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Child Passenger Safety Week: GIVEAWAY!

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Today marks the start of “Child Passenger Safety Week” and to help get the word out, Safety 1st is sponsoring a fabulous car seat giveaway! Keep reading to find out how to win!

Did you know that automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for kids ages 1 through 12 years old? That’s why it is SO important to properly secure your child in his car seat.

Here are some Car Seat Safety Tips from Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert:

1. 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, or until they reach the maximum height and weight requirements allowed by their car seat. 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 the head, neck and spine are better supported and in the event of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child’s entire body.

2. Installation

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly.  Every car and car seat has different requirements for the safest installation so before you get started it is important to read both the car seat and car manual. 

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.

New parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend a car seat check before the baby is born.  However, don’t just rely on the experts. You’re likely going to be taking the car seat out and installing it somewhere else at some point, so make sure you’re comfortable with the process, too.  

3. Car Seat Expiration

Never use used or old car seats.  Car seats do have an expiration date and it is crucial to understand the risks associated with using an expired or old car seat.  The reason for an expiration date is because plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats less safe to use.  Car seat technology and state and federal car seat regulations change.  A car seat deemed safe more than six years ago may no longer meet federal testing regulations.  Important warning labels may wear out and instruction books may get lost, which can lead to improper use of the car seat.

In honor of Child Passenger Safety Week, car seat manufacturer Safety 1st is giving away one of its three newest car seats to a Naughty Mommy reader!

One lucky winner will receive a choice of one of the following Safety 1st car seats:

CC074BZX_Elian_BtyL_MM_042313_co_MM_co(1)Safety 1st Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat

The Elite 80 works in rear-facing mode for babies up to 40 pounds, then converts to forward-facing with harness, but features an extended weight range to keep children safely in harness all the way to 80 pounds.  In its 3rd mode, the Elite 80 goes beyond the traditional convertible seat to convert into a belt-positioning booster car seat for children up to 100 pounds.  Additionally Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of our Air Protect® cushion system with patented GCell HX™ foam designed with hexagonal shapes for 100% full body production.


CC048BXU_Smpl_Bty_MM_020413Safety 1st Advance 70 Air+

This convertible car seat was inspired by race car drivers. Air Protect+ combines Safety 1st Air Protect® Technology with GCell HX™ – hexagonal rebounding foam used in the body of the car seat to protect the child from the multiple hits that occur in crashes. Coupled with this is the placement of Air Protect® Technology which takes crash forces away from a child’s head.  This technology was developed in partnership with racecar engineers at Bald Spot Sports and INDY Car Driver Scott Dixon to better understand the energy dynamics a high performance driver faces in the event of a crash. 

Safety 1st BoostAPak•  Safety 1st BoostAPak Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat

The BoostAPak is designed to help keep kids in boosters longer, as it’s often hard to get an older child to stay in his or her booster seat. This booster seat also doubles as a backpack!  For children 4 to 7 years old, booster seats reduce injury risk by 59% compared to seat belts alone. (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia).  Additionally, the AAP recommends children ride in boosters until the age of 12 or 57 inches; but only 13% of children 54-56 inches tall ride on one (NHTSA).

Enter to win by using the Rafflecopter widget below. US residents only, 18 years and older. Contest ends Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:00 P.M. EST. Good luck!
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  • Jenia Blea
    September 15, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    There is one the 21st at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

  • Jeanine @MommyEntourage
    September 15, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    The closest I found that is available asap:
    Audi of Willow Grove
    1520 Easton Road
    Willow Grove, PA 19090
    And is available by appointment. Sweet!

    I would love to win this- my son is outgrowing his and needs a new seat!

  • Noelle (@singerinkitchen)
    September 16, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    The next one is at Francis Automotive Services,
    1317 West Chester Pike
    West Chester, PA 19382
    Hours: By appointment only
    Phone: 610-692-0913
    Contact: John L Francis III

  • Justin (@justints21)
    September 16, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    CHECK UP EVENT – SAFE KIDS GREATER HOUSTON – 9/21/2013 – 12:00AM-12:00AM
    Saturday, September 21, 2013 – 12:00pm
    Houston Community College
    5601 West Loop South
    Houston Texas 77081
    United States

  • Sarah @ Finnegan and the Hughes
    September 17, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    OH OH OH OH I want to win it!!!!!

  • ashley
    September 17, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Good luck to everyone! Hope i win!!

  • Laura Jacobson
    September 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    I found a car seat safety check at St Francis Regional Med Center in Shakopee that is ongoing by appointment only.

    September 18, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    The 3rd of October in Falmouth, Maine is the next one.

    September 19, 2013 at 1:43 AM


  • sara swanson
    September 21, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Bozeman MT
    Your welcome to stop by any station although scheduling a time by calling 406-582-2350 during normal business hours (Mon.-Fri. 8-5) Helps us ensure someone is available. We also offer a car seat clinic on the second Thursday of each month at Bozeman Fire station 1 from 10am to 2pm. To register for this event please call 406-582-2350, your childs safety is important to our firefighters so please stop by for assistance.

  • Jenn McClearn
    September 21, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    There were no events for NH according to the NHTSA but I did find the closest checkpoin for me which is rochester NH, 15 minutes from home

  • meredith
    September 21, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    There is a Traffic Safety’s car seat event this weekend near me!

  • Cindy
    September 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    There is an auto body shop in mount laurel called Lakeside Collision who checks for free anytime…just call ahead.

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