The future of Car Seat design may depend on new bone data 2018

Volvo's new concept puts child car seat

Car seat design has come a long way since the flimsy metal contraptions of the 1930s. Here are some of the improvements thanks to advancements in research:

  • Car seat crash tests
  • Longer rear-facing time
  • Convertible seats
  • Tethers (LATCH systems)
  • Better labeling for weight/height limits
University of Sheffield Future Project

The first federal safety standards finally came in place in 1971. Since then, numerous crash tests and other research has fostered a huge market of safer car seats designed for newborns to middle-schoolers.

New studies at the University of Sheffield (in South Yorkshire, England) may contribute even more data to help manufacturers design safer car seats. Advanced 3-D imagery is helping researchers discover the relationship between children’s bone strength for different age groups.

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How to find the Best Car Seat for Airplane travel (Federal Aviation Administration approved)

FAA approved car seats for airplanes

With travel season fast approaching, you may be ready to book those plane tickets to somewhere warm and exciting. But you may be hesitant if you’ve never flown with a baby or toddler who still needs a harnessed car seat.

You’ve already got half a dozen suitcases, a diaper bag, a purse and maybe even a laptop or two. Carrying around a car seat is an extra burden. Plus, it may not fit in the airplane seat, and you may have never installed one on an airplane.

Parents have a lot of questions about this. Here are some answers.

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This two-minute Car Seat Tip can save your child’s life

Child safely secured in child seat

Beyond the Car Seat

When parents think of how to protect their children in an accident, they usually focus on child restraints and seat belts. You may already have found the safest baby car seat, and you may be a pro with securing her in it. That’s great!

But what happens if you or your child’s caregiver is unconscious and unable to communicate when first responders arrive on the scene? Unless your child is both conscious and able to verbally give emergency information, first responders could be missing vital knowledge that can help them save your child’s life.

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Winter and Car Seats: Tips to Keep Your Baby Safe and Warm

Winter Driving

In the United States, car crashes are one of the leading causes of child fatalities. Many of these could have been prevented with proper use of a child restraint. Though most are simply not installed or buckled correctly, one contributing (and surprising) factor could be the clothes your child wears in winter.

If you live in a cold climate or experience very cold winters, of course you’ll want to keep your baby warm. Most parents don’t think twice about buckling the car seat straps over their kids’ thick winter coats and snowsuits. The straps may feel nice and snug against your child’s coat, but in reality, they may not be tight enough or be in the proper positions on your child’s body.

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Winter Driving Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road

Winter Driving

Driving in any season is risky, but driving in winter weather can be downright treacherous, especially if you have a job that requires traveling in all road conditions. Before you get behind the wheel, take time to prepare. Follow these life-saving tips to keep your winter commutes as safe as possible.

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The Breath Right System: Time to save Infants

Essay (author: Bennett Heyn)

Baby sleep in car

Every day, infants are dying from suffocation due to car seat safety. According to Express News, “Parents were warned not to leave babies strapped in their car seats for long periods after it was revealed that 31 have died.” When improperly supervised, children die from suffocation in car seats. This issue is labeled as positional asphyxia and happens when a person cannot get enough air to breathe because of the way they are sitting. Infants and children under 2 years old are at risk for death when they sleep in the car. The babies are not safe because they are either not fully buckled or their head leans forward too much which blocks the breathing pathway.

As a child grows, the car seat they should use changes. My focus is on the infant car seat for kids ages 0-3. Car seats are very important for infants to use because according to the CDC’s data, “Use of infant seats decreases the rate of fatal injuries by 71%.” Parents need to find the safest car seats to use so that they can prevent injuries. Usually, infants should be rear facing but the only problem is that it is harder for the parents to monitor the infant. Infants need to be supervised and should not be left to take a nap in their car seat. Unfortunately, not all parents know the danger of leaving babies in car seats for extended periods of time.

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