The Car Seat Lady responds to Consumer Reports’ April 2014 Infant Car Seat Ratings

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>American Academy of Pediatrics Says Rear-facing Until Age 2 in New Policy Statement Published 3/21/11

> Alisa Baer, MD – Pediatrician & The Car Seat Lady – explains the 5 key points in the new recommendations so you have the information you need to keep your child as safe as possible.   For more information, go to to the AAP’s 2011 Car Seat Guide for Families

>LATCH 101: The Basics You Need to Know

> LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren. It’s also known as ISOFIX in Europe and LUAS (Lower Universal Anchorage System) in Canada. LATCH is a way to secure a child safety seat to the vehicle using straps from the child safety seat that connect to special metal anchors in the vehicle. VEHICLE LATCH ANCHORS LOWER ANCHORS: Lower … Continue reading

>Monday’s Mistake – Humps & Hinges – or "What was the auto maker thinking???"

>This is not the typical mistake Monday – as there aren’t even any car seats in most of the pictures!  The sad part is that these “mistakes” appear in real vehicles – and they make installation of car seats/boosters quite a challenge.  Unfortunately, there were many more vehicles with humps & hinges I could have … Continue reading

>Tuesday’s Tech Tip: Why do some vehicle manuals warn that nothing should press against the back of the front passenger seat or be placed under that seat?

> Here’s the Short AnswerThe warning applies to pressure against or objects under the FRONT PASSENGER seat (not the driver seat).  Advanced Air Bags (AAB), which are now standard equipment in all vehicles, use sensors to decide when to deploy.  Pressure against the seatback of the front passenger seat – such as from a rear-facing … Continue reading