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Car Seat Safety Tips from Safety 1st {Giveaway} #childpassengersafety



Did you know that  Sept 15-21 is Child Passenger Safety Week? This is a great time to refresh your memory and share proper car seat safety information with everyone you know!trsbanner

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 1 through 12 years old. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the goal of Child Passenger Safety week is to make sure all parents and caregivers are properly securing their children (ages 0-12) in the best car restraint (rear-facing, forward-facing, booster, seat belt) for their age and size.

Check out this quick video for important safety information and tips from Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert:

Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat
The Elite 80 works in rear-facing mode for babies up to 40 pounds, then converts to forward-facing with harness, but features an extended weight range to keep children safely in harness all the way to 80 pounds.  In it’s 3rd mode, the Elite 80 goes beyond the traditional convertible seat to convert into a belt-positioning booster car seat for children up to 100 pounds.  Additionally Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of our Air Protect® cushion system with patented GCell HX™ foam designed with hexagonal shapes for 100% full body production.Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat

Safety 1st Advance 70 Air+
This convertible car seat was inspired by race car drivers. Air Protect+ combines Safety 1st Air Protect® Technology with GCell HX™ – hexagonal rebounding foam used in the body of the car seat to protect the child from the multiple hits that occur in crashes. Coupled with this is the placement of Air Protect® Technology which takes crash forces away from a child’s head. This technology was developed in partnership with racecar engineers at Bald Spot Sports and INDY Car Driver Scott Dixon to better understand the energy dynamics a high performance driver faces in the event of a crash.

Safety 1st Advance 70 Air car seat

Safety 1st BoostAPak Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat
The BoostAPak is designed to help keep kids in boosters longer, as it’s often hard to get an older child to stay in his or her booster seat. This booster seat also doubles as a backpack! For children 4 to 7 years old, booster seats reduce injury risk by 59% compared to seat belts alone. (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). Additionally, the AAP recommends children ride in boosters until the age of 12 or 57 inches; but only 13% of children 54-56 inches tall ride on one (NHTSA).Safety 1st BoostAPak Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat

Importance of Rear Facing

In March of 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their car seat recommendations advising that children should remain rear facing until the age of two, or until they reach the maximum height and weight requirements allowed by their car seat. According to a study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing. When a child is rear facing their head, neck and spine are better supported and in the event of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child’s entire body.

Installation

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly.  Every car and car seat has different requirements for the safest installation so before you get started it is important to read both the car seat and car manual.

Typically the center rear seat is the safest place for a car seat, and never install a car seat in the front seat.  If your car does not have a latch connector for the middle seat, you can use the middle seat belt to properly secure the base.  When installing, make sure the base of the car seat moves no more than an inch from side to side. An easy way to test this is to hold at the belt path.

New parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend a car seat check before the baby is born.  However, don’t just rely on the experts. You’re likely going to be taking the car seat out and installing it somewhere else at some point, so make sure you’re comfortable with the process too.

Car Seat Expiration

Never use used or old car seats.  Car seats do have an expiration date and it is to understand the risks associated with using an expired or old car seat.  The reason for an expiration date is because plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats less safe to use.  Car seat technology and state and federal car seat regulations change.  A car seat deemed safe more than six years ago may no longer meet federal testing regulations.  Important warning labels may wear out and instruction books may get lost, which can lead to improper use of the car seat.

carseatsIn honor of this special week, Safety 1st is generously giving away one of the seats above to a lucky Eco Baby Mama Drama reader! Keep an eye out for my upcoming review of the Advance 70 Air+! Enter below for your chance to win, good luck!



Comments

  1. I would love to try the Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat. I think the best feature is that you can keep your child harnessed to 80lbs, but even after that you can use it as your booster for the seat belt! Sounds like a great money saver to me.

  2. I like the Elite 80 3-in-1. I love that it converts into a belt-positioning booster car seat for children up to 100 pounds.

  3. I would pick the Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat because is has an extended weight range to keep children safely in harness all the way to 80 pounds.

  4. The Elite 80 because of it’s higher weight limits.

  5. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I like the Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat and the feature is Additionally Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of our Air Protect® cushion system with patented GCell HX™ foam designed with hexagonal shapes for 100% full body production

  6. Stacey Roberson says:

    I like the Complete Air 70 Convertible Car Seat in Sea Breeze the best because of the Air Protect Advanced Side Impact Protection. I like how this car seat reduces the impact through the release of air.

  7. Rebecca Xavier says:

    I like the Advance 70 Air + Convertible Car Seat – Tyson best because of the full body protection.

  8. Sarah Hayes says:

    i love the Summit® Booster Car Seat – Entwine bc it has 3 different reclining settings to put it on to get the best fit

  9. brittany ervin says:

    I would love an Elite 80. Our carseat expires this December. This would be the best choice for us because you don’t have to buy several different seats as your child goes.

  10. I like the Air Protect feature for extra safety in the 3 in 1 car seat: http://safety1st.djgusa.com/en/djgusa/safety1st/convertible-car-seats/elite-3-in-1-80-air-plus—elian-cc074bzx

  11. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I like the Elite 80 3-in-1. I love how it can be used for all stages from infant to childhood with no other car seat needed!

  12. Amanda Maupin says:

    I like that the Protect+ has a 43″ standing height limit for rear facing.

  13. Carrie Phelps says:

    I most like the Summit® Booster Car Seat – Entwine, the feature I most love about this is that it has 5-position shoulder belt guides on each side.

  14. I really like the Complete Air 70 Convertible Car Seat in Sea Breeze and what I like most about it is the high upper weight limit while forward facing in a 5 point harness (70lbs!) Also, I would love to keep my toddler rear facing for as long as possible so it’s perfect that they can stay that way til their 40 lbs as well.

  15. I like the advance 70 air+. It looks like a very safe seat that my baby could use for all of their carseat years

  16. I love the elite 80, it’s the only car seat you would need!

  17. I would like to have the Elite 80.

  18. Ashley Pichon says:

    I like the advance 70 air plus. It looks very comfortable, safe, and stylish

  19. I love the Elite 80 Air + 3-in-1 Car Seat – Elian because it can be used all the way upto 80lbs. Also the rear-facing mode for babies up to 40 pounds! I love that this is an all-time one carseat that one would every need!

  20. I love the Boost a Belt Positioner. I’d feel much less stressed about making sure my son is secure. My son is tiny so this seat will fit him for a long time.

  21. I would love to have the Elite 80 3 in 1, because it can grow with my child.

  22. Tracy Dennison says:

    The Elite 80 because of it’s higher weight limit.

  23. I like the Elite 80 3 in 1 best. I like that it can be rear facing for so long, and also be a safe, reliable front facing seat for older kids.

  24. Complete Air™ 70 Convertible Car Seat – Julianne
    airplane ready

  25. I love the Complete Air 70 Convertible Car Seat – Sea Breeze because of the advanced Air Protect: Side Impact Protection and it is good for 5 lbs all the way to 70 lbs!

  26. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    I like the Complete Air™ 70 Convertible Car Seat – Julianne because it goes from 5-70 pounds. I don’t think you’d ever need another seat!

  27. Sharmila M. says:

    I like the Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat because it converts into a belt-positioning booster car seat for children up to 100 pounds.

  28. I like the Elite 80 and my fave feature of that seat is the Air Protect® advanced cushion system protects your child’s head, where it’s needed most

  29. I really like the Advance 70 Air+. I love the higher weight limits on it so that my baby can be rear-facing longer and in a safety harness for as long as possible!

  30. I like the Elite 80 – I am SO impressed by the weight range and multi-stage use! Truly the only car seat you’ll ever need!

  31. Christine B. says:

    I’d pick the Elite 80 3-in-1 because it’s the most economical.

  32. I like the air 70. I like that the new technology takes the crash imoact away from the childs head

  33. Jessica Parks Wiese says:

    I would choose the Safety 1st Elite 80 3-n-1. I like that it goes from a high weight/height harnessed seat to a booster.

  34. kelley story says:

    i like hte elit e80 3 in 1 because it will be the perfect fit for my daughter who is 56 pounds.

  35. The Elite 80 seems to be the best bang for the buck! I love that it can grow and change with your child! Very important to save money when you’re a parent!

  36. I like the Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat because it has 100% full body protection, can be forward and rear facing and the cup holders are a neat feature! I’m expecting my first baby this fall, thanks for the opportunity.

    Seasidesmitten@aol.com

  37. I like the Advance 70 Air + Convertible Car Seat – Tyson best since it is the one that appears to allow for the longest time rear facing.

  38. Renee Smith says:

    I like the Safety 1st Advance 70 Air+. I like the fact that it offers protection for multi-hits in the event of an accident. It’s pretty neat that they use race car technology when designing it. Sounds really safe!

  39. I like the elite 80 because it can be used all the way up to 100 pounds according to their website.

  40. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I like the Safety 1st Advance 70 Air+. The reason I chose this one was because you can have your baby face to the rear the longest. Big safety bonus.

  41. Rebecca Parsons says:

    Thanks for the tip on the yoplait site my daughter loves yoplait

  42. Cassandra Eastman says:

    I’d love the Elite 80 3 in 1 for my 23 month old, I love that she can still rear face in it since it can rear face up to 40 pounds!

  43. Aubree Faunce says:

    Elite 80 Air + 3-in-1 Car Seat – Elian because it goes all the way to 100 lbs and that makes it much more cost effective and I love that it also have all the safety features you could ask for!!!

  44. Jennifer Meyer says:

    I love the Elite 80 3-in-1 because it will be the only car seat we will ever need from this point on!

  45. Angela Rhodes Ingles says:

    I love the versatility of the Elite 80 – it can be front-facing, rear-facing, and a booster seat. It would be great for bringing our baby home from the hospital right up to when our baby doesn’t need a seat!

  46. Rebecca Orr says:

    I like the new Complete Air 70!

  47. I like the Complete Air™ 70 Convertible Car Seat – Julianne. Love that it can be used forward and rear facing and that you can adjust the harness height so easily!

  48. Jennifer T. says:

    I’d choose the Safety 1st Advance 70 Air+ for its Air Protect Technology with GCell HX to protect from impacts from a car crash.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

  49. I like the Elite 80 3-in-1 best, and I love that it has a rear facing weight limit of 40 pounds! That’s a very important feature for me.

  50. I like the Summit® Booster Car Seat – Rachel the best and I love that it has a 5 point harness.

  51. krystal rivera says:

    I like the Elite 80 3-in-1. I love that it converts into a belt-positioning booster car seat for children up to 100 pounds
    Read more at http://ecobabymamadrama.com/2013/09/car-seat-safety-tips-safety-1st-childpassengersafety.html#Jf8LrvLwtMbh1veM.99

  52. Jenn McClearn says:

    I like the elite 80 3 in 1 the best. I love the fact that the harness supports up to 80 lbs

  53. Julie Ghrist says:

    i like the
    Elite 80 Air + 3-in-1 Car Seat – Elian

  54. Julie Ghrist says:

    I like the
    Elite 80 Air + 3-in-1 Car Seat – Elian
    because it works all the way to booster seat!

  55. Lindsey Doepker says:

    Elite 80 Air + 3-in-1 Car Seat – Elian it the air bag that sold me and the face is that it grow with you kid and you don’t have to buy one for some time big money saver there.

  56. Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat because it works for babies and child up to 80 lbs.

  57. i love the advance 70 air+ because of its weight ranges and all the head support!!

  58. lyndi hedgecock says:

    Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat
    I would love it because of this! From infant to big kid all in one carseat?! How much more wonderful could it get! Elite 80 works in rear-facing mode for babies up to 40 pounds, then converts to forward-facing with harness, but features an extended weight range to keep children safely in harness all the way to 80 pounds. In it’s 3rd mode, the Elite 80 goes beyond the traditional convertible seat to convert into a belt-positioning booster car seat for children up to 100 pounds.

  59. Joye Rast says:

    I like the Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat cause of the higher weight limit and that I can use the same seat for any of my grandchildren.

  60. Lindsey Doepker says:

    I love this brand of car seat I hope I will win. I just love the air bag by the head that is what sold me to this car seat

  61. I like the Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 carseat because of its versatility. I love that it allows an older child to stay in the harness longer and can be rear or front ward facing.

  62. Paol Trenny says:

    I like the Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat because it has 10-position headrest grows with your child

  63. I like the Advance 70 Air + Convertible Car Seat – Tyson. My favorite feature is the 4 position recline so it can fit different cars. My husband has an SUV and I have a sedan so our seats are shaped differently and the recline would ensure the best fit in each car.

  64. katherine says:

    the Air Protect® Technology sounds great, and very safe

  65. Jenny Shea says:

    Q: which Safety 1st car seat you like best and what feature you love about your chosen car seat.
    I chose the Safety 1st BoostAPak Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat –
    I chose this one because I have a very tall 1 year old, who is the size of a 2 year old.
    and since the BoostAPak is designed to help keep kids in boosters longer, as it’s often hard to get an older child to stay in his or her booster seat. This booster seat also doubles as a backpack!
    This means a lot to me as a Mom… since for children 4 to 7 years old, booster seats reduce injury risk by 59% compared to seat belts alone. (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). Additionally, the AAP recommends children ride in boosters until the age of 12 or 57 inches; but only 13% of children 54-56 inches tall ride on one (NHTSA).
    So that pretty much is a deal maker for me. :)
    Thanks so much for this opportunity!!

  66. laurie nykaza says:

    Elite 80 Air + 3-in-1 Car Seat – Elian love the cups holders and it can carry to 80lbs

  67. Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat because of it’s 3 modes from infant to a child up to 100 pounds

  68. I like the Advance 70 Air + Convertible Car Seat in Grey/Violet best!
    My favorite feature is the Air Protect® advanced cushion system that protects your child’s head, very important!
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  69. Vicki Hall says:

    I would choose the New Elite 80 Air 3 in 1 car seat . I love that it works up to 80 lb , the full body side impact protection, the color coded belt paths and installation labels to make it easier to install properly. Thanks for the chance to win.

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