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When Grandparents Transport Children

What Do Grandparents Need to Know About Car Seats? When grandparents transport children, they want to keep those kids safe too. But they don’t always know the best way to do that. After all 20 or 30 years ago transporting children in cars looked a lot different than it does today. Do you remember riding […]

Car Seat Stats

Do you know the car seat stats show the leading cause of death to children ages 3-14 in the United States is motor vehicle crashes? In 2011, more than 650 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes. But fatalities represent only the tip of the iceberg. There were more […]

Take the 5 Step Seat Belt Test

Is your child riding in the car safe? Having been a Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technician for many years now I can understand my husband’s desire to follow people home to educate them about properly restraining their children in the vehicle. (He says he’d only done it while in his firefighter uniform. And as far […]

Have You Ever Heard of Seat Belt Syndrome?

What?! Seat belt syndrome? What is that?! We’ve all read the stats (and if you haven’t, read here) about injuries and deaths related to car seat misuse or lack of use. We know how low the percentage is of children who should be using child restraints and actually are. First and foremost I want to […]

Car Seat Best Practice, Proper Use and Reality

Where does your car seat practice fall? Likely somewhere in between. Car Seat Best Practice according to NHTSA: Use the correct car seat for child and vehicle correctly every time Keep child rear facing (RF) as long as possible until they reach the RF height or weight limits of their convertible seat Keep child forward […]

Big, Big Kids Still Need Boosters

Our oldest son is 8 1/2 years old. In most states he can legally ride in a car without a car seat. In Colorado, where we live, based on age alone he can legally ride in just a seat belt. Except Colorado law actually adds the caveat that he be “properly restrained with a safety […]