Saturday, November 19th marks our 2nd Menlo Park pop-up fitting station! We are excited to add this new location to our monthly rotation of pop-ups. As usual, each appointment is 30 minutes and can accommodate up to 2 car seats. At your appointment you'll learn how to properly install your child's car seat, harnessing techniques, next steps as your baby/child grows, and more. Come and see us at our newest location to make sure your little one's car seat is installed correctly!
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3723 Haven Avenue
Menlo Park, CA
beep beep car seat is bringing our pop-up to Sonoma! We're so excited to have our 1st North Bay location that we're offering a discount for ALL our locations! Promo code: SONOMA10, expires 8/31/16. So, grab a delicious pastry at Basque Boulangerie or a yummy lunch at El Molino Central and come see us!
Come and see us at this wonderful indoor playground in San Jose! We'll be bringing our pop-up to the Duckies several times this spring and summer. Check our website for details and to make your appointment!
56,000 Transitions 3-in-1 Combination Booster car seats are being recalled due to a harness problem.. Children may be able to loosen their harness which can pose a problem if involved in a crash. .Evenflo is sending out new parts for the seats. Please contact Evenflo directly for more information.
photo credit: Evenflo
When you've got a bun in the oven, there's a proper way to buckle your seat belt. See the infographic below for all the deets.
RECALL ALERT: 71,454 Britax B-Safe35 car seats recalled due to the handles potentially cracking, leading to an increased risk of injury if child is being carried in the seat when handle fractures. NHTSA report below. See link for more information and contact info for Britax. https://us.britax.com/service-support/recall-sites/bsafe-35-recall/
SUMMARY:Britax Child Safety, Inc. (Britax) is recalling certain B-Safe 35 child seats, models E9LU65M, E9LU65P, E9LU63F, E9LU66R, E9LS63F and EXLU65M, B-Safe 35 Elite child seats, models E9LS55T, E9LS56P, E9LS55U, E9LS66C and E9LS65U, and B-Safe 35 Travel Systems, models S914900, S915400, S915200, S921900 and S01635200, manufactured October 1, 2014, to July 1, 2015. The affected child restraints have handles that may develop cracks in, under, and around, the carry handle grip. The cracks may lead to the handle fracturing and the seat falling while being carried.
CONSEQUENCE:If the seat falls, there is an increased risk of injury to the infant in the child restraint.
REMEDY:Britax will notify all registered owners, and will ship them a remedy kit that includes a carry handle reinforcing bracket, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 22, 2016. Owners may contact Britax customer service at 1-800-683-2045 or Britax.Recall@Britax.com.
NOTES:Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
A few weeks ago, winter officially began. And in California, it brought with it a slew of rain and cold, cozy weather. (So much rain, that my boys have pretty much not taken off their rain boots over the last 2 weeks!) All that cold and rain means puffy winter jackets. While these jackets are great for keeping our little one’s warm, they are not great for car rides. This is because in a car crash, the jacket can compress, leaving your little one loosely harnessed, and causing your child to slide and move during the collision, all of which can lead to an injury.
So how do you combat the cold weather while riding safely in a car seat? The best advice is to have your little one wear their jacket to the car, once in the car take the jacket off, and, once harnessed, have the child put their jacket on backwards so the front of their body and arms are covered and warm. Since the jacket is over the harness, it does not add extra bulk between your child and the buckles/webbing.
On a side note, if you’re looking for a use for those baby blankets your child has outgrown, they make wonderful lap-sized blankets to cover kids’ legs in the car. My boys still use theirs on occasion. Here’s to enjoying the winter weather and riding safely and securely (and warmly) each and every time.
With the school year well underway, field trips are in full swing. For field trip transportation, some schools utilize school buses, while others rely on parent volunteers. For a little expert advice on the safest ways to transport your littles, we reached out to none other than school transportation expert, Patrisha Tice. Patrisha is the former CHP School Bus coordinator and current Supervisor of Transportation for Gilroy Unified School and knows all things school transportation.
Q. What tips can you give for when my child goes on a school field trip?
A. Many field trips take place on buses, so let’s understand our school buses first. School buses are 8 times safer that regular vehicles. This is due to something called compartmentalization and is the same idea behind egg cartons and how the eggs inside the carton are (for the most part) safe from breaking. School buses made after 2005 have lap/ shoulder belts. Best practice for a child under 8 years of age or 4'9" is to use a child restraint/ booster even in a school bus (if equipped with lap/shoulder belts). School buses made before 2005 are not mandated to have seat belts and are grandfathered in & utilize compartmentalization rather than seat belts.
Q. Sometimes parents volunteers drive on school field trips. What are your thoughts?
A. If school buses are an option, use them! This is for several reasons. As we learned earlier, school buses are 8 times safer than a vehicle and school bus drivers are trained to transport many children. Beyond those compelling reasons, trying to properly transport other children is challenging and the driver is responsible for all of their passengers. This means everyone onboard needs to be correctly retrained either with a child restraint/booster seat or correct use of a seat belt.
Q. What if my daycare transports my child?
A. The same transportation rules that apply to schools, apply to daycares. A driver cannot transport more than 10 passengers unless they have obtained a Class B license. Then the driver can transport more than 10 children in a CHP inspected vehicle. As with our personal vehicles, a child must be in a child restraint/ booster until age 8 or 4’9” inches in height. If the daycare has child restraints, do ask if the child restraint is expired, has been involved in a crash, and for the daycare provider to make sure the children they transport correctly fit in the child restraint. Encourage the daycare to have their child restraints inspected by making an appointment with a certified child passenger safety technician.
Thank you to Patrisha for her expert advice. As parents of school-age children, her advice hit home for our families. Our children have been in schools where parents drive on field trips and schools where school buses are always used. Statistically, 75% of all child restraints are installed incorrectly. Therefore, being a parent or daycare provider does not guarantee your little one’s child restraint will be safely installed. If you can advocate for a school bus, we encourage you to do so. And advocate for daycare providers to get their seats checked. (I have pulled my boys from a home daycare that used expired child restraints and did not properly adjust the child restraint each time a different child used the car seat.) To find a list of car seat inspection station’s visit: http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm or make an appointment with beep! beep! car seat: http://www.beepbeepcarseat.com/car-seat-services.html
With all the talk of rear-facing vs. forward-facing in the media, nothing beats a visual demonstration. Try Googling "rear-facing car seat crash test videos" and you'll see lots of (often scary) results. Many give a compelling reason why rear-facing your child's car seat is vitally important. And although some of them hit home on a very emotional level, this is my favorite crash test video to show parents. It's short, sweet, and to the point (it's only 7 seconds long!). It is also one of the videos shown in child passenger safety technician trainings. In the video you can see on the left side how much the forward-facing child & their car seat moves in the crash. And, although the car seat of the rear-facing child on the right does move, the child barely moves in the crash. That is the key reason for rear-facing; the child's car seat takes the brunt of the crash force, rather than the child. If you needed just one more reason to be convinced of the importance of rear-facing your child's car seat, we think you'll find it below: