Monday, June 09, 2008
Child seat--back and center
…Yipes! HA did it wrong the whole time.
…According to a study in Pediatrics, parents often place the seat on either side of the backseat, since it’s easier to heave the tot into place.
…Not good, say researchers at the Univ of Pennsylvania.
…GM and For provide anchoring systems in the center rear, they say. If this doesn’t work on a Graco or Evenflo seat, sometimes seatbelts can be used to hold the seat in the center.
…Some seats fit in the center and some don’t.
…Just having the child in a seat can cut fatalities by 71% for infants and and 54% for toddlers.
…The lowest risk is in the seat in the center.
…And the little ones, under a year, should face backwards.
…Even as they grow, keep them in a safety seat of some sort until they are 4’9” or the seatbelt fits properly. And for all kids under 13—backseat only!
…HA knew that backwards thing, but sure blew the center idea.