Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Child Passenger Safety Week + GIVEAWAY FROM SAFETY 1st!! (Ends 9/20/2014)

Its that time of year again, Child Passenger Safety Week!! September 14-20 marks this week of importance and awareness sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with the goal to make sure all parents and caregivers are properly securing children (ages 0-12) in the best car restraint (rear-facing, forward-facing, booster, seat belt )for age and size. Child passenger safety is extremely important and its very easy to make sure your little passengers are s safe as they can possibly be.

How did your carseat get installed in your vehicle? Did you do it? I took mine to my local fire department. It was so simple. I called and made an appointment to come in and they installed my carseat in and showed me how to do everything before my baby was even born. They were extremely helpful with tips on moving the carseat to a different car and how to ensure it was still safe and tightly secured with the latch system, etc. They give so much information and its all so useful. You can CLICK HERE check in an area near you to see where they will do this also, most of the time it is FREE.

It is also extremely important to make sure you pay attention to how other people are using your carseat when they have your child. A vehicle accident is something no one wants to experience, but shall the unfortunate event happen with a child in the car, a carseat correctly installed and used can SAVE A LIFE.

Here are some safety tips straight from Safety 1st!

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. 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.


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.

Car Seat Expiration

Car seats do have an expiration date, it is recommended that car seats be replaced every 5-8 years, or immediately after a crash. The reason for an expiration date is because plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats not as effective in the event of a crash. Additionally car seat technology and state and federal car seat regulations change over time. Important warning labels may wear out and instruction books may get lost, which can lead to improper use of the car seat.

Safeguard the Car

Childproof the inside of the car and eliminate projectiles. Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile – even a child’s toy, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.

In honor of Child Passenger Safety Week, our friends over at Safety 1st are letting us GIVEAWAY a Advanced SE 65 Air +Convertible Car Seat from Safety 1st!

For children 5-65 pounds. In addition to Air Protect +, the Advance 65 Air + uses a steel-reinforced metal frame for extra stability and includes a 4-position recline for an optimal fit to your vehicle. We've also included color coded belt paths and installation labels to help you install it quickly and correctly.

Enter to win BELOW....Must be 18+ and located in USA.


  1. I would keep the car seat for my son.

  2. i would keep the seat for my daughter!

  3. i learned why seats have expiration dates on them, i would keep the seat for my kids

  4. I would keep the car see for my daughter. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I would keep the seat for my son.
    rafflecopter name: alaine