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Monthly Archive:: June 2012

Think Your Big Kids Don’t Need A Booster? Think Again.

In two weeks my youngest son will turn 8. That means in New York State, where we live, he would be “legal” riding in just the adult seatbelt. But is following the legal minimums in your state really a good idea? You wouldn’t sign your kid out of school on his or her 16th birthday just because the law says you can, right?  And you wouldn’t let your child marry their first cousin at age 14 (with parental consent, of course!) just because you live in Alabama where this is actually legal, would you? Do you see where I’m going with this?

Ditching the booster seat as soon as your state law allows it only means that you can’t be ticketed. It doesn’t mean that it’s recommendable or even safe. Restraint laws for children are the perfect example of laws that really fall short.  When it comes to protecting our “big kids” from the #1 cause of death and injury in their age group, you need more than the law on your side. You need to insist that your kids (and those in your care) continue to use a booster seat until they can pass the 5-Step Test in the vehicle(s) that they ride in.

Adult seatbelts are just not designed to fit kids and uncomfortable kids are at much greater risk of serious injury because they either don’t buckle up at all or they misuse the seatbelt in ways that reduce effectiveness and contribute to internal injuries (see video below).  Unfortunately, even a lap/shoulder seatbelt that is worn “correctly” by a child may cause injuries in a crash because it usually doesn’t contact the strong parts of the body – pelvic bones and collar bone. Very often the lap belt portion of the seatbelt crosses the abdomen instead which can lead to serious internal injuries and even paralysis.

Still not convinced or need help convincing someone else?  Take a moment and check out this compelling video, Boost ‘em in the Back Seatcourtesy of the Department of Pediatrics‘ Division of Community Health and Research (CHR) at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Virginia. Funding for this video and related research was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you agree that this is important, life-saving information please share this compelling video and help us spread the word that BOOSTERS ARE FOR BIG KIDS!!!

Rare & Unusual Carseat Sighting!

I know many of our regular readers are true carseat geeks like me, so I wanted to share my recent experience with a carseat I’ve heard about but never seen in real life. Many thanks to CPS Technician Dan Lucak for going out of his way to bring me this fascinating blast from the past. I wish I knew more about the seat but all I know is that it was FMVSS213 approved and rated from 20-40 lbs. If anyone has additional details, I’d love to know more about it. I’m curious if it was strictly for use in ambulances on a rear-facing captain’s chair or if it was approved for use in regular vehicles too. This model didn’t have a tether strap but it pre-dates the tether strap requirement so that’s not a surprise.

 

Cosco Apt Review: Does It Compete with the Scenera?

Last year in our report from the ABC Show, we introduced you to the new Cosco Apt. The Apt has a one-piece design that eliminates the kickstand on the Scenera and has a much easier to spell name for the spelling-challenged ;). The Apt rear-faces from 5-40 lbs., then converts to a forward-facing convertible for 22-40 lbs. and 34-43”.

The Apt comes ready-to-use straight out of the box. The fashion I received is called Falcon.

Basics

  • Weight limits: 5-40 lbs. rear-facing, 22-40 lbs. forward-facing
  • 5 harness slot positions on carseat (with no restriction on rf/ff slot use in manual):
  • 5”
  • 7”
  • 9”
  • 11”
  • 13”
  • 3 buckle slots: approx. 3”, 4.5”, 6”
  • Restraint weight: 7.9 lbs.
  • Width: approx. 22” at cup holders, 19.25” at shoulders
  • Seat depth: 12” to where edge starts to angle down
  • Seatback height: 23”
  • 6 year expiration

Graco Size4Me 70 Unboxing

Stay tuned for our Graco Size4Me 70 review! You can find some early photos of the Size4Me in use at our Car-Seat.Org forums (you must register to view the images):

http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?p=2272387#poststop and http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=223506

From Graco:

Size4Me™ 70 – MSRP $179.99

We are excited to announce that Size4Me™ 70 will be launching at BuyBuyBaby in early June.   Shortly after this, you will also be able to find this model at Target and Babies R’ Us.  This convertible has so many great features, where do we start?  It was engineered to keep a child secure from 4 – 70 lbs.  Let’s keep our children harnessed longer!  The Size4Me™ 70 convertible car seat holds a rear-facing infant from 4-40 lbs. and forward-facing child in its 5-point harness from 20-70 lbs. It easily grows with child offering the Simply Safe Adjust™ harness system, which automatically adjusts both the harness and head rest height.  This car seat also offers our exclusive InRight™ LATCH system for one-second LATCH attachment.  Size4Me™ 70 features EPS foam, a removable head/body support, three recline and two buckle positions to keep baby through toddler snug and secure.  This seat is Safe Seat Engineered which includes Side Impact Testing.   So many great features at an MSRP of $179.99.

 

 

Features

  • Helps protect rear-facing infants from 4-40 lbs. and forward-facing toddlers from 20-70 lbs.
  • Rigorously crash tested to meet or exceed U.S. safety standards
  • Side Impact tested – In addition to meeting or exceeding all applicable US safety standards,
  • One hand, 8-position adjustable headrest easily adapts to your growing child’s needs
  • One-second LATCH attachment featuring our exclusive In Right™ LATCH system
  • 5-point, front-adjust harness helps you get baby in and out
  • 2-crotch belt positions for your growing child
  • EPS, energy absorbing foam for effective impact energy management
  • Easy-to-read level indicator for hassle-free installation
  • 3-position recline keeps your growing child comfortable
  • Integrated cup holder keeps drinks within your child’s reach
  • Removable head and body support helps keep baby comfy
  • Machine washable pads
  • Side Impact tested – In addition to meeting or exceeding all applicable US safety standards,
    the Size4Me™ 70 car seat has been side impact tested for occupant
    retention by the harness system

Specifications

  • Product Weight: 18 lbs (estimate)
  • Overall Height: 23.43” (estimate)
  • Width 18.5” (estimate)
  • Depth: 22.05” (estimate)