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The Economy of It All

Something on the NBC Nightly News the other night caught my attention.  It was a report on how Americans are cutting back on healthcare expenses to the detriment of their health.  11% are cutting back on their prescriptions or splitting pills, even patients with insurance.  Some are taking their daily meds every other day or every few days.  They simply can’t afford to care for themselves and keep food on the table or pay for the house each month.  These are folks with serious diseases like diabetes or kidney disease who should be maintaining themselves with the utmost of care.  36% are skipping doctors’ appointments, waiting until they become extremely ill before seeking medical care.  All because of the expense.  When they do this, in the end, it actually makes their care more expensive because the preventative measures haven’t taken place and they oftentimes end up in the hospital with more intensive care.

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Evenflo Express/Chase as Booster (Part I – Combo Seat Review Series)

I’ve decided to document how various combination (harness/booster) seats fit my 4 year old, 41 lb, 43″ tall son in booster mode.  He’s at the size where most parents would be switching from the 5-pt harness to  the vehicle’s lap/shoulder belt in booster mode if they had a combination seat with a 40 lb limit on the harness.  In each case I’ll use the same seating position in my van – driver’s side captain’s chair in a 2005 Ford Freestar.

The IIHS booster study compared the fit of various boosters using the 6-year-old Hybrid lll dummy who weighs 51.6 lbs (23.41 kg) and has a standing height of almost 45″.  I thought it would be even better to show belt fit on a child who was just over the 40 lb weight limit for the 5-pt harness.  I’ve decided to focus exclusively on combination seats because of their popularity with parents of children in the 2-5 age group.

First up – the Evenflo Chase/Express/Vision/Traditions combination seat. 

PetBuckle Seat Belt Harness

I have a smallish mutt at 21 lbs. and besides not wanting her to become a projectile should we be in a crash, she tends to fly around the van when I take my corners on two wheels.  I’ve always secured my dogs when I drive by using a normal harness on them and knotting their leash tightly to a head restraint post, but I know it’s not the safest.

SafeGuard GO: On Sale!

We’ve just learned of a nice offer on a child restraint we like, the SafeGuard Go Hybrid Booster, featured previously in a review at CarseatBlog.

Our friends at EliteCarSeats.Com are having a special offer on the Go.  It’s already on sale for $50 off its normal price there.  Plus, you can use the promotion coupon code “gobabygo” to get an extra 10% off the Go at checkout!  If you’re looking for a great travel option (I still use mine for day-to-day use!), please visit their product information page about the SafeGuard Go.  There is currently a free shipping offer, too, while supplies last!

EliteCarSeats is a proud sponsor of our Car-Seat.Org forums and we hope to partner with them for some giveaways this year, too.  Please check out their website if you are shopping for baby gear!

Statistics, we NEED statistics!

Child Passenger Safety advocates get a little nuts at times.  So do researchers.  It’s great to have a statistic to throw around.  I sure like them.  Sometimes the studies that produce these statistics are good.  Other times they are not.  For example, perhaps a study trumpets that some risk is 5 times lower for one thing vs. another.  That’s great, unless the actual risk is astronomically low to begin with.  Five times zero is still zero.  Or maybe they gloss over the fact that there really weren’t enough data points to draw solid conclusions.  Other studies try to shock you about some relatively minor risk by using the overall motor vehicle fatality numbers.  Also not very scientific.  Sometimes the studies don’t even agree.  One study says a booster is the way to go, another says a seatbelt and a DVD player is just as safe.  One says the center seat is safer, another says rear outboard seats are about as safe.  Almost no studies consider correct use of child restraints, an issue that is relevant to many advocates whose children are properly restrained.

Who and what should we believe?

It’s pretty simple.