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Issue 7: July 1, 2000
Car Seat Safety

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Safety: Young Children Safer in Booster Seats, Report Shows
Safety: Flying Dolls and Spinning Toys Recalled
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Tips and Tidbits
Safety: Car Riding Safety Tips
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Young Children Safer in Booster Seats, Report Shows

Recent research by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia into how and why children are hurt and injured in car accidents has discovered that children in adult belts are four times more likely to suffer from head, brain and other serious injuries than children who have been placed in car seats or booster seats.

One of the most serious findings is that 83 percent of children between 4 and 8 years old are inappropriately restrained in adult seat belts. Adult seat belts were designed for the comfort of adults, not for the safety of children. Lap belts can ride up onto the stomach and shoulder belts can cross the the neck, both of which can lead to serious injuries if there is an accident. Children too big for their car seats should be put into a belt-positioning booster seat until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall and weigh 90 pounds.

Other findings from the report:
* 30% of infants are put into forward facing car seats before they are one year old.
* 29% of three-year olds are moved to booster seats before they are big enough, and 16% of three year olds are moved directly to adult seat belts
*82% of car seats are being misused in some way
*3% of children are riding in a car seat that is “grossly” misused.

For more information, download a PDF copy of the interim report: http://www.chop.edu/pr/
Also read my article Boost Your Child's Safety With a Booster Seat

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Flying Dolls and Spinning Toys Recalled

Sky Dancer dolls and Music & Lights Kidaround Spinner toys have been recalled this week because of injuries to children.

The Sky Dancer toys are made of a hard plastic princess/ballerina-type doll with stiff foam wing-covered arms, and a launcher. The doll's feet are put into the launcher and a cord is pulled to shoot her out. She then flies rapidly in unpredictable directions.

There have been 150 reports of children and adults being injured by one of these flying dolls. Injuries include scratched corneas, temporary blindness, broken teeth, a mild concussion, and a broken rib.

The dolls come in several styles, including Mini-Sky Dancers and Fairy Flyers. The launcher has many shapes, such as dolphins, flowers, moons and ponies.

If your child has one of these toys take it away from her immediately. Call Galoob for instructions on how to return it for product of equal value. For more information, call Galoob toll-free at (877) 598-5599 anytime, or go to the firm's web site at http://www.galoob.com/skydancer.html

Music & Lights Kidaround Spinner toys have been recalled by Today's Kids because the center column can break, and the child riding it could fall backwards or be hit in the face by the broken column.

There have been 1,427 reports of the columns breaking and five injuries, including head bumps, cut faces and split lips. Two children needed stitches.

This toy is a purple turntable with a green column through the middle and a yellow steering wheel on top of the column. The child sits on the turntable and spins himself by turning the steering wheel.

If you have one of these, take it away from your child and contact Today's Kids for instructions on how to get a free, replacement spinning toy: (800) 916-TOYS between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

For more details and a picture of these toys, please visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission URLs above.

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TIPS AND TIDBITS
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Car Riding Safety Tips

*Your baby should ride in a rear-facing infant seat or convertible seat until she is one year old and weighs over 20 pounds.

*Don’t wrap your baby up before you put on the harness. Adjust the harness straps snugly, then put on the blankets. If you put the blankets on first, the harness may not fit correctly. Dress your baby in clothes that allow the straps to go between the legs.

*When your is child older than one year and weighs more than 20 pounds, he should ride face forward in a convertible seat, or in a forward facing seat designed for older children.

*If your child is between 40 and 80 pounds she should sit in a belt-positioning booster seat that uses your car's lap and shoulder belts.

*Vehicle seats and seat belts are not made to correctly secure a child car seat. Therefore, some seat belts need a different buckle or a special locking clip to safety secure your child’s seat. Also, some child car seats cannot be used safety in certain seating positions. Be sure to read the manual carefully.

*If your child weighs more than 80 pounds and is at least 4'9" tall, he may be ready for an adult safety belt. He must be tall enough to sit without slouching, feet on the floor and knees bent at the edge of the seat. The lap belt must fit low and tight across his upper thighs, and the shoulder belt should rest over his shoulder and across his chest.

*A rear-facing infant seat should never be placed in a seat with an air bag. In a crash, the bag would inflate very rapidly and hit the infant seat hard enough to seriously injure or kill the baby.

*Air bags can also be dangerous for children 12 years old and younger who ride facing forward in the front seat.

*The safest place for all children under 12 is the back seat of the car.

Tips complied from:
The Partners for Child Passenger Safety Interim Report
Quick Safety Seat Checkup
Where Should Your Child Ride?
An illustrated guide for the safe way to use and install seat belts to use for young children
1999 Family Shopping Guide to Car Seats Safety and Product Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics

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RESOURCES
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Car Seat Informational Sites

Car Seat Safety Tips Web Site
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/childps/newtips/index.html

This is the index page to a set of 14 groups of tips about car seat safety. Each section has illustrations of the points discussed and links to the other sections.

Sections include
How to Protect Your New Baby in the Car
What Safety Seat To Use For A Big Baby Or Toddler?
How Should Pre-School and School Children Ride Safely?

We Must Get Children into Booster Seats
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/childps/Boosterseat/booster.html

This page has some basic information, and links to a number of PDF files, including an activity page for children.

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Fish Out of Water Fish Out of Water
by Helen Palmer
Illustrated by P.D. Eastman

The little boy narrator buys a pet fish and names him Otto. The pet store owner, Mr. Carp, tells him to feed this fish only "so much and so more! Never more than a spot! Or something will happen! You never know what!"

Well, of course the little boy doesn't listen. He gives the entire box of fish food to Otto, who begins to grow and grow and won't stop! He outgrows his tank, a vase, the bathtub, the basement1

Oh, no! What can be done? With help from the police, fire department and Mr. Carp, Otto is finally returned to his correct size.

Children will enjoy the humor of this easy-to-read book. (It also nicely illustrates the consequences of not listening to someone who knows what he's talking about.)

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