Consumer Reports Issues New Guideline On Child Car Seats

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When I was first pregnant about eight years ago, one of the most exciting moment for my husband and I was shopping for all of our baby needs for our new little bundle of joy. We put in a lot of research into what kind of carseats we should buy and ended up buying both a convertible and conventional carseats for her even though I knew she wouldn’t be using the bigger one for a good year but I wanted to have my options open. We mostly used the convertible carseat and honestly, I couldn’t imagine it any other way. The only mistake we made is buying everything in pink and not realizing that a gender-neutral color would have been better for our second child, who happened to be a son. Ha! And now, there’s a new Consumer Report that is telling parents that convertible carseats are basically the way to go when it comes to our little ones.
Here’s a little more:
One of the main objectives in developing the new test was to better differentiate the ability of a variety of child seats to protect a child’s head. Head injuries to children in crashes are a significant concern for Consumer Reports. Other crash tests, including the government standards, do not measure what happens when a child comes into contact with another part of the vehicle. To that end, a key component of our test is the addition of a surface that simulates the interaction the child seat would have with the front seatback in an actual vehicle crash.

It was this interaction that provided some key insights into the potential safety benefits of convertible seats for rear-facing kids. In previous testing of a group of infant seats that include a detachable carrier, we found that the 22-pound dummy, representing an average 12-month-old child, suffered a head strike against the simulated front seatback with 16 of the 30 tested models (53 percent).

In our most recent tests of rear-facing convertible models with that same dummy, we found that the dummy’s head contacted the front seatback with only one of the 25 convertible models we tested (4 percent). The longer shells and shape of the convertible seats provided additional space between the dummy’s head and the simulated seatback preventing direct contact of the head.

And while I’ll agree that car safety for children is VERY important, keeping your eye and concentration on the road is, too. Tell us Hot Moms, how important is child seat safety for you? I’ll admit that lugging a carseat around with my 15 pound baby was tough work but I sure did build up some great arm strength back then.
Do you use a convertible carseat for your little ones as well?
Source via Yahoo Parenting



Joanna has been following the world of entertainment and celebrities since '05, having served as the Editor-in-Chief of Celebrity News Service and as a personal assistant for one of the original James Bond screenwriters, producer Kevin McClory during her days in Ireland. These days she’s a mother, warrior, celebrity writer and Disney dreamer. And she eats a lot of peanut butter M&Ms, as well.

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