FREE Car seat inspection and installation

October 20, 2011 by
Filed under: Automobile, News 

I just turned my “baby’s” car seat (she’s about to turn two) to forward-facing and reminded me of this article I wrote earlier this spring.  I thought I’d re-post this as a reminder that you’re supposed to check your kids’ car seats regularly.

Did you know the Brown County Health Department offers FREE inspections and installations?  Every time I change car seats or cars or have to move the straps I make an appointment. Why? No matter how many times I’ve installed car seats and wrenched on them (even with the LATCH system), the experts find a way to make them more secure.

Four years ago I also discovered another awesome thing: the county will sell you car seats at COST.   They have several types available.  At the time, I really wanted slim car seats because I was trying to fit three in one row. The Sunshine Kids Radian65 SL Convertible Car Seat, Granite fit the bill but they cost a lot more than our budget allowed.  I also needed two of them to flank an infant car seat.   Then the car seat technician mentioned they sell those particular seats for cost which was more than 40% off the retail price.   That made the decision to buy the sturdier car seats a lot easier and affordable.

Earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated their recommendations for car seat usage.  They now say children should be rear-facing in car seats until age two, or until they exceed the height or weight limit for the car seat.  These recommendations are the minimum, NOT the maximum.   There was a great article on Parenting’s website telling how parents consider turning the car seat around as a milestone:

Parents are interested in milestones, and the minimum of one year and 20 lbs has been interpreted as gold standard instead of the minimum,” says Dr. Hoffman. “Parents are always looking for the next stage of development because in every other scenario, that’s a good thing. With car safety seats, however, that’s often not the case.”

If you live outside Brown County you can find your local car seat inspection station by clicking here.

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