September Sale at Amazon’s Baby Store ~ Deals All Month!

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It’s September again – that wonderful time of year when the leaves are beginning to change, the older kids are back to school and there are great deals to take advantage of on baby gear! September 18-24 is also National Child Passenger Safety Week, which means there are many CPS-related events and child safety promotions going on across the country.  This month Amazon has lots of special offers on items in the Baby Store (even though we all know carseats and boosters are for “Big Kids” too)!  There are limited-time deals on carseats, strollers and other gear, as well as free MP3s and Android Apps for parents & kids.  Check out the link to Amazon’s Baby Sale HERE! Note many of these deals apply from September 1st to 15th only.

Links to Some Current Special Offers:

Save 20% on Select Clek Boosters –  See our reviews of the Clek Oobr and Clek Olli.  Ozzi is very similar to Olli but doesn’t have the strap in the front that unlatches the lower LATCH connectors.

Britax B-Safe infant seat in Red currently on sale for $139.99 – Review HERE.

Britax Frontier85 SICT in Onyx or Portabello currently on sale for $260.07 – Review HERE

Save 20% on Graco Nautilus Elite in “Gabe” pattern: And of course, we have a review HERE

Coming Soon:
Be Ready! Deal – Starting September 15th through October 15th, Buy a Britax B-Ready stroller and get a B-Ready bassinet or second stroller seat or Chaperone infant carrier for FREE! Check out our review of the Britax Chaperone infant carseat HERE.

Don’t forget to check out our Recommended Seats List for more info on the carseats and boosters we like the most.  There’s even a separate list of recommended carseats for preemies and multiples!

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2011 Toyota Tundra Review: Not Hurting for Space

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My latest ride has been a change for me. I’m used to SUVs, vans, and the occasional car. The past couple of weeks, though, I’ve been driving a truck. Yep, a truck. Not a big ol’ semi, but your average, run of the mill full-size pickup truck. Toyota decided it was time for America to have alternatives to its domestic truck line and introduced the Tundra in 2000 and it’s now on its second generation. It’s been an eye-opening experience driving the Tundra to say the least. Now I know how the other half live :D.

I’ll let you in on a little secret of mine: I’ve always wanted a small truck. Back in my early teens, I had a crush on a guy who drove a Nissan truck with wheels that made it look more sporty and less utilitarian.  For many years, I wanted that truck: it represented freedom and a really good-looking guy. Then when dh and I were looking to replace a car in our mid-20’s, we looked at small pickups. What’s more perfect for 2 people who occasionally needed to haul stuff around? We eventually settled on the RAV4, but trucks have always had an appeal to me. But who’d-a-thunk that *I* would be driving a truck. Really! I’m definitely more Ritz Carlton than camper. I did get a kick out of the brochure: it’s very much geared toward the male half of our species. Even one page of the Tundra website declares: “If you want to blend in, the TRD Sport Special Edition Tundra ain’t for you.”

Last Call for our August Forum Giveaway!

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You still have a couple days to enter our August giveaway contest at http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=180248 !  Thanks again to our generous sponsor, Kids-N-Cribs.com !

Sunset clause on lockabilit​y standard is history!

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Translation: All seatbelts in new vehicles will continue to have some way to lock pre-crash (in order to keep a child restraint securely in place), even after September 2012.

Now this might seem like trivial news to those who don’t spend their lives “doing their best work in the backseat,” but I assure you that it is VERY big news for anyone who has a kid in a carseat. You see, for reasons we don’t fully understand, NHTSA was going to allow vehicle manufacturers to go back to seatbelts without pre-crash locking features after September 2012 if the seating position had LATCH anchors. This was referred to as the “sunsetting” of the lockability standard of 1996.  Had it happened, it would have meant no more switchable retractors, no more locking latchplates and a lot more locking clips for parents who didn’t want to, or couldn’t, use LATCH.  And of course, more misuse of child restraints installed with seatbelts as a result.

Fortunately, after many years of lobbying by groups such as Safety Belt Safe USA and Safe Ride News, NHTSA has announced a final ruling on the matter. The verdict is… the lockability standard will continue!  Whew!  Kudos to all the advocates who dedicated significant time and effort during the last 5 or 6 years to ensure this outcome. You know who you are, and we all owe you BIG TIME!!!

Link to the federal register which includes this final ruling announcement.