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Finding a Carseat

Importance of Rear-Facing Until 1 Year of Age AND 20 lbs.

General Information

Finding Installation Help

LATCH

Flying with Baby

Special Needs Seats

Organizations


Finding a Carseat

Recommended carseats

CarseatBlog's Recommended Carseats List

www.car-safety.org/guide.html
This site has a description of carseat features and guidelines on what to look for in a carseat. Part of Car-Seat.Org—Carseat, Vehicle & Child Passenger Safety Forums.

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/peds.2011-0213v1
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for counseling parents on which seat to choose and use.

www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/pages/Car-Safety-Seats-Information-for-Families.aspx
The American Academy of Pediatrics Car Seats: Information for Families for 2012.

www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Ease-of-Use
NHTSA's ease-of-use ratings for carseats.

www.cpsafety.com/articles/fivepointshield.aspx
Information on 5-point, overhead shield, and T-shield carseats.

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Importance of Rear-Facing Past Age 1/Extended Rear-Facing

Child Safety Seats: Rear-Face Until at Least One Year
This page has clear, concise explanations for why to keep babies rear-facing. Every parent and caregiver should read it.

www.car-safety.org/rearface.html
This site has more information and links on rear-facing. Part of Car-Seat.Org—Carseat, Vehicle & Child Passenger Safety Forums.

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/peds.2011-0213v1
The American Academy of Pediatrics policy on child passenger safety. Advocates rear-facing until age 2 or until the weight or height limits of the carseat are reached.

http://www.safekids.org/our-work/news-press/press-releases/safe-kids-usa-endorses.html
Safe Kids USA endorsement of AAP policy statement

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS
NHTSA's 4-steps for parents, supporting the AAP policy statement of rear-facing to age 2 minimum

http://carseatblog.com/5168/why-rear-facing-is-better-your-rf-link-guide
CarseatBlog.com's ultimate list of rear-facing links

www.cpsafety.com/articles/StayRearFacing.aspx
This site has information on the benefits of keeping a child rear-facing past age 1 and 20 lbs.

http://windsorpeak.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=180970
This page has links to pictures showing the difference in spinal development between a 1 year old and a 6 year old.

www.carseat.org/Resources/633.pdf
SafetyBeltSafe USA's "How Long Should Babies Ride Facing the Back of
the Car?"

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9916868
MSNBC article that mentions that forward-facing children are 4 times more likely to be injured in a side impact than rear-facing children.

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General Information

FAQs

Emergency Labels

http://community.babycenter.com/groups/a7645/car_seat_questions
BabyCenter Car Seat Questions bulletin board visited frequently by child passenger safety technicians.

http://car-seat.org
Discussion forum on car safety, child passenger safety, carseats and their safe installation. Buying advice and help for choosing new vehicles and carseats. Chat and blog about child seat issues with expert technicians and advocates.

http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/default.aspx
The American Academy of Pediatrics articles page for when out and about.

www.iihs.org/ratings/default.aspx
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety vehicle ratings. See how your vehicle rates in crash tests.

www.carseat.org
This SafetyBeltSafe USA site has general carseat info. The Technical and Recall sections are outstanding.

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/
NHTSA's online defect form for child restraints

http://www.iihs.org/laws/SafetyBeltUse.aspx
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) list of state laws

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/childps/ChildRestraints/ReUse/
RestraintReUse.htm

NHTSA's position on replacing child restraints after minor crashes

www.CarseatBlog.com
The official blog of the Car-Seat.Org Forums. Blog with the moderators of Car-Seat.Org.

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Finding Installation Help

Installing your carseat

Installation videos

Help with locking clips

45 rear-facing recline angle

Tether anchor help for Toyota/Toyota Sienna owners

www.car-safety.org/latch.html
Excellent explanation of the LATCH system for installing carseats and top tethers. Part of Car-Seat.Org—Carseat, Vehicle & Child Passenger Safety Forums.

Safe Kids Worldwide Tech Finder

www.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm
The NHTSA Child Seat Inspection Station Locator.

www.usa.safekids.org
The Safe Kids USA web site. Look for local checkup events or a local coalition here.

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LATCH

Installing your carseat

Installation videos

FAQs

www.car-safety.org/latch.html
Excellent explanation of the LATCH system for installing carseats and top tethers. Part of Car-Seat.Org—Carseat, Vehicle & Child Passenger Safety Forums.

www.carseat.org/Technical/tech_update.htm#latch
SafetyBeltSafe USA information on LATCH.

www.carseat.org/Legal/622_Latch.htm
SafetyBeltSafe USA page on LATCH requirements.

http://carseatblog.com/4301/latch-to-80-pounds-progress-or-confusion Discussion of Sunshine Kids' SuperLATCH found on the Radian convertible carseats.

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Flying with Baby

The danger in flying comes from turbulence and hard landings/survivable crashes. Turbulence can't be seen or predicted, so you don't know when to grab and hold your child. Before you know it, the plane drops and your child has already hit the ceiling and been injured. In a survivable crash situation, can you really hold your child? Simply put, Force = Weight x Speed . If your child weighs 25 lbs. and the plane crashes at 130 mph, that translates to 3250 lbs. (25 lbs. x 130 mph = 3250 lbs.). Your child's carseat has a better chance at restraining your child than your arms in that situation. From a parental sanity point of view, it's easier to have your child restrained in a familiar carseat than to try to hold him/her and keep both of you happy for several hours.

Flying with a Car Seat? Know Your Rights! Article that highlights the pertinent parts of the FAA's Advisory Circular on Use of Child Restraint Systems on Aircraft.

FAA's Advisory Circular on Use of Child Restraint Systems on Aircraft
Current memo covering history, proper labeling, type, installation, and use of child restraints on aircraft.

http://www.carseat.org/Legal/0_legalIP.htm#aircraft
Links to print out for your next airplane trip.

www.cpsafety.com/articles/airplanetravel.aspx
An excellent page explaining why kids should ride in carseats on airplanes. Some good links here.

http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics%3b108/5/1218
AAP's statement on using child restraints on aircraft

http://flyingwithchildren1.blogspot.com
A former flight attendant's tips on flying with children.

http://www.faa.gov/passengers/fly_children/crs/
FAA's Child Safety on Airplanes

http://www.faa.gov/passengers/media/childsafety.pdf
FAA's Childproof Your Flight brochure

http://www.faa.gov/passengers/fly_children/
FAA's FAQ on Flying with Children

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/children/index.shtm
The TSA's page on traveling with children.

www2.usairways.com/en-US/traveltools/specialneeds/children.html
US Airways policy on flying with children

http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/problems.htm
Department of Transportation's aviation consumer complaint web page

Federal Aviation Regulation Sec. 125.211
Using child restraints on aircraft

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Special Needs Seats

www.travelsafer.org
RideSafe: Vehicle Safety for People Who Use Wheelchairs

www.carseat.org/Resources/173_spec_needs.pdf
Automobile Restraints for Children with Special Needs, from SafetyBeltSafe USA

www.snugseat.com
Snug Seat

www.adaptivemall.com/safetycarseats1.html
Adaptivemall.com sells a variety of special needs items, including carseats through small adult size

www.ezonpro.com
E-Z-On Vests and Harnesses

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Organizations

www.chop.edu/consumer/jsp/division/service.jsp?id=27708
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

www.kidsandcars.org
Kids and Cars

www.usa.safekids.org
Safe Kids USA

www.carseat.org
SafetyBeltSafe USA

www.preventinjury.org
Automotive Safety Program, Riley Hospital

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