Tag Archives: Car seat safety

Dorel Safety Seat Recall

Child-safety-seat manufacturer Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling 1,737 Comfy Carry and OnBoard35 infant-safety seats because they were sold without the seat base, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The seat base contains the required Latch attachment assembly. Without the assembly, these infant-safety seats fail to meet federal safety standard requirements and may be difficult to properly install in a car, increasing the risk of injury to the child. The affected models are:

Comfy Carry: IC123FSM
OnBoard 35: IC124FSM
Dorel will notify registered owners of the recall and provide bases at no cost. Parents and caregivers who haven’t registered their infant seats should call Dorel at 877-416-8111. Affected owners also can call NHTSA’s hotline at 888-327-4236.

Come Join Us for an Evening of CPR Instruction, Car Seat Safety, and Babyproofing Advice at Madison Rose

Join Save-A Tot CPR and Baby Bodyguards for an evening of safety and fun

Course covers:

  1. •CPR for Infants /Child
  2. •Hands only Adult CPR for the community
  3. •Choking prevention/Heimlich 
  4. •Poisoning/ drowning
  5. •SIDS prevention
  6. •Falls, head injury, bleeding
  7. •Allergies
  8. •Safety and baby-proofing
  9. •A Demonstration on proper car seat installation, how to fit it to your child, and when to switch to the next seat

When:

Monday March 5th, 2012 6-9pm

Where:

Madison Rose Maternity & Kids

313 Court Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231

Sign up here

Opinion Section of NYT-Volvo Weighs in on Child Car Seats

I found this article by Stephen Dubner very interesting and wanted to share it. In a nutshell Volvo has done independent crash tests and claims to have found several shortcomings with existing car seat practices. Volvo argues that:

1-Young children are much safer facing the rear of the car and should ride that way until age three or four (as they commonly do in Sweden), rather than facing forward starting at six months or one year.

2-“[C]hildren should be in booster seats until at least age 10 to ensure seatbelts are positioned correctly across their chests without riding up to their necks.”

3-“Current child seats require feeding the seatbelt and attaching a top tether, something that takes time and is often not performed properly. An RACV report in 2004 estimated that child seats were incorrectly fitted as much as 70 per cent of the time.”

After watching thres seasons of Mad Men, on AMC, a great show for those of you who have never heard of it, I got a real kick from the quote made by Henry Ford, when he was pushed to install seatbelts in Ford cars in the 1950’s. Ford feared that “selling safety” was bad for business in that it reminded people that cars were inherently unsafe.