Ers Not Doing Enough To Educate Parents On Car-seat Safety: Study

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“Families are frequently discharged following a car crash without referrals to local resources where parents can obtain additional information about child safety seats. This is concerning because child safety seats are complicated, and serious misuses are common.” The study revealed that children treated in emergency departments that don’t have pediatric specialization are the least likely to receive car seat information. General emergency departments treat more than 85 percent of children who need emergency care, the researchers noted. Less than half of the physicians questioned said that a parent of a 2-year-old being discharged from the hospital following a car accident would be provided with discharge instructions including advice about car seats. Meanwhile, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises that car seats should be replaced after a car accident unless all of the following are true: The airbags did not deploy. There was no vehicle intrusion near the car seat. The vehicle could be driven away from the collision.
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Car safety tips

safety watchdog group says 303 airbag-linked deaths in recalled GM cars March 13, 2014 9:54 PM 0 shares . View photo A General Motors logo is seen on a vehicle for sale at the GM dealership in Carlsbad, California January 4, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake By Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators have recorded 303 deaths involving non-deployment of airbags in 1.6 million compact cars recalled last month by General Motors Co, according to a new study released Thursday night by a safety watchdog group. GM has said it has reports of 12 deaths in 34 crashes in the recalled cars, which include the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2003-2007 Saturn Ion. GM did not recall the cars until February, despite learning of problems with the ignition switch in 2001. The Center for Auto Safety said it referenced crash and fatality data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS). General Motors Co said late Thursday that the new report was based on “raw data” and “without rigorous analysis, it is pure speculation to attempt to draw any meaningful conclusions.” Clarence Ditlow, the center’s executive director, said, “NHTSA could and should have initiated a defect investigation to determine why airbags were not deploying in Cobalts and Ions in increasing numbers.” NHTSA has been criticized for not pressing GM to recall the cars with defective switches, despite receiving hundreds of consumer complaints in the past 10 years and implementing its own investigations of two fatalities related to the faulty ignition switches. GM said its investigation into the massive recall and the impact of the defective switch is “ongoing.” (Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Eric Walsh) Consumer Discretionary
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U.S. safety watchdog group says 303 airbag-linked deaths in recalled GM cars

Seat belt extenders can be purchased for larger-sized drivers and passengers that maintain safety while increasing comfort. 2. Ensure that car seats and boosters are properly installed. Children and babies need special protection in the car to prevent serious injuries and fatalities in an auto collision. The N.H.T.S.A. recommends that children be securely buckled into a car seat that is appropriate for the child’s age, height and weight. From birth to 12 months, babies should always ride in a rear-facing car seat; children aged 1-3 years should remain rear-facing until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by car seat manufacturers. From ages 4-7 years, children should be strapped into a forward-facing car seat with a harness until they outgrow it, and then move up to a booster seat until they are grown enough to safely use an adult seat belt.
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Should You Use a Backup Camera to See Behind Your Car?

PHOTO: A rear-view mirror, paired with a backup camera, can help you back your car up safely.

In some cases, the backup camera simply provides a view of what is behind the car, while in other cases there are guidelines showing “safe” and “caution” areas. The most sophisticated systems also provide some warning, such as an audible tone, when a car is moving dangerously toward an object that could result in a collision. As a result, some are more helpful than others. Read More From Bankrate: Service car in warranty? All backup cameras provide far more visibility behind the car than a driver can get by turning his or her head, particularly with regard to objects that are low to the ground, such as a child’s bicycle or a dog. Read More From Bankrate: 5 new technologies for the connected car Pay attention to your backup camera and understand its limitations by looking at what appears in the screen in an area you are familiar with, such as your driveway. Regardless, you should always look behind your car before you enter it and look behind you before you start backing up, and use the rearview camera for guidance. Read this story on . Any opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author. More from ABC News
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Safety Technicians Help Install Child Car Seats At Twin Cities Auto Show

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) Safety experts released information that shows child car seats often putting children in danger rather than keeping them safe. Experts said the majority of car seats arent put in properly or parents are making other mistakes that are putting their children in danger. This weekend certified safety technicians are doing car seat checks outside of the auto show at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Nine out of ten seats that we see typically have something wrong with them, Travis Holt, a father and certified car seat safety technician, said. Holt said most often the problem is the base of the seat. A car seat shouldnt move side to side more than an inch, Holt said. Safety experts said dont add any warm covers or cushions to the seat, a blanket on top works best. People want to bundle their kid up really nice and tight and they dont realize manufacturers dont crash test the car seat with anything that doesnt come with the car seat, Holt said. You know we have this little blanket in here, in the seat, and thats really not a good idea, CeCe Webb, a local parent, said. Holt said even if you think you know what youre doing, its worth your time to double check.
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