RECALL: Canada Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat

This recall applies to Canada only. Chicco has issued a recall for the Keyfit 30 infant car seat. Issue: the infant seat did not meet the dynamic requirements for chest acceleration of the Motor Vehicle Restraint Systems and Booster Seats Safety Regulations. Date range: This issue applies to Keyfit 30 infant car seats made between December 30, 2013 and

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Using Rear Facing Only Car Seats Safely

Rear facing only car seats offer quite a lot when it comes to convenience.  These types of car seats typically include two parts — a base that remains installed in the vehicle and an infant carrier portion that easily snaps in and out of the base.  Many caregivers like this type of car seat for

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Buckle Crunch — Europe vs. North America

Buckle crunch is not a candy bar.  It’s a situation where the vehicle seat belt’s buckle is pulled up into the belt path of a car seat. Instead of the seat belt webbing doing all the work of restraining the car seat, the hard plastic of the buckle is pulled inside the belt path. This makes for an insecure installation because the plastic of the buckle can shatter or the car seat can shift along the plastic portion of the buckle instead of being held back by the webbing.

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ADAC Testing Spring 2018

The Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC) is a German automobile organisation that performs rigorous crash tests on car seats. Twice a year, a selection of car seats are tested and rated on various criteria. Let’s take a look at the results from Spring 2018! The most relevant part of ADAC testing to consider is the safety

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Quick Chat about Vehicular Heatstroke

Every year in the US, an average of 37 children perish when they’re left in vehicles. Most of those are left in those vehicles by accident. A portion of those children are left in those vehicles on purpose — say Mom goes into a store or something like that.  Another portion of those 37 deaths happens when preschoolers go back into an unlocked car to get a toy they’ve left behind and find themselves trapped in a car they can’t open.

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Inflatable Seat Belts and Car Seats

Inflatable seat belts combine airbags and vehicle seat belts into one high tech package, offering adult passengers an additional, passive level of protection in the event of a crash. The addition of air bags to today’s vehicles offers an important level of additional protection for adult passengers.  However, for all the protection that these lifesaving devices offer to adult passengers, they pose some challenges when it comes to car seat installation.

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