Thank you to AAA Southern New England!

January 25, 2011 Leave a comment

AAA Southern New England has provided us with funding to get our brochures printed! Very exciting! Thank You!

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Put the baby in a car seat…

January 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Great video on why babies should always be in car seats in moving vehicles (planes, automobiles & buses when possible)

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Come on down…

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Car Seat Check-Up Event

Saturday, October 16th

10AM – 1PM

Hosted by Tracy Volkswagen

(on Route 132, across from the Christmas Tree Shop Plaza in Hyannis)

In Coordination with A Baby Center

Come find out if you are using your car seats and booster seats correctly. Bring your kids, your kids’ car seats, and your cars. Open to the public – Grandparents, Parents, Caregivers, Foster Parents… all welcome!

Did you know 9 out of 10 car seats are NOT being used correctly? Automobile accidents are the #1 cause of death and injury for children under the age of 14. Come make sure your kids are as safe as they can be!

Event Sponsored by Tracy Volkswagen. Cape Kids Car Seats Program sponsored by The Cape and Islands United Way, The Rogers & Gray Charitable Foundation, TD Bank and Arbella Insurance. For more information, contact A Baby Center at capekidscarseats@gmail.com or call 508-771-8157

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Boostering past age 8…

September 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Great article from our friends at http://www.carseatblog.com

I’ve been patiently waiting, just like other parents, for my oldest child to grow up—he’s 10 and a half now (born New Year’s Eve, 1999, and yes, we had our bathtub filled with water—did you?).  I know, I know.  They’re only little once…more

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New Hours… as of September 2010

September 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Hi all – for CAR SEAT EDUCATION, we will have a technician available at A Baby Center on Mondays from 10 – 2, Monday from 5-7 and Thursdays from 10 -12. Please call prior to comming as our schedules do occasionally shift. Thanks!

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Rear Facing saving lives…

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Great blog post from our friends over the Atlantic…

http://www.carseat.se/a-swedish-rear-facing-car-seat-saves-another-life/

In the US, please do not put a child in the front seat unless you are 100% sure you do not have airbags or you can manually turn a key to switch them off.

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Top Tether

July 22, 2010 Leave a comment

I find one of the most seen mistakes is people not using a part of the carseat called a top tether. Hopefully this will educate some of you and make you go out to your cars and open your car’s manual to find out where your top tether is!

First – all cars made from late 1999 on are required to have top tethers available in the car (with the exception of some heavy duty and specialty cars). Beyond that, most cars made in the 90′s can be retrofitted with a top tether anchor.

Many people see all the straps added to car seats these days and assume if they have an older car, they cannot use them (or they use them creatively wrapped around anything they can find… don’t do that). The strap that goes through the belt path (the same path you’d put the seatbelt through) is called the Lower Anchor Straps. In vehicles 2003 and newer, you can use these lower anchors to attach your car seat to your cars frame INSTEAD of using the seat belt (never use both… they can work against one another and put too much stress on the sell… no manufacturer allows for this). BUT – just because you don’t have a place for lower anchors, doesn’t mean you can’t use that single strap coming from the top of your shell.

Here’s what it looks like:

It’s webbing, with a hook attached too the end.

Most parents think it’s used to get a tight installation. This is not the case. You want a solid installation, moving no more then 1″ side to side or back and forth (at the belt path) using the lower anchor strap OR the seat belt before you tighten the top tether.

Here is the reason for the top tether:

The seat to the left is not tethered. The seat to the right is.

If you look at these lines, you’ll see how far the child’s body moves in a crash. Seat belts stretch… they are meant too… so even though it’s hard to envision, your seat will actually move quite a bit in a severe crash. Now – imagine this is in your car. How much room does your child have before they will hit the seat in front of them?

Using the top tether prevents head and neck injuries. It can lesson the movement of the head by 8-12 inches. That can mean the difference of a brain injured child and a non-brain injured child.

To secure the child seat to the car, you have options – either lower anchors OR seatbelt – and if used correctly, they are just as effective.

A Top tether is an additional safety feature that should be used at all times if available. This is especially important with larger children. There are many seats on the market that now safely protect children up through 65 or even 85 lbs, and many of these manufacturers highly encourage (or even require) a top tether be used. You can imagine, a 65lb child will move further then a 30lb child just based on physics.

It is important to note – there is an extreme load put on this top tether in an accident. DO NOT simply connect this to any point behind the child. It must be an approved tether anchor. Newer tether anchors are obvious and generally have a little anchor symbol on the cover. Older cars can be tougher to identify. When in doubt, pull out your car’s manual, go to the index, and look up “tether anchors” or “child restrain systems” to find those anchors.

If you have an older car, do a quick search for the car and the word “tether retrofit.” You will generally come up with a forum or other information about retrofit programs. Many car manufacturers will provide at least one tether anchor free of charge. You can also order the parts and install them yourself in some cars (the holes are pre-drilled, and it’s a matter of screwing in the anchor).

If you have a question on your specific car, don’t hesitate to call me, or stop in for a check up. I will be happy to go over your car’s safety features with you!

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