a large range of sizes, the Pria has a bit of a learning curve to it.


A True Hero.

We have heroes.  Scientists and doctors make life-saving discoveries.  Perhaps they are rewarded with a Nobel Prize or a research grant.  Soldiers go beyond the call of duty to save civilians or other soldiers.  They may be honored with a service medal.  Professional athletes reach a historic milestone or set a record.  They get a bonus or go into the hall of fame or record books.  Even child passenger safety advocates, who save the lives of children every day, can be honored for their efforts at a national, state or local conference.

For some heroes, their moment of fame may be limited to publicity.  One, Antonio Diaz Chacon, struck me as a true hero that stands among the best of any of those I’ve mentioned.  This, according to the Associated Press writer, Jeri Clausing.

Phillip Garcia, 29, had snatched the girl moments earlier on Monday afternoon in Albuquerque, taking her away in a blue van, police said.

Diaz’s husband, Antonio Diaz Chacon, jumped in his black pickup and gave chase. Garcia tried to lose him by driving through a maze of residential streets, “turning, and turning,” Diaz Chacon, a 24-year-old mechanic said Tuesday night as a swarm of media stood outside his home to hear his story. The events were interpreted and relayed from Spanish to English by his wife.

Finally, Diaz Chacon said, the man crashed into a telephone pole.

Garcia fled on foot, and Diaz Chacon grabbed the girl and took her home. Garcia then returned to his wrecked van and took off but was later captured by police, authorities said.

Thank you, Mr. Chacon, for preventing a tragedy, one that is every parent’s worst nightmare.  You deserve your moment of fame!

2011 KIM Conference Notes & Comments

I’m still here in Orlando enjoying a few extra days with the family. It’s been a hectic week with the KIM Conference, family obligations & lots of networking (and Mojitos)!  Tonight I’m giving my liver a break and trying to catch up on work-related stuff. 

Overall, it was a great conference attended by many of the most dedicated CPS professionals in the industry.  I had attended the 1st and 2nd KIM Conferences here in Orlando but missed all the subsequent ones so it was nice to be back and see how its grown over the years.  Darren and I presented a workshop on Day 1: Using Social Media to Expand & Enhance CPS Education in the Era of Technology.  I thought it went really well and we received positive feedback and comments so hopefully our attendees were pleased with the information they received.  Ryan from Dorel offered to hold my “baby” during the presentation and he was so cute with “him” that I had to snap a pic.  Thanks, Ryan – you’re the bestest baby holder in the whole world!    

Child Passenger Safety & Alcohol

Usually, those two things do not go together.  Unless you’re at a Child Passenger Safety Conference in which case they go together very nicely!  Today I’m making mojitos after lunch. But I’d like to come up with fun, cps-related drinks or shots to offer our fellow party-friendly conference attendees.  So far, I’ve come up with Screaming Sceneras, Fuzzy Locking Latchplates & Dirty Bights (Darren’s idea – he says that sounds better than dirty cracks)!  ROFL! 

Anyhow, I don’t know what any of these drinks would be made with but we can iron out the details later.  Help us out here – we need more drink suggestions!