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November 8th, 2006, 01:16 PM
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Hi all,

This video was posted on the June 2006 PR board I'm a part of and I thought I would share. I got all weapy and what not from watching it but the message is a good one.

Let me know what your thoughts are on this...

Why 5 pt carseats are so important

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November 8th, 2006, 01:45 PM
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Proper installation and use a child restraint is essential. All seatbelts can fail, sadly. The thing to be aware of, this is a mother, not a carseat not a vehicle manufacturer. LATCH isn't made for a heavy child. Make sure you know what weight your vehicles LATCH can hold before assuming it can hold a heavier child. Also, in Canada, carseats are rated differently, I am not sure that the one she mentions is rated the same here, or even available.
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November 8th, 2006, 02:34 PM
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Thank you Brandy for the additional information. I was unaware that the latches in vehicules had different weight capacities. I do know that all children should be in rear-facing carseats until they are 1 yr old AND are 22 lbs or more (according to Transport Canada, http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/tp/tp13511/intro.htm).

I am now an even more informed consumer.

I figured that the model the person who did the video mentioned wasn't available in Canada but we do have access to 5pt. harnesses in the carseat models we do have and the important thing is that mothers, fathers, etc who are caring for children are aware of what safety precautions to take when transporting their children in vehicules and what type of carseat they need. The rules and regulations in regards to carseats has changed quite a bit in the last few years. I know I sure didn't use a booster seat till I was 8 or older, but my parents and gransparents made sure I sat in the backseat till I was tall enough to properly use the cross the chest and cross the lap seatbelts.
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November 8th, 2006, 04:19 PM
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I've got a question about rear facing carseats. Should we have the carseat anchored down using the tether while it's rear facing? If so, then what should we use to anchor it?
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November 8th, 2006, 04:43 PM
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I've got a question about rear facing carseats. Should we have the carseat anchored down using the tether while it's rear facing? If so, then what should we use to anchor it?[/b]
In Canada, rear-facing carseats do not have a top tether.

It use to be that when you said "tether" it meant the top tether, now people will call LATCH a "tether".

You can use LATCH for a rear-facing carseat instead of a seatbelt. You can also use LATCH for a forward facing carseat. LATCH is not used for a booster seat. A top tether is only used for a forward-facing carseat, not a rear-facing nor a booster.
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