Every infant car seat is safe, as long as it’s used correctly.Priority number one for any parent buying an infant car seat is their newborn’s safety. And in the words of Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, Chairperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, “Car seat manufacturers aren’t in the business of putting kids at risk.” In fact, every car seat on the market has been rigorously tested and certified by its manufacturer to ensure it meets federal safety standards when it’s installed correctly. But here’s the catch: That level of safety is only maintained if a seat is installed correctly. And it’s easy to make mistakes during installation. Studies have found that up to 95 percent of parents misuse their car seat, putting their children at risk. The only way to know you’ve installed your car seat safely is by bringing it to a licensed Child Passenger Safety Technician for an inspection. But there are car seats that make it easier to avoid the two most common mistakes: harness/chest-clip adjustment errors and incorrect installation.
Subject: FYI: Target's car seat recycling program is back - Sept 10-23
The car seat recycling program is back. Terracycle and Target have teamed up to not only bring back, but expand the program. Target stores nationwide will be accepting used baby and child car seats to be recycled by Terracycle between September 10-23. In exchange for your used seat, you'll receive a 20% off coupon for a new seat. The statistics haven't changed -- Americans are still purchasing about 12 million car seats every year and most of them are ending up in the landfill. The reason? As the seats get safer and safer, they become more and more difficult to take apart. This in turn makes it more expensive (from a labor and time perspective) to run effective car seat recycling programs. Take advantage of this limited time program! When to get rid of a car seat: 1. If the expiration date has passed 2. If your child exceeds the height/weight limitations of the seat 3. If the seat was in a vehicle involved in an accident