Today, CPSTs are more likely than in the past to come across Ford Motor Company’s inflatable seat belts in situations where there is no alternative to their use. Would you know how to use one to install a CR, if necessary?
At the end of April, over 3 million Nissan and Infiniti vehicles were recalled due to faulty air bag sensor software. Some of the vehicles, 2013–2016 Nissan Sentras, had an additional recall related to damage that can occur when a CR is installed in the front passenger seat. This damage can put the child in great danger because it can cause the air bag sensor to fail to detect the presence of a child, allowing the air bag to deploy in a crash.
Learn more about the recalls…
A common problem when installing a CR using a switchable retractor is that a locked shoulder belt, if too taut, can pull upward on the CR and tilt it to one side. By using the right techniques, this problem can often be solved without resorting to a locking clip.
Find Joe Colella’s YouTube video on this subject here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqubkH9aaaE
In October, a study was published that predicted that 42 percent of the time, vehicles and CRs are somehow incompatible.
Recent research results from real crashes shows that a child under age 4 has a 43-percent lower risk of injury riding in a car seat in the center of the back seat than in a side position.
The problem of head restraints (HRs) interfering with CR installation seems to be growing because HR design improvements for non-CR passengers can actually be at odds with CR installation ease.
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