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Two’s company but three’s a crowd. More may be merrier in certain situations but undoubtedly not in every circumstance. Sure, having more flavors of ice cream to choose from or more paid vacation time is like hitting the jackpot at your local Native American tribal casino. Bingo was indeed his name-o.
According to a study performed by Safe Kids Worldwide, one in four parents admitted to driving a vehicle without first making sure that their children were safely buckled in.
If you have a Britax child safety seat, this announcement may affect you. Some of the company’s convertible car seats were manufactured with screws and nuts that were improperly inserted. As a result, the screws or nuts may become detached from the base joint connector.
The convertible car seats in question were made from early July 2010 through August 2011. There’s no word about how many car seats are facing this problem, but we do have a list of the car seats that may be affected:
• ROUNDABOUT 55
• MARATHON 70
• BOULEVARD 70
• BOULEVARD 70 CS
• ADVOCATE 70 CS
According to Britax, you can still continue to use the convertible car seats, but you should replace any missing screws or nuts to ensure it works as intended. Britax will send you replacement screws and nuts, as well as the tools needed to replace them. You can call the Britax Consumer Services Department at 888-427-4829 to order your replacement parts. Until you receive them, Britax recommends that your convertible car seat is properly installed using the vehicle seat belt or LATCH connectors. After the jump, we’ve attached a picture that shows you where your Britax convertible car seat could be missing screws or nuts in its base.
For more info direct from the company, click here.
Kids come in all different shapes and sizes – so does one type of car safety seat fit all? An important question that seems to be popping up more frequently is if overweight children need a car seat that’s designed just for them – and according to a new study, the answer is no.
The study, which was conducted by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention, found no evidence of increased injury risk for children across a broad weight range. That means that an overweight child who is placed properly in a car seat that’s correctly installed is no more likely than a child of average weight.
“Given that nearly 32 percent of children in the United States are categorized as overweight or obese, and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for all children, we wanted to better understand how these two threats to children’s health interact,” said Dr. Mark Zonfrillo, the lead author of the study and an attending emergency physician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “This research should reassure parents that their only concern when it comes to car seat safety should be to follow the most recent guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics.”
Zonfriollo offers a great tip for re-evaluating you child’s safety seat needs – during your child’s scheduled doctor’s appointments. You’ll be able to get accurate weight and height measurements, which you can then use to gauge acceptable ranges on the seat’s labels or instructions.
If you are looking for a quick way to learn how to juggle, just haul around a car seat. Anyone with kids will tell you they are cumbersome, bulky and an armful, especially if you’re carrying anything else with you. Wouldn’t it be great if car seats were as light as air? Well, the next best thing may be on the market soon – Inflatable car seats.
The Easycarseat is an inflatable seat that is suitable for kids four and up and who weigh 33 to 79 pounds. Tipping the scales at around two pounds, the Easycarseat costs about $90 and is easy to fold up when you need to take it with you.
Perfect for families who like to travel or switch cars regularly, the Easycarseat has met all applicable U.S. and European safety standards (according to the company). In case of an accident, the seat comes with a pressure release valve that prevents the seat from popping. If you’re still not convinced of its safety merits, you can watch a demo and a crash test video after the jump.
There are Cheerios on the floor, crackers wedged in between the seats and apple sauce is smudged all over the seat. Yep, you can tell that a kid is onboard… but how can you protect your vehicle’s interior from the damages of your messy little ones? You may want to pick yourself up the Munchkin Auto Seat Protector and Tote.
Protect your car seats with this handy helper that defends it from spills and other messes. Made with a no stain backing that won’t mark seats, the Munchkin Auto Seat Protector is easy to use and attach. This means you can send it along with the kids when they are getting a ride with someone else. Plus, the tote features expandable storage space so you can bring along all the little extras that make the car ride go faster.
You can buy it from Amazon for $24.99.
[Source: Gadget Grid]
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car-seat manufacturer Britax is recalling 17,251 Chaperone infant-safety seats due to chest clip issues. These chest clips were incorrectly produced and affect car seats that were built between April 11, 2009, and May 31, 2010. Car seat model numbers that are affected by the recall are:
* E9L69N9 (Moonstone)
* E9L69P2 (Red Mill)
* E9L69P3 (Savannah)
* E9L69P5 (Cowmooflage)
Positioning the harness straps across the child’s shoulder, the car seat’s chest clip may be too brittle and might break when used with the infant in the seat. Once broken, the clip’s sharp edges could cut the child’s skin or become a choking hazard.
For those who have registered a car seat with the company, Britax will mail a remedy kit, which comes with a new chest clip. This kit will be mailed out around November 11.
For more information or to contact the company if you haven’t registered a recalled car seat, call Britax at 888-427-4829 or NHTSA’s hot line at 888-327-4236.
They may be safe enough to race in, but these safety seats are made especially for your little passengers. Recaro, makers of automobile and race car seat technology as well as an innovator in side impact protection, has introduced the ProSERIES line of car seats. It’s Recaro’s latest addition to their line of child seats based on the company’s race-track proven mobile seating technology.
This new line includes the ProRIDE, the ProSPORT and the ProBOOSTER seats. What’s great about these car seats is that they are specifically designed to deliver comfort and safety as your child grows.
“Recaro’s new ProSERIES seats are designed to not only deliver maximum protection, but the ultimate in comfort for the entire time a child is required to be in a car seat,” said Jonathan Sieber, director of Sales & Marketing for Recaro North America. “We have already received a significant amount of positive feedback from parents that appreciate not only the ProSERIES’ safety design, but its great looks and overall ease-of-use. Recaro was also able to achieve a 90-pound harness weight capacity on the ProSPORT which is the highest available in its class.”
This line will fit children ranging from 5 to 120 pounds. The ProRIDE convertible seat can face the rear and then be turned it to face forward as your child grows, and is designed for children from 5 to 70 pounds and 50 inches in height or less. The ProSPORT is a combo harness/booster car seat made for children weighing between 20 and 90 pounds when used in harness mode and 30 to 120 pounds when used in booster mode (children must also be less than 59 inches tall). The ProBOOSTER has 11 head restraint positions and is built for children from 30 to 120 pounds and from 37 to 61 inches in height.
Offering the luxury and safety for any car trip, the ProSERIES is a high-quality child restraint system. Each of these seats incorporate Recaro’s innovative Side Impact Protection system designed to specifically protect each of the 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact collision – head, neck, face, torso and pelvis.
The ProSERIES line of child seats are now available at retailers across North America.