Monthly Archive:: June 2010

Lexus Family Safety Camp


How is this for awesome?  I got invited to go to the Lexus Family Safety Camp, held at the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena, CA, to learn about vehicle safety.  Some things I already know about, like ABS brakes (yep, used those on some of the few snowy days we’ve had here—pretty freaky when you’re not expecting it to kick in).  But other things, like vehicle stability control (VSC), brake override system, Bluetooth, and Lexus telematics I’ve read about but don’t understand because neither my Sienna nor my RX330 have them.

So, Lexus is flying me down to California so I can test drive vehicles with these features at the Rose Bowl parking lot (yay!).  I’ll get to talk with my friend Stephanie Tombrello of SafetyBeltSafe USA about child passenger safety and Janette Fennell of, who is dedicated to reducing injury and death to children in and around vehicles.  For each person who attends the camp, Lexus is making a donation so that low-income, inner-city kids can enjoy the Kidspace Children’s Museum, which is located next to the Rose Bowl.

I’ll tweet my way through the event and take lots of pictures as I go.  Camp Lexus will also be videotaping, so you’ll all get to see how dorky I look as I drive ;).

CPS Express! Don’t get left behind!


If you’re a currently certified Child Passenger Safety Technician or Technician-Instructor then you should be receiving the CPS Express newsletter by email on the 1st of every month.  Lately I’ve been polling my local CPS Techs to find out how many are actually reading it.  Sadly, it seems not too many are.  That’s unfortunate but I guess you can only lead a horse to water…. (or in this case – deposit the water into their inbox).

Not only does CPS Express! have information on the recertification process, important announcements and notices, valuable tips for instructors, etc., but lately they’ve been covering some hot topics too!  Case in point, the article on “1 and 20 – Current thinking” in the May 2010 edition and this month’s Q&A segment with CR Manufacturers on the use of after-market products.  I was really intrigued by the variety of responses regarding the use of specific non-regulated products.  Thank you to everyone who contributes to CPS Express! and to all the manufacturers who took the time to respond.  I will be printing this segment out and adding it to all the technician clipboards at my check events!  

So, if you’re interested enough to be a CPST or CPST-I, but you’re not reading CPS Express every month – what gives?  If you’re just not receiving it then you need to check your profile in the Safe Kids website and see if your current email address is listed correctly.  If that’s not the problem then check to make sure it’s not ending up in your spam box or being blocked by your email system.  

And FYI – if you’re not currently certified as a CPST but still like to keep up with CPS-related news, you can read back issues of CPS Express! that have been archived HERE.  The May 2010 edition that contains the “1 and 20 – Current thinking” article has now been archived.  It’s a hot topic that is near and dear to many of our hearts and I thought the author, Lorrie Walker, did a great job presenting the facts while still maintaining a balanced perspective on the issue.