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ABC Kids Expo: Carseats from Europe

We will have more updates on today’s news, but to start, some videos from Kiddy and Cybex.  Both have models that should arrive by the first quarter of 2010.  For Kiddy, it’s an infant seat with a rigid LATCH base (more on the World Plus Booster later this week!). 

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First Photos From ABC Kids Expo

Though the show doesn’t start ’till Sunday, Saturday afternoon is the new product showcase.  You get wine, cheese and lovely appetizers.  Oh, and there’s some products on tables, too.  Last year, we got a peek at the Clek Olli booster at the showcase.  This year, there were a few more carseat related items.  Some you’ve probably seen, others maybe you haven’t.  There’s no one at the showcase to answer questions or give information.  So, all I’ve got for tonight is a dozen photos.  Tomorrow we start early with manufacturers.  Kecia has already posted news from Sunshine Kids, spoiling our ABC thunder!  They’re first among our appointments tomorrow.  Others for Sunday include Britax, Evenflo, Cybex, Clek and Orbit.  Stay tuned for any new press releases!  In the mean time, these photos will have to satisfy your curiousity.  Keep in mind that some of these may be prototypes and not indicative of final product appearance or quality.  Others maybe retail samples.  Enjoy!

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New Radian SUPER LATCH (SL) connectors from Sunshine Kids

I returned yesterday from a regional CPS Conference in Lancaster, PA that was well attended and very informative.  I had the pleasure of chatting with Russ from Sunshine Kids while I was there and he showed off the new SUPER LATCH (SL) lower anchor connector that will debut in a few weeks on all new Radian SL models (65, 80 & XT).  SUPER LATCH will allow consumers of these new Radian SL models to use the specialized LATCH attachments up to the full weight capacity of the Radian carseat (up to 65 lbs for Radian65 SL and up to 80 lbs for Radian80 SL & Radian XTSL).  However, this will be allowed if, AND ONLY IF, the vehicle was manufactured after Sept 1, 2005.  This is very important to note because if the vehicle was made prior to this date then you will NOT be able to use the SUPER LATCH system up to the full weight capacity of the Radian SL model.  In these cases it is imperative that you default to the vehicle manufacturers’ listed weight limits for lower anchors which is usually 40 or 48 lbs.  This is due to the fact that there was a regulatory change in vehicle LATCH anchor testing (FMVSS 225) that required the lower anchors in vehicles to pass a tougher “pull test” after this date.
Additionally, Radian80 SL & RadianXT SL models will also be rated to 45 lbs in the rear-facing position which is a first for any US manufacturer. 

UPDATED TO ADD – SUPER LATCH RETRO-FIT KITS FOR EXISTING RADIAN MODELS WILL NOT BE OFFERED CONTRARY TO WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY REPORTED.  

Here is a video of Russ showing the new Sunshine Kids SUPER LATCH lower anchor connector:

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MattOur guest blogger, Matt, makes another appearance.

So Heather and I were in Costco the other day.  We love Costco.  Costco provides a good, real-world example of orders of magnitude.  You go there with a list, and the number of items that you leave with can often be expressed as follows (where X= the number of items on your list):

 

X10

 

or

 

X100

 

or

 

X1000

 

etc.