Leaving Your Child In A Hot Car: “If You Think It Cannot Happen To You, You’re Wrong”

Leaving Your Child In A Hot Car: “If You Think It Cannot Happen To You, You’re Wrong”

By this point in the summer, we’ve written more than a few times — unfortunately — about children who have died after being left in closed cars on hot days. While some cases point to parents deliberately leaving their children behind, the reason we keep writing about the dangers of doing so is because the reality is that it can happen to anyone. [More]

Evenflo Also Recalls 1.4 Million Car Seats For Sticky Buckle Issues

Evenflo Also Recalls 1.4 Million Car Seats For Sticky Buckle Issues

Hey, remember when Graco recalled more than 4 million child safety seats because their buckles have a tendency to latch a little too well when gummed up with food or beverages? It seems that they weren’t the only manufacturer to use the extra-sticky buckles. Evenflo has recalled just under 1.4 million of their seats for the same problem. [More]

Graco Tells Parents With Recalled Car Seats They’re In For A 6-8 Week Wait

Graco Tells Parents With Recalled Car Seats They’re In For A 6-8 Week Wait

The good news, if you’re a safety-minded person, is that the recall on Graco car seats announced last month and expanded a few weeks later was very effective. Maybe it was more effective than Graco had anticipated, because there’s now a long wait for replacement buckles. [More]

The Argos 70 Elite is one of the seats that have been added to the massive Graco recall.

Another 403,000 Graco Car Seats Added To Recall

Last month, Graco and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalled 3.7 million of the company’s car seats for faulty buckles. Today comes news that an additional 403,000 seats have been added to the recall. [More]

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Better, Stronger, Faster? New Federal Safety Rules Proposed for Child Car Seats

From a parent’s perspective, frequent changes in car seat regulations and standards can be daunting. Still, safety is paramount, and so the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing a round of new safety standards for child car seats. [More]

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What Should I Do With This Used Child Car Seat?

The good news is that advancements in child safety seat technology mean that the products we depend on to protect our tiniest citizens from injury in a car crash are getting safer all the time. The bad news is that these advancements, and close monitoring of child safety products, mean that car seats are getting outmoded or recalled for safety reasons all the time. Where do old seats that can’t be reused end up? The trash, of course. [More]

Consumer Reports says the car seat portion of the Truly Scrumptious system performed well, but the buckle on the stroller harness failed repeatedly in all three samples tested by the magazine.

Consumer Reports Says “Don’t Buy” Heidi Klum Truly Scrumptious Stroller

A $220 Heidi Klum Truly Scrumptious Travel System stroller has been judged a “Don’t Buy” Safety Risk by our cohorts at Consumer Reports after it was the only one, out of more than 100 strollers rated by the magazine, on which the safety harness failed to stay securely latched during tests. [More]

Your Car's Design Is Probably Why It's Hard To Install A Kid's Car Seat

Your Car's Design Is Probably Why It's Hard To Install A Kid's Car Seat

You shouldn’t feel too bad after wrestling with your child’s car seat as you attempt to install it correctly. New research suggests that it’s the car’s design itself that’s to blame for your troubles — in fact, very few are easy to use with child restraints. [More]

9 Out Of 10 Parents Installing Car Seats Are Doing It Wrong

9 Out Of 10 Parents Installing Car Seats Are Doing It Wrong

According to the New York City Department of Transportation, 9 out of 10 parents install their child’s car seat incorrectly. This could lead to your child getting hurt or killed in the event of an accident. Why risk it? Find an expert who can inspect your car seat and make sure you’ve put it in correctly. NHTSA has an online searchable database to find a certified technician near you. [More]

Docs: Keep Kids In Rear-Facing Seats Until 2, Booster Seats Until They're Old Enough To Steal Car

Docs: Keep Kids In Rear-Facing Seats Until 2, Booster Seats Until They're Old Enough To Steal Car

The goodhearted folks at the American Academy of Pediatrics have revised their 2002 recommendations for how long children should remain in rear-facing car seats. You can probably guess they didn’t shorten that amount of time. [More]

Evenflo Recalls Maestro Car Seat After Failing Consumer Reports Test

Evenflo Recalls Maestro Car Seat After Failing Consumer Reports Test

After a crash test commissioned by our test-happy kin at Consumer Reports on the Evenflo Maestro Combination Booster Seat showed the product could experience a failure that could lead to severe injury for a child passenger, the company has announced a voluntary recall. [More]

Nation's Largest Car Seat Maker Recalls 19 Models

Nation's Largest Car Seat Maker Recalls 19 Models

Dorel Juvenile Group, the nation’s largest maker of car seats, is recalling 19 models of car seats, including the Eddie Bauer and Costco Cosco brands.

http://consumerist.com/2007/08/23/britax-decathlon-child-safety-seat/

Britax Decathlon child safety seat (belt adjuster popping out of position).

Babies "R" Us Ships Car Seat, Which Is Nice, Except You Ordered A Bassinet

Babies "R" Us Ships Car Seat, Which Is Nice, Except You Ordered A Bassinet

Meet Matt. Matt ordered a bassinet from Babies “R” Us for the baby he expects to arrive in two weeks. Babies “R” Us, apparently more concerned about how Matt would transport Matt Jr. home, decided to send him a damaged car seat instead.

Are Car Seats Made Of Toxic Chemicals?

Are Car Seats Made Of Toxic Chemicals?

Bromine, chlorine, and lead may be just a few of the chemicals in your child’s car seat, according to a recent study from the Ecology Center. The study tested 62 car seats sold at Babies “R” Us and Target, and found that over 30% contained significant levels of toxic chemicals that could adversely affect a child’s development; 60% contained brominated flame retardant, which can cause thyroid problems and memory impairment.

Consumer Reports Loses Some Independence Following Flawed Car-Seat Tests

Consumer Reports Loses Some Independence Following Flawed Car-Seat Tests

Consumer Reports will consult with outside experts when developing product testing protocols, rendering the staunchly independent organization slightly less so.

Consumer Reports: Um, About Those Car Seats…

Consumer Reports: Um, About Those Car Seats…

    Consumer Reports received information from NHTSA raising questions about the test.

Most Car Seats Fail “Disastrously” In Crash Tests

Most Car Seats Fail “Disastrously” In Crash Tests

Consumer Reports has tested several models of children’s car seats and most “failed disastrously” in side-impact tests at 38 mph, and front-impact tests of 35 mph. “The car seats twisted violently or flew off their bases, in one case hurling a test dummy 30 feet across the lab.” Um, whoops.