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Flying with Children and Car Seats

The airlines have been in the media quite a bit lately, and it’s usually not positive. When traveling with children, especially those who should be in a car seat, parents have felt frustrations when attempting to bring their car seat on board.

From The Car Seat Lady is a great post about knowing your rights as a parent or guardian when it comes to car seats and taking commercial air flights. To read the full post, click here.

Here are a few points included in their post:

  • Bill of Rights – Per the FAA guidelines, The Car Seat Lady outlines which conditions must be met – and if they are, then you have the right to use your car seat in flight.
  • The Car Seat Lady directly sources the information from the FAA here.
  • You may use your car seat rear-facing or forward-facing, depending on your child’s age, height and weight and depending on the car seat’s height and weight limits.
  • A car seat may be placed in any airplane seat provided that it does not interfere with passengers evacuating the aircraft in an emergency.

 

Knowledge is power and knowing the rules and more importantly, understanding the rules will greatly help you in your next flight with children and car seats. Be sure to read the entire post by The Car Seat Lady as it directly cites the rules and guidelines put forth.

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FOUR-EVER IN MOTION’s Adjustable Seat Technology Founder Achieves National Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification

The company’s co-founder, Lenard Ascher, recently completed his National Child Passenger Safety Technician certification.  As the premise of the FOUR-EVER IN MOTION seat technology, Lenard and Barb, also co-owner, are dedicated to doing their part in preventing child passenger safety injuries.

Lenard became a national certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technician through completing and passing the certification course. He now joins a prestigious team of over 39,000 nationally CPS technicians. “After the initial development of our seat technology, I wanted to continue to be a part of a team that continues to reach out to the public and parents in order to help educate them on ways to keep their children as safe as possible, especially during transport,” said Lenard. “The certification course was demanding and presented such in-depth information. I am extremely proud to be a certified technician.”

To read the full press release of Lenard’s certification, click here.

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You May Need a Car Seat Check Up – Even If You Think You Don’t

Safe Kids Worldwide is the leading educator, organizer and certification organization for child passenger safety technicians. Safety technicians get certified because they are passionate about keeping kids safe during vehicle transportation. The statistics are still much too high on preventable child injuries and deaths in vehicle accidents. Why you ask?

One big reason is that the majority of parents and guardians are likely to think that they are properly securing their children. However, with so many car seats available on the market – the same way you use one brand’s car seat isn’t necessarily the same way that you’ll use another brand’s car seat.

What if you’ve been securing your child wrong this entire time? Well, child passenger safety technicians are readily available through car seat check up events to let you know if your child is properly secured. Remember, knowledge is going to keep your children safe.

Nationally, and throughout the year, Safe Kids Worldwide has car seat check up events. Even if you think you’re securing your child correctly, we encourage you to double check at one of their events – and the check up is FREE! After all, the check up can save a life.

For the latest car seat check up events, click here to head over to the Safe Kids Worldwide Events page.

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Staying Up to Date: 2016 Motor Vehicle Fact Sheet

Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are the number one cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 19 according to CDC. It’s our goal, with our adjustable seat technology, to help reduce vehicle related child injuries and deaths. Take a look at the most recent data released on motor vehicle safety.

  • Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are the number one cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 195.*
  • 2,912 children ages 19 and under died in MVCs in 2014 as occupants or drivers. The number and rate of deaths was 2 percent higher in 2014 than the previous year. Since 2000, however, there has been a 40 percent decrease in the annual number of fatalities and a 56 percent decrease in the death rate.**
  • Teenagers ages 15-19 years made up 73 percent (2,138) of motor vehicle occupant/driverfatalities among children in 2014. The teen fatality rate was ten times higher than the rates for younger children (10.2 per 100,000 population for teenagers versus 1.2 to 1.3 for children under 15 years). The teenage motor vehicle fatality rate increased 2 percent from 2013 to 2014.**
  • Of the 451 children ages 8 and under who died in MVCs in 2014, 116 (26 percent) were not restrained by an age-appropriate device such as infant car seat, booster seat or seat belt. This age group was responsible for 15 percent of childhood MV fatalities.**

 

Safe Kids Worldwide has compiled research based upon numerous studies and research that have brings to light the statistics that we must aim to reduce.

See the full report.

 

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Website. Leading causes of death, children ages 19 and under. Accessed February 23, 2016. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/leading_causes_death.html.

**National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NCSA Data Resource Website. Fatality Analysis Reporting System Encyclopedia. Accessed February 23, 2016.

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IIHS Awards Highest Safety Rating to 2017 Kia Sedona

Just released, Kia is awarded top honors for its 2017 Kia Sedona’s safety. Read up on the newly released announcement.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded its best rating possible, Top Safety Pick+, to the 2017 Kia Sedona minivan. Already distinguished by its elegant design, exceptional comfort and utility, the 2017 Sedona is offered with available Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), a system that helps to avoid forward collisions by warning the driver of an impending forward collision and then applying the brakes if no action is taken. The addition of AEB qualified the 2017 Sedona for the elevated 2016 IIHS TSP+ rating.

“Buyers often place safety at the top of their list when shopping for a new minivan,” saidOrth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “The IIHS is a highly respected safety authority and we see the 2017 Sedona’s TSP+ rating as validation of Kia’s dedication to its customers and to the continuous efforts to build better and safer vehicles.”

The top rating is even more impressive in light of the new testing standards implemented by IIHS this year. In order to achieve the TSP+ rating, vehicles are required to earn “good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests-small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints-and an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention. The addition of AEB boosts the Sedona’s front crash prevention rating from “basic” to “superior.”

The TSP+ rating improves the Sedona’s previous rating as a Top Safety Pick and complements the minivan’s 5-star crash rating awarded by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration in 2015. 

About the new 2017 Sedona

 The 2017 Sedona offers some key enhancements over the 2016 model year, including:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) is added to a rich mix of available Advanced Driver Assisted System (ADAS) features: Blind-Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Departure Warning (LDWS), and Smart Cruise Control (SCC).
  • UVO3 e-Services system (with the added smart-phone connectivity of Apple®CarPlay™ and Android Auto™) and Navigation system with larger 7-inch display screen. Navigation with 8-inch screen is also available.
  • Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) technology is combined with an upgraded High-Intensity-Discharge headlight system for even greater nighttime visibility.
  • The enhanced Essentials Premium Package now includes Front & Rear Park-Assist, Smart Key, UVO with rear camera, and leather trim.
  • A new available Acoustic Windshield provides a supremely quiet driving experience.

Also new for the 2017 model year is a front passenger’s seat power adjustment switch for the added convenience of easily operating the passenger seat from the driver’s side of the vehicle and new premium stainless steel second-row door steps are standard on SXL models.

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October 2016 – State Child Passenger Safety Laws

It’s always a good idea to make sure that your state’s child passenger safety laws haven’t changed. For many parents, especially new parents, properly restraining your child can be a daunting task. Even if you think you know the laws, it’s always a good idea to double check.

Here’s a link to the October 2016 list of child passenger safety laws. CLICK HERE

 

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National Child Passenger Safety Week

While every day, we strive to keep child passenger safety at the forefront, Sept. 18-24, officially marks Child Passenger Safety Week where there is an emphasis on these efforts. Sept. 24 is National Seat Check Saturday.

Every 33 seconds, a child is involved in a crash according to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many of the injuries or deaths can be prevented by using the correct car seat and properly installing the seat and securing the child. There is a lot of information out there – and great information resources continue to provide updated information as studies and products in the market evolve.

Here are some helpful tips from accredited resources:

Car Seat Recommendations for Children by NHTSA

When is a child ready to use an adult seat belt?

Seat belt tips if you are pregnant.

Need a car seat check-up? Find your nearest technician.

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Safety Conferences: Updated Sept. 2016

We strive to keep you informed of the latest upcoming conferences on car safety and child passenger safety. Here are the conferences for Sept. 2016.

Region 1 Child Passenger Safety Conference (Sept. 9-11)
Burlington, VT
Conference Link

Safety 2016 World Conference (Sept. 18-21, 2016)
Tampere, Finland
Conference Link

 

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List of Recalls and Replacement Parts for Child Restraints

We thank Safety Belt Safe U.S.A. for the most recent information in regards to the list of recalls and replacement parts for child restraints.

Check out this link to see if you have any of the items that need to be replaced. See List

More Tips by Safety Belt Safe U.S.A.:

How can you tell if your safety seat is safe?

  • Check the expiration date stamped on the plastic and make sure the date has not passed and that it has never been used in a crash.
  • You may not have received the most accurate information on a used car seat unless it has come from a trusted friend or relative.
  • The seat’s instruction booklet will let you know if you have all of the required seat parts.
  • Check for possible damage – cracks in the plastic, frayed straps, stiff buckles or harness adjusters.
  • Check for any recalls on the seat.

 

What is a safety recall?

  • Due to defects that could injure a child, a seat may be recalled by a manufacturer who is required to fix the problem free of charge.

 

Does the safety seat have to be sent back?

  • Not usually. Problems with recalled seats may be fixed by replacing a part that the manufacturer sends you for free.
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Evenflo Booster Seat Recall

Evenflo Booster Seat RecallJust announced a few days ago is Evenflo’s Booster Seat recall. Help spread the word to keep children safe.

More than 56,000 Evenflo booster seats are being recalled because children can loosen the internal harness. Transitions 3-in-1 Combination Booster seats with model numbers: 34411686, 34411695, and 34411029 are included in the recall. The seats have production dates from December 2014 to January 2016.

Evenflo is offering a redesigned seat pad and front assembly to owners of the car seats. You can request a repair kit from Evenflo online or call the company at  1-800-233-5921, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST.

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