POSTS WITH TAG: car seat safety

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    Parents, get ready to climb into the backseat of your cars, because we have a car seat recall on our hands. Popular manufacturer Evenflo is recalling 1.3 million convertible car seats and booster seats over a harness crotch buckle, which the company says "may become resistant to unlatching over time."

    Worried your child is in danger of getting stuck in an unlatching car seat? Here's everything parents need to know about this recall:

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    Gah. Sometimes as parents, we just can't win no matter what we do. And I'm sure that's exactly how Kate Middleton and Prince William are feeling right about now as they embark on the first part of their Royal Tour in New Zealand.

    Get this one -- they're being called irresponsible because Prince George's car seat in the royal limo is forward-facing. Supposedly the Duke and Duchess told the technician who installed it in the car to put it in that way.

    And I know what you're thinking -- aren't babies supposed to be in rear-facing seats until they're at least over a year old?

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    Kim Kardashian may have just spent the last few days in NYC, hanging out with Anna Wintour and Seth Meyers, but she's back on the road, along with the whole Kardashian-Jenner brood! Including little scene-stealer North West, of course, who was riding along in a car seat when Auntie Khloe snapped an adorbs shot of her and posted it to Instagram to showcase her Kardashian Kids outfit. Cue the haters!

    Some of Koko's followers freaked upon noticing that North's hand was tucked underneath part of the seat belt. Insults directed at Kim and her poor parenting skills started to run rampant. Ugh.

    Here's the pic ...

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    Finding a car seat for the little ones can be so exhausting! Definitely not one of our "fun" purchases, but oh so necessary to keep our children safe. So hey, check out the new Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat! It could be yours ...

    One lucky Stir reader will win this new safety seat, which includes lots of helpful installation features, including a leveling system that works in a wide range of cars and a latch tightener that will keep your kid safe and snug.

    Plus, how super cool does that seat look? So stylish!

    To enter to win a Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat, simply tell us:

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    Car seat safety for our kids is incredibly necessary -- and it's really essential you read the manual and do everything properly and not leave anything to chance. While it's ideal to have the car seat installed by a certified expert when possible, most of us don't. We're too busy, too rushed, or too certain that we know how to do it ourselves. In fact, Allana Pinkerton, Global Safety Advocate for Diono, says that when parents come in for a car seat check, at least 80 percent of them are installed wrong!

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    When we put our kids in their car seats -- coats off, buckle here, buckle there, snap, snap, snap, secure -- we feel like we've got them in this chamber of safety. It seems so safe, when we put on our own seat belt, we think, Wow, that's it? Even with all the buckling and protection that a car seat offers a child, adults are still safer in the event of an accident with our simple seat belt. This is because kids' bodies just aren't as developed or able to survive an accident without an increased risk of harm. We have to be on top of the latest car seat safety rules. Thankfully federal regulators are and have proposed a new standard for car seat side-impact protection. But this so-called new standard has been trying to get passed for a decade.

    As it is now, the side-impact protection on many seats is not safe enough because car seats were only required to test based on accidents from the front. There's a good chance your kid's car seat isn't as safe as it could be.

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    Ever since my daughter was born, I've been sitting in the back seat with her if I'm not driving. It started when we were leaving the hospital, and almost two years later, it's still how we roll. I always kind of assumed this was the norm for moms of only one, but the other day I was talking to a friend, and she casually mentioned an upcoming road trip she was taking with her 5-month-old and husband, saying, "If he gets fussy, I can always sit with him in the back for a while."

    Wait. If he gets fussy? Doesn't everyone always sit in the back with their little one?

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    I don't care if Farrah Abraham is in Playboy 20 more times or how much weight she's lost. I also don't care if her 4-year-old daughter Sophia is still sucking on a pacifier. Maybe she just likes it once in a while? What upsets me is that the little girl is in what I assume to be a booster seat -- I can't tell for sure, but it's clear she isn't in a car seat.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that children should be in a forward-facing car seat at 4 until they grow out of it in height and weight. Sophia doesn't turn 5 until February 23. This is what I find most shocking, particularly since Sophia's dad Derek Underwood died in a car accident before she was even born.

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    When I find out who heads up the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, I may have to kiss him (or her!) on the mouth. The folks who deal with all things safe in the car have come out with a suggestion that many kids should remain in a booster seat until -- get this -- 12 years old!

    And to that I say thank you! It's about time somebody said it!

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    Are you one of those parents who lets their kid ride in the car without a seat belt? You know the ride I'm talking about. We're so close to home! What could go wrong? I don't want to deal with your bellyaching about the belt, so we're just going to coast on home.

    You're out there. I know. Some 20 percent of parents fessed up to letting their kids ride seat belt-free for "short" trips.

    Are you people crazy?

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