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If you are a parent you have probably heard about the new 65 lb. latch rule that was announced yesterday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Still many of us have questions about what this means in regards to the installation of our own child’s seat which is why I am glad to be able to share some insight from Dorel Juvenile Group’s Consumer Safety Expert Julie Vallese.
Keep reading for what the new 65 Pound LATCH rule means and how you can score you very own Safety 1st Elite 80 Air and 3-in-1 Car Seat ( Valued at over $200).
According to Julie Vallese, Consumer Safety Expert, Dorel Juvenile Group, statistics for proper car seat installation haven’t changed in more than a decade. Despite changes in federal regulations, the availability of car seat installation checks and ongoing education campaigns, three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly. While some may need minor adjustments for proper installation, others sometimes need to start from ground one. It only seems like an advanced degree may be needed in “installationology” but by starting off with the basics you’re one step closer to success. Here are some easy tips to think about:
The three most important things when choosing a car seat are:
· One that fits your child
· One that fits your car
· One that you will use correctly every time
You can accomplish this by:
· Have the car you will be using the seat in with you and try it out at the store.
· If possible have your child with you at the time of purchase
· Follow information in both the car seat manual and vehicle manual for installation
· Attend a car seat check for assistance in proper installation and use from a certified car seat technician
New rules for car seats using LATCH require understanding of your car seat’s weight and child’s weight:
· Car seats manufactured after February 27, 2014 are required to carry a new label with guidance on maximum weight limits for LATCH
· The combined weight should not exceed 65lbs
· Look in the manual and label on the car seat to identify the weight of the seat
· Look for a weight on the maximum weight for the child
· Know your child’s weight
· If the combined weight of the seat and your child exceeds 65lbs-install the car seat using the vehicle’s belt
It is important to know that installations with the belt or installations with LATCH are equally acceptable. However, car seats should not be installed using both methods at the same time. No matter what method is chosen be sure to finish off the installation by using the top tether.
And now that you have the skinny on the new 65 lb. latch rule– we are celebrating with a Safety 1st Elite 80 Air and 3-in-1 Car Seat (Valued at over $200). Safety 1st introduces Air Protect + technology: with this carseat-Positively the safest choice in full body protection.
The Elite 80 Air + 3-in-1 Car Seat features our new Air Protect + to keep children from 5-80 pounds safer during the ride. Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of our Air Protect ® cushion system with patented GCell HXâ„¢ foam designed with hexagonal shapes for superior protection around the torso. TOGETHER they provide full body side impact protection.
More than just a convertible car seat, the Elite 80 works in rear-facing mode for babies up to 40 pounds, then – like traditional convertible car seats – 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. In short, this three-in-one car seat will carry your little one safely from infant to 100 pounds.
The Elite 80 includes a steel-reinforced metal frame for extra stability and includes a 4-position recline for an optimal fit to your car. We’ve also included color-coded belt paths and installation labels to help you install it quickly and correctly, which means less time getting it into your car and more time to enjoy the ride.
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