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Boy nearly dies in safety belt entanglement An eight-year-old boy from Massachusetts is lucky to be alive after nearly being fatally strangled by a safety belt, leading safety experts to highlight the risks of a little-understood feature of U.S. vehicle belts. Flyer Spanish Flyer

Lifesavers Conference 2021 Goes Virtual April 25-27, 2021! Noting the uncertainty posed by the COVID-19 virus, Lifesavers will not come to Long Beach, CA, but transmit virtually. Full text

Since Honda was founded, they have sought to contribute to society and customers by creating quality products and technologies while coexisting harmoniously with the communities that host its operations. In the 1960s, while the Company was still in a period of early growth, Honda began to launch philanthropic initiatives designed to strengthen ties with local communities. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has partnered with SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. since 2011 (scroll to #9 for photo and story). This includes supporting services such as the national Safe Ride Helpline that provides important information to parents and others who call with questions, and promoting safety seat recycling to avoid seats ending in the landfill.

2020 Color Pictorial Guide to Safety Seats as printed version or online Now Available
This collection of color photos makes it easier to identify child restraints made in the last 10 years when model names are missing. The model name is essential to find the correct instructions and check the recall list at checkup events.

Warning: Fake and Unsafe Products
Many fake and unsafe products are being sold, especially online. These products put children’s lives at risk because they are not safe to use in a crash.

Car crashes produce huge forces. A 30-mile-per-hour crash creates the same amount of force as a fall from a 3-story building. Safety seats and booster seats are carefully designed to protect children from this force. They meet all federal safety standards, including crash protection, flammability, and labelling.

CNN covered this astonishing trend in December, posting a side by side crash test of a fake and actual car seat to demonstrate their concerns.

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A concerned grandmother, who was looking for safety seats for visiting grandchildren from ages 1 to 6 reached out to our Safe Ride Helpline. She led us to Carorld where we found unsafe "safety harnesses" for sale at $26!! We reported this danger to the federal government. The U.S. Dept. of Commerce has put a response in motion. Meanwhile, here is their post to complement our flyers, available from Helpful Handouts (link). Be careful; fakes and counterfeits are taking in the unwary. We are here to help!! Report fakes!!

Another Web site is showing the same products that do not meet U.S. crash standards for safety seats. They state the products are for ages 3-12. But now, they state that the products do NOT meet U.S. standards. We believe that they are afraid of U.S. government action; however, there is no reason to believe that these products meet the safety standards of any country. We believe this note shows that we have them on the run! Support the campaign; avoid any site with fake seats, products that do not meet safety standards, or that offer "products meeting U.S. safety standards at very low prices. All of them will cheat your child of safety! Report to NHTSA and the U.S. Dept of Commerce.


Consumers Union released findings on four products which reached only the BASIC level of their safety ratings due to breakage in tests at 35 mph on an updated crash bench with a frontal blocker.The tests are about 40% more powerful than FMVSS 213 testing. Do not remove a child from any of these seats unless there is an appropriate seat available. Use as a booster only if the child fits, weighs 40 lbs. or more, and can manage the safety belt correctly. Finally, a different seat may be in order if the youngster requires a seat with a full harness for adequate protection. Be sure to tether such seats! CU states that a second impact might compromise the seats more; they mean a second impact within the initial crash event, a common aspect of car crashes.

Meet Stephanie Tombrello of SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.

National Baby Safety Month live on KTLA
SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. SafetyBeltSafe, U.S.A. was live on KTLA for National Baby Safety Month on 9/9/16. View the videos at http://ktla.com/2016/09/09/september-is-national-baby-safety-month/

Installation and Informational Videos
SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. and Autobytel have put together videos and slide shows on some of the most common issues parents have with child restraints. Last updated on 9/10/14.

List of Recalls and Replacement Parts
The SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. List of Recalls and Replacement Parts was updated on 6/11/20. The November 2019 recalls concerning the Dorel China America Storm booster and the Merritt Angel Ride Car Bed are the latest recalls.

Child Safety Seat Distribution Programs in Los Angeles County
Resources for families and caregivers in Los Angeles County for free or reduced priced seats.
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2020 Child Restraint Manufacturers' Instructions with Summaries Now Available, or Available Online
This is a compilation of complete manufacturers' instructions for child restraints made for the last 10 years, with summary sheets developed by SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. The Summary for each seat includes revised recommendations from manufacturers, minimum and maximum weights, first and last dates made, harness threading, LATCH information, belt path diagrams, identification photos, and more. Both the 2020 USB drive and online version have summaries and manufacturer instructions for 450 child restraints, as well as manufacturer instructions for 36 special needs child restraints. This is an indispensable tool for Technicians, as the majority of caregivers do not bring instructions with them when having their child restraints inspected. This is an indispensable tool for Technicians, as the majority of caregivers do not bring instructions with them when having their child restraint inspected. Prices remain the same as last year, starting at $25 each. Bulk rates for 100 or more. The 2020 Child Restraint Manufacturers' Instructions can be bought online at http://www.safetybeltsafeusa.org.

Special Projects
CPS professionals and advocates: We encourage you to learn more about our programs and consider bringing them to your communities.

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