Archive for the ‘Car Seat Safety’ Category


Carseat safety is really a no -brainer…carseats for infants and children are mandatory and they save lives.

For the newborn, infant, toddler and pre-schooler it seems fairly simple to buy a carseat and have it installed or install it yourself. But as your child gets older things start to become somewhat muddy…like when do you transfer your older child to a booster seat and then to the seatbelt system in the car?

If you have a child not leave this post without linking to the carseat blog for actual visuals of the 5-Step Test and how to do it.

What is the 5-Step Test?

It is actually the only way to make sure that your child is protected by a car’s lap/shoulder seatbelt system and therefore may not nee a booster seat or child restraint system. Weight and age are actually meaningless factors for determining if a seatbelt fits a child correctly.

Here are the five questions:

Taking the 5-Step Test is quick and simple. Have the child buckle up in the vehicle and then answer these 5 questions:

1. Does the child sit all the way back on the vehicle seat?

2. Are knees bent comfortably at the edge of the vehicle seat?

3. Does seatbelt cross the shoulder properly? (it should be centered over the collar bone)

4. Is the lap portion of the seatbelt low – touching the thighs?

5. Can the child stay seated this way for the entire ride, every ride (awake and asleep)?

Bonus step – feet planted firmly on floor

via The 5-Step Test.



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“With the right combo, you can realistically only buy two to three seats, for your child’s entire life, without sacrificing safety. Three-in-1 seats can’t do this because of harness heights and weights, but also because of one other factor not everyone knows, and some don’t believe: Car seats expire.

Now, I know there are some conspiracy theories out there about how seats “don’t actually expire” and that’s it all just a ploy to get you to buy a new seat. I’m all about questioning the motives of companies, but in this situation, it’s true. Your seat really DOES expire.”

via Why Car Seats Expire: Details to Keep Your Child Safe | The Stir.

Children’s car seats are made to provide a safe ride for your child…please understand that children’s car seats do expire. You should be aware of the expiration date and realize that the materials that the car seats are made out of have a life span and that the seats should not be used beyond that life span. Hand-me down car seats should be used with caution and not beyond the expiration date.

Please read the above link on child car seat safety…it may save the life of your child!

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“Child seat safety inspectors

We all know that it’s important to have our children in car seats while driving in the car.  But did you know that, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, nearly three out of four child seats are installed or used incorrectly? Those are seriously unsafe numbers!”

via News Moms Need » Blog Archive » Child seat safety inspectors.

I cannot think of  more important items than child car seats…please use them all the time.

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