Monthly Archive:: November 2009

The Last ABC Free Giveaway Contest?


I think we’re down to our last bag of ABC Kids Expo goodies.  You may not have the good fortune of the premium stuff (!) that went into the first bags, but it’s still better than nothing (as far as you know!).

All you have to do to enter is to reply to this blog with a comment!  One entry per person, if you leave more than one, only the first comment counts.  Winner selected at random on Monday!  Maybe our last winner will post what she won and that will encourage [or dissuade] you from entering again!  Good luck!

What’s better than a keychain?  Well, a free car seat for starters!  This one isn’t from us, so you can enter at trademybmwforaminivan !  Good luck!

CarseatBlog Issues Warning on Consumer Reports – Labels Their Carseat Reviews a “Don’t Read: Nonsense Risk”


CR Magazine

It’s like Déjà vu. All over again.    

As we previously reported on CarseatBlog – Consumer Reports made some wild claims about the Orbit Baby infant carseat back in August.  They claimed that the carseat detached from its base during testing and labeled the popular (and pricey) product a “Don’t Buy – Safety Risk”.  Orbit Baby fought back and claimed that their own safety compliance testing contradicted the CR test results. They also claimed, and CR acknowledged, that the infant seats were not installed according to the directions.  All this led to massive confusion as consumers were left wondering who to trust. 

It seems that we finally have an answer thanks to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  NHTSA, for those of you who may be new to the world of Child Passenger Safety (CPS), is the federal agency responsible for setting performance standards and compliance testing carseats to ensure that they meet the standards.  Well… shock of all shocks,  NHTSA found nothing to support CR’s claims that the Orbit Baby infant carseat didn’t meet federal standards and was unsafe to use.  You can read all about NHTSA’s conclusions and their letter to Consumer Reports on the Orbit Baby issue HERE.  

Seatbelt Airbags: Cure for Seatbelt Syndrome?


This new technology appears to be promising for reducing motor vehicle crash related injuries and fatalities.  It is also aimed at protecting children, a nice change from most technologies that are designed for adult passengers.

Kudos to Ford for moving technology ahead in the area of child passenger safety!  Hopefully, this feature will be widely available and, if proven effective, widely accepted by consumers.



CPS Burnout.  Is there a cure?

So, you’ve had it with CPS.  Why?