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The Safest Seat?

The Safest Seat?

by Abbie Patterson, CPST

SCSG_Both_small_RGB-01Choosing a car seat can be a very stressful and daunting task for parents and parents-to-be.  You want your child to be as safe as possible, but which style of car seat should you be looking at?  Which car seat is “the safest”?  Which car seat is “the best”? 

Chances are, you’ll start by surveying your friends and trying to search for reviews and/or safety ratings online.  But guess what?  There are actually no such things as “safety ratings” for car seats.  All car seats are required to pass the same stringent tests in order to be sold on the U.S. market, and those standards are strictly pass/fail.  Data has shown that a properly used car seat will dramatically reduce a child’s risk for injury or death in a crash.  So why are there so many seats to choose from?  Why are there so many price points?  Which one is the right one to choose?!  Car seats are not one-size-fits-all.

The safest seat is the seat which fits your child, your vehicle, and your budget, and that can be installed and used correctly every single time.  That’s where it gets tricky.  Studies have shown that approximately 80% of children are in the wrong child safety seat!  Just because your best friend swears by one particular seat or even an entire “brand” of the seat, doesn’t mean that their preference will be a good choice for your particular situation.  Looking at the weight or height limits alone really doesn’t help as much as you think it would either.  Different seats are outgrown at different rates by different children.  Believe it or not, not all car seats which are rated to 5 pounds will fit a newborn baby safely.

Thankfully, Super Car Seat Geek is here to rescue you from the stressful selection process of choosing a car seat.  Our exclusive Concierge Service will help you select the very best seat for your individual needs and desires.  We will meet you at a store of your choosing* and, after gathering some basic information, go over in detail the best options available. Because of this, you can be confident that your selection will fit well in your vehicle, and will provide a safe, long lasting fit for your child.  We have been told time and time again that our (very modest) fee is not only money well-spent, but in fact has helped to save parents at least that much money! 

Of course, selection is only part of the equation.—You’ll want to ensure that your seat is installed and used correctly.  Studies have shown that as many as 93% of parents are making at least 1 critical error with their car seat.  Our private seat checks are extremely thorough.  Not only will we teach you how to correctly install your car seat, but we will teach you proper use of it and discuss when it will be outgrown, what your next steps will be, and so forth. 

Don’t waste your time, money, and energy worrying!  Contact Super Car Seat Geek today and let us help you keep your most precious cargo safer!

*(Not local to the Lehigh Valley?  Ask us about our Virtual Concierge Service)