The American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for counseling parents on which seat to choose and use.
The American Academy of Pediatrics Car Seats: Information for Families for 2012.
NHTSA's ease-of-use ratings for carseats.
Information on 5-point, overhead shield, and T-shield carseats.
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.
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.
Safe Kids USA endorsement of AAP policy statement
NHTSA's 4-steps for parents, supporting the AAP policy statement of rear-facing to age 2 minimum
CarseatBlog.com's ultimate list of rear-facing links
This site has information on the benefits of keeping a child rear-facing past age 1 and 20 lbs.
This page has links to pictures showing the difference in spinal development between a 1 year old and a 6 year old.
SafetyBeltSafe USA's "How Long Should Babies Ride Facing the Back of
MSNBC article that mentions that forward-facing children are 4 times more likely to be injured in a side impact than rear-facing children.
BabyCenter Car Seat Questions bulletin board visited frequently by child passenger safety technicians.
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.
The American Academy of Pediatrics articles page for when out and about.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety vehicle ratings. See how your vehicle rates in crash tests.
NHTSA's online defect form for child restraints
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) list of state laws
NHTSA's position on replacing child restraints after minor crashes
The official blog of the Car-Seat.Org Forums. Blog with the moderators of Car-Seat.Org.
The NHTSA Child Seat Inspection Station Locator.
The Safe Kids USA web site. Look for local checkup events or a local coalition here.
SafetyBeltSafe USA information on LATCH.
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.
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.
Links to print out for your next airplane trip.
An excellent page explaining why kids should ride in carseats on airplanes. Some good links here.
AAP's statement on using child restraints on aircraft
A former flight attendant's tips on flying with children.
FAA's Child Safety on Airplanes
FAA's Childproof Your Flight brochure
FAA's FAQ on Flying with Children
The TSA's page on traveling with children.
US Airways policy on flying with children
Department of Transportation's aviation consumer complaint web page
Federal Aviation Regulation Sec. 125.211
Using child restraints on aircraft
RideSafe: Vehicle Safety for People Who Use Wheelchairs
Automobile Restraints for Children with Special Needs, from SafetyBeltSafe USA
Adaptivemall.com sells a variety of special needs items, including carseats through small adult size
E-Z-On Vests and Harnesses
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Kids and Cars
Safe Kids USA
Automotive Safety Program, Riley Hospital