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Archive for October, 2011
‘Safety Mom’ sounds off on alarming new ratings
Best Booster Seats for Kids – Fox News
Female Presenter: “An alarming new study out this morning for you at home if you’re a parent. Half of all child booster seats pose some kind of a risk to your child. That report coming from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. So which ones are the safest for your children?”
Male Presenter: “It will surprise you I promise you. Alison Rhodes is the safety mom and author of ‘Honey, I Lost the Baby in the Produce Aisle’. She joins us now. And let me just tell you this Alison, when I looked at these and you told me I had exactly flip-flopped the ones which are the safest. I think a lot of parents need to pay more attention to what they’re putting their kids in.”
Alison Rhodes: “You’re going to be surprised, because what it really is, is the belt positioning. All of these look great but the reality is the lower lap belt has to be by their hips. If it rides up and there’s an accident, that’s where all their organs are. That’s where something’s going to happen to their stomach, their kidneys. So it’s the fit of the belt that makes the difference. Now we’re talking booster 40lbs and above.”
Male Presenter: “But what about the shoulder? I thought that was the important thing in terms of if that hits you on the neck or if that hits you on the chest.”
Alison Rhodes: “The shoulder is also important; it needs to come right here, not up here, not down there. But the reality is right down here, it’s got to be right on their hips. So let’s look at what the insurance institute did, it ranked them not by not recommended, better and best and you will be surprised. But you know what, there’s a lot of practicality too. If you have 2 or 3 kids in the car, you need 3 seats that go across.”
Male Presenter: “It’s hard to get 3 in”
Alison Rhodes: “It’s hard! So at the end here we have not the greatest. And the reason we don’t have the greatest is because it doesn’t allow the lap to fit properly.”
Male Presenter: “If you could go over here to show us exactly where the problem comes in?”
Alison Rhodes: “I will, see right here well we’ve got 2 lap parts right there where the shoulder is. But also this will allow the lap part to rise up, it doesn’t make it snug. That’s the problem. It also is reclining and the legs don’t fit properly, it’s too wide for their legs to sit over properly, that’s why that’s not the best.”
Male Presenter: “Looks can be very deceiving, because that one looks the safest.”
Alison Rhodes: “Exactly!”
Female Presenter: “You would think if the belt rises to the stomach area, it’s going to be more secure versus down here. That’s where the organs are right?”
Alison Rhodes: “Not good, exactly. Dangerous, dangerous. This one is a better bet, and one of the reasons is it has this sure-latch system. So easy to install, you know it’s a problem sometimes”
Male Presenter: “If you can, let me show you what this means. These are the latches that go in between the seats on pretty much all new cars these days.”
Alison Rhodes: “So this is a better bet, because it can thread through, it’s deeper here so it’s going to allow it to sit properly. But it is heavy, it’s big when you’re trying to get it in. And then we had the best bets. Now there’s a bunch of best bets…”
Male Presenter: “Real quick, this one is Evenflo…”
Alison Rhodes: “Yeah, The Symphony”
Male Presenter: “The first one is from whom?”
Alison Rhodes: “Safety 1st”
Male Presenter: “And that was the worst”
Alison Rhodes: “That was not recommended. This is Evenflo Symphony; better. OK are you ready?”
Female Presenter: “Which one’s the best?”
Male Presenter: “This is stunning to me.”
Alison Rhodes: “Are you ready?”
Female Presenter: “That’s the best.”
Alison Rhodes: “One of the best, BubbleBum. Can you believe this?
Male Presenter: “No, I don’t!”
Alison Rhodes: “This is the most easy, realistic and cheap. Well here’s why.
Male Presenter: “What makes it the best?
Female Presenter: “It’s small, easy to transport and inexpensive.”
Alison Rhodes: “Yeah, this one’s small and easy to transport. You blow it up, you blow it up, you can take it with you and look, this is why, because with the seatbelt you thread it through, so you know you’re going to get it to fit snuggly.”
Male Presenter: “But I have something similar to this from Graco I believe or maybe it was from Evenflo and the seat belt cuts right across here, across the neck region.”
Alison Rhodes: “OK, here’s why you have this. This goes on the shoulder belt, you can tighten it so it gets it to fit properly.”
Male Presenter: “OK”
Alison Rhodes: “Now a lot of mums at home are going to say but if they’re sleeping they’re going to fall over. It depends what you want, but for an older kid they don’t want a big one they want a small one.”
Female Presenter: “They just want to sit higher.”
Alison Rhodes: “Yep!”
Male Presenter: “These are all from 40lbs and more information on your website?”
Alison Rhodes: “www.SafetyMom.com”
Male Presenter: “Safety Mom.com is also on Twitter, so check her out there. Alison Rhodes always a pleasure.”
Please see recent review from ‘Belly Beyond’ In New Zealand; many thanks Mr and Mrs Belly!!!
Product Test – Waiheke Trip with the BubbleBum
A trip to Waiheke used to mean we carried at least one large car seat with us on the passenger ferry – the right thing to do to keep our kids safe of course, but what a HASSLE!!!
So it was no struggle for me to instantly see the benefits of the Bubble Bum Booster Seat. It packs down to absolutely tiny so it fitted into my backpack and once at Matiaia it simply took a few puffs of air to blow it up and away we went!
Miss 6 felt ever so special being in a ‘big seat’ and I was relaxed in the knowledge that she was in a safety approved seat, with the seat belt straps exactly where they should be in the case of a crash.
It’s also handy to have in Mr Belly Beyond’s car for the time he picks her up from school.
Requirements for use:What age should my child be to use a BubbleBum?
A child should meet ALL of the following requirements in order to use ANY booster seat:
- Age between 4 to 11
- Weigh between 15-36 kgs
- Height up to 148cm or when child’s ears are above the back of the vehicle seat.
It is recommended that you keep your child in the lowest Group car seat until the maximum weight allowance for that restraint before moving up to the next Group.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries, and property damage — from crashes on the nation’s highways.
The Highway Loss Data Institute shares and supports this mission through scientific studies of insurance data representing the human and economic losses resulting from the ownership and operation of different types of vehicles and by publishing insurance loss results by vehicle make and model.