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Car Seat Safety Week

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At Baby Gizmo, car seat safety is at the top of our list of what keeps us up at night. Improper use of car seats is a serious epidemic in this country. It seems like every day we see it – a child riding on a lap (true story!), a toddler in a booster seat too soon, twisted straps, the chest clip in the wrong place, forward-facing babies who should be rear-facing, expired car seats from the 90s…the list goes on and on.

As one of the leaders in the world of baby gear resources, we feel it is our duty to help spread the word about Child Passenger Safety Week (September 17-22). The devastating fact that three out of four child safety seats are improperly installed in vehicles (according to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) should have us all sit up and take notice.

75% of car seats are used incorrectly!

Motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 and older.

Incorrectly used car seats can be DEADLY!

This week we are spreading awareness all about car seat safety through tips, giveaways and videos! Each day we will share a tip whether it is in photos or videos and hold a giveaway to give two lucky winners a brand new Britax G3 Convertible Car Seat of their choice! Each day you will probably have to do something different to enter the giveaway, so make sure you come back each and every day to see what we are up to!

Today is DAY 1!

We are starting off with a bang and sharing 20 tips from 20 of our closest friends! Watch the video very closely paying attention to the tips because there will be a quiz for the giveaway below.

Giveaway!!

WHAT IS UP FOR GRABS:

Two lucky readers will win a Britax G3 Convertible Car Seat of their choice. This giveaway is open to US residents only!

Brirax G3

Knowing that accidents can come from any angle, BRITAX designs seats with innovative safety technologies to provide the child with 360 degrees of protection. And now parents can see for themselves! The ADVOCATE 70-G3, PAVILION 70-G3 and BOULEVARD 70-G3 feature new BRITAX HUGS Chest Pads with SafeCell Technology. These chest pads are affixed to the back of the car seat shell to ensure that they are properly positioned on the buckled child. SafeCell padding on the chest pads, identified by a honeycomb design, is engineered to compress to manage energy and create best-in-class resistance to the forward movement of a child in the event of a crash.

All of the newly updated BRITAX convertible car seats continue to offer revolutionary safety features that are easy to see. For instance, all seats have a rigid shell with deep side walls that are lined with energy-absorbing foam to provide side impact protection. The ADVOCATE 70-G3, PAVILION 70-G3 and BOULEVARD 70-G3 offer a second layer of protection with energy-absorbing foam in the True Side Impact Protection head restraint that keeps the head, neck and spine aligned. Finally, the ADVOCATE 70-G3 includes Side Impact Cushion Technology, a third layer of protection, with black energy-absorbing cushions on the child seat’s exterior to reduce side impact energy by diverting 45 percent of the crash forces away from the seated child. These cushions also provide extra protection for the adjacent passenger.

Britax G3 Convertible Car Seats have these stand-out features with “safety you can see”!

  • New HUGS with SafeCell Technology
  • Side Impact Protection
  • Base with SafeCell Technology
  • Energy Absorbing Versa-Tether
  • Integrated Steel Bars

Giveaway

Yep, we are back to Rafflecopter this week!  A blog comment is the only mandatory entry! Baby Gizmo friends don’t just stick with “mandatory” though, right? We are overachievers and, of course, you’ll want more chances to win that Britax G3 Car Seat! So, there are additional (optional) entries you can get. But let us warn you – make sure you actually do the entries! If you click on “leave a blog comment” on the Rafflecopter widget – make sure you actually leave a blog comment. We check! If you don’t do the actual entry – it doesn’t count! You won’t win. We’ll both be sad.

*You can only do each entry method ONCE. Please do not cheat and enter more than that! Doing each entry method will require a few different blog comments so don’t worry about commenting more than once (or you can just combine all your answers into one comment). Just follow the Rafflecopter directions. Today’s Giveaway STARTS now and ends TONIGHT Monday, September 17, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

 

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About Hollie Schultz

Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in Chicago. She loves the city but hates the cold!

Comments

  1. Jean W says:

    The safety features of the G3 are so great…Britax is the best!

  2. I didn’t know you were never supposed to use the latch system along with the seatbelt. I don’t use both, but I didn’t know it was a no-no!

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    subscribed to news letter ju71@hotmail.com

  3. Heidi Daily says:

    I learned that an alarming 75% of cars eats are installed incorrectly

  4. Samantha Coughlin says:

    You always have the best giveaways!

  5. jennifer fox says:

    Carseat should not move more than an inch when latched

  6. Samantha Coughlin says:

    You can use EITHER the LATCH or the seat belt, but not both.

  7. Samantha Coughlin says:

    I follow you on Pinterest. MrsCoughlin

  8. hopespost says:

    Putting in a carseat is confusin. I worry that its just not right thanks for the information

  9. hopespost says:

    I learned children should be refacing until atleast 2 years old

  10. MARYA A KHAN says:

    carseats shouldnt move more than 1 inch latched.

  11. Lisa s says:

    75% of car seats are installed improperly

  12. Tiffany H. says:

    The chest clip should be at the child’s armpit level!

  13. Lisa s says:

    https://twitter.com/ldstarr18/status/247553101337329664 couldn’t paste this into raffle copter

  14. Valarie says:

    as a technician, I didn’t learn anything. It was fun to see everyone participating, though.

  15. Tiffany H. says:

    Posted a tip from the video onto my FB page: CoreyandTiffany Holtzinger. Tagged Baby Gizmo Company!

  16. Gwen M says:

    I learned that 75% of all car seats are installed wrong/improperly

  17. From a CPST, no new information for me! ;)

  18. Tiffany H. says:

    Follow you on Pinterest: cbhvr6 CoreyandTiffany Holtzinger

  19. Melissa Keranen says:

    That you shouldn’t use both the latch system and the seatbelt at the same time to secure the carseat.

  20. Booster seats- lap and should belt!

  21. Amy Marks says:

    Keep your child rear facing until at least 2 years old.

  22. Michele A. says:

    I was happy to know that I follow the safety rules and I LOVE the Britax seats for my girls!

  23. Carseats should not move an inch when latched… I’ll be double checking mine in the morning…

  24. Melissa Keranen says:

    Melissa Keranen (Pinterest name)

  25. Nicole says:

    Never use the latch system and the seat belt together when installing the car seat only use one option.

  26. Falon Smaltz says:

    Always use shoulder belt not just the lap belt!
    This was a great informative video! Thanks!

  27. Elizabeth says:

    Children should be seated rear-facing in the car until at least 2 years old! Thanks Ian Ziering!

  28. Catriona Gibbs says:

    The chest clip should be at armpit level.

  29. Alicyn says:

    No new info for me, but the 75% stat is really alarming!

  30. amy pugmire says:

    make sure to read the instruction manual and car seat manual

  31. The chest clip position is always a great tip which a lot of people probably dont think about

  32. don’t use the latch system and seat belt at the same time!

  33. Julia F says:

    Keep children in rear facing seats until at least 2 years old.

  34. amy pugmire says:

    I left a comment on your Facebook page
    https://www.facebook.com/babygizmo/posts/10151034186796135

  35. Sarah grogan says:

    I would have never thought it was crashes causing the most child deaths over 3. Scary stuff!

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  37. Kim Inge says:

    Read the manual!!!

  38. Kristen Seguin says:

    No new info … but it’s crazy that 75% … wow …

  39. Julie U says:

    Always tighten the harness until snug

  40. It is recommend to keep child rear-facing at the a minimum to 2 years of age.

  41. Cassandra Eastman says:

    Great video! A great reminder for my is to register my carseat so if it’s recalled i’ll know! And also to rear face until 2 is best!

  42. youtube: rgremil

  43. pinterest: noplacelikerome

  44. Kim Inge says:

    I posted a tip on my fb page!

  45. facebooked it

  46. Follow Baby Gizmo on Pinterest via Ling H.

  47. teagansmomma says:

    Top tips: Chest clip should be at armpit level. Do not use blankets, as they do not make for a snug fit. Do not use both the seatbelt system AND the latch system, use one or the other.

  48. Julie U says:

    follow you on pinterest juyekubo

  49. I get your newsletter :)

  50. Rebecca J C says:

    75% of carseats are installed incorrectly…definitely needs to be a priority!!

  51. Kristen Seguin says:

    I follow on Pinterest, Kristen Seguin is the name I use. :)

  52. Being a carseat nut I knew all the tips, but I think the best tips were chest clips at armpits, harness heights and make sure the harness is snug! So simple, but often not done properly….

  53. pinterest
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  54. Heather Lord says:

    Always tighten the harness until snug. ^_^

  55. teagansmomma says:

    Shared a tip and the link on my FB page!

  56. Fallon Gallagher says:

    I didn’t learn anything new, but I am hoping this will help other parents keep their kids properly restrained and safe :)

  57. Kim Inge says:

    I follow you on pinterest. Kim Inge is my name on pinterest.

  58. use latch or seatbelt, not both.

  59. Marie Natividad says:

    Can’t believe the statistics are so high! I think it’s great they are bringing more awareness to this issue.

  60. rear facing until age 2

  61. Pinterest: Liza Bair

  62. Amy Clendenin says:

    Pinterest aclendenin07

  63. Marie Natividad says:

    I learned that the carseat should move more than 1 inch in each direction when properly installed

  64. Theresa J says:

    I learned that 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly

  65. Theresa J says:

    I follow on pinterest
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  66. Rear face your child at least until 2, but preferably until the seat is outgrown by height or weight. The longer the safer.

  67. Kristen says:

    I have always had my carseats installed at the police station because I am paranoid I will do it wrong. They explaned most of the tips listed at the police station, except that the forward facing straps should be at or above and rear facing should be at or below sholder level.

  68. Corey Simpson says:

    I learned that children should be rear facing until they are 2 years old and that the chest clip should be at armpit level!!

  69. Tamara says:

    Read the manual(car seat and car). While I’ve read the manual, it’s nice to keep it around on the few occasions we have needed to use a different vehicle.

  70. Theresa J says:
  71. Amy Clendenin says:

    Post a tip on fb!

  72. Melissa Easton says:

    The chest clip should be at armpit level. Thanks for this awesome contest :)

  73. Karen Rennirt says:

    I didn’t know that you were only supposed to use the latch or the carseat belt, but not both.

  74. Tamara says:

    I am already subscribed to your Youtube. Now following on pinterest and subscribed to your blog. I tweeted but it wouldn’t let me paste into the rafflecopter https://mobile.twitter.com/Tamz057/status/247561395414130689#!/Tamz057. Hopefully that is acceptable

  75. christina f says:

    the safest place for children under 12 is the back seat! I am a follower on pinterest. armywife6110.

  76. Teresa B. says:

    Didn’t know how high the chest clip should go!

  77. Kellie says:

    I think one of the most important things is to know the height and weight restrictions on your carseat. Just because your infant seat goes up to 30 pounds doesn’t mean they can stay in it that long. Both my kids had to move into a britax convertable carseat earlier than 1 year. So having the right seat, for the right stage (height/weight) is one of the most important things. In my case, the infant travel system wasn’t worth the money. I used one for 8 months and one for 6 months. I should have just used my britax advocate from the beginning (rear facing of course)!

  78. LaTasha G. says:

    Read both the manufacturer’s user guide and your car user manual relating to proper seat installation.

  79. Christina Brundick says:

    the chest clip should be between the armpits,my toddler son already knows and tries to help with that part while being buckled in

  80. kate o. says:

    Always read both the carseat and car manual before installation

  81. Ashley says:

    Never use the LATCH system and a seatbelt together…use one or the other ONLY!!

  82. Vanessa M. says:

    Get car seat installed installed correctly… I like this one best. Less room for error :)

  83. kate o. says:

    Followed on pinterest :) kate515

  84. Karoliina says:

    remove bulky clothing to insure tight enough fit

  85. Karoliina says:

    karoliinavella pintrest

  86. Nedaa Almier says:

    be sure to read the instruction manual.

  87. Use either the latch or the seatbelt to anchor the seat, never both.

  88. Melissa says:

    Chest clip should be at armpit level.

  89. Eva Biggs says:

    Never use both the latch system and the seatbelt at the same time.

  90. Eva Biggs says:

    following on pinterest : Eva Biggs

  91. Tracy D. says:

    I already knew this, but it’s nice to be reminded to keep the clip at armpit level. My son likes to more his around, so I’m always having to check.

  92. Tracy D. says:

    Pinterest: Tracy

  93. Brookann says:

    Children should be rear facing until at least 2 yrs of age.

  94. Erika K says:

    Great article and thank you for posting. I can’t count the number of improper carseat uses I see. We need more awareness indeed.

  95. Erika K says:

    Great article and thank you for posting. I can’t Even count the number of improper carseat uses I see. We need more awareness indeed.

  96. Eileen McLeod says:

    Always tighten the straps! Even if your baby hates it, like mine :) thanks for the giveaways baby gizmo!

  97. Eileen McLeod says:

    Pintrest name is Eileen McLeod.

  98. I never knew about the correct height for the chest buckle. Thanks.

  99. Pinterest Krazykabbage

  100. Maria S. says:

    These 20 tips made me especially careful (and more aware) of how I strap in/buckle in my 11month-old daughter in her carseat. Thanks!

  101. Maria S. says:

    Never use a blanket on or under the baby unless it’s recommended for use in the carseat.

    I’ve been putting a thin blanket under my daughter’s head because she sweats a lot! Now that I know, I’m gonna stop doing that. :)

  102. Stacey L says:

    Didn’t know you couldn’t use the seat belt and the latch together.

  103. Maria S. says:

    Posted a tip! :)

  104. Maria S. says:

    Pinterest ID: mcschoolcraft

  105. simone t says:

    Nothing new,but good reminder on the new rear facing till 2 requirement.Thanks!

  106. Rebecca Spear says:

    Thanks for all the great info and giveaways Hollie! So glad I watched the video, I did not know thta you couldnt use the belt and latch systems at the same time!

  107. Brooke says:

    Chestclip goes at armpit level!

  108. Nicole says:

    Nothing new here! CPST posting! But what a great video lots of great info for other parent!

  109. Lindsey says:

    Never use the latch and seatbelt at the same time.

  110. Christine Roeske says:

    Knew the RF rule of shoulder strap being at or below the shoulder but didn’t know for FF it could be at or ABOVE shoulder…learned something new!

  111. Christine Roeske says:

    Posted tip on FB and linked Baby Gizmo in: https://www.facebook.com/christine.roeske/posts/352395034843920

  112. Julie says:

    Forward facing the strap should be at or above shoulder.

  113. Melissa says:

    That you shouldn’t use both the latch system and the seatbelt at the same time to secure the carseat.

  114. Sarah Q says:

    The chest clips should be at the child’s arm pit level.

  115. Erin B. says:

    Never use the latch and seatbelt together!

  116. Holly R says:

    Can use either the latches or seat belt but not both when installing carseat

  117. Addison Kat says:

    Never use both the latch system and the seatbelt at the same time!

  118. Addison Kat says:

    following you on pinterest as Addison Kat (atruck)

  119. Addison Kat says:

    shared my safety tip on Facebook and tagged you – https://www.facebook.com/addison.kat/posts/443598459026120

  120. Erika says:

    Nothing new here, but great info! Hopefully word spreads so more kids are buckled safely!

  121. Leaving your child facing towards the back of the car until they are up to 2 year old just baffles me now ( I have a 13 and 7 year old). But if they say it will help my little baby that is on the way, I shall do it.

  122. Russell says:

    I love the babygizmo blog!

  123. Peggy T says:

    I did not know that you shouldn’t use the seatbelt and latch system at the same time to secure a carseat in the vehicle!

  124. Erika says:

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  125. Erika says:

    Pinterest name is Erika hormel.

  126. Erika says:

    Posted a tip on Facebook, but not sure I tagged you right? I put @thebabygizmocompany at the end of post, but is that tagging??

  127. Malea says:

    I’m a certified tech so none of these tips was new, but the one that makes me CRAZY is when people post pics on social media of their kids “chillin” in their carseats and they are either FF too soon OR have the straps too loose with the chest clip too low. UGH!

  128. Malea says:

    I posted on FB and I already follow you on Pinterest–malwilhist

  129. Karie G says:

    Not using latch and the seat belt at the same time is a good tip…we see lots of that at our check up events.

  130. Britax are the best car seats! It’s great to have the information on how to keep my little one safe!

  131. Sharla says:

    Never knew that you should only use one or the other, latch or seatbelt. Great advice!

  132. Karen W says:

    Chest clip should be at arm pit level
    Pintrest name karen wuollet

  133. Jessica Morgan says:

    Armpit level for chest clip. Its always good to be reminded. I love the new rear facing till 2 thing. Mine always have. I am also a Pinterest follower. I also tweeted and subscribed to your newsletter.

  134. A few things I learned through my parenting class, but I did not know Chest clip should be at arm pit level or that you shouldn’t use latch and seat belt together. Very beneficial information for a first time mother. Thank You!

  135. Marci Lundberg-Asmus says:

    Ok, so I’m rather uptight about my kids and their carseats! I already know all the tips..shoulder straps at or above ff…at or below rf, chest clip at armpits….I have the hardest time being satisfied my seats are tight enough when I have to use the belt instead of latch!

    Ponterest: Marci Lundberg-Asmus

  136. Jessica Murry says:

    Really good reminder that my daughter hates every time keep clip at armpit level and straps should be tight enough to only get one finger under it!

  137. Rachel says:

    Chest strap should be at armpit level.

  138. Amber says:

    The carseat shouldn’t move more than one inch side to side or front to back.
    I follow on Pinterest: amber925

  139. Ireisa says:

    I had no idea so many car seats are used incorrectly.

  140. Ireisa says:

    Ireisa P. (Pinterest Name)

  141. Alicia G. says:

    I did not know that I wasn’t supposed to use both lap belt and latch system! I’m going to go fix it now!
    Pinterest agrenham

  142. Karen T says:

    use latch OR seat belt not both! Thanks!!

  143. Kelly Lorandos says:

    I did not know you were NOT supposed to use the latch system and the car seat buckle at the same time. Thankfully I don’t have her big seat attached this way but her infant carrier always had both. With new baby, will only use the latch!!

  144. Margo says:

    Had no idea- you couldn’t do both- use a latch system and the seat belt at the same time, I thought it would be safer?!!…

  145. Brandy says:

    Never use the latch and seatbelt to secure at the same time. Use only 1.

  146. Kristen Gienger says:

    The backseat is the safest place for kids 12 and under.

  147. Brandy says:

    pinterest brandy wilson

  148. Jennifer says:

    I love the Britax Convertable Car Seat in the Zebra pattern!

  149. Marianela Aponte says:

    Great refresher since I am getting ready for #2 after having my first child 5 yrs ago. I did not know you should not use latch and the seatbelt , also to remove bulky clothing for a better fit. Thank you!!

  150. Margo says:

    I did post the safety tip on my FB page
    https://www.facebook.com/margobrad/posts/270600913057039

  151. Kristen Gienger says:

    I posted and tagged a tip on facebook!

  152. Margo says:

    I follow you on pinterest at @ http://pinterest.com/starrysky05/

  153. Kristen Gienger says:

    I already follow on pinterest!

  154. Sarah L says:

    I didn’t realize the shoulder straps should be at or above the shoulders when forward facing.

  155. Sarah L says:

    Pinterest – sarah lapsley

  156. Suzanne L says:

    Latch or seatbelt – that just made it easier!

  157. Suzanne L says:

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  158. Suzanne L says:

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  159. I didn’t know straps should be at shoulder height if forward facing. Great video! Transitioning daughter to a convertible seat soon, so this was very helpful.

  160. Brookann says:

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  161. Elizabeth H says:

    Adjust straps for frontward facing children to at I’d above shoulder height. Just adjusted my big guy this morning.

  162. JessD says:

    I didn’t realize you weren’t supposed to use LATCH and lapbelt at the same time.
    Great video!

  163. arely colin says:

    use latch OR seat belt not both

  164. arely colin says:

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  165. Claire says:

    I love that this week you guys are trying to get safety info out there! So important! With baby #3 coming I am relearning all the car seat info for the little littles!

  166. arely colin says:

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    also subscribe to the newsletter

  167. Rachele W. says:

    Registering the carseat. I am horrible about filling out those little forms!

  168. If the carseat is rear-facing, the shoulder straps should be at or bellow shoulder level. I didn’t know that! I need to make sure I check that next time I put my daughter in her carseat. =)

  169. JessD says:

    shared tip on FB

  170. I posted a tip on my wall!

  171. cash pond says:

    I learned that you’re only suppose to use either the latch or lapbelt not both.

  172. Victoria says:

    Didn’t know you shouldn’t use the latch and seatbelt.

  173. Janna B. says:

    I think proper car seat installation education is essential to protecting our children!

  174. Jamie says:

    I didn’t know you couldn’t use the LATCH and the seat belt at the same time. Good to know!!

  175. I learned how many are installed wrong! Yikes!

  176. Pintrest: lilliannelee

  177. Lindsey says:

    75% of car seats are installed wrong.

  178. rachael says:

    i learned you can’t use the LATCH and safety belt at the same time! who knew?

  179. Erica says:

    The chest bar should be at the child’s armpit level

  180. Erica r says:

    Nothing new but it’s always good to hear them.

  181. Jennifer says:

    I am so glad you’re doing this!!! Thanks for creating awareness of car seat safety!

  182. Jennifer says:

    Forgot to add the tip I learned: Actually I’m such a car seat geek and over-researcher that I was already aware of all of the safety tips shared.

  183. Katie says:

    I’ll tell you the one that I find people use wrong the most rear facing at or Below!!

  184. Erica r says:

    Shared tip on fb

  185. Nicole says:

    When using a booster use a lap shoulder belt and not lap belt only.

  186. Wow, I did not know that you should not use the carseat latch and the car seat belt together ! Im so glad I know this now ! Lots of great tips,thanks everyone !

  187. Never use latch and seatbelt to secure at the same time, only one!

  188. Not suppose to use LATCH and lapbelt at the same time.

  189. Kristin says:

    I didn’t realize that armpit level was where the shoulder harness needed to be buckled. I thought it was the sternum area. Good to know!

  190. Its scares me every time to get in the car with my kiddo. But makes me feel a little better knowing I’m keeping him as safe as I can putting him in the car seat right.

  191. Posted to Facebook for all my parent friends to see !

  192. Erin Niedermaier says:

    Thanks for all of the great tips.

  193. jacobsks77

  194. Erin Niedermaier says:

    I learned that the straps should be below my baby’s shoulder when rear facing.

  195. Erica r says:

    I tweeted!

  196. Ashley G says:

    1 tip from the video: Children should be in a rear-facing seat at least for 2yrs….if not longer. It’s the safest way!

  197. Erin Niedermaier says:

    Pinterest Name is Erin Niedermaier

  198. nicole says:

    75% of all car seats are being used incorrectly (SCARY), and also to never use a lap belt only when using a toddler booster seat, always use a shoulder strap as well!

  199. Ashley G says:

    I posted a child passenger safety tip on my facebook page

  200. My family is in need of a carseat. I dont currently own anything of Britax and I would love to own one of thesecar seats! love the look and the quality! hope I win!

  201. Kristin says:

    Registering your carseat!! Very important!

  202. Kristin says:

    Pinterest keokris

  203. Sonya Morris says:

    use latch or seat belt not both

  204. Never use latch and seat belt at the same time!

  205. Sonya Morris says:

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  206. Jessica DiJirolanio Gruppo says:

    Make sure chest clips are at armpit level. What an awesome giveaway!!

  207. Chest clip at armpit level

  208. Colleen says:

    I was always wondering if we should be doubling up on the LATCH and belt, but good to know we should not be!

  209. mui xe says:

    Yikes! No seat belt and latch at the same time. Oops, need to go fix that asap.

  210. Jaimee Baker says:

    Hope I win!!! following on Pinterest: Jaimee830 and youtube: JaimeeNeil!

  211. Larisa Smyrnow says:

    That the chest clip should be at armpit level. Didn’t realized that one. We always just had it at the chest or somewhere in that general level.

  212. Larisa Smyrnow says:

    pintrest username, Larisa Smyrnow

  213. Bettina Mueller Perkins says:

    Make sure the car seat,once installed, does not move more than an inch side to side and front to back.

  214. Colleen says:

    Following on Pinterest- culbycheese :P

  215. Becky McMahon says:

    Putting the buckle at armpit level, that’s something I need to remember!

  216. Bernadette N says:

    Make sure you have the shoulder straps threaded at or below the child’s shoulders.

  217. Susan M. says:

    Didn’t really learn anything new, per se (I’m a manual reader reader by nature), but it was a nice refresher. A tip I could use is: how do I keep my 3 year old from ALWAYS pushing his chest clip down from armpit height?? ;)

  218. I think I knew all of these tips, but some I’ve seen done incorrectly are using both latch and seatbelt, forward facing too soon and my personal pet peeve, the chest clip down by the child’s stomach instead of the armpit level (it’s called a chest clip…not a belly clip!)

  219. Becky McMahon says:

    Pinterest name: beckysaltzman… I follow you guys :o)

  220. Angela Cisco says:

    Did not know you can’t use seatbealt and latch together!

  221. Angela Cisco says:

    Did not know you could not use seatbelt and latch together!

  222. Bernadette N says:

    I follow you already on Pinterest: mandarin831

  223. Christina P says:

    The harness strap should be threaded at or above the child’s shoulders in a firward facing seat!

  224. Children should be seated rear-facing in the car until at least 2 years old, also I had no idea that 3 out of 4 car seats were installed improperly. I’m going to get mine checked by a professional after hearing that.

  225. Jessica says:

    As Ian said – leave them rear facing until at least two! or three, or four….

  226. Elizabeth Wisniewski says:

    3 out of 4 seats are installed incorrectly. That is juts scary.

  227. Jessica says:

    I follow you on Pinterest :)

  228. Katherine says:

    I learned that 75% use the carseat incorrectly. Really? Clearly more needs to be done to communicate the standards. So glad you’re doing something to promote education about this critical topic!

  229. Becky McMahon says:

    I also left a Facebook post :o) Hope I tagged Baby Gizmo right!

  230. Pinterest: Tina Sowers

  231. Loretta says:

    Thanks for the safety tips. I was always debating whether or not to bring my car to a fire station to have my carseats checked but never did but, after watching the video I am definitely going to take it over to make sure they are installed correctly.

  232. Crystal Robinson says:

    I knew all the tips but will make sure I register my new carseat. pinterest Crystalrose10

  233. Caitlin A. says:

    Tip: Thick padding should not be used under the seat or child, unless recommended by the manufacturer.

  234. Crystal Robinson says:

    I posted a tip on my facebook page. :)

  235. Bettina Mueller Perkins says:

    I posted a comment about car seat safety on my FB page.

  236. Bettina Mueller Perkins says:

    Pinterest user name BLM5142

  237. Megan Borkowski says:

    I didn’t realize there was a difference for where the shoulder straps should be for front and rear facing. Thanks for the tip!!

  238. Megan Borkowski says:

    pinterest name is megan borkowski

  239. Keeping your baby rear facing as long as possible

  240. Rachel Bruyere says:

    Shoulder straps should be at or above a forward facing child’s shoulders…I’ll have to check as soon as my son wakes up from his nap! Thanks!

  241. Keeping your baby rear facing as long as possible, wish all parents followed this

  242. Rachel Bruyere says:

    Follow you on Pinterest (name is Swell Maison), and shared a FB post about child safety!

  243. use latch or seat belt not both.

  244. Love the Britax brand and would like to have one of these so safe seats! Side impact protection, Steel bars & hugging cushions – excellent! :)

  245. Cherie Cairo says:

    The shoulder straps should be at or below the shoulders in a rear facing car seat.

  246. I learned that the straps are shoulder or above when front-facing. I still have a RF kid, so I haven’t had to think about it yet!

  247. Taylor says:

    Always register your car seat and bulking clothing/blankets interfere with a snug fit!!

  248. Jessica L says:

    I learned to put the straps at or above the child’s shoulders in a forward facing seat, and at or below in the rear facing position.

  249. Ty's Mom says:

    importance to me is having the seat installed properly, either reading the manual or.in my case, having our town’s car seat safety officer install it.

  250. Jessica L says:

    I posted about Baby Gizmo from my FB page.

  251. Cherie Cairo says:

    Posted and tagged in facebook, left a previous comment on this blog, following you on pinterest, subscribed to your newsletter. oh my i am hoping this works! Love this car seat!

  252. Katie K says:

    Thick Padding shouldn’t be under the straps in a carseat

  253. Katie Jo Soukup says:

    Never use the seatbelt and latch at the same time… I desperately need this car seat!

  254. Katie K says:

    Left a comment on my status and tagged BabyGizmo

  255. Katie K says:

    Following already on Pinterest- Katie K

  256. Angeline says:

    Shoulder straps should be at or below child’s shoulder!

  257. Jessica H. says:

    We are due with our first in January – I really hope I win this!

  258. Nicole U says:

    When the seat is forward-facing the harness should be AT or ABOVE your child’s shoulders. Thanks for the great tips!

  259. Katie Jo Soukup says:

    Already following on pinterest… MrsSoukup

  260. Jessica H. says:

    The carseat should not move more than one inch side to side or front to back.

  261. Caroline says:

    Rear-face to at least 2 years!

  262. Jessica H. says:

    I posted a tip on my facebook page!

  263. Jessica H. says:

    I already follow on pinterest – jadedainjel

  264. Luckily, I am able to say I already knew all the info in the video, but I was most happy to hear Ian Zeiring say rear face until 2, but that 3 or 4 is even better. Yay!

  265. Katie Jo Soukup says:
  266. tfennemore says:

    buckle chest clip at arm pit level

  267. Nicole U says:

    Pinterest name is Nicole Uyeda

  268. Amanda says:

    While I already knew the information in the video, it is important to stay up to date, and refresh myself, for the safety of my sweet baby boy!

  269. I was unaware that the shoulder strap placement was different for forward and rear facing seats. Although, my little on isn’t here yet, so I’ve been focusing on the infant car seat rules so far.

  270. Tiffany says:

    Chest clip at armpit level!

  271. Tiffany says:

    Follow on Pinterest: Tiffany Doss Stanley

  272. kate spigler says:

    rear face for at least two years!

  273. Veronica R. says:

    I just recently learned that the chest clip should be at armpit level. Everything else I already knew but the video was a great refresher :)

  274. Veronica R. says:

    I subscribe to the Baby Gizmo newsletter.

  275. Summer B says:

    I’m shocked that 75% of carseats are used incorrectly! That’s awful! I also didn’t know you shouldn’t use the latch and seatbelt at the same time, I’ve never done this, but learned that I shouldn’t. Thanks Hollie for keeping people informed!

  276. Great refresher! I need to double check the straps on my son who is forward facing to make sure they are above his shoulders. I know it is something I should check on both my kids every time I put them in the car like I do the tightness of the belt. Thanks BabyGizmo and Britax for doing this. Car seat safety is the most important things we can do to protect our children.

  277. Summer B says:

    Pinterest: Summer Broome

  278. Lyndsay says:

    I didn’t realize that forward-facing straps should originate above the shoulder….but since my baby is only 9 months we have a couple years until I have to worry about it! :)

  279. Natalie Spiking says:

    My tip is Rear Facing till at least 2yr, but as long as possible to keep the child safe

  280. Veronica R. says:

    Shared a tip on my FB page (Veronica DeJong Reichman)

  281. alison s says:

    to read the carseat manual AND the car manual to get the safest install.

  282. I posted on FB

  283. Pinterest name – KeriAJohnson

  284. Jessica says:

    I learned never to use a booster with just a lap belt.

  285. Jessica says:

    Pinterest follower Jess Braswell.

  286. christine c says:

    don’t use the latch system and seatbelt at the same time

  287. Connie T says:

    My husband actually informed me that the clip should be at the armpits. This video reinforced that. Great tips!

  288. Laura M. says:

    Chest strap at armpit level, that is something I don’t check every time! Thanks!

  289. Sarah w says:

    Rear facing is importants and until agar 2 at minimum!

  290. Amanda says:

    Didn’t realize when forward facing straps should be above shoulders and rear facing straps below shoulders. makes sense!

  291. Tanya says:

    If your child is in a rear facing car seat make sure the straps are below or at shoulder height. If you child is in a forward facing car seat make sure the are at or above the shoulders.

  292. Emily @ LittleLeafLane says:

    Read the instruction manual for both the car seat and your vehicle!

  293. Emily @ LittleLeafLane says:

    I follow BabyGizmo on Pinterest (LittleLeafLane).

  294. suzanne says:

    76% of carseats are used incorrectly!!

  295. Booster seat always use the lap shoulder belt and not the lap belt only – I NEVER knew this. Thankfully I am a first time mommy with a newborn so I’m absorbing all this info thank you so much!

  296. Leslie Chaltraw says:

    The chest clip should be at armpit level.

  297. Leslie Chaltraw says:

    Pinterest username is lchaltraw.

  298. Elisa Merritt says:

    Chest clip should be at armpit level.

  299. kira m. says:

    Love our Britax carseats!

  300. following on pinterest courtneyssweets

  301. Lindi H says:

    I learned to never use the seatbelt and latch together.

  302. back seat is the safest place for kids 12 and under, always make the harness snug

  303. Andrea says:

    Chest strap under arm pits.
    Use right car seat for right time

  304. Andrea says:

    pintrest Andrea Veeneman

  305. Magdalena says:

    Rear facing until age 2!!! Love Britax!!!

  306. I posted a tip on my FB page :)

  307. Kara P. says:

    Tip: rf to age 2

  308. Kara P. says:

    I follow on pinterest- username pixiegoose

  309. Alexis says:

    Never use the Latch connectors and seatbelt to secure carseat simultaneously.

  310. Andrea Renzi says:

    put your child in the right seat at the right time in the right way! We could use another seat in a huge way!!

  311. Andrea Renzi says:

    It’s car seat safety week! Remember to put your child in the right seat at the right time in the right way! The Baby Gizmo Company –on my facebook feed via Andrea Martel Renzi

  312. Andrea Renzi says:

    I follow you on pinterest! I’m Andrea Renzi!

  313. Jackie F says:

    Children should be rear facing until age 2.

  314. Brad H says:

    Great product! Wife approved!

  315. Allison S. says:

    Before installing your car seat, be sure to read the car seat manual AND your vehicle manual. Great tip! For example, certain car seats have latch installation rated to a higher child weight, but the vehicle might not allow for the same increased weight limit. Also, chest clips should always be at armpit level. I get so frustrated when I see chest clips in the center of a child’s abdomen! GREAT video!!! Very informative :)

  316. Laura Cimbolic says:

    The safest place for kids 12 and over is in the back seat!

  317. Laura Cimbolic says:

    PINTEREST NAME: Lauracimbolic

  318. Allison S. says:

    Also, my Pinterest user name is johnnysmommy11

  319. Ashlie Fuller says:

    Do not use both the LATCH and the vehicle belt. Just one or the other.

  320. kira m. says:

    pinterest name: klmo

  321. Ashley S says:

    Rear facing until age 2.. I actually thought is one! Good info!

  322. Jessica says:

    Rear facing until age 2!

  323. kira m. says:
  324. Jessica Wiese says:

    Rear face your child until they are at least 2 years old.

  325. Carrie says:

    So glad Child Passenger Safety is getting recognized!!

  326. Jessica Wiese says:

    pinterest user name: Jessica Parks Wiese (http://pinterest.com/jessicawiese/)

  327. Michelle H. says:

    Rear face your child till at least two but the longer the better as long as they meet the rear facing weight and height requirements for the seat.

  328. Michelle H. says:

    Rear face your child till at least two but the longer the better as long as they meet the rear facing weight and height requirements for the seat. Never use LATCH and seat belt install together. Never use a lap only belt for a booster seat.

  329. Jessica Wiese says:
  330. Felicia R says:

    I learned that you shouldn’t use the latch and the vehicle belt at the same time. We haven’t done that but I wouldn’t think it would be a bad option.
    Pinterest name: http://pinterest.com/allsmiles0521/

  331. Jailene F says:

    In an infant car seat the shoulder straps should start at or below the shoulders but a toddler car seat should be above.

  332. Jailene F says:

    pintrest is Jailene Fostie

  333. Jenni says:

    Don’t use the LATCH and seat belt at the same time!

  334. Jenni says:
  335. Jenni says:
  336. Angela says:

    Face the rear until age 2.

  337. heather says:

    i learned that the strap position is different for front facing and rear facing. for rear facing the straps need to be at or below shoulders and front facing at or above.

  338. Debra Getsinger says:

    75% carseats are installed incorrectly.

  339. Kara Doss says:

    Love Britax!!!

  340. Kara Doss says:

    Rear facing until age 2!

  341. Chest clip should be at armpit level

  342. Rachel G says:

    The car seat should never move more than an inch in any direction.

  343. Katie says:

    Always have the chest clip at armpit level!

  344. Jennifer B says:

    do not use both seatbelt & latch at the same time

  345. Kara Doss says:

    Pinterest name “Kara Doss”

  346. Pinterest name is Tonya Extine Hopkins

    http://pinterest.com/tonyah85/

  347. dianne says:

    rear facing till age 2.

  348. No padding under the baby unless approved by the manufacture

  349. Jessica Martin says:

    We should all be rear-facing! ;) I knew it wasn’t necessary to use both latch and seatbelt but I didnt realize you shouldnt use both!

  350. Kimberlie says:

    Children under 12 are safest in the back seat.

  351. Cheryl V says:

    I learned don’t use the seat belt and the latch together

  352. Jessica Martin says:

    Posted on facebook a tip!

  353. Paige says:

    Its scary to know that 75% of seats are installed improperly! So makes me wish that everyone had to take a car seat safety class.

  354. Kellie K says:

    I learned that 75% of carseats are used incorrectly

  355. Kellie K says:

    pinterest username: keltom2c

  356. Natalie S says:

    Back seat is the safest place for children 12 and under! Lots of great tips!

  357. Natalie S says:

    Pinterest nat5732

  358. Miranda Welle says:

    I learned that you use EITHER the latch system or the seatbelt. Not both.

  359. deepa says:

    We own a britax stroller and infant car seat..THE best!!! Got lots of compliments too…:-)
    . Love the new features in the convertible seats. .would love to win a Boulevard 70 G3….keeping my fingers crossed…

  360. Jenn S says:

    Get your car seat installed correctly to protect your child best :)

  361. Nelly says:

    Shoulder level belt positioning, rear- facing until age 2 (I thought it was much younger).

  362. Kimberlie says:

    I follow on pinterest – KimberlieT

  363. Colleen says:

    Back seat is the safest for kids under 12

  364. JoAnne Messinger says:

    I learned that the backseat is best for a child up to age 12.

  365. Ashleen says:

    I didn’t learn much … I’m a car seat tech!

  366. Jenn Hilton says:

    I learned that chest clips should be at armpit level.

  367. victoria says:

    never use the seat belt & latch together

  368. Nikki mcallester says:

    I learned that 75% of carseats are used incorrectly.

  369. Ashleen says:

    CookeeCutter is my pinterest name :D

  370. Crystal says:

    That 75% of car seats are incorectly installed

  371. Karis says:

    Wow! I had no idea that a whopping 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly! Yikes!

  372. victoria says:

    twitter is vicforstie

  373. Jenny says:

    I learned that the car seat should not move more than one inch when installed side to side AND front to back.

  374. Karis says:

    Followed on Pinterest… User name hellomysunshine (Karis Hollis)

  375. Emily says:

    Children under 12 should ride in the backseat.

  376. Norma Morrone says:

    Not sure why people don’t install and use them the proper way. They are holding the best in the world.

  377. Before i watched the video I didn’t realize 75% of car seats were used incorrectly.

  378. Danae Turner says:

    I had heard it before but it still gives me chills that 75% of seats are installed incorrectly!

  379. kelley says:

    Chest clips should be at arm pit level

  380. Emily says:

    Posted a safety tip on facebook @baby gizmo

  381. I followed you on pinterest-babygirlchap

  382. kelley says:

    pinterest-kelley

  383. Emily says:

    following on pinterest- username Emily Gureckis

  384. Michelle says:

    Before watching the video, I didn’t know that you weren’t supposed to use both belt and latch!

  385. shannon says:

    Learned to pick latch or belt not both.. Ooops!

  386. shannon says:

    shannonveller on pinterest

  387. Dacey says:

    I can’t believe up to 75% of car seats are installed improperly! Wow.

  388. emily says:

    75% of car seat are installed incorrectly. Way to many!

  389. emily says:

    pinterest honeycrisphome

  390. Dacey says:

    Daceyw on pinterest

  391. Sara Carr says:

    Rear facing as long as possible is important.

  392. stacy vidrinw says:

    iI am a bit of a carseat person. No new info doe me in the video, thanks to research and a local tech. thanks for chance to win

  393. Katie Rogers says:

    I learned that 75% of carseats are installed incorrectly. That’s so unacceptable~we need awareness and better instructions from manufacturers!

  394. Katie Rogers says:

    Left a Facebook tip!

  395. kelley says:
  396. Daniela Hernandez says:

    Thanks for helping people get educated on this issue. Hopefully more of us will keep or kids rear facing as long as possible. There are many places where we can have our car seats inspected to make sure they are installed properly. Some hospitals, fire and police stations, some of the bigger baby stores have classes on this issue once a month. The resources are out there. We must use them. Looking forward to hopefully winning a Britax G3 Car Seat!

  397. brooke t says:

    don’t use the seat belt and the latch together

  398. Heidi M says:

    I didn’t realize that 75% of car seats were installed incorrectly. Scary!

  399. Elizabeth P. says:

    wow! a lot of great information and safety tips. I learned that the car seat shouldn’t move more than an inch from side to side or front to back at the belt path!

  400. Heidi M says:

    pinterest ID: Heiders78

  401. Elizabeth P. says:

    Pinterest name ejsp522

  402. Casey says:

    The chest latch should be even with a child’s arm pits

  403. Karen H. says:

    LATCH or seatbelt not both

  404. Elizabeth P. says:

    posted the video and a tip on my fb(ejsp22)

  405. Barbara Wikman says:

    always tighten the harness until snug:)

  406. Barbara Wikman says:

    pinterest user name wikkimom

  407. Kelly Grell says:

    It is hard to believe that 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly. I am a bit paranoid about making sure ours are always in right and tight!

  408. Tim W says:

    The chest clip should be at armpit level.

  409. Dana Spero says:

    Back seat is safest for children under 12!

  410. Michael Welle says:

    That kids under 12 need to be in the back seat to be the safest.

  411. Michael Welle says:
  412. Wendy martinez says:

    Keep child rear facing past 2 years old if possible.

  413. terry maigi says:

    I learned that you use either the latch system or the seatbelt. Never both

  414. Wendy martinez says:

    Learned babies should be kept rear facing past 2 years is possible. Pinterest username: Wendy Ornelas Martinez (wendy1121)

  415. LedysCarol says:

    The back seat is the safest for kids under 12.

  416. LedysCarol says:

    Pinterest: LedysCarol

  417. Beth G. says:

    i had to learn the correct way for my grandson’s safety…interesting to watch and learn!

  418. Andrea Gardner says:

    Rear-facing until they are 2 years old! :)

  419. Amy Dillard says:

    I learned that is very important to make sure your car seat is installed properly!

  420. Gretchen says:

    I learned that the shoulder straps have different positions for rear or forward facing. (not just for the kid itself)

  421. Melissa R. says:

    You can use the LATCH system or the car’s seat belt to install the car seat, but NEVER use both at the same time.

  422. When putting our kids in the car seat, always tighten the harness until snug.

  423. Richard T says:

    No more than 1 inch side to side and forwards/backwards! Check.

  424. Melissa R. says:

    pinterest username: Melissa Rarama

  425. Sarah Osborne says:

    I learned that the shoulder straps have different positions depending on if it’s rear or forward facing.

  426. Katie Rogers says:

    I follow on pinterest

    Katie Rogers (dollfingal22)

  427. Rocanne says:

    Backseat is safest for kids under 12.

  428. I learned that kids can be rear facing even after 2 years!

  429. Sharon says:

    Backseat is safest for kids under 12.

  430. Always tighten the harness until snug!

  431. Sarah Trout says:

    If your car seat is past expiration date you should replace it!

  432. Sarah Trout says:

    Posted tip on FB!

  433. jolene edmiston says:

    Safest place for kids under 12 is the backseat :)

  434. Amanda says:

    Register your carseat with the manufacture! What a great tip as I think this is something everyone often doesn’t think about, but it’s so important to make sure you are notified of any recalls or problems with the seat during your ownership.

  435. Amanda says:

    Posted the register your seat tip on FB!

  436. Amanda says:

    Pin Amanda Lee

  437. Car seat shouldn’t move 1 inch side to side or front to back at the belt part.

  438. Harness strap should be threaded at or above child’s shoulder in a forward facing car seat.

  439. Catherine says:

    Chest clip should be at armpit level

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