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Winter Coats Diminish Effectiveness of Child Car Seats

With the colder temperatures that fall and winter bring comes a new warning to parents and childcare givers: bulky coats can diminish the effectiveness of car seats and other child safety restraints, even up to the point of canceling their life-saving protection. It may feel like children who are secured in a car seat with their winter coat on are securely strapped in, when in actuality the bulkiness of the coat can create too much slack between the child and the restraint. A recent report on NBC’s Today Show showed a child dummy wearing a coat and positioned in a car seat. ... Read More

Michigan Police Officer Promotes Child Car Seat Safety Through Act of Kindness

When Michigan’s Emmett Township Public Safety Officer Ben Hall pulled over a car for a traffic violation near downtown Battle Creek, he noticed the driver’s young daughter in the backseat restrained by a seat belt, but not riding in a booster seat. Officer Hall immediately questioned the driver, Lexi DeLorenzo, about why her child was not properly restrained in the backseat and discussed with her the importance of child seat safety. DeLorenzo’s response to Officer Hall’s concerns motivated him to go beyond his duties as an officer. “She was telling me that she hit a rough patch,” Hall recalled. “I ... Read More

National Child Passenger Safety Week highlights importance of proper installation, use of car seats

Despite the fact that all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and our territories have laws requiring the use of safety seats, booster seats and seat belts for children traveling in motor vehicles, many families in our country travel either without a child safety seat or are not using the seats properly. The misuse of child safety seats in automobiles drastically increases the risk for injury and death of a child during a crash. Thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in automobile crashes each year, making car accidents the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 ... Read More

Graco recalls more child car seats for sticky harness latches, entrapment hazard

Graco Children’s Products Inc. has announced the addition of more than 400,000 child car safety seats to its recall. The manufacturer recalled nearly 4 million seats in February, citing sticky harness latches that posed a risk of entrapment to children. The initial recall, and this newest one, includes car seats used for toddlers and harnessed booster seats. The new recall includes the following car seats from model years 2006-2014: Argos 70 Elite, Ready Ride Step 2, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround, Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Plus, and Smart Seat with Safety ... Read More

Royal baby’s first car ride becomes a lesson in proper infant car seat restraint

Child safety advocates and followers of the Royal Family were shocked when some of the first pictures of the U.K.’s new prince emerged showing baby George, the future king, improperly fastened in his car seat on his very first car ride. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge introduced Prince George to the public at St. Mary’s hospital on July 23. They then put him in the back of their black Range Rover and drove off. After press pictures of the event were published, some immediately took note of the baby’s potentially unsafe seating arrangement. Child care and safety experts ... Read More

Vermont jury awards woman $43 million for injuries blamed on defective car seat

BURLINGTON, Vt.—A jury in Chittenden County, Vt., has awarded $43 million to a woman who became quadriplegic when her 1999 Dodge Neon car seat failed in a traffic collision. Some legal experts believe the award is the largest personal-injury award in Vermont’s history. Essex Junction resident Dzemila Heca and her two sons, Kenan and Emir Heco, sued Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls, Inc., the manufacturer of the car seat in Ms. Heco’s 1999 Dodge Neon. According to the lawsuit, in August 2007, Ms. Heco had been stopped at a traffic light in Essex when another vehicle struck her car from behind. Ms. ... Read More

Babies forgotten in the backseat of hot cars: 2013 set to match deadliest year on record

It’s probably the worst fate that can fall upon any young child in modern times, being forgotten and left in the backseat of a hot car, where temperatures rise to deadly levels within minutes. And in almost every such deadly incident, dozens of which occur every year, parents are left to face to a lifetime of inconsolable grief and guilt, and even possible prison time. Sadly, this year is set to be one of the deadliest years on record for children who are accidentally locked inside vehicles on hot days, the Huffington Post reports. Every year, on average, 38 children ... Read More

Safety regulators propose tougher new standards for strollers

In a push to prevent further deaths and injuries to infants and young children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted unanimously to establish a federal safety standard for strollers. If approved, the proposed rule would go in the Federal Register after it is opened to a 75-day public comment period. The CPSC says the proposed rule incorporates the Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Carriages and Strollers, a current voluntary standard, with one modification that addresses the problem of scissoring, shearing, and pinching hazards associated with folding or foldable strollers. The CPSC based its determination for a new ... Read More

AAP, NHTSA support stronger rules for infant and child car seats

Studies have proven that infant and child car seats protect children and save lives. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are urging stricter guidelines for children under 2 that they say will save more lives. Currently, parents are instructed to put infants up to 12 months of age or 20 pounds in rear-facing car seat. At a year old, the infant can be placed in a front-facing car seat. But a review of a 2007 study demonstrating that children ages 12 to 23 months were five times more likely to die or ... Read More