You’ve seen this picture before on this website, when I went into great detail about the rollover wreck my daughter and I survived. It probably comes as no surprise to you that I was an outspoken advocate for car seat safety before, and became vociferous afterward. All the research I’d read when my girl was a baby suggested we keep her rear-facing at least until she was two, regardless of whether our state only mandated rear-facing til one (it did and does), so that’s what we did. Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is “on the bus”, as they say, and last week issued new recommendations for car seat safety. I asked NHTSA’s David Strickland to tell me about the new recs… [Read more...]
Families with heat-induced cabin fever may take to the roads this weekend. Before you do, please read this (excerpted here):
…it may surprise you that car seats can actually be responsible for many injuries in children. Young children, especially infants, have weak spines and necks, so even a sharp stop can cause injury if a car seat is installed incorrectly. [Read more...]
Then, in a quiet field in rural Texas, motion stopped.
Most of this I know because it has been told to me. I have been told that my car and another collided along the highway. We were traveling the speed limit, but that was fast. I lost control of my SUV.
I lost control.
My baby was in the car. [Read more...]
Much of the nation is in the relentless grip of an oppressive heat wave, with thermometers hovering at — or well above — 100 degrees. But it’s the weekend! But our kids are sick of staying inside! There are only so many movies you can watch and malls at which you can loiter.
What’s a parent to do?
I spoke with Dr. Kimberly Barksdale of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen about that today, and she has some great ideas about letting your children play outside while playing it safe. [Read more...]