Car Seats

 

ParentsCanada brings you all the information you need for getting the right car seat. 

 

Investing in a convertible car seat

Buying an all-in-one convertible car seat rather than an infant carrier may be the most economical choice depending on your lifestyle and vehicle.

What you should know about extended rear facing car seats

Extended rear-facing is the practice of keeping children rear-facing beyond the age of two, typically until they outgrow the rear-facing limits of a convertible car seat around the age of 4.

Spring cleaning car seat tips

Spring has sprung and while many of us are starting to do our Spring cleaning indoors, you might want to think about freshening up your child’s car seat.

Don’t skip the booster seat

Did you know booster car seats ensure proper seat belt positioning and can help reduce injury by 45% compared to a seat belt alone?

Top tips for winter car safety

Winter is right around the corner here in Canada. As we all know very well, winter travel and colder weather affects us all, country wide. We wanted to give you our top tips for winter car seat safety for this upcoming winter season.

Hidden car seat dangers

September is Baby Safety Month and there is a lot of focus on hidden dangers in and around the home. You might be surprised to learn that there are also hidden dangers when it comes to your child’s car seat.

Summer travel safety tips

No matter what you’re doing, the lazy days of summer are great for our sanity, but never get lazy on safety. Here are some of our hot tips for keeping your kids safe while you’re on the road and in a car seat.

Frequently asked questions about car seats

Not sure what the National Safety Mark or NCAP crash testing are?
Read on to find out and answers to other popular questions.

 

Should I fly with my child on my lap or In a car seat?


Planning a vacation or family visit that involves a plane ride? There are so many considerations parents must factor in, like a million packing decisions and the significant cost of air travel. It’s not surprising that many parents are wondering if they should purchase another seat or fly with their child on their lap.

Car seat safety checklist

Here at Diono, our top focus is always your little one’s safety. There are many resources for keeping your child safe while riding in their car seat, but we broke it down with a simple checklist for you to follow!

How do you know if you need to replace your child’s car seat after your vehicle has been in a crash?

Diono's Crash Course - what to do with your car seat if you've been in one.

10 Things to consider before buying a car seat

Read more.

 

Car seat safety tips

Whether you are a new parent bringing baby home for the first time or have a toddler who is ready for a booster seat, a properly installed car seat can save your little one’s life. Read more.

 

Can you install a car seat too tightly?

How tight is too tight? Some child passenger safety technicians have contacted Diono and other child restraint manufacturers and asked how tight is too tight to install a car seats.

 

Graduating from one car seat to the next

When it comes to graduating from one car seat to the next, there's no rush.
Find out why.

Due to inertia (the tendency of a body in motion to stay in motion), when the vehicle stops suddenly, objects and people in the vehicle continue to move at the same speed and direction as the vehicle before the moment impact. This can result in extreme forces occurring at all points of contact between a person and their vehicle seat. If occupants are not snug, this will add to the "G" forces that their vulnerable bodies will have to absorb, as they move still further until they reach the restraints.

During a side impact crash the distance between the impact zone and a child’s car seat can be quite small if the car seat is next to a door. The resulting impact area collapses into the interior of the car, along with broken glass, plastic, etc. At the same time the car seat is being violently thrust away from and then into the impact zone!

The resulting impact forces and whipping action can produce severe trauma to a child’s head and neck, resulting in far more serious harm to a baby or child than from front or rear end collisions. Unfortunately the mortality rate also increases.

Most automobile accidents are from front or rear end collisions however side impact crashes are typically the most deadly for children. Statistics from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the U.S. show that side impact crashes represent approximately 25% of all motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately they result in some of the most severe injuries and mortality rates, and the most vulnerable are children.

Combined, side impact injuries occurred in 14.6/1000 children and 26.8% of crashes. According to PCPS: Children in belt positioning boosters were at a 58% reduction in risk of injury than those in seat belts in side impact crashes. (Annual Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 2005.)
Partners for Child Passenger Safety • www.chop.edu/service/car-seat-safety-for-kids/index.html

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