Did you know that this week is Child Passenger Safety Week? (Sept. 14-20) And Saturday Sept. 20th is National Seat Check Saturday. So in honor of this week I, along with Safety 1st want to offer you some Car Seat Safety Tips, as well as a fantastic car seat review and giveaway.
Car Seat Safety Tips
By the experts at Safety 1st
Importance of Rear Facing
“In March of 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their car seat recommendations advising that children should remain rear facing until the age of two. According to a study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing. When a child is rear facing their head, neck and spine are better supported and in the event of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child’s entire body.
Typically the center rear seat is the safest place for a car seat, and never install a car seat in the front seat. If your car does not have a latch connector for the middle seat, you can use the middle seat belt to properly secure the base. When installing, make sure the base of the car seat moves no more than an inch from side to side. An easy way to test this is to hold at the belt path.
Car Seat Expiration
Car seats do have an expiration date, it is recommended that car seats be replaced every 5-8 years, or immediately after a crash. The reason for an expiration date is because plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats not as effective in the event of a crash. Additionally car seat technology and state and federal car seat regulations change over time. Important warning labels may wear out and instruction books may get lost, which can lead to improper use of the car seat.
Safeguard the Car
Childproof the inside of the car and eliminate projectiles. Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile – even a child’s toy, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.”
Child Safety Seats by Safety 1st
“Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of the Air Protect® cushion system with patented GCell HX™ foam designed with hexagonal shapes for superior protection around the torso. TOGETHER they provide full body side impact protection.”
· Advance SE 65 Air +Convertible Car Seat (review and giveaway below)
“For children from 5-65 pounds. In addition to Air Protect +, the Advance 65 Air + uses a steel-reinforced metal frame for extra stability and includes a 4-position recline for an optimal fit to your vehicle. We’ve also included color-coded belt paths and installation labels to help you install it quickly and correctly.”
“Forward-facing: 22-40 pounds with Belt-positioning at 40-100 pound. Fully loaded with ease-of-use features that parents will appreciate: Like the 4-position QuickFit™ headrest which adjusts without the need for rethreading and a 5-point safety harness with Center Front Adjust.”
“A new category for car seats. The goal for Safety 1st is to help educate parents that any child under 4’9” (57”) in height should still be in a belt positioning seat. The Incognito blends into the car and prevents slouching to ensure comfortable and proper positioning of the seat belt. The introduction of this seat has helped to extending child restraints to accommodate children 60 to 120 lbs. and up to 60 inches.”
Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air+ Convertible Car Seat Review
Safety is a number one priority for me as a mom. That is why I have trusted Safety 1st car seats for years with both of my children. I was very happy to try out the latest car seat, the Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air+ Convertible Car Seat.
We really love this car seat. It provides a soft, plush and comfortable ride for my daughter. More importantly it has fantastic safety and convenience features. I love that you can use it from birth to 65 lbs., getting a lot of use out of just one seat.
Brag Worthy Features:
Super-extended weight range
Rear-facing 5-40 pounds (removable padding included)
Forward-facing 22-65 pounds
Featuring Air Protect +
Air Protect® advanced cushion system protects your child’s head, where it’s needed most
GCell HX™ patented foam with hexagonal shapes inside the seat provides superior body protection
TOGETHER they provide full body side impact protection
Easy to identify color-coded belt paths and installation labels
Steel reinforced metal frame
10-position headrest grows with your child
No re-thread harness
4-position recline for optimal fit to your car
Integrated cup holder
Meets or exceeds Federal and ASTM Safety Standards
Pretty impressive right?! I think so.
My daughter loves riding in her new seat.
She is 2 (and not a small 2 year old either) and she can still fit sitting rear facing comfortably.
Here she is forward facing as well.
The car seat easily fits in my car (Subaru Legacy) both forward facing and rear facing. It is easy to install and adjust which is a huge must for me in a car seat.
I am very impressed by the design and quality of of this car seat and I highly recommend it!
This car seat is also available in Twist of Citrus and Plumberry designs (in addition to the St. Germain design I reviewed).
You can purchase this convertible car seat online at Safety1st.com and in stores now.
The Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air+ Convertible Car Seat gets Bragging Rights!
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