As Child Passenger Safety Technicians, we often help caregivers choose the best car seat for their child and their vehicle. Some of those young passengers have additional challenges. Some CPSTs are trained in selecting and using different kinds of car seats for those unique kids. But what about choosing car seats for caregivers who have
If you’re like me, you wonder daily if you spend as much time in your car as you do sleeping. Our cars need service regularly (and, I suppose, so do our beds, if sheet-changing counts). But our cars themselves come with maintenance schedules: what about the safety equipment we put inside them? Car Seat Maintenance:
Let’s pretend you’re going out alone or with only adults (impossible, I know, just bear with me for a moment here). You unlock the car, put your bag on the floor and your bum in the seat. Then you reach for your trusty seat belt, pull it across you, and buckle it. Easy, right? Without
We’ve grown from a small group of dedicated advocates, we’ve grown into a non-profit organization with a reach we couldn’t possibly have envisioned seven years ago. Our story started with a commitment to helping caregivers select, install, and use their car seats properly; it has expanded into a vision where one day every family achieving that goal is within reach. We’ve also expanded our vision to include doing everything we can to increase awareness around vehicular heatstroke.
Raising a booster seat’s headrests is a pretty simple process that many parents don’t know needs to happen. Instead, they take their child out of a booster seat too soon, which is the last thing we’d like to see! If your child is having trouble fitting into that high back booster, the first thing to do is to raise the booster seat’s headrest. You can make your kiddo safer and much more comfortable with just a squeeze!
Booster seats can seem SO EASY after years of struggling to install harnessed car seats. Just grab one from the store shelf, plop it onto the vehicle seat, have your kiddo take a seat, then buckle themselves in. Right? We wish. But the reality is, we see a sort of stunning rate of misuse in the booster aged crowd.
As Child Passenger Safety Technicians, we spend a lot of time helping caregivers with their very first car seats. From offering advice around choosing that first rear facing only or convertible car seat to assistance around installation and use, we spend more time with parents of the 0-2 set than any other age group. They
Britax retired the longtime favorite Parkway booster seat this spring and replaced it with the Highpoint, Midpoint and Skyline highback booster seats. Recently we reviewed the Highpoint, and we were happy to spend some time with the Skyline. Along with the Emblem and Allegiance convertible car seats, the Skyline is a member of Britax’s Essentials line
Leverage is a critical piece of any car seat installation. Figuring out where to apply counter pressure in order to remove all of the slack from either the lower anchor webbing or the vehicle seat belt can be the most challenging part of an installation.
To understand how car seat engineers design their products, let’s look at the simplest elements of crash dynamics. We always remind our readers that it’s essential that every child be in the correct, properly used seat for their age and size; crash dynamics help illustrate why those factors are so important.