This week marks National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week, a time dedicated to spreading awareness about best practices to keep our youngest motor vehicles occupants safe; the week culminates this Saturday, September 23rd, known as National Seat Check Saturday.
Today’s Flashback Friday post is dedicated to some of our all-time most popular CPS-focused blogs. Click below to read the posts, and learn more about CPS best practices on CHOP’s Car Seat Safety for Kids website.
- The Hidden Danger of Supplemental Car Seat Products: Although some parents use car seat aftermarket products such as head cushions or car seat covers, these items are not evaluated under the same federal safety standard as a child restraint system and can even void the car seat's warranty.
- An Additional Rating System for Infant Child Seats: This post, authored by Kristy Arbogast, PhD, provides guidance on interpreting infant seat ratings from Consumer Reports based on crash testing, ease-of-use, and fit-to-vehicle.
- Rear-facing Infant Seat vs. Convertible Seat for Children Over Age 1: Consumer Reports now recommends that children restrained using a rear-facing infant seat should be transitioned to a rear-facing convertible seat at age 1. This post from Aditya Belwadi, PhD explores how CPS Technicians and pediatricians can frame this information for parents and caregivers.
- Using the Lab to Improve Tools For Child Restraint System Safety Design: Matthew Maltese, PhD discusses questions received from CPS Technicians on his research exploring differences between the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 213 regulatory bench sled test and real vehicle seats.
- Child Passenger Safety Beyond Passenger Vehicles: Airplane Safety: Dr. Belwadi addresses an update to the National Safety Council’s child passenger safety policy statement. This includes a recommended mandate that children under 2 years of age should be properly secured in their own seat on airplanes using an using a child restraint system that has been approved and tested for aircraft usage.
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