A couple of weeks ago I went to Britax Headquarters in North Carolina and I learned a lot about car seats, accidents, and safety. But of all the interesting things I saw and heard, absolutely nothing stops you in your tracks like watching a crash test dummy the size of your own child.
Seeing a live crash test for the first time leaves a permanent impression; it’s an eye opener to say the least.
The folks at Britax explained about how a car seat can help protect a child and about the government regulations they must meet or exceed. So this is what I learned from a few minutes in the crash test lab:
- In a crash, the first goal is to keep the crash energy away from the child, before the child absorbs it.
- In a crash, the next goal is to keep the head and body of the child as close to the car seat as possible.
- If your car seat has a tether, you should use it.
Believe me when I tell you, the moment I was able when I got home, I ran to my car and checked that the car seats were installed properly and that the tether strap was in place (my tether was not and I fixed it).
Stay tuned for more important information and a few great giveaways within the month. I invite you to follow our conversations on twitter @SafeconBritax.
Disclosure: Transportation, lodging and meals were provided by Britax. As always my opinions and comments are my own. Mama Latina Tips Legal Disclosure