It is SO HOT in many areas of the country and summer is just beginning. With extreme heat comes the concern for vehicular heatstroke among children who may be (inadvertently) left inside of a car. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘car seat’
I have been surprised at the number of parents I have seen, who are either unaware or choose to ignore the changes in car seat recommendations for children under the age of two. (more…)
Britax Child Safety is recalling nearly 23,000 infant car seats. (more…)
One of the largest manufacturers of baby and child gear is voluntarily recalling 18,000 care safety seats after the seats failed a significant crash test. (more…)
As you know from our recent “tweet”, another young child was left in a hot car and died. At least 33 children have died in hot cars this year. (more…)
With the recent comments by the AAP on the current research that children under the age of two years remain in rear-facing car seats, I have noted a lot of confusion and parental commentary surrounding this recommendation. Although this is currently a recommendation, rather than a law, the studies are showing that the rear facing position is safer, and is especially protective of serious head and neck injuries. Recommendations still vary on a state-to-state basis, and would probably be easier to follow if there were national mandates and a consistent policy. For information on your state go to www.usa.safekids.org. (more…)
Children under four years of age fare better in motor vehicle accidents when they are riding in rear-facing rather than forward-facing car seats, according to a report published online in the British Medical Journal.
Infants are typically switched from a rear- to a forward-facing seat when they reach about 20 pounds, which occurs at roughly 8 months of age for an average boy, study authors Dr. Elizabeth A. Watson and Dr. Michael J. Monteiro, from Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, UK, note. They add, however, that growing evidence suggests it may be best to delay the switch until four years of age. (more…)
The Texas Legislature is sending a bill to Governor Rick Perry that will change booster seat laws. The current law requires that children under five years of age and 3 feet 9 inches tall be in a car seat. The new law will require that children under the age of eight years or 4 feet 9 inches tall be restrained in a car seat. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for children in this age group and experts testified that changing the booster seat law would reduce the risk of life threatening injury by up to 60%. (more…)
About two-thirds of children’s booster car seats may be improperly installed or are being misused new analysis shows.
Researchers looked at 564 children using booster seats at fast-food restaurants and discount stores in Indiana. They found common mistakes like shoulder seat belts being too slack or misplacement of the shoulder restraint under the child’s arm, behind their back or over an arm rest. (more…)
New research is indicating that toddlers are more than five times safer riding in the rear facing position in their car seats than in the previously recommended forward facing position.
The American Academy of Pediatrics had recommended that infants and children up until the age of one year and 20 pounds ride rear facing and after that time the car seat could be turned around and face forward. (more…)