modern car seats

modern car seats

Modern Car Seats

Car Seats Did you know that a car seat is the only baby gear item you’re legally required to buy? Even if you don’t have a car, most hospitals won’t let you take your newborn baby home until you have them securely fastened in a car seat. That’s why it’s an absolute registry must-have. There are four basic types of car seats you need to know about, and you can read up on all of them in our Car Seat Guide. The difference between them has to do with the size your child. Up first: Infant car seats. Designed to fit babies up to 6-9 months, they’re made to be portable, so you can switch your sleeping baby in and out of the car easily. Toddler seats hold children from around 6 months of age until about 4 years or 40 lbs,. and remain rear-facing in your car until your baby is 1-year-old. Once your little one has outgrown a toddler seat, transition them to a booster seat It’s basically a mini version of a regular car seat with added safety features and a weight capacity of up to 100 lbs. Your other option? Save money and buy a convertible car seat, which can either transition from infant seat to toddler seat or toddler seat to booster seat! Whatever your needs, we should be able to help.
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Modern Car Seats

Along with the problem of instructions not being followed properly, there are other hazards that can affect children involving these safety seats. A recent study attributed many cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) to the prolonged sitting or lying position these infants are in when putting the safety seats to use. When researchers reviewed more than 500 infant deaths, it was found that 17 of these deaths occurred while the infant was in a device such as a child safety seat. The age of the most occurring rates of death by SIDS in a child safety device was found to be under one month, having six of the 17 deaths happen in this age group. Although SIDS has been found to be a high risk regarding child safety seats, a coroner in Quebec also stated that “putting infants in car seats…causes breathing problems and should be discouraged.” His warning came after the death of a two-month-old boy who was left to nap in a child safety seat positioned inside his crib rather than the crib itself. The death was linked to positional asphyxiation. This means that the child was in a position causing him to slowly lose his supply of oxygen. Coroner Jacques Robinson said it’s common for a baby’s head to slump forward while in a car seat that is not properly installed in a car and that can diminish a baby’s ability to take in oxygen. “The car seat is for the car,” he said. “It’s not for a bed or sleeping.” Robinson added, however, he has nothing against car seats when they are properly used. The coroner said that it is common for a baby’s head to “slump forward while in a car seat and that it diminishes oxygen”.
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Modern Car Seats

Did you know that a car seat is the only baby gear item you’re legally required to buy? Even if you don’t have a car, most hospitals won’t let you take your newborn baby home until you have them securely fastened in a car seat. That’s why it’s an absolute registry must-have. There are four basic types of car seats you need to know about, and you can read up on all of them in our Car Seat Guide. The difference between them has to do with the size your child. Up first: Infant car seats. Designed to fit babies up to 6-9 months, they’re made to be portable, so you can switch your sleeping baby in and out of the car easily. Toddler seats hold children from around 6 months of age until about 4 years or 40 lbs,. and remain rear-facing in your car until your baby is 1-year-old. Once your little one has outgrown a toddler seat, transition them to a booster seat It’s basically a mini version of a regular car seat with added safety features and a weight capacity of up to 100 lbs. Your other option? Save money and buy a convertible car seat, which can either transition from infant seat to toddler seat or toddler seat to booster seat! Whatever your needs, we should be able to help.
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Modern Car Seats

Child safety seats (sometimes referred to as an infant safety seat, a child restraint system, a restraining car seat, or ambiguously as car seats) are seats designed specifically to protect children from injury or death during collisions. Car manufacturers may integrate child safety seats directly into their vehicle’s design. Most commonly, these seats are purchased and installed by consumers. Many regions require children defined by age, weight, and/or height to use a government-approved child safety seat when riding in a vehicle. Child safety seats provide passive restraints and must be properly used to be effective. However, many child safety restraints in countries such as Canada and the United States are not used properly. To tackle this negative trend, health officials and child safety experts produce child safety videos to teach proper car seat installation to parents and caregivers.
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Modern Car Seats

For young infants, the seat used is an infant carrier with typical weight recommendations of 5-20 lb. Most infant seats made in the US can now be used up to at least 22 lb and 29 inches, with some going up to 35 lbs. In the past, most infant seats in the US went to 20 lb and 26 inches. Infant carriers are often also called “Bucket Seats” as they resemble a bucket with a handle. Some (but not all) seats can be used with the base secured, or with the carrier strapped in alone. Some seats do not have bases. Infant carriers are mounted rear-facing and are designed to “cocoon” against the back of the vehicle seat in the event of a collision, with the impact being absorbed in the outer shell of the restraint. Rear-facing seats are deemed the safest, and in the US children must remain in this position until they are at least 1 year of age and at least 20 pounds. although it is recommended to keep them rear-facing until at least 2 years old or until they outgrow the rear-facing car seat height and weight, whichever is longer.
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Modern Car Seats

There are several types of car seats, which vary in the position of the child and size of the seat. The United Nations standard ECE R44/04 categorizes these into 4 groups: 0-3. Many car seats combine the larger groups 1, 2 and 3. Some new car models includes stock restraint seats by default.
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Modern Car Seats

Though there are hundreds of variations of makes and models in the world of child safety seats, the materials used in the manufacturing process are basically the same. Factories in which the seats are put together receive loads of polypropylene pellets. Foam makes up the padding of the individual seats, while vinyl and fabrics are used to make up the covers for the seats as well as the harnesses.
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Modern Car Seats

There has been some criticism of forward-facing child safety seats, in particular by the economist Steven D. Levitt, author of the popular book Freakonomics. In a 2005 article in the New York Times, Levitt suggests that the available data does not support the necessity of forward-facing child safety seats for children over two years old, arguing that the cheaper and simpler alternative of seat belts offers similar protection as forward-facing seats. Levitt was a guest at the TED conference in the same year, and gave a lecture making the same case. Levitt’s study and findings have been criticized and refuted by subsequent peer reviewed studies, that found child safety seats offer a considerable safety advantage over seat belts alone.
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A study of car crash data from 16 U.S. states found that children under the age of 3 were 43% less likely to be injured in a car crash if their car seat was fastened in the center of the back seat rather than on one side. Results were based on data from 4,790 car crashes involving children aged 3 and younger between 1998 and 2006. According to data, the center position was the safest but least used position. However, economist Steven Levitt (see below) has demonstrated that car seats do not reduce fatalities when compared to regular seat belts.
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Multitasking your car seat may not always be safe. Some parents like to put the car seat on top of a shopping cart, but the manufacturers of both car seats and shopping carts advise you not to do this, as it can easily cause the cart to topple over, risking injury to your child. Meanwhile, even leaving your child in her car seat in your home is not as good an idea as it might seem: a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics last year found that this may not be safe.
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It is recommended that children sit rear-facing for as long as possible. In Scandinavian countries, for example, children sit rear-facing until around 4 years old. Rear-facing car seats are significantly safer in frontal collisions, which are the most likely to cause severe injury and death. Rear-facing group 1 car seats are becoming more widespread but are still difficult to source in many countries.

Published on May 8, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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