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6 January 2011 5 Comments

I recently called Maxi-Cosi to get their advice for getting Win into the car seat.  Just seemed too tight.  While Win has grown a lot in the past 8 weeks, now about 13 lbs, the seat is rated to like 20 lbs.  I figured there must be a way to expand the harness beyond what I could see.  They gave some advice but ultimately told me that Win could have nothing but a onesie  on as the model was relatively tight and the fit for all seats are already meant to be snug.

During the call I was surprised when the Quinny rep asked if I would like a new base for the seat.  I inquired if there was a safety recall that I should be aware of and was told definitively no- but they had made an easier base and would send it for free.  Of course I said yes, send one.  A week later I received a safety recall repair kit from Quinny (they own Maxi-Cosi) instructing how to replace springs in the base.

Unfortunately, one of the screws was stripped.  So I called them back and they are sending us a new base with the correct springs installed.

I am not sure exactly what was wrong with the base to begin with,  but we have driven both Theory and Win in that seat quite a bit.  We all worry about the safety of our kids.  Tara and I try to buy toys from Germany where the safety requirements are much stricter than the US.  We avoid plastic toys with phalates, etc. But these things pale when compared to the risks of driving.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for infants and toddlers so it is the one area that deserves particular diligence.  There is good reason to be obsessed with car seats….   Really, kids should be rear-facing for as long as possible.  According to carcrash.com, “frontal and frontal offset crashes combine for about 72% of severe crashes.   Side impacts are about 24%.   Rear and rear offset crashes only account for about 4%” In countries like Sweden, virtually all infants and toddlers travel in rear-facing seats.  Not because it is the law; because parents know it is safer.  A lot safer.

The US policies are based on the idea that you are an idiot.  Like the immunization policy, policy-makers take a paternalistic approach to generate the greatest good assuming you cannot make informed choices.  So the front seat is sold as a death trap.  Truth is, if the passenger air bag is deactivated,  the front seat is actually safer for a child, assuming they are in a rear facing seat.  The front seat has the greatest passenger protection zone.  It also allows parents to safely monitor their child without trying to look in the back seat.

I wish some rebel would keep his kid in the front seat and then contest the law in court.  It is nuts that you have to actively endanger your child to comply with the law.

5 Comments »

  • Tara said:

    Just got this in my email and wanted to pass it on:

    Docs make it official: keep kids rear-facing to age 2

    The American Academy of Pediatrics is making it official: you should keep your child rear-facing until age 2.

    As you may remember from 2009, the AAP issued a report advising the 2 year old rule:

    Recent data shows why toddlers between ages 12 and 23 months who ride rear-facing in a car safety seat are more than five times safer than those riding forward-facing in a seat.

    Previously, the AAP only said babies should be rear-facing to age 1.

    By issuing a formal “policy statement,” the pediatrician group makes this recommendation official. The AAP notes that car crashes are still a major cause of injury to small children.

    What about concerns for kids being uncomfortable riding rear-facing? Would their feet or legs be injured in a crash? The AAP says this is a common concern, but not supported by any evidence.The benefits of riding rear-facing outweigh concerns about leg injuries.

    The good news: more car seats today have rear-facing limits that go to 40 lbs and beyond. That will make it easier to follow this advice; older seats had such low limits it was hard to keep a child rear-facing behind a year

  • lilkunta said:

    Quoting carseat.se IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. Hakan says that Sweden in 30yrs ahead of US in safety policy.
    Hakan says front seat is safer.
    You are believing him
    Go ahead and put your kids in front seat, get ticketed, and go to court.
    You will loose.

    I dont know you but I dont want your kids hurt or killed.
    Put them i rear facing seats IN THE BACK SEAT!

  • admin (author) said:

    The American Academy of Pediatrics just released new car seat recommendations including having children rear-facing until the age of 2 – a terrific idea.

    I think you may have misunderstood the reasoning of my argument. First and foremost I would argue for rear-facing seats, simply due to the fact that rear and rear offset crashes only account for about 4%

    Due to the crumple zone, yes some data does point to rear seat being safer then the front seat (Transportation Research Institute). At least among passengers not in child seats.

    I am not really ADVOCATING the front seat unless the reduction of distractions were to net our with fewer deaths of children due to fewer accidents by distracted parents. If this was the case, then it would be safter to drive with your child in the fron even though from an engineering point of view it was less safe. Unfortunately, much of the data only measures survivability of actual crashes, not the increased chance of having an accident due to the seating arrangement. I will look to see if there is data to compare the injuries to front and back seat rear-facing children.

  • carseatkate said:

    I would be very interested to receive any references you are able to dig up on the relative risks/injury profiles of front and rear seated children. I’m currently reviewing some recommendations that we make in this area and would be glad to know of anything that you have found out. Thanks, Kate CPSTI

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