Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Child Passenger Safety Week and Safety 1st Car Seat

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Disclosure - I did not receive anything for this post. I simply thought it would be a great giveaway for you, our readers!


September 15 - 21 marks Child Passenger Safety Week and Saturday September 21st is National Seat Check Day. We've teamed up with Safety 1st to bring you some great tips from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on car seat safety and a chance to win one awesome car seat!

For children ages 1 through 13, car crashes are the leading cause of death. The goal of Child Passenger Safety Week is not to scare parents or care givers this week, but to help educate everyone on how to properly secure their children in the best car restraint, whether that's rear facing, forward-facing, booster, or seat belt for their age and size. From 2007-2011, more than 3,660 children 13 and under were killed in car crashes and it's estimated that more 1 in 3 of those kids were not restrained in their car seats. Roughly 634,000 kids were injured in crashes during that same time. By using the proper car seat and restraints, you can help reduce the chance of injury or death in children 1-4 by 54%.

Child Passenger Safety Week

Car Seat Tips from Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert

Importance of Rear Facing: In March of 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advised that children should now remain rear facing until the age of 2 or until they reach the maximum height and weight requirements allowed by their car seat. According to a study from the Journal of Injury Prevention, children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured  in the even of a crash if they are rear facing because their head, neck, and spine are better supported and in the even of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child's entire body.
Installation: Around 75% of car seats are not installed correctly according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. Every car seat has different requirements for safe installation. It's important to read the car seat and car manual before installing your child's car seat. Usually the center of the backseat is the safest spot. Never install a car seat in the front passenger seat. When installing, make sure the base of the car seat moves no more than an in from side to side. It's a great plan to have a safety expert double check your car seat installation, but remember, you or another caregiver needs to be comfortable with moving and re-installing the car seat if it's moved from car to car often.
Car Seat Expiration: Never use used or old car seats. There is an expiration date and it's important to understand the risks associated with using an expired or old car seat. Plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats less safe to use. Car seat technology, along with state and federal car seat regulation change as well. A car seat deemed safe 6 years ago, may no longer meet federal testing regulations. Important warning labels may wear out and instruction books can get lost, which can lead to improper  car seat use.
I've teamed with Safety 1st to offer one of the amazing car seats below. Make sure you read over the description so you can choose the car seat that best fits your child's needs.
Safety 1st


The Elite 80 works in rear-facing mode for babies up to 40 pounds, then converts to forward-facing with harness, but features an extended weight range to keep children safely in harness all the way to 80 pounds. In its 3rd mode, the Elite 80 goes beyond the traditional convertible seat to convert into a belt-positioning booster car seat for children up to 100 pounds. Additionally Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of our Air Protect® cushion system with patented GCell HX™ foam designed with hexagonal shapes for 100% full body production.
Safety 1st

This convertible car seat was inspired by race car drivers. Air Protect+ combines Safety 1st Air Protect® Technology with GCell HX™ - hexagonal rebounding foam used in the body of the car seat to protect the child from the multiple hits that occur in crashes. Coupled with this is the placement of Air Protect® Technology which takes crash forces away from a child’s head. This technology was developed in partnership with racecar engineers at Bald Spot Sports and INDY Car Driver Scott Dixon to better understand the energy dynamics a high performance driver faces in the event of a crash.
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Safety 1st BoostAPak Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat. The BoostAPak is designed to help keep kids in boosters longer, as it’s often hard to get an older child to stay in his or her booster seat. This booster seat also doubles as a backpack! For children 4 to 7 years old, booster seats reduce injury risk by 59% compared to seat belts alone. (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). Additionally, the AAP recommends children ride in boosters until the age of 12 or 57 inches; but only 13% of children 54-56 inches tall ride on one (NHTSA).
My in-laws purchased on of Safety 1st's car seats featuring Air Protect + Technology, so I can tell you first hand how amazing it is. Now only do I feel my son is safe in the car seat, he has told me how comfortable it is and how safe he feels himself! Thanks for joining us for Child Passenger Week.

Connect
You can connect with Safety 1st on their website
You can connect with Julie Vallese on her Facebook page

Buy It
You can purchase any of the car seats above on the Safety 1st website.

Giveaway Winner: Entry #168Colleen M.

115 comments:

  1. I am going to check the expiration dates on my seats - thanks so much for all of this important info! I'd love to win the elite 80 Air + for my daughter

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  2. oops - I put the giveaway info in the Google + spot! But i do follow you on Google+ too! sorry!

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  3. 1 - when installing a car seat make sure that it doesn't move more than an inch from side to side
    2 - we would love the Elite 80 rear facing seat

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  4. I want to win the Safety 1st Elite and I am going to have my son's car seat inspected since I learned that 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly.

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  5. I learned that it is best to rear face as long as possible and I would like to win the elite 80 seat

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  6. That car seats actually expire - I would like the Air+ 80

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  7. It is very disturbing that up to 75% of carseats are not installed properly , I will be making sure mine are correctly installed each time. I would choose the elite 80 carseat

    Jenn McClearn
    aerojenn@aol.com

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  8. Part 1: That most people THINK they have their child safely secured but they are wrong, so I'd rather be in the group who are doing it correctly. Part 2: The Elite 80+ car seat.

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  9. Child Passenger Safety Week has taught me not get a used car seat for my little princess.

    If I were lucky enough to win one of these awesome car seats, I'd love to win the Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat.

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  10. I will take away more knowledge about car seat safety like there are expiration dates on them... I didn't know that! I'd like to win the The Elite 80.

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  11. I will take away from this post the importance of correct installation and that in March of 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advised that children should now remain rear facing until the age of 2 or until they reach the maximum height and weight requirements allowed by their car seat.

    I would most like to win the Elite 80 Air + 3-in-1 Car Seat - Elian

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  12. I just learned that my daughter still needs to be rear facing! I did not know that - scary!! If I won I would choose the Elite 80 Air + car seat.

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  13. I learned the children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in the even of a crash if they are rear facing.
    I would pick the The Elite 80.

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  14. #1: Only 25% of people who thick they have their child in the right car seat actually have it right. Scary!

    #2: If I win, I'd like the 3 in 1 Car Seat.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot ) com

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  15. #1: What I will take away from safety week: I need to replace my expired car seats! #2: I would love to heave the Elite 80 air + car seat for our little one on the way :)

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  16. I learned that 75% of carseats are installed incorrect. I love the Safety 1st Elite 80 seat.

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  17. I learned that you are not suppose to wash the carseat straps. And I would pick the Elite 80 seat

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  18. I knew everyhting mentioned here except that it was the leading cause of death for kids 0-12. Sad! I would choose the 80 Elite 3 in 1 for my son!-Samantha Colbert

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  19. I learned Never use used or old car seats.
    I want to win The Elite 80
    xo

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  20. I would love the elite 80 air and I learned to check the expiration dates of your kids car seats.

    amypugmire@live.com

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  21. I will take away the fact that By using the proper car seat and restraints, you can help reduce the chance of injury or death in children 1-4 by 54%

    I like the Elite 80 Air + 3-in-1 Car Seat

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  22. I think Child Passenger Safety Week helps to inform and educate people the proper way to install and use car seats so that they will keep our children safe.
    I would choose the Elite 80 Air+.

    colljerr at comcast dot net

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  23. i want the elite 80 and i will take away the knowledge of knowing how to put in a car seat correctly !:)

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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  24. I like this great looking car seat This convertible car seat

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  25. I took away the Importance of Rear Facing and I would pick the The Elite 80.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  26. I learned the importance of rear faced seating and why it is so important.

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  27. ill take away that kids weight limits for carseats are important and i would love the Elite 80+ car seat. thank you!

    Amanda Sakovitz on rafflecopter

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  28. I learned about the expiration dates on the car seats which was an eye opener and I would choose the Elite 80 if I were to win. Thank You for a great giveaway

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  29. I take away that I really need to pay attention to the recommendations and keep up on them, as they can change!

    I'd like the Elite 80 air +. We have a little one on the way!

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  30. I take away that 75% of carseats are installed incorrectly. I like the Elite 80 Air 3 in 1 Car Seat.

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  31. I will take away that 75% of carseats are installed incorrectly. I like the Elite 80 Air 3 in 1.

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  32. I take away that 75% of carseats are installed incorrectly. I like the Elite 80 Air 3 in 1 Car Seat.

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  33. I never knew: Never use used or old car seats. There is an expiration date and it's important to understand the risks associated with using an expired or old car seat. Plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats less safe to use.

    The elite 80 air + car seat looks great!

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  34. I am amazed at how many car seats are installed wrong. I would like to win an Elite 80!

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  35. Elite 80 rear facing seat and I learned that 75% of carseats are installed incorrect.

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  36. I will take away that car seat technology, along with state and federal car seat regulation change. A car seat deemed safe 6 years ago, may no longer meet federal testing regulations. I would like the Elite 80 car seat. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  37. I had no idea car seat expired. Both my daughters are brand new but I never would have guessed they had expiration dates. I guess I'll be taking that bit of info with me. Thanks for the chance and the useful information!


    As for the seat I would pick, I think I'd have to go with the Elite 80 Air + 3-in-1 Car Seat.

    mcfallsk8er(at)aim(dot)com

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  38. I have taken the time this week to read the entire manual for my new car seat so that it will properly installed and I would pick the Elite 80 I love convertibles!

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  39. I had no idea that car seats have an expiration date!
    I would like to win the Elite 80 seat.

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  40. I'm surprised that so many car seats are installed incorrectly. I would love to win the booster seat for my oldest, we haven't purchased one yet.

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  41. It is so scary how many people do not have their car seats installed correctly. I didn't realize the rate was so high. I am going to re check all of ours to make sure they are safe.

    I would love to have the BoostAPak Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat.

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  42. I want to make sure my son is safe so I will get my car seat inspected by my local fire dept. I really would love to get the Elite 80+ air!

    ssgsweeps @ hotmail.com

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  43. #1: What will you take away from Child Passenger Safety Week? - That I need to make sure my family that sometimes drive with my children, understand and know how to buckle them in right. I have paid attention to requirements at great length, I need to pass that on. I also need to make sure none of my carseats expired.

    #2: Which car seat in the blog post would you like to win? - The Elite 80 Aire Plus

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  44. I want to win the Safety 1st Elite
    I learned that 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly

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  45. I want the Elite 80. And I've learned that most parents do not know how to install their car seat correctly. Which is a shame really.

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  46. I'm going to make sure my carseats are installed correctly. I'd pick the Elite 80.

    jj250@aol.com

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  47. that car seats expire and that the one I have been using for my son has expired
    I would pick the elite 80 air.

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  48. First of all, I had no idea that 75% of car seats aren't installed correctly. Makes me want to be more vigilant. I WOULD LIKE TO WIN THE ELITE 80 AIRE PLUS.

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  49. I've learned that by using the proper car seat and restraints, you can help reduce the chance of injury or death in children 1-4 by 54%!

    I would like to win the Elite 80.

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  50. I learned that with proper installation deaths in children ages 1-4 can be reduced by 54%. I need to make sure that our car seats are properly installed. I would love to win the Elite 80. Thanks!

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  51. I learned about the AAP's recommendations and about how only 13% of older kids are in boosters when they are supposed to be. I was familiar with the NHSTA recommendations. I love the Elite 80.

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  52. i will take away the need for proper weight and height limitations for booster seats. i like the elite 80

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  53. (1)when installing a car seat make sure that it doesn't move more than an inch from side to side
    (2) the 3 in 1!

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  54. check to see if its one of the recalled. I like the Elite 80 Air 3 in 1 Car Seat

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  55. I had no idea that car seats had expiration dates! I would love to wind the Elite Air 80 for my son!

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  56. I learned that car seats expire! I seriously had no idea. The Elite Air 80 is my favorite. I really want one!

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  57. the proper weight and height for boosters, the elite 80

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  58. I will take away remember to always make sure my carseats are properly installed and my children are properly buckled in! If I won i'd love the Elite 80 for my 23 month old!

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  59. I will take away how important it is to make sure your car seat is installed correctly! Even if you think it is...best to go to a car seat check and make sure! Also, I didnt know that car seats had expiration dates! A very good and informative read!!! I would pick the The Elite 80 car seat for Carter! Would be perfect and he is outgrowing his current one!

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  60. children should now remain rear facing until the age of 2 - wow - I never knew this - have to change Carter's seat immediately!

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  61. The Elite 80 would be my choice :) Thanks!

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  62. It's hard to believe that 1 in 3 children killed in car crashes were not even restrained in car seats! I would love to have the elite 80 for my new grandson.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  63. I learned to check the expiration dates on my car seats and I would like the the Elite 80 car seat.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  64. I learned that 75% of all car seats are installed incorrectly. I will definitely take our car seat to a safety seat checkpoint location to make sure that it's installed correctly before bringing our baby home from the hospital.

    We would love the Elite 80 car seat.

    Angela Rhodes Ingles
    nofearpapertiger AT Gmail dot com

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  65. I am going to make sure that when I install the car seat that it has to be installed properly.

    Elite 80 Air+

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  66. 1. I was surprised to learn that child car seats should remain rear-facing until age 2 or until the size requirements are met.
    2. I would like to win the Elite 80 Air + 3-in-1 Car Seat .

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  67. that car seats expire and the elite 80

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  68. That car seats expire after 6 years - elite 80 Air +

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  69. I took away that I need to keep updated on the changes made for our childrens safety I have four ( 9,7,5, and 3) kids and never realized that they needed to be in a rear facing set till age two. I always thought when there legs were longer than the seat it was time to flip them around. Now that my kids are older I still need to be more careful when it comes to the movement of the seat so it dont move back and forth. Thanks so much for all the info very helpful. If I were to chose Id really like to try out the Safety 1st BoostAPak Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat. Thanks for the chance

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  70. I took away that I need to keep updated on the changes made for our childrens safety I have four ( 9,7,5, and 3) kids and never realized that they needed to be in a rear facing set till age two. I always thought when there legs were longer than the seat it was time to flip them around. Now that my kids are older I still need to be more careful when it comes to the movement of the seat so it dont move back and forth. Thanks so much for all the info very helpful. If I were to chose Id really like to try out the Safety 1st BoostAPak Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat. Thanks for the chance

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  71. I would like the elite 80 air plus. It is best to keep rear facing as long as possible and most or 75 percent of car seats are installed wrong. I need to have my three checked I have not had them officially checked by someone

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  72. I will take away the importance of rear facing and I would love the Elite 80!

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  73. That the car seat make shouldn't move more than an inch from side to sideand the Elite 80 rear facing seat

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  74. I will takeaway how they are trying to educate everyone how to properly secure the children in vehicles.
    I would like their Elite 80 Air + carseat

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  75. 1) I'll take this as a good reminder that I should check on my carseat expiration dates and to double-check that my LO are in the right carseats!

    2)I'd like the Elite 80 air plus

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  76. 1) I'll take this as a good reminder that I should check on my carseat expiration dates and to double-check that my LO are in the right carseats!

    2)I'd like the Elite 80 air plus

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  77. I really need the Elite 80; my daughter is outgrowing her infant carseat!!!

    I can't believe that 75% carseats aren't installed correctly! I am now worried that we're in the majority.

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  78. i'd choose the 80 air 3 in 1 and i will take the fact that they expire to mind

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  79. I am going to check expiration dates on both my car seats now!
    b dot ringer at Hotmail dot com

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  80. I learned that a carseat shouldn't move more than an inch side to side once installed. I'd love to win the Advance 70 Air + Convertible Car Seat.

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  81. It was scary to learn that up to 75% of carseats are not installed properly, I would choose the Elite 80 3 in 1 seat :)

    Jenn McClearn
    aerojenn@aol.com

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  82. i learned to check expiration dates on car seats. and i think i would choose the Elite 80

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  83. I like the Elite 80, and I learned how to ensure my children's seats are properly installed

    Nathansmommy619(at)aol(Dot)com

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  84. I take away as much as my kids don't like to stay in them, the car seats are extremely important for safety. I would liek the safety first 80+ 3 in 1 car seat.

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  85. I learned about the newest regulations and recommendations for remaining rear facing. A new car seat would change our lives! I would love to win the Elite 80 3 in 1 seat!

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  86. I learned about the latest regulations and recommendations for rear facing infants. A new car seat would change our lives. I would love to win the Elite 80 3 in 1.

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  87. #1 I didn't realize car seats expired
    #2 I'd like the elite 80+

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  88. I am taking away from this to always read the directions carefully and know that car seats expire. I would love to have The Elite 80

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  89. I took away how important it is to have the car seat correctly installed and how so many people don't . I would love the Elite 80

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  90. I learned that when installing a car seat to make sure that it doesn't move more than an inch from side to side and I would love the Elite 80 rear facing seat for our soon to arrive baby.

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  91. I am taking away from this week that you need to make sure you're installing the car seat correctly -- and I'd love to have the Elite 80!

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  92. I take away to get new seats not used ones and to always check the settings, straps etc before use
    hollow_sins@yahoo.com

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  93. I forgot to say I would get the Elite 3 in 1
    hollow_sins@yahoo.com

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  94. I've learned how important it is to stay rear facing until age 2! I'd like the elite 80!

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  95. I like the Safety 1st Air Protect & I learned that you should always check the expiration date on car seats

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  96. By using the car seat properly you can reduce the chance of injury or death by 1-4. I would choose the Elite 80 Air Plus

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  97. I learned the importance of rear facing the seat. I would like to win the Elite 80 Air +.

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  98. Take away that I learned my daughter can stay rear facing for as long as possible, there's no rush to turn her around yet. I'd choose the BoostAPak for when she's older.

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  99. That I need to get my car seat checked to make sure it is right even though I think it is. I would pick the Elite 3-in-1 80 Car Seat

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  100. I learned that children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a crash if they are rear facing because their head, neck, and spine are better supported and in the event of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child's entire body.

    I would choose the Safety 1st Advanc Air Protect Car Seat.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  101. i was unaware that car seats expire and the high statistic of them being put in wrong. WOW! i would like to win the Elite 80 Air+

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  102. I learned how important it is to have the child seat installed properly and have it checked at the fire department. I would love to win the Elite 80 Air

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  103. That car seats actually expire - I would like the Air+ 80

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  104. I realize how important it is to properly position the carseat, I had no idea that they expire. I would love to win the booster seat.

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  105. 1) I never knew that the carseats had an expiring date, but that may have changed through the years since I had babies.
    2) I would like to try any of the 3, but my first choice would have to be Elite 80+ Air 3-in-1.

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  106. Never install a seat in the front passenger side.
    The Elite 80 is what I'd choose.
    Michelle Tucker

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  107. I would choose the Elite 80 and what I learned most was not to use old car seats, that they have an expiration date. I never knew that until the past year...as when we were raising kids our entire family passed baby gear like this back and forth to use. Never would I buy one for a grandchild from a garage sale or an online sale site unless the expiration date was still intact...and even then would be iffy. ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

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  108. I learned to never but a car seat in the front and I would like the BoostAPak Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat

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  109. What will I take away? How many car seats are installed incorrectly - we're calling the installation experts at the hospital tomorrow (the location in our town) to verify that ours is installed properly! If I won I'd like the Elite 80.

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  110. I learned never buy a used car seat and want the elite 80

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  111. taught me that carseats have expiration dates. I'd love to win the elite 80 Air + for my daughter

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