Friday, February 16, 2007


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Consumer Reports Child Car Seat - Can We Trust Them?

Consumer Reports has always been looked to as the watchdog for the average consumer. Providing information that the manufacturers don't want to tell you. They do the comparison shopping so you don't have to. But is it really a good idea to let total strangers make decisions about your child's life for you?

Do you know what Consumer Reports is telling you when they rate car seats?

Car Seat Reviews
Evenflo Triumph 5
Evenflo Comet Booster
Evenflo Big Kid Booster

The Safest Car Seat in the World

The safest car seat is the one that fits your child, fits your vehicle, fits your budget and that you will use properly every time. A $300 car seat, is you don't install it correctly is less safe than a $50 car seat that is used correctly. You don't have to break the bank to buy a good safe car seat for your child. In the United States car seats all have to pass the same testing to be sold and all provide good protection for children.

To get the most safety from any car seat follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation. You need to get a good tight fit where ever you place the seat. A more expensive seat does not ensure a proper fit with every vehicle. The only way to know for sure is to try it out.

Next you have to make sure the car seat fits your child. For rear facing children that means the shoulder straps start below shoulder height. It is advisable to keep your child rear facing for as long as possible. Once they are forward facing the shoulder strap slot must be above the child's shoulders. If it isn't, you child has outgrown the seat, even if they are still below the height and weight limit in the instruction manual.

Car Seat Expiration Dates

Car Seat Installation