Child Passenger Safety Week – Day 1

Car Seat Safety Week

Car Seat Safety Week

Congrats to our winners –

Entry #1724 – Jessica P.

Entry #48 – Lisa M.

At Baby Gizmo, car seat safety is at the top of our list of what keeps us up at night. Improper use of car seats is a serious epidemic in this country. It seems like every day we see it – a child riding on a lap (true story!), a toddler in a booster seat too soon, twisted straps, the chest clip in the wrong place, forward-facing babies who should be rear-facing, expired car seats from the 90s…the list goes on and on.

As one of the leaders in the world of baby gear resources, we feel it is our duty to help spread the word about Child Passenger Safety Week (September 17-22). The devastating fact that three out of four child safety seats are improperly installed in vehicles (according to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) should have us all sit up and take notice.

75% of car seats are used incorrectly!

Motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 and older.

Incorrectly used car seats can be DEADLY!

This week we are spreading awareness all about car seat safety through tips, giveaways and videos! Each day we will share a tip whether it is in photos or videos and hold a giveaway to give two lucky winners a brand new Britax G3 Convertible Car Seat of their choice! Each day you will probably have to do something different to enter the giveaway, so make sure you come back each and every day to see what we are up to!

Today is DAY 1!

We are starting off with a bang and sharing 20 tips from 20 of our closest friends! Watch the video very closely paying attention to the tips because there will be a quiz for the giveaway below.



Two lucky readers will win a Britax G3 Convertible Car Seat of their choice. This giveaway is open to US residents only!

Brirax G3

Knowing that accidents can come from any angle, BRITAX designs seats with innovative safety technologies to provide the child with 360 degrees of protection. And now parents can see for themselves! The ADVOCATE 70-G3, PAVILION 70-G3 and BOULEVARD 70-G3 feature new BRITAX HUGS Chest Pads with SafeCell Technology. These chest pads are affixed to the back of the car seat shell to ensure that they are properly positioned on the buckled child. SafeCell padding on the chest pads, identified by a honeycomb design, is engineered to compress to manage energy and create best-in-class resistance to the forward movement of a child in the event of a crash.

All of the newly updated BRITAX convertible car seats continue to offer revolutionary safety features that are easy to see. For instance, all seats have a rigid shell with deep side walls that are lined with energy-absorbing foam to provide side impact protection. The ADVOCATE 70-G3, PAVILION 70-G3 and BOULEVARD 70-G3 offer a second layer of protection with energy-absorbing foam in the True Side Impact Protection head restraint that keeps the head, neck and spine aligned. Finally, the ADVOCATE 70-G3 includes Side Impact Cushion Technology, a third layer of protection, with black energy-absorbing cushions on the child seat’s exterior to reduce side impact energy by diverting 45 percent of the crash forces away from the seated child. These cushions also provide extra protection for the adjacent passenger.

Britax G3 Convertible Car Seats have these stand-out features with “safety you can see”!

  • New HUGS with SafeCell Technology
  • Side Impact Protection
  • Base with SafeCell Technology
  • Energy Absorbing Versa-Tether
  • Integrated Steel Bars


Yep, we are back to Rafflecopter this week!  A blog comment is the only mandatory entry! Baby Gizmo friends don’t just stick with “mandatory” though, right? We are overachievers and, of course, you’ll want more chances to win that Britax G3 Car Seat! So, there are additional (optional) entries you can get. But let us warn you – make sure you actually do the entries! If you click on “leave a blog comment” on the Rafflecopter widget – make sure you actually leave a blog comment. We check! If you don’t do the actual entry – it doesn’t count! You won’t win. We’ll both be sad.

*You can only do each entry method ONCE. Please do not cheat and enter more than that! Doing each entry method will require a few different blog comments so don’t worry about commenting more than once (or you can just combine all your answers into one comment). Just follow the Rafflecopter directions. Today’s Giveaway STARTS now and ends TONIGHT Monday, September 17, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.


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  1. Register your carseat with the manufacture! What a great tip as I think this is something everyone often doesn’t think about, but it’s so important to make sure you are notified of any recalls or problems with the seat during your ownership.

  2. It is hard to believe that 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly. I am a bit paranoid about making sure ours are always in right and tight!

  3. wow! a lot of great information and safety tips. I learned that the car seat shouldn’t move more than an inch from side to side or front to back at the belt path!

  4. Thanks for helping people get educated on this issue. Hopefully more of us will keep or kids rear facing as long as possible. There are many places where we can have our car seats inspected to make sure they are installed properly. Some hospitals, fire and police stations, some of the bigger baby stores have classes on this issue once a month. The resources are out there. We must use them. Looking forward to hopefully winning a Britax G3 Car Seat!

  5. I learned that 75% of carseats are installed incorrectly. That’s so unacceptable~we need awareness and better instructions from manufacturers!

  6. We own a britax stroller and infant car seat..THE best!!! Got lots of compliments too…:-)
    . Love the new features in the convertible seats. .would love to win a Boulevard 70 G3….keeping my fingers crossed…

  7. We should all be rear-facing! 😉 I knew it wasn’t necessary to use both latch and seatbelt but I didnt realize you shouldnt use both!

  8. i learned that the strap position is different for front facing and rear facing. for rear facing the straps need to be at or below shoulders and front facing at or above.

  9. Rear face your child till at least two but the longer the better as long as they meet the rear facing weight and height requirements for the seat. Never use LATCH and seat belt install together. Never use a lap only belt for a booster seat.

  10. Rear face your child till at least two but the longer the better as long as they meet the rear facing weight and height requirements for the seat.

  11. Before installing your car seat, be sure to read the car seat manual AND your vehicle manual. Great tip! For example, certain car seats have latch installation rated to a higher child weight, but the vehicle might not allow for the same increased weight limit. Also, chest clips should always be at armpit level. I get so frustrated when I see chest clips in the center of a child’s abdomen! GREAT video!!! Very informative 🙂

  12. It’s car seat safety week! Remember to put your child in the right seat at the right time in the right way! The Baby Gizmo Company –on my facebook feed via Andrea Martel Renzi

  13. Booster seat always use the lap shoulder belt and not the lap belt only – I NEVER knew this. Thankfully I am a first time mommy with a newborn so I’m absorbing all this info thank you so much!

  14. If your child is in a rear facing car seat make sure the straps are below or at shoulder height. If you child is in a forward facing car seat make sure the are at or above the shoulders.

  15. I didn’t realize that forward-facing straps should originate above the shoulder….but since my baby is only 9 months we have a couple years until I have to worry about it! 🙂

  16. Great refresher! I need to double check the straps on my son who is forward facing to make sure they are above his shoulders. I know it is something I should check on both my kids every time I put them in the car like I do the tightness of the belt. Thanks BabyGizmo and Britax for doing this. Car seat safety is the most important things we can do to protect our children.

  17. I’m shocked that 75% of carseats are used incorrectly! That’s awful! I also didn’t know you shouldn’t use the latch and seatbelt at the same time, I’ve never done this, but learned that I shouldn’t. Thanks Hollie for keeping people informed!

  18. I just recently learned that the chest clip should be at armpit level. Everything else I already knew but the video was a great refresher 🙂

  19. I was unaware that the shoulder strap placement was different for forward and rear facing seats. Although, my little on isn’t here yet, so I’ve been focusing on the infant car seat rules so far.

  20. While I already knew the information in the video, it is important to stay up to date, and refresh myself, for the safety of my sweet baby boy!

  21. Luckily, I am able to say I already knew all the info in the video, but I was most happy to hear Ian Zeiring say rear face until 2, but that 3 or 4 is even better. Yay!

  22. Posted and tagged in facebook, left a previous comment on this blog, following you on pinterest, subscribed to your newsletter. oh my i am hoping this works! Love this car seat!

  23. importance to me is having the seat installed properly, either reading the manual my case, having our town’s car seat safety officer install it.

  24. Love the Britax brand and would like to have one of these so safe seats! Side impact protection, Steel bars & hugging cushions – excellent! 🙂

  25. Shoulder straps should be at or above a forward facing child’s shoulders…I’ll have to check as soon as my son wakes up from his nap! Thanks!

  26. Thanks for the safety tips. I was always debating whether or not to bring my car to a fire station to have my carseats checked but never did but, after watching the video I am definitely going to take it over to make sure they are installed correctly.

  27. I learned that 75% use the carseat incorrectly. Really? Clearly more needs to be done to communicate the standards. So glad you’re doing something to promote education about this critical topic!

  28. Children should be seated rear-facing in the car until at least 2 years old, also I had no idea that 3 out of 4 car seats were installed improperly. I’m going to get mine checked by a professional after hearing that.

  29. I think I knew all of these tips, but some I’ve seen done incorrectly are using both latch and seatbelt, forward facing too soon and my personal pet peeve, the chest clip down by the child’s stomach instead of the armpit level (it’s called a chest clip…not a belly clip!)

  30. Didn’t really learn anything new, per se (I’m a manual reader reader by nature), but it was a nice refresher. A tip I could use is: how do I keep my 3 year old from ALWAYS pushing his chest clip down from armpit height?? 😉

  31. That the chest clip should be at armpit level. Didn’t realized that one. We always just had it at the chest or somewhere in that general level.

  32. 75% of all car seats are being used incorrectly (SCARY), and also to never use a lap belt only when using a toddler booster seat, always use a shoulder strap as well!

  33. Its scares me every time to get in the car with my kiddo. But makes me feel a little better knowing I’m keeping him as safe as I can putting him in the car seat right.

  34. I didn’t realize that armpit level was where the shoulder harness needed to be buckled. I thought it was the sternum area. Good to know!

  35. Wow, I did not know that you should not use the carseat latch and the car seat belt together ! Im so glad I know this now ! Lots of great tips,thanks everyone !

  36. Forgot to add the tip I learned: Actually I’m such a car seat geek and over-researcher that I was already aware of all of the safety tips shared.

  37. If the carseat is rear-facing, the shoulder straps should be at or bellow shoulder level. I didn’t know that! I need to make sure I check that next time I put my daughter in her carseat. =)

  38. I love that this week you guys are trying to get safety info out there! So important! With baby #3 coming I am relearning all the car seat info for the little littles!

  39. I didn’t know straps should be at shoulder height if forward facing. Great video! Transitioning daughter to a convertible seat soon, so this was very helpful.

  40. My family is in need of a carseat. I dont currently own anything of Britax and I would love to own one of thesecar seats! love the look and the quality! hope I win!

  41. Great refresher since I am getting ready for #2 after having my first child 5 yrs ago. I did not know you should not use latch and the seatbelt , also to remove bulky clothing for a better fit. Thank you!!

  42. I did not know you were NOT supposed to use the latch system and the car seat buckle at the same time. Thankfully I don’t have her big seat attached this way but her infant carrier always had both. With new baby, will only use the latch!!

  43. Really good reminder that my daughter hates every time keep clip at armpit level and straps should be tight enough to only get one finger under it!

  44. Ok, so I’m rather uptight about my kids and their carseats! I already know all the tips..shoulder straps at or above ff…at or below rf, chest clip at armpits….I have the hardest time being satisfied my seats are tight enough when I have to use the belt instead of latch!

    Ponterest: Marci Lundberg-Asmus

  45. Armpit level for chest clip. Its always good to be reminded. I love the new rear facing till 2 thing. Mine always have. I am also a Pinterest follower. I also tweeted and subscribed to your newsletter.

  46. I’m a certified tech so none of these tips was new, but the one that makes me CRAZY is when people post pics on social media of their kids “chillin” in their carseats and they are either FF too soon OR have the straps too loose with the chest clip too low. UGH!

  47. A few things I learned through my parenting class, but I did not know Chest clip should be at arm pit level or that you shouldn’t use latch and seat belt together. Very beneficial information for a first time mother. Thank You!

  48. Leaving your child facing towards the back of the car until they are up to 2 year old just baffles me now ( I have a 13 and 7 year old). But if they say it will help my little baby that is on the way, I shall do it.

  49. Knew the RF rule of shoulder strap being at or below the shoulder but didn’t know for FF it could be at or ABOVE shoulder…learned something new!

  50. Thanks for all the great info and giveaways Hollie! So glad I watched the video, I did not know thta you couldnt use the belt and latch systems at the same time!

  51. Never use a blanket on or under the baby unless it’s recommended for use in the carseat.

    I’ve been putting a thin blanket under my daughter’s head because she sweats a lot! Now that I know, I’m gonna stop doing that. 🙂

  52. These 20 tips made me especially careful (and more aware) of how I strap in/buckle in my 11month-old daughter in her carseat. Thanks!

  53. Great article and thank you for posting. I can’t Even count the number of improper carseat uses I see. We need more awareness indeed.

  54. I already knew this, but it’s nice to be reminded to keep the clip at armpit level. My son likes to more his around, so I’m always having to check.

  55. the chest clip should be between the armpits,my toddler son already knows and tries to help with that part while being buckled in

  56. I think one of the most important things is to know the height and weight restrictions on your carseat. Just because your infant seat goes up to 30 pounds doesn’t mean they can stay in it that long. Both my kids had to move into a britax convertable carseat earlier than 1 year. So having the right seat, for the right stage (height/weight) is one of the most important things. In my case, the infant travel system wasn’t worth the money. I used one for 8 months and one for 6 months. I should have just used my britax advocate from the beginning (rear facing of course)!

  57. Read the manual(car seat and car). While I’ve read the manual, it’s nice to keep it around on the few occasions we have needed to use a different vehicle.

  58. I have always had my carseats installed at the police station because I am paranoid I will do it wrong. They explaned most of the tips listed at the police station, except that the forward facing straps should be at or above and rear facing should be at or below sholder level.

  59. Being a carseat nut I knew all the tips, but I think the best tips were chest clips at armpits, harness heights and make sure the harness is snug! So simple, but often not done properly….

  60. Top tips: Chest clip should be at armpit level. Do not use blankets, as they do not make for a snug fit. Do not use both the seatbelt system AND the latch system, use one or the other.

  61. Great video! A great reminder for my is to register my carseat so if it’s recalled i’ll know! And also to rear face until 2 is best!


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