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Ask an Engineer: Can CRs Be Made in a Variety of Colors?
Have you ever wondered why CR manufacturers don’t make models in a variety of plastic colors?   Learn more about how minor variations in plastic affects CR design and testing here …

Consequences of CR Cleanliness
A clean environment for children is important, including while seated in their car seat.  However, attending to car seat cleaning can sometimes lead to unintended negative consequences.  Learn more about how to properly clean a car seat here …

Are Differences Among Webbing Types Important?
Harness WebbingHave you ever given close attention to the webbing used for car seat harnesses, LATCH straps, or vehicle seat belts?   Learn more about what that means here …

Using Tethers:
Tossing the Gauntlet: An Open Letter to CR Manufacturers to Improve Tether Advice
For many caregivers, the owner’s manual is the main source of CPS guidance. A Safe Ride News review of manuals found many to be lacking with respect to encouraging proper tether use.
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Using Rear-Facing Child Restraints:
Updated Study on RF vs. FF Effectiveness
A study published in Injury Prevention updates the analysis of real-world crash data with respect to the value of riding rear versus forward facing.  Read the full article, plus guidance for what this means for CPSTs, here...Read more…

Study Confirms: Rear Facing is Best for Children up to Age 2
There is new, unequivocal, real-world evidence that children under age 2 are best protected riding in a rear-facing (RF) car seat (CR). Injuries to rear- and forward-facing children under age 2 were studied in crashes from 1998 to 2003. Rear-facing CRs were given an effectiveness rating of 93 percent, while forward-facing (FF) CRs were rated at only 78 percent, 15 points lower. This appears to confirm Swedish research that has shown the benefits of the RF position over many years.
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More on Angle: Gravity-Based Indicators, Other Considerations
In the last two issues, SRN ran articles exploring CR angle situations of following the “level-to-ground” line and considering issues related to touching the back of the front vehicle seat. During our research, we noted a handful of other interesting angle-related issues worth mentioning.
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Another Angle on Recline Angles: When the CR Touches the Front Vehicle Seatback
This article considers another issue related to rear-facing CR angle: things to consider when the top of the CR contacts the vehicle front seatback.
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Exploring Some Angles of the Angle Issue
In part one of this two part series, we look at how proper rear-facing angle is assessed, especially for older children. Manufacturer-specific feedback on how to use “level to ground” lines on labels is included.
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Keep Kids in Stages Longer, Says AAP
Keep kids rear facing to age 2— or until they have outgrown their CR by height or weight—is now the clear recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). On March 21, the AAP announced its updated policy statement, along with a supporting technical report and considerable media coverage.
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Using Forward-Facing Child Restraints:
Today’s CRs More Often Outgrown by Height Than Weight
When considering how long a CR can be used, the tendency is to focus primarily on weight limits. But given the quantity of HWH models on today’s market, most children will outgrow a CR by height before reaching the weight limit—sometimes long before.
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Booster Seats:
Nationwide Study Confirms: Booster Laws Save Lives
The effectiveness of booster seat laws for reducing deaths, especially for 6- and 7-year-olds, is clearly shown in a new study by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital. This study is an essential resource for advocates engaged in efforts to amend their state’s child occupant protection laws.
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Installing Multiple CRs and Boosters: When More Is Not Merrier
As parents hear that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and NHTSA recommend that children stay in CRs longer, the number of CRs that families will attempt to fit into any given vehicle also is likely to rise.
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