Properly Installed Car Seat Saves Child’s Life

17 02 2007

See the importance of PROPERLY installed infant car seats? Very sad that the baby will not have her mother, but the mom did an awesome job for protecting her child with properly installing her car seat to protect her baby. I just wish that ALL car seats were properly installed. Go to your local fire department or police department to have them check to se if you have properly installed you car seat if you are unsure.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Authorities continued looking for answers Friday as to why a woman’s car plunged 100 feet off a freeway HOV “flyover” transition road, killing the driver but leaving her 10-month-old son, who was in a car seat, without a scratch.

Natalie Canton, 21, of Chino was pronounced dead at the scene of Thursday’s crash that occurred about 2 p.m. as she lost control of her black Acura Integra while going from the eastbound lanes of the Riverside (91) Freeway to the northbound Orange (57) Freeway, said California Highway Patrol Officer Katrina Lundgren.

The car fell about 100 feet, striking the ground on its rear end, according to reports at the scene.

Authorities said Canton was going about 80 mph when she applied the brakes and lost control.

“The big story here is the car seat,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Denise Quesada. “It played a big role in saving the baby.”

Officials said many parents do not properly install child safety seats. Investigators said the seat in Canton’s vehicle was installed properly — facing the rear of the car.

Investigators said all but a small portion of the vehicle — an area where the child was seated — crumpled during the impact.

Investigators want to leave “no stone unturned” in figuring out how the accident occurred.

“There’s all sorts of things they’ll want to rule out,” Quesada said. “They’ll look into the internal mechanisms of the car just to rule out any questions.”

The baby, later identified as Aiden Koch, was taken to UCI Medical Center, but according to reports from the scene, there was no sign of blood or injury and he was virtually unscratched.

UCI’s Susan Mancia said she could not confirm whether the baby was still at the hospital.

“We are unable to release any information whatsoever per the family’s request,” she said. “I can’t even confirm he’s here.”

Mancia said hospital officials may address the importance of child car safety seats, but only in a general way.

Quesada said crash reports typically take seven to 10 days to complete.

Canton was driving home after eating lunch in Buena Park with her mother Irene, who works there, her told brother Nico Canton told the Orange County Register.


Consumer Reports Withdraws Infant Car Seat Report

19 01 2007

I guess Consumer Reports needs to look into how they do their reports from now on… Especially for the safety for our children.

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The Importance of a 5-point harness

6 11 2006

You might need a box of tissues for this one…..This is so important for the safety of your children…
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Do you have a story or news to share?

18 09 2006

I would love to hear your TTC story…or any other story you might have to share. Whether it is about pregnancy, being a mom, a teacher, a grand-parent, a dad, or a sibling. ALL stories are welcome….

I will be posting my birth story of my beautiful 5 month old baby girl soon. I also will post my other 2 childrens birth stories as well. I will also be sharing what it was like growing up with an autistic brother.

Cannot wait to hear from you!


Car seat mistakes

30 08 2006

Most parents understand the importance of putting their children in car seats, especially their younger kids, but reports still show that 80% of kids aren’t secured correctly in a car seat.

Among the easiest mistakes to avoid is to just make sure that your child is in the correct car seat for his age and that he is facing the right direction.

  • Infants should be in a rear facing infant only seat or convertible seat until they are 1 year old AND twenty pounds. Children who reach twenty pounds before their first birthday still need to face backwards and can be moved into a rear facing convertible seat. Smaller infants who don’t reach 20 pounds until after their first birthday should also continue to face backwards. This is more a minimum though. Many people advocate continuing to sit toddlers rear facing in a convertible seat until they outgrow it for added safety.
  • After they are twenty pounds and have passed their first birthday, toddlers can use a forward facing car seat (either a convertible, combination or forward facing seat) until they are about 40 pounds.
  • Children over forty pounds should be placed into a belt positioning booster seat (either a combination seat or booster seat) and they will usually stay in it until they are at least 8 years old.
  • You should not use your car’s regular seat belts until they fit correctly when your child is about 80 pounds and is 4ft 9 inches tall. Remember that your child will not be ready to use regular seat belts until the shoulder strap fits across his shoulder and not his neck, and the lap belt fits across his hips and not his stomach.
  • All children under 12 years of age should be placed in the back seat of the car, especially if you have passenger side air bags.

Once you have the right seat, it is easy to make mistakes by not securing the seat correctly in your car or not securing your child correctly in the seat. Common mistakes when using a car seat include:

  • having harness straps too loose or in the wrong position
  • having a harness chest clip in the wrong position
  • not locking the seat belt properly with a locking clip, seat belt retractor or locking latchplate. Keep in mind that newer seat belt systems have a built-in locking mechanism.
  • not securing the car seat correctly, by either using the wrong seat belt path or not making the seat belts tight enough
  • placing an infant seat in the path of an air bag.

Other mistakes to avoid depend on what type of seat you are using. In addition to following these tips, you should also read your car seat’s instructions. A recent study showed that many of these instructions are difficult to understand by many parents, so if you don’t understand what you are doing, either call the manufacturer or go to a car seat inspection station to see if you are using your seat correctly.

To make installation even easier, consider getting a car seat and car that has the new LATCH system, which doesn’t need to use your car’s set belts. LATCH tether anchors can also be added to older cars.

When using an infant seat, make sure that:

  • the harness chest clip is correctly positioned at your child’s armpit level so that the shoulder straps will be in the correct position
  • the harness straps are snug and straight
  • rear-facing harness straps are positioned at, or slightly below, your child’s shoulders
  • the seat reclines at about a 45 degree angle
  • you never place an infant in a rear-facing child restraint in the front seat of a car with a passenger side air bag

When using a rear facing convertible seat, make sure that:

  • harness straps on rear-facing seats are positioned at, or slightly below, your child’s shoulders
  • the harness chest clip is in the correct location at your child’s armpit level
  • the harness straps are snug and straight
  • the seat reclines at about a 45 degree angle

When using a forward facing convertible seat, make sure that:

  • harness straps on forward-facing restraints are positioned at, or slightly above, your child’s shoulders.  You should be using the top set of harness slots for convertible child safety seats.
  • the harness straps are snug and straight
  • the harness chest clip is positioned at your child’s mid-chest or armpit area.

When using a forward facing combination seat, make sure that:

  • harness straps whould be positioned at, or slightly above, your child’s shoulders.
  • at 40 pounds, you remove the harness straps and use your car’s lap/shoulder belt, especially if the harness straps are below the child’s shoulders.
  • you stop using a shield booster once your child is 40 pound

When using a belt-positioning booster seat, make sure that:

  • you always use the lap/shoulder belt combination with a belt-positioning booster. Never use a lap belt only. This includes no back and high back booster seats.
  • the shoulder belt rests snugly across chest, rests on shoulder; and should NEVER be placed under the arm or behind the back.
  • the lap-belt should rest low, across the lap/upper thigh area, and not across the stomach.

You should also avoid using a car seat that has:

  • been recalled
  • involved in a crash
  • is more than 10 years old (or depending on the manufacturer, more than 5-6 years old)
  • doesn’t have a label with the date it was manufactured and the seat name or model number
  • doesn’t have instructions
  • is missing parts or has cracks in the frame


29 08 2006

I want to introduce myself. I am Angie and I am a proud parent of 3 beautiful children. I wanted to create this site so it gives parents a chance to express their thoughts and opinions, as well as give/receive advice. If you have any concerns, feel free to post them or you may contact me personally at