JPMA 2018

What do you get when you combine a spring snowstorm, Washington DC and an intimate gathering of baby gear manufacturers eager to show off some new items? That’s right, the JPMA Baby Show of 2018! This author was supposed to attend but got snowed out (is that a term?) and stuck in Southern California for

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CSFTL Car Seat Grant Program

At CSFTL, our mission is to help caregivers keep their Littles safe on every ride. To further that goal, we’re pleased to announce that we’re now able to offer a limited number of car seats and booster seats through the CSFTL Car Seat Grant Program.

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Vehicular Heatstroke: a Meeting with Jan Null

I had the privilege of meeting with Research Meteorologist in the San Jose State University Department of Meteorology and Climate Science Jan Null, founder of http://noheatstroke.org/. Jan’s work with vehicular heat stroke began in 2001 when a local news station called him for a comment on the tragic death of a 5 month old boy who was left in the car.

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Consumer Reports 2015 Convertible Crash Test Results

Last year Consumer Reports changed their crash testing criteria used to evaluate rear facing only seats. This year, they have expanded that testing to convertible seats. From the Consumer Reports website, “Changes from the way that convertible seats were rated previously include using a test bench that better simulates the vehicle seat design from a contemporary vehicle, with more representative cushion stiffness and seat geometry and incorporation of a “blocker” to simulate a front seatback. The new test also runs at a higher 35mph speed, with other representative dynamic characteristics that better simulate the behavior of contemporary vehicles during a crash.”

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2015 IIHS Booster Ratings

Since 2009, the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), has been annually releasing their booster ratings, based primarily on fit of the 6 year old dummy, and, as we all know, fit is the best indication of performance. No matter how much bling your booster has, if it doesn’t place the seatbelt properly on your child, it can’t do its job.

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IIHS LATCH Ratings

On June 18, 2015, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released new ease of use ratings for LATCH. The most important point is that this is not a safety rating in any way, shape, or form. IIHS is merely discussing the ease of use and accessibility in 2015 vehicles.

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2014 Year in Review

So, we’ve had a bit of a banner year, both for CSFTL and the Child Passenger Safety world in general.    The team left 2013 still finding its footing, moving from a loose structure  to a formal and incorporated one, with bylaws and an elected board of directors, and a carefully chosen mission statement.  

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65 is the new 70

Since 1970, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been a driving force behind improvements to safety standards for automobiles. The agency is constantly working to move safety standards forward and help keep all of us safer on the roads.

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2014 IIHS Booster Ratings

Since 2009, the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), has been annually releasing their booster ratings, based primarily on fit of the 6 year old dummy, and, as we all know, fit is the best indication of performance. No matter how much bling your booster has, if it doesn’t place the seatbelt properly on your child, it can’t do its job.

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