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Academy of Pediatric recommendations

Question What do doctors say about safety seats for newborns at hospital discharge?
Answer A period of observation in a safety seat before hospital discharge should be provided to each infant born at <37 weeks' gestation to monitor for possible apnea, bradycardia, or oxygen desaturation. Click here for more information.
Question What do doctors say about transporting children with special needs?
Answer Important considerations and current guidelines for the protection of children with specific health care needs, including those with a tracheostomy, a spica cast, challenging behaviors, or muscle tone abnormalities as well as those transported in wheelchairs has to be carefully met. Click here for more information.
Question What do pediatricians say about selecting the best car seat?
Answer Read the AAP policy statement. Please click here.
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Become a Distributor

Question How can I become a Safety Angel distributor?
Answer We are a specialty manufacturer, and our products are not available in the larger department stores. However, we rely on smaller specialty stores and distributors to offer our products, rather than purchasing online.
Please email info@safetyangel.com if you would like to become a distributor for Safety Angel, and we will glady send you information.
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Booster seats

Question How do I check if my child needs a booster seat?
Answer Most kids from about 4 to age 8-10 need to ride in a booster seat. Click here to take the 5 step booster test!
Question What is my state booster seat law?
Answer Click here to see your state law.
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Car seat replacement

Question After a crash should I replace my safety seat?
Answer Generally, the recommendation is to replace all safety seats in use in a crash. It is almost impossible to tell if there is internal weakening of the plastic,(or polystyrene) and it would be very expensive to perform a thorough investigation of the safety seat to verify that it is safe to use. In California, state law requires that the responsible insurer replace safety seats that were in use at the time of the crash. In other states, the insurer of the responsible party may pay for the replacement of the safety seat. If your agent is not aware of the need for this replacement, Safety Belt Safe U.S.A.(carseat.org) will provide a letter of support for this position.

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Correct car seat installation

Question Can I tell what seat fits my car?
Answer The best way is to try it out in your car before you buy the safety seat. You may have problems if the vehicle seat has deep contours, humps, or certain types of safety belts. Read the installation instructions that come with the safety seat. You may need special equipment from the dealer to install your seat safely. Look in the index of your vehicle owner’s manual under “child restraint,” and read about installation. A safety seat should not wobble, pivot, slide side-to-side, or tip over. Belt-positioning boosters should also fit the shape of the vehicle seat so they sit flat and don't tip. For a booster, make sure the vehicle belt is positioned correctly on the child.
Question How do I securely install a safety seat?
Answer After you have read the instructions for both the safety seat and the vehicle, follow these steps to install the safety seat.
1. First, compress the vehicle seat cushion by pushing down on the safety seat.
2. Then remove all of the slack from the LATCH strap or the vehicle belt.
3. Finally, if using the vehicle belt, test the lap portion to make sure it is ''locked'' to prevent gradual loosening. For forward-facing safety seats, always attach the top tether if available. The safety seat should stay tight once it's installed.
Question What is the best car seat for my child?
Answer The ''best'' car seat is the one that fits your child, fits your car, and fits your needs of comfort and convenience, in order to use it correctly every single ride.
Question What steps are important for correct installation?
Answer 1. Install the safety seat so that it moves no more than an inch to the front or sideways in the vehicle. See installation tightness.

2. Straps should be threaded through the slots at or below the child’s shoulders on a rear-facing safety seat and through the top strap slots in most forward-facing convertible seats. Straps should be at or above the child's shoulders in seats that only face forward, such as combination seats.

3. The harness should be comfortable but tight enough that the webbing cannot be pinched between your fingers. See harness tightness.

4. The top of the harness retainer clip should be at armpit level.

5. Put any blankets or coats on top of the harness.

6. Restrain children in the rear seat, especially if the vehicle has a passenger seat air bag. Never put a rear-facing safety seat in front of a passenger air bag.

7. Use a top tether with forward-facing safety seats, attached to a designated tether anchor. This can reduce the forward-motion of the child's head in a crash by several crucial inches.
Question When do I need to use a locking clip?
Answer The purpose and need for a locking clip are often misunderstood. A locking clip keeps the lap portion of a lap-shoulder belt tight on a child safety seat by clamping it to the shoulder portion next to the latch plate. Model year 1996 and newer vehicles are supposed to have safety belts that lock for installation of child safety seats, but occasionally a locking clip is still needed to keep the lap part of the belt from loosening. If a locking clip is needed, it should be placed within a half inch of the latch plate.

A locking clip will do no good in a crash if used on a lap-only belt. If a lap-only safety belt loosens during use, try turning the latch plate over before buckling the belt. This will re-position the “tilt-lock” or locking bar mechanism used on lap-only belts and keep the belt tight.

Question Where is the safest place in the vehicle for my child?
Answer The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that all children 12 and under be restrained in the rear seat.

Researchers estimate that putting a child in the back seat instead of the front reduces the chance of injury and death by more than 30%, whether or not the car has a passenger air bag.

The center of the back seat is the farthest away from a possible side impact, so we always try first to install a safety seat there.

If you can't secure the safety seat firmly in the center or there is more than one child in the car, you will need to use an outboard (side) seating position.

Safety seats fit differently with various vehicle belts and seat cushions, and a tight fit is very important. If the car has lap-shoulder belts on the sides only, older children in boosters or belts alone should sit on the side instead of using a lap-only belt in the center.

If there are two young children in the family, it may be necessary to separate them (for various behavioral reasons, and particularly if one is a vulnerable newborn) and not use the center seat for either one. For more information, go to seating position for more information.
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CPS

Question What is CPS Certification?
Answer Over 25 thousand have been certified as Child Passenger Safety Technicians and Instructors since 1997, when the standardized curriculum and certification program began. CPS Technicians and Instructors participate in a 32 hour course that helps them to participate in many educational efforts. Most gratifying are the child safety seat check-ups where parents and caregivers receive up-to date safety education, with hands-on assistance where they learn about the correct use of child restraint systems and vehicle safety belts.

National certification helps to enhance the credibility and professionalism of all child passenger safety advocates and may also help overall, to reduce liability for the child passenger safety community. Click here for more information.
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Flight safety

Question Why should I use a safety seat on an airplane?
Answer • A child riding on your lap could be torn from your arms in a crash or even in rough air!
“Clear air turbulence” (rough air) is common and causes injuries. It can happen without warning. Car seats are tested to hold a child securely if this happens.

• Many plane crashes are survivable. Buckling up helps you and your child avoid injury so you can escape.

• The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends car seat use in aircraft by all children up to 40 pounds.

• Your child is likely to behave better on the trip if he or she is riding in a familiar, comfortable car seat.

• You will enjoy the trip more without a restless baby in your lap.

• The car seat will be ready to use at the end of the flight. The car seat could be lost or damaged if it is checked.

• A child’s ticket entitles you to two more carry-ons plus the car seat.

These tips are provided by SafeRideNews.com
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Glossary

Question What is a 3 point harness?
Answer A harness found only on infant-only restraints consisting of shoulder straps coming together at a buckle in the shell or on a crotch strap; not to be confused with 3-point (lap-shoulder) belts. Click to see Safety Belt Safe Technical Glossary
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Kid Y Harness

Question How does the Kid Y compare to seatbelts or other harnesses?
Answer The Kid Y is made of 1.5 inch polyester webbing that is tested and proven to be as strong as an adult seat belt, without the twisting or ''roping'' effect that other nylon webbing can do to cause injury and discomfort.

Used for 30-100lbs., the loops at the harness ends are used for the lap or lap and shoulder belt (used with locking clip) to thread through, and keep under the Ride Ryte booster arms, to protect the passenger from sliding under the belt. Common seatbelts do not offer this protection, and can lead to dangerous ''seatbelt syndrome.''

The Kid Y has two harness straps designed to protect both shoulders on a child, vs. the 1 diagonal strap on a seat belt that is made specifically for an adult.

Spring lock adjusters on the Kid Y harness straps and tether are additional safety features.

Kid Y adjusters protect against easy tilt-release and microslippage that other harnesses and tethers can have. Tether your Kid Y correctly to your vehicle's anchor or install the heavy duty hardware included. Your Kid Y harness system can transform your vehicle seatbelt into a truly safe restraint system when used correctly every time your passenger rides!
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LATCH

Question What is LATCH?
Answer This acronym stands for ''Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren.'' This new child restraint installation system has been available on safety seats (except car beds and belt-positioning boosters) made after September 1, 2002, and on some made earlier. The corresponding anchor hardware, is widely available in earlier vehicles as well. For more details, go to LATCH and follow the various links.

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Recalls

Question Where can I look to find if my child's safety seat has been recalled?
Answer Check out these links. NHTSA or Safety Belt Safe or Safety Alerts
or The Safety Restraint Coalition or University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center
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Ride Ryte Booster

Question Can I use any booster seat with my Kid Y harness?
Answer Although other boosters are tested to meet FMVSS213, they are only tested with a lap and shoulder belt.
The Ride Ryte booster is the only booster tested and approved to use either a lap and shoulder belt, or a lap belt with the Kid Y harness.
Safety Angel instruction manuals state this and best practice according to NHTSA guidelines is to follow manufacture's instruction for use in vehicles.

Question What makes the Ride Ryte so lightweight?
Answer Our booster is made of
high-tech/high-impact polystyrene. This is the same material bicycle and football helmets are made of. This makes the Ride Ryte shell 98% air, so it weighs less than typical boosters, and is able to absorb more impact energy than standard car seats. This booster is the only booster seat on the U.S market that has been safely tested and approved to be used together with the Y harness. The
Full-back protects against whiplash and the deep sides have arm rests to lock in the lap belt for added safety. It'so lightweight your child can carry it into grandpa's car!
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School Buses

Question How is the Ride Ryte Booster safe for school buses?
Answer Ride Ryte products meet FMVSS213, they are tested to be used safely in school buses, because they are lightweight for emergency evacuation, and they can be stored(No-backs) safely under the seat during non-preschool transport. They are also the only booster made to be used with the Kid Y harnesses.

So if your school bus has lap belts, they can use the Kid Y harness with the tether attached to the anchor bracket under the bus seat (210) to the seat frame. This is a safe system that protects as a 5 point system. This booster can also be safely used on seats with lap and shoulder belts.
Ride Ryte is safe for all children in a school bus, because of the impact absorbing material. The child in the Full Back Ride Ryte has head support, and the child in the seat behind (or on either side of the booster) is protected since the polystrene is made to absorb impact. This is better than a plastic seat that can add to injury if any child is thrown against the booster seat.
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Sleepy Time Headrest

Question Does the SleepyTime interfere with the carseat or harness?
Answer The Sleepy Time was specifically crash tested to insure that it did not interfere with the safety of the
child seat or harness straps. The headrest support flap lays up over the car seat and thinly tucks behind. This flap gently releases during a crash, or sudden breaking, allowing the head to move in sync with the child's body. A typical neck support does not provide this type of safety release, and often dangerously retards the head away from the body.

Question How does the Sleepy Time Headrest work?
Answer The Sleepy Time Headrest can be used on forward facing car seats, boosters and strollers 20-65lbs.
The headrest flap is tucked behind the top of the child seat to help support the head. The velcro tabs connect under the chin to complete the support. In the event of a sudden stop or crash, the head rest releases slowly, for protection. Although the government does not require testing procedures for this product, the Sleepy Time has been dynamically crash tested to be the safest available.

Question Is the Sleepy Time Headrest bulky?
Answer Not at all. Compared to stiff collars and neck braces, Sleepy Time supports only under the child’s chin and keeps the head and neck in proper alignment. There is no stress on the throat or neck. This is crucial when a vehicle comes to a sudden stop or the vehicle is involved in a crash.
The child will be violently forced towards the point of impact and anything not soft or suportive can become a danger to the child's head and neck.

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Special Needs

Question Can I use the Ride Ryte booster for a child with special needs?
Answer Families and medical professionals are opting to use the Ride Ryte booster more often because of it's lightweight, energy absorbing protection for children with special needs. The Kid Y harness is a full support system with the Full-back Ride Ryte booster.
Add to this the flexible yet effective Sleepy Time Headrest, and you have the perfect lightweight safety system for children who need a booster with side support as well as head and neck support.

Safety Angel has accepted PT, & OT's request for wedes and other modifications to the Full back to fit children with halos, and other adaptive equipment. For more information, please call or email us at info@safetyangel.com
Question What seat can be used for an infant with special needs?
Answer Correct protection for many infants with medical conditions can be found by using infant only seats, provided an infant can sustain a semi-reclined position.

Select an infant only seat, and choose
1. a seat with smaller harness (especially for premature infants)
2. a seat with a head support system that provides fairly good lateral head support

3. rolled receiving blankets around the body, but never under the infant. A small wash cloth roll is positioned between the crotch strap and the diaper area to prevent the infant from sliding.

Monitored infants for breathing related problems requires attention to maintain an appropriate semi-reclined angle during travel to allow appropriate oxygen levels.
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Tether

Question What is a tether?
Answer A tether is a webbing strap that is attached to the top of a safety seat on one end see Top tether and equipped with a hook or other fastener on the other. When the safety seat is forward-facing, the tether is attached to a designated vehicle tether anchor see Top tether anchorage. Attaching a tether can reduce the forward motion of a child’s head in a crash by 4 to 8, or more inches, depending on the size of the child and the severity of the crash. Use of a tether for forward-facing safety seats is strongly recommended. Tethering a rear-facing safety seat is less common and is only allowed on a few models. See Top tether, rear-facing. A tether is not necessary on booster seats, but some manufacturers suggest leaving it attached even after the harness on a combination seat has been removed.
Question Why does the Kid Y need a tether anchor to install?
Answer The tether on the Kid Y is the support for the upper torso and needs to be hooked correctly with the vehicles's anchor or the heavy duty anchor provided with the harness. Click here for full instructions to download and/or print.
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Web Site

Question How can I link to Safety Angel?
Answer At the bottom of each page you will see a link titled 'Link Us'.
This page contains approved text and animated graphic links to use when linking to Safety Angel.
Question Where can I download the Flash Player and Acrobat Reader?
Answer At the bottom of every page on our web site you will see links to download both of these free programs.
Question Why do I have to download Adobe Acrobat Reader?
Answer Our web site uses secure digital documents, such as our instruction booklets, which require the Adobe Acrobat Reader plugin.
This software is free and can be used throughout the web to view pamphlets, documents, and other material.
Question Why do I have to download the Flash Player?
Answer Our web site uses interactive multimedia content which requires the Flash Player plugin.
This is free software which is completely safe and will allow you to view similar interactive content and animation on other web sites as well.
Question Will you link to my web site?
Answer We only link to other safety-related web sites. If you would like to suggest a link, please e-mail us at info@safetyangel.com.
We are not obligated to link to any particular web site, and your web site will be reviewed to ensure that it is an important resource for our visitors.
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