Car Seat Inspections - Is Your Child Safe?

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The recent trend of nation wide car seat inspections has posed a unique question - Are parents using car seats to avoid costly tickets or to help protect their children?

In case you haven't noticed, safety inspections for childrens car seats have been taking place in almost every metro area in the U.S., and have even begun in Europe and Asia. These inspections are designed to not only check for defects in car seats, but to inform parents of how to use them properly. Many parents today are using older second-hand car seats that simply aren't safe. Most car seats will develop some cracks or damage during normal use, and if the car seat has been in use for more than six years, it's probably seen its share of abuse.

Another potential risk posed by older car seats is the lack of current LATCH technology. LATCH is a system of safety protocols and regulations that car manufacturers and car seat companies abide by to help fully integrate the car seat into a vehicle. At a recent car seat inspection in Virginia, Chris Mohr, a local parent, found he was fastening his child into a death trap instead of a safety seat. "I had no idea," said Mohr. "It was the same seat I rode in as a child."

New improvements in car seat technology pose a startling question to the parenting public: Are you using a car seat to avoid a ticket, or to protect your child? Most parents have to pause and think for a moment when answering this question, which leaves authorities a little uneasy. With accidents being, by far, the leading cause in child deaths (National Library of Medicine, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001915.htm), parents should be looking to purchase a safe new seat if they haven't already. When searching Google for "car seats", I was quickly drawn to Elite Car Seats (http://www.EliteCarSeats.com), where I was amazed to find even more information, as well as a wide selection of car seats. The site has customer reviews, product comparisons, forums, and a section on LATCH technology. By the way, you can find LATCH in almost every car seat at EliteCarSeats.com.

Besides the great information available, EliteCarSeats.com has top brands like Britax, Graco, Bugaboo, and Eddie Bauer. Also, all orders over $79.99 qualify for free shipping. I was very happy with the great customer service I received when placing my order. The representative helped me decide if my son was ready for a toddler style booster. I chose the Britax Husky, and even though EliteCarSeats.com offers a 30-Day "No Worries" exchange policy, I remain happy with my booster seat months later. In fact, I attended a local child seat inspection and the officers hosting it used mine as an example of proper seating.

Waiting to buy a new car seat could be a fatal mistake for your child - visit EliteCarSeats.com today.

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