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 |  Sep 12 2010, 11:27 AM

When it comes to your most precious cargo, you want to make sure your kids are well protected in case of those worst-case scenarios. Research has stated that using child safety seats can help reduce injuries and deaths in a crash, and new findings support the use of mandated booster seats.

There’s a new study out that will be of particular interest to parents. Conducted by the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, this new study is the first to look at injury rates before and after a state law on booster seats went into effect. Taking a look at New York State booster seat law (implemented in March 2005), the study found that injuries in children ages 4 to 6 years old dropped 18 percent. This improvement is due to the increase in use of boosters after the child restraint law was upgraded, from 29 percent to 50 percent.

More research that also supports the benefits of boosters was conducted by the Journal of Pediatrics in 2009. This study found that children aged 4-8 years old who used booster seats were 45 percent less likely to sustain injuries than children who were just using the vehicle’s seat belt.

Child seat laws vary from state to state. All states require a child restraint for children through age 3, while most require a restraint for children until at least 7 years old. Even if the state you live in doesn’t have a law regarding this issue, safety organizations and the government recommend that you keep children in an appropriate child restraint until they are able to fit the vehicles belts both comfortably and safely (usually when they are around 4ft. 9- inches tall). It’s also recommended that all children under age 13 should ride in the rear seat.

[Source: Consumer Reports]

 |  Aug 15 2010, 10:21 AM


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.