Uncategorized Archive

March Madness of Fashions Final Four

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

It’s not too late to vote!  We’re down to our final four of fabulous fabrics!  Visit our facebook page now to vote and come back this weekend to vote in our championship game: https://www.facebook.com/carseatblog

Our first match featured two Cinderellas, #11 seed “Lanai” from Chicco vs. our #15 seed “Seascape” from Evenflo.  Both these fashions have won their first two games by big voting margins from our readers.

In our second match, our highest remaining seed, #4 Graco “Matrix” was up against reader-nominated #8 “Bohemian Blue” from Maxi-Cosi.  “Matrix” is one of the best selling neutral fashions against a very pretty Pria pattern that knocked off our #1 seed Britax “Cowmooflage” last round!

Update: The championship game pits “Lanai” vs. “Bohemian Blue”, both winning their final four matchups by nearly two-to-one voting margins!  Voting ends Monday afternoon, April 8th.

 

 

Honda to “Re-Recall” Vehicles for Airbag Issue

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

American Honda Motor Company has announced plans to recall certain U.S. vehicles that had already been fixed under a previous recall due to faulty Takata airbags. This new recall will encompass approximately 1.1 million Honda and Accura vehicles in the United States that were fixed with airbag inflators now deemed to be faulty.

Although the replacement inflators were not recalled or considered faulty at the time, Honda is now aware that a manufacturing defect allowed too much moisture into the inflators, increasing the possibility that the inflator can rupture and potentially send metal fragments into vehicle occupants. This is similar or identical to the issue that caused the airbags to be recalled in the first place. As we explained in this article, Takata is supposed to stop using ammonium nitrate (the chemical that can become unstable with heat and moisture) in new orders but can continue using it in existing orders. It’s not clear what constitutes an “existing order” or whether these faulty replacement inflators indeed used the same chemical.

This new recall includes certain vehicles from the following models:

  • 2003 Acura 3.2CL
  • 2013-2016 Acura ILX
  • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
  • 2004-2006 and 2009-2014 Acura TL
  • 2007-2016 Acura RDX
  • 2010-2013 Acura ZDX
  • 2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002-2007 and 2010-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2007 Honda Fit
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2008 Honda Pilot
  • 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

Notices will go out to owners in April, but people who own these models can check their VIN now to determine if their vehicle is affected. If your vehicle is included in this recall, contact your dealer. Honda says that replacement parts (from manufacturers other than Takata) are currently available at dealerships and will be installed for free.

Currently, the company knows of one injury due to the faulty replacement inflators: a 2004 Honda Odyssey whose inflator exploded after a crash, injuring the arm of the driver.

The full statement from Honda can be found here.

CarseatBlog will continue to provide updates about the Takata airbag recalls as they become available.

 

 

Safety Belt for Susie: A Look at Early Crash Testing

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

I love watching old “instructional films” from the 1950s and 1960s—you know, the ones that taught kids from that era to have manners and not to be Communists. Many of those films tackled social issues like dating and grooming, but others looked at safety issues, like the 1962 film we’ll examine today: Safety Belt for Susie.

The movie starts off with a father narrating his family’s day at an amusement park. He introduces us to his daughter, Nancy, and one is left momentarily wondering why he doesn’t introduce us to his other daughter.

Aaaaaaa! Things suddenly take a hard turn as we learn the other daughter is actually a doll named Susie.

I’m not generally afraid of dolls, but something about “life-sized-doll-in-an-amusement-park” just screams “Twilight Zone episode.” But wait! We have a lot to learn from Susie.

The family treats Susie like she’s a real child, with Nancy insisting Susie have real dresses and convincing her parents to buy the doll her own cotton candy. (I typed that sentence with condescension until I remembered I have an Instagram account for my son’s stuffed cow, so maybe I should keep my opinions to myself.)

Reolink Argus Pro Quick Review

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

The Reolink Argus Pro is a nice, compact outdoor HD camera.  It comes with everything you need to setup a cordless, weatherproof security monitor.  You can buy the Argus Pro at Amazon.com for $94.99.  The Argus Pro worked great for me as a front door camera, but the mounting options make it flexible enough to go just about anywhere.  My main concern was having to charge it frequently since it’s not wired to an outlet.  So far, I’ve had it running for a few weeks and the battery is still at 80% with the default settings!  There’s also an optional solar panel for continuous operation and you can charge it with the included USB cable from any outlet using a standard charger (not included). Looking for an indoor baby/pet/security cam?  Check out our review of the Reolink C1 Pro.

For security purposes, you can automatically save recordings to a micro SD card (not included) whenever motion is detected, or they are beta testing a cloud backup system where you can review activity online.

Argus Pro Features:

  • 1080P High Definition
  • Rechargeable Battery Included
  • Smart Motion Sensor
  • Two-way audio
  • Hardware and strap mount included
  • Infrared Night vision (to 33 ft.)
  • Weatherproof
  • Reolink smartphone App
  • Motion detection record to micro SD card
  • Optional solar power panel

PROS: