Next Step: Harnessing

The next step after selecting the right child restraint and installing it,  is harnessing. You are likely using a 5-point harness car seat, which contacts your child in strongest five points of the body: both shoulders, the hips and the crotch.  A 5-point harness spreads the crash force evenly over the child. 1. If your…

Car Seat Installation

You’ve selected your car seat, now it’s time for car seat installation. According to Safe Kids, 75 % of parents get their car seat installation wrong. It’s understandable, there are a lot of factors to a proper install and every seat and car multiply those factors. Location Front seat or back seat? Obviously, car seats…

Selecting a Car Seat

Did you know that, according to Safe Kids, 75% car seats have some sort of mistake? Some studies say up to 90%. Either way car crashes are the leading cause of preventable death for children ages 1 to 13. Selection is the first step.  But which seat is the right car seat or the best…

Child Car Seat Safety: Know the Numbers

The car seat safety statistics show that motor vehicle crashes are the the leading cause of death to children ages 3-14 in the United States. During September we recognize Child Passenger Safety week and put extra focus on educating parents about the importance of car seat safety. In 2011, more than 650 children ages 12…

Family Road Trip and Car Seats

Remember as a kid yourself the family road trip? It was an exciting adventure. The car itself was rather boring. But the discovery of new places was exciting. Who doesn’t love a good old American family road trip? Some people fear the thought of traveling with kids on a road trip. But the cost of…

The Basics of Crash Dynamics

Since motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the U.S. it maybe helpful to understand a little bit about crash dynamics. During a motor vehicle crash there are actually three collisions that happen: The Vehicle Collision: what happens at the point of impact, whether it comes from the front, back or side….

Consider Your Child’s School District

School Districts play a big role in home buying. For families with school age children this may be a no brainer of course you would want to move into a home within the boundaries of a great school. For buyers without kids it may seem like finding a home within a good school district is…

How a Properly Fit Car Seat Can Benefit a Child

Automobile crashes continue to be the leading cause of death in children ages one to 14 years. Used correctly, child safety seats or travel vests greatly reduce child morbidity and mortality. Although many parents know child safety restraints are important, more than 80 percent of restraint systems are misused. Increased education of parents regarding proper…

What to Bring on Long Car Rides With Kids

Following are some genius ideas of what to have on hand when traveling with children. Grab the majority of these and guaranteed, you’ll hear fewer cries of “Are we there yet?” Activities Books, magazines, and comics Games. Try the license plate game or travel bingo Sketchbook or paper, washable markers, and colored pencils Pre-stamped blank…

Vehicle Improvements Add Safety

Recently, auto manufacturers have been implementing changes to increase vehicle safety. Some of which have been urged by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) such as incorporating crash imminent braking and dynamic brake support. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that if you drive a late-model vehicle, your chances of dying in a…

The History of the Car Seat

Car Seat History On our FaceBook page this week, we posted a “Short History of Car Seats“. Car Seat history is fairly short and completely fascinating. Following is a recap of our post. Car Seat History: 1940s – The first car seat of sorts is designed to help lift children up so they can see…

Safety While Shopping With Kids

Have you been looking for encouragement and practical help to keep your kids safe while you shop and travel? Then look no more! The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has come up with just the encouragement and help you need! Talk With Your Kiddos Beforehand The NCMEC urges parents to talk with…