Monday, March 02, 2009

Infant Car Seat Freak-Out

I was going to write here about the freaky-deaky report in Sunday's Trib about some infant seat crash tests that Graco, Evenflo, et al really don't want you to see. Instead I wrote about it where they pay me.
Sorry, folks. It's all about the benjamins. But I could totally use some readers and commenters over on the UpTake travel industry blog.
(But about that article? So many infant seats separated from their bases during crashes that it's making me rethink whether a snap-in infant seat is really necessary. It's really easier to pop an infant into a sling after you park anyway, and we've all been warned about letting them sleep for prolonged periods in the infant seat. Then again, the one we own, the Graco SnugRide, is the only one that DIDN'T separate from the base in any of the tests. And, also? Not too sure we can fit two big Britax car seats along with Nutmeg's booster in the back of the Subaru.)


Kerri said...

Scary report about the false sense of security so many infant car seats elicit. In keeping with car seat safety, I recently learned that car seat expire 6 years after the date of manufacture and 5 years after the date of install (whichever comes first). We are due with our third child this summer and the infant car seat we used with our first will expire before the new baby is a year old. Something to consider.

Kori said...

I know I've mentioned this before, but I'm not sure if I've talked to you about it---a good friend of mine used to be one of the lead attorneys working on auto safety with the leading consumer advocacy organization in the country. Her news for me: infant car seats that aren't made by car manufacturers with their know-how about their specific cars are not very safe. The problem? Car makers do not want to make car seats, and then become liable. That's why we parents end up relying on the same people who make jumpy seats and pacifier sets to keep our kids protected in a moving vehicle. Tricky stuff.

I'll check out your article tomorrow morning, chica, and try to post something clever by way of comment. :)