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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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How to Get Your Car Seat Checked

We all want our children to travel safely in cars. Installing a car seat for younger children and babies can be a challenge. Safe Kids can connect you to child passenger safety (CPS) technicians in your community who can check to make sure your car seats are installed correctly and teach you how to use and install a car seat on your own.

Here are three ways to find nationally certified child passenger safety technicians near you.

  • Attend a safety event sponsored by a Safe Kids Coalition in your area. Safe Kids coalitions lead their communities in reducing child injury and host more than 8,000 free car seat inspection events across the country. Our trained technicians will teach you everything you need to know to make sure your car seat is installed and used correctly. Even if your coalition isn’t sponsoring a car seat event soon, we still might have a technician who can help.
  • Find child passenger safety technicians in your area through the National CPS Certification Program. Simply fill in the online form and search by location, language or special needs training.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains a directory of many inspection stations.

There are a few things you should know before you meet with a CPS technician. This isn’t like getting an oil change on your car, where you leave the car and go do something else. Working with a CPS technician will be a one-on-one learning experience. When you leave, you should be confident that your child’s seat is installed correctly and feel comfortable reinstalling it on your own. This may be the most important thing you learn.

Here’s what you need to know about working with a CPS technician.

Before the Car Seat Checkup

  • Be prepared to learn, not just watch the CPS technician install the car seat. They’re trained to teach you.
  • Try to schedule an appointment one to two months prior to your baby’s due date just in case you deliver early. Many CPS technicians and their agencies require appointments several weeks in advance.
  • If your child is already born, know your child’s weight and height, and bring your child with you. If possible, also bring another adult to help watch the child while you are learning.
  • Install the seat in your vehicle before your car seat checkup appointment. Be sure to use the instructions that came with the child car seat and the instructions in your vehicle owner’s manual regarding car seats.
  • Bring the car seat instructions and the vehicle owner’s manual with you to your appointment.

During the Car Seat Checkup

  • Ask to see proof of your technician’s current certification.
  • This one-on-one education typically takes 20-30 minutes, depending on your car seat and vehicle. The technician will take all the time you need until you feel comfortable that your car seat is used and installed correctly.
  • During the checkup, a CPS Technician will:
    • Fill out a form to note a variety of information, including the car seat type, location in vehicle and misuse observations, if any.
    • Ensure that your car seat is appropriate for your child’s age, and size, and review factors affecting proper use.
    • Review the car seat instructions and the vehicle owner’s manual to ensure that both are being followed correctly. (Remember to bring the vehicle owner’s manual with you.)
    • Ensure that an appropriate seating position in the vehicle is being used.
    • Check the car seat for recalls, visible damage and an expiration date.
    • Watch you install the car seat(s) correctly using either the seat belt or LATCH system.
    • Discuss the next steps for each child, such as when to graduate to the next type of car seat.
    • Discuss the benefits of everyone riding properly buckled in, including all adults.
    • Discuss safety in and around the vehicle.
    • Answer any questions you may have, so ask away.

After the Car Seat Checkup

A car seat checkup is considered a success if you can answer yes to the following questions:

  • Did you participate in the installation?
  • Do you feel confident about installing and using the car seat correctly?
  • Did the technician answer all your questions? If not, were you given another expert to contact or will the CPS technician follow up with you?

 

Special thanks to the Manufacturers Alliance for Child Passenger Safety for developing this checklist. And thank you for making time to learn an important skill that will help keep your children safe.

This checklist was cited from Safety Kids Worldwide – cert.safekids.org.

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