FREE LATCH Webinar hosted by BRITAX
I am a proponent of car seat safety. My daughter knows that even as a tall 8 year old who legally does not need a booster seat in Michigan, that she has to sit in one until she can pass the 5-Step Test*. While I am relieved to be at the booster only stage, I know first-hand that car seats can be daunting for parents.
I have seen statistics that up to 75% of children may be in the wrong car seat or in an incorrectly installed car seat and experienced the difficulty of car seat installation myself. Before my daughter was born, our first attempt to install the infant seat was laughable. The seat was installed using the wrong LATCH anchors and was extremely loose. Fortunately, I had read online about having a seat installation inspected. At the time there were not many places in Ann Arbor that did inspections on a regular basis, so we had ours examined at C.S.Mott Children’s Hospital. They took the time to train you how to install the seat yourself. When it came time to move my daughter from the infant seat/base to a convertible car seat, we again had our installations inspected. I am happy to report that we were quick learners and had her seat correctly installed. They weren’t even able to get it any tighter than our installation. There are many more options for car seat inspections in the Ann Arbor area now. I believe the Little Seedling will verify installation for free on seats that you purchase from them and for a nominal fee for seats purchased elsewhere.
Disclaimer: For sharing information about the Webinar, I have been entered to win a BRITAX carseat or booster. All opinions are 100% my own.
If you are interested in the use of LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) and the new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, BIRTAX will be hosting a webinar with Sarah Tilton, their Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Advocate. The Webinar is on Thursday, February 6 from 1-2p.
to register for the LATCH Webinar.
In the meantime, check out this blog post
that Sara Chilton wrote on Blue Suit Mom.
*Five Step Test:
- With the child sitting all the way back in the seat
- Knees bend at the seat
- Lap band crosses the hips not the belly
- Top Belt crosses chest and shoulder, not the neck
- Child can remain seated properly throughout the ride
There is no magic height at which this happens and it will be vehicle dependent and possibly even seat dependent in that vehicle. When we were looking at various cars at the NAIAS, I noticed large differences in how close my daughter was to hitting these requirements.