Monthly Archive:: March 2009

CarseatBlog Giveaway #6: KDMF


Today’s giveaway is a T-shirt in the size of your choice, courtesy of the Kyle David Miller Foundation.  The Foundation is sponsoring a spring raffle, with prizes including a Graco Snugride 32 Travel System and a Pacimal.  You can visit their website and learn about their cause at

To enter, simply reply with a comment!  One entry per person.  If you reply more than once, only the first comment will count.  The winner will be selected at random on Thursday morning!  I will then notify the Foundation of the winner and you can arrange size and shipping directly with them.

Stay tuned starting next week.  We hope to acquire some giveaway goodies at the Lifesavers Conference and hope to have a report or two from there as well.

Using CPS Resources Effectively


Tomorrow, some local instructors and I will be hosting a 5-CEU Update/Refresher Class for about 40 of our area’s certified CPS Technicians.  We decided to get creative this year and one of the sessions is a comparative exercise in using CPS resources effectively.  We don’t know how it will turn out but our hypothesis is that teams of technicians armed with better resources will make less mistakes and complete tasks in less time than teams of other technicians with little or no resources.  This is how it’s going to work….

Bonus Payments, Get Yours Today!


Today, we at CarseatBlog have authorized AIG to issue bonus payments on the order of $1 million dollars to each of our readers.  That’s right!  You deserve it!  Please direct your inquiries on how to obtain your bonus payment to your local US Representative or Senator, at which time they will meet behind close doors and debate if you are important enough to get free $$$$ like all their buddies.

I have to chuckle about the bonus payments.  Financial institutions base compensation for many employees as salary+bonus.  In some cases, the bonus is the major part of their income and maybe even necessary to make a living.  In others, it’s hundreds of thousands or millions on top of an even larger base salary.  Usually, the bonus is arranged well in advance and often based on how profitable the company, employee and/or employee’s division has been.  We’ve been told the AIG bonuses were arranged sometime last year.  You know, last year when AIG was doing so well that it was profitable?  Not.  You know, when the powers that be decided that the executives in the division that took AIG down deserved 218 million bucks for a “job well done”?  LOL. 

Dorel Summit as booster (Part IX – Combo Seat Review Series)


I’ve decided to document how various combination (harness/booster) seats fit my now 4.5-year-old, 42 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.

This week we’ll be looking at the Dorel (Cosco/Safety 1st/Eddie Bauer) Summit as a booster.  This seat has also been sold as the Deluxe High Back Booster.