Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Car Seats (& Mighty Tites)

This is a great place on the web to learn about carseats!  The Car Seat Lady
And, may I strongly encourage the use of a Mighty Tite to go with this info!!

You will find accurate, up-to-date information from NHTSA-Certified Child Passenger Safety technicians and instructors about how to keep your most precious cargo safe:

  • the best car seat for your child and your vehicle
  • when your child is ready for a booster seat
  • how to use a car seat in a taxi
  • how to use a car seat on an airplane
  • why rear-facing is safer than forward facing
  • how to pick a safe vehicle
We also offer experienced, private car seat installation lessons in the New York City and Baltimore areas.
Or if you live elsewhere, find a qualified car seat installation expert near you to teach you how to properly install your child's car seat.
Read our response to the recent Consumer Reports article (Feb. 2007) Please note that on 18 Jan 2007, Consumer Reports withdrew the article.

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Alisa Baer, the Car Seat Lady, was the Talk of the Town in The New Yorker on 5 Sep 2005!


The Car Seat Lady said...

As "the car seat lady" mentioned in your post I am honored that you found my website helpful. However, I have to say that I do NOT recommend using the Mighty Tite as it is not an approved product by the car seat manufacturers, and the use of it will invalidate the car seat manufacturer's warranty. Having installed more than 5,000 car seats I have yet to find a seat that I can't get tighter using approved methods than with a Mighty Tite. Would you mind changing your post to omit the mention/recommendation for the Mighty Tite. Thanks, Alisa (Pediatrician & The Car Seat Lady)

Emma Lachey said...

My rode in the same car with my sister-in-law and niece yesterday. I noticed right off that she uses the installed car seat base (with LATCH) as well as buckling the seatbelt over the top of the infant car seat, like you would if you didn't have a base (I wish I could post the picture I took). I asked her why she did that, and she claims an EMT told her that is how it should be done to prevent the car seat from being thrown from the vehicle during a collision. Everything I was taught 5 years ago was that you need to use either Latch OR the Seatbelt.....Not both! Has anyone ever heard of EMT or Police telling people to do this? I want to make sure I am buckling my soon to arrive infant in correctly to the car.

The Car Seat Lady said...

Most EMT & Police have no training in car seats (and as a result may give out misinformation when speaking about car seats as it is not an area on which they have any training or expertise). One should follow the instruction manual for the car seat you are using - as the ones who know the seat best are the manufacturer of that seat - and they will tell you how to use it in the manual. There are no car seats in the US that allow what your sister-in-law has done.