A recent study abstract reveals that fewer than half of children who suffered injuries from car crashes were restrained, with the lowest rate found among blacks, Hispanics, and native Americans.
Child car seats have proven to reduce injuries in a crash and even though all states have child-restraint laws for younger children, not all states extend the coverage for older children. A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that by expanding the child restraint laws to cover 7- and 8-year-olds, more children will be seated in the back seat, the use of booster seats will increase, and crash injuries will be reduced.
There is more choice than ever for finding a booster seat that correctly fits your child according to a new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Institute has released their 4th annual list of the best-fitting booster seats for children age 4 to 8 years old and found 31 models that have been designated as IIHS Best Bets, which means they offer the best potential of correctly positioning a vehicle’s seat belt on a child in a variety of vehicle types.
Is your child ready for a belt-positioning booster seat? Congratulations! Your days of struggling to fit car seats into your vehicle are mostly over. Unlike infant or convertible child safety seats, most belt-positioning (not harnessed) boosters require little or no installation. But a good fit is still critical.
You have two choices for installing a convertible child safety seat in the rear-facing mode: You can use the vehicle’s LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children). Or you can use the vehicle’s seat belt. Which is better?
Last April, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their guidelines to recommend parents keep their children in rear-facing car seats until at least the age of two. To determine if parents are receiving that important safety message, the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Heath found that 73 percent of parents turned the seat around prior to two years of age and 30 percent prior to one year.
Safe Kids USA has released a new study that analyzed 79,000 car seats from their country-wide car seat check up events and found there are many mistakes parents make and a number of ways to improve the safety of children riding in vehicles. The importance of these findings is underscored by the majority of seats being incorrectly installed and the harsh reality that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 3 and 14.
Rear-facing infant car seats must be installed at the correct angle—upright enough to protect a baby during a crash, but reclined enough to prevent their head from falling forward potentially obstructing his airway. (See our infant car seat Ratings.)
The fifth annual Toys “R” Us “Great Trade-In” event is currently underway, running through Sunday September 18. The event is at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores nationwide. Customers can bring in used baby equipment from any manufacturer that could potentially be unsafe and receive a 25 percent discount on new merchandise, from select manufacturers, in the following categories:
A study released today claims that more than half of children's car seats contain toxic chemicals such as bromine and chlorine. The study, by the Ecology Research Center, is based on tests of over 150 car seats.
Next time you are looking for someone to drive around your children, ask their grandparents. A new study by Dr. Fred Henretig, emergency medicine attending physician at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, found that kids are twice as safe when their grandparents are driving than their parents.
As we recently reported, chemical flame retardants that potentially pose worrisome health risks have been widely used in baby products such as car seats and even nursing pillows to meet unique flammability standards established by California.
A voluntary recall of 2,300 Zooper strollers that pose a strangulation hazard was announced May 27 by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The hazard exists because an unharnessed child could slide between the seat and the interchangeable snack tray or armrest bar and become entrapped at the head or neck.
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