June 2013 PA Traffic Injury Prevention Project PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Rose Tree Corporate Center II 1400 N. Providence Road, Suite 3007 Media, PA 19063 Phone: 484-446-3008 1-800-CAR BELT (in PA only) Fax: 484-446-3255 Email: email@example.com Website: www.pakidstravelsafe.org www.paaap.org Special points of interest: • Vehicle Related Heatstroke • Britax Click Safe Technology • New CPS resource • Dorel Comfy Carry Recall Notice • Upcoming Trainings KEEPING KIDS SAFE THIS SUMMER Prevent Vehicle Related Heatstroke! As temperatures rise this summer, make sure you think about the safety of your child not only when traveling, but also when sitting in a parked car. Each year, children die from heatstroke when they have been left in hot vehicles. Take precautions to keep your children safe in and around vehicles. Vehicles heat up quickly - even with a window rolled down two inches, if the outside temperature is in the low 80s° Fahrenheit, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in only 10 minutes. Children's bodies overheat easily, and infants and children under four years of age are among those at greatest risk for heat-related illness. CPS NEWS Children's bodies absorb more heat on a hot day than an adult. Also, children are less able to lower their body heat by sweating. When a body cannot sweat enough, the body temperature rises rapidly. In fact, when left in a hot vehicle, a young child's body temperature may increase three to five times as fast an adult. High body temperatures can cause permanent injury or even death. Tips to prevent heatstroke for children left in vehicles: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, not even for a second. Do not let your children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach children that a vehicle is not a play area. Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open. Make a habit of looking in the vehicle - front and back - before locking the door and walking away. If you are dropping your child off at childcare, and normally it is your spouse or partner who drops them off, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure the drop went according to plan. Ask your childcare provider to call you if your child does not show up for childcare. Do things to remind yourself that a child is in the vehicle, such as: ♦ Write yourself a note and put it where you will see it when you leave the car; ♦ Place your purse, briefcase, cell phone or something else you need in the back seat so that you will have to check the back seat when you leave the vehicle; or ♦ Keep an object in the car seat, such as a stuffed toy. When the child is buckled in, place the object where the driver will notice it when he or she is leaving the vehicle. Always lock vehicle doors and trunks and keep keys out of children's reach. If a child is missing, check the vehicle first, including the trunk. If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call the police. If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. Page 2 CPS NEWS New ClickTight Technology The ClickTight Installation system simultaneously tensions and locks the seat belt resulting in a tight and secure installation using the vehicle seat belt. Britax has introduced this technology on the Frontier 90 and Pinnacle 90. The ClickTight Installation System is a series of components engineered to simplify the process of securing your child’s car seat into your vehicle using the vehicle seat belt instead of the lower anchors that are a part of the LATCH system. (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) The ClickTight Installation System simultaneously tensions and locks the vehicle seat belt. The result is both a tight and secure installation using the vehicle seat belt. A car seat that is not installed tightly leaves a child vulnerable to injury in the event of a crash. The BRITAX ClickTight Installation System allows you to easily achieve a safe and secure installation each and every time. The ClickTight system components are located on the lower portion of the seat, where the child’s lower back makes contact with the seat. 1 To use the system…. 2 1. Simply squeeze, where indicated on the seat, using two fingers to reveal the 3 ClickTight Technology. 2. Thread the seat belt over the armrest and under the seat opening. Buckle the seat belt and remove slack. 3. Then push it closed. Note: Do not forget to tether your car seat by attaching the top tether hook to an approved tether anchor in the vehicle. Installing a seat that features ClickTight alleviates both the confusion and stress that may come along with installing your child’s car seat. Continued on page 3 New Resource for Techs A Parent's Guide to Playing It Safe With Kids and Cars Did you know three out of every four car seats are used incorrectly? The consequences can be devastating. In fact, vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children between 1 and 13 years old. This new booklet - A Parent's Guide to Playing It Safe with Kids and Cars - is designed to equip parents with easy-tounderstand information about today’s vehicle safety features, car seats and how to keep kids safe in and around vehicles. In addition to an extensive list of vehicle makes and models and their safety features, the booklet provides illustration with safety features that help protect children; guidelines for choosing the right car seat; an explanation of ease-of-use ratings to help you evaluate car seat features; tips for installing car seats properly; and dangers in and around vehicles. To get you started, here's a preview of Playing It Safe with Kids and Cars: Always Remember: • Use a car seat for every trip - even when you're just going down the street. • Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, and always follow the manufacturer's directions. • Make sure your car seat is compatible with your vehicle by checking the car seat manufacturer’s instructions. • Keep kids in the back seat at least through age 12. Other Related Resources: • Purchasing with Safety in Mind: What to look for when buying a vehicle (PDF, 3.32 MB) Learn about the Government 5-Star Safety Ratings Program, Overall Vehicle Score, and safety tests and features. • Child Safety at Parents Central Find answers to common questions about keeping your kids safe while on the move – whether buying a car seat or a safer car. • Child Car Seat Installation Videos Watch how to properly install a variety of car seats and boosters using a seat belt or LATCH. • Child Seat Ease-of-Use Rating System While all NHTSA-rated car seats are safe, find out how they differ in their ease of use and more. Page 3 Continued from page 2 ClickTight is designed to overcome issues related to: • Lower anchors are a part of the LATCH system: All vehicles have a lower anchor weight limit. That means when your child’s weight exceeds the weight restrictions or limits, the car seat should no longer be installed using the lower anchors. Instead you must install it using the vehicle seat belt system. Be sure to read your vehicle owner’s manual to confirm weight restrictions or limits for your vehicle. The BRITAX ClickTight Installation System allows you to easily achieve a safe and secure installation using the vehicle seat belt throughout the life of the seat, in harness mode, without having to worry about your child’s weight. • Easily Achieving a Tight Installation: When installed correctly, a car seat should not move more than one inch side-toside or front-to-back at the belt path. A car seat that is not installed tightly leaves your child vulnerable to injury in the event of a crash. The BRITAX ClickTight Installation System allows you to easily achieve a safe and secure installation each and every time. • Vehicle Seat Belt Systems: Locking latchplate, switchable latchplate, sliding latchplate, automatic locking retractor, switchable retractor, emergency locking retractor – any of these sound familiar to you? Traditionally, installing a car seat using the vehicle seat belt requires you to know what type of seat belt systems are in your vehicle; there may be different installation instructions depending on the type of seat belt system you’re using. The Frontier 90 and Pinnacle 90 combination seats feature superior head safety protection. The components include SafeCell Technology that compresses and lowers the center of gravity and reduces forward head movement, integrated steel bars that strengthen the seat’s connection to the vehicle, reducing forward-flexing, and energy-absorbing VersaTether, which is a patented stage-release tether designed to slow forward movement. The Frontier 90 and Pinnacle 90 feature True Side Impact Protection that provides an extra layer of EPP foam to contain a child’s head, neck and body and keep her aligned in the event of a crash. The PINNACLE 90 also features energy-managing Side Impact Cushion Technology, which diverts crash forces away from a child and provides extra protection for the adjacent passenger. Beyond safety, the FRONTIER 90 and PINNACLE 90 convert from the 90 pound harness mode into belt-positioning boosters that can be used by children weighing up to 120 pounds. The seats also include a tangle-free, no-rethread adjustable harness, a front-adjust recline, and multiple buckle positions. Quick-Adjust No-Rethread Harness easily adjusts the harness shoulder height and head restraint from the front of the seat without disassembling the harness straps. Front-Adjust Recline for optimal child comfort. Base with SafeCell Technology is designed to compress in a crash and significantly lower the center of gravity, reducing the forward movement of the car seat. Dorel Recall on Comfy Carry Infant Seats May 4, 2013. Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have issued a voluntary recall involving certain Safety 1st rear-facing infant child restraints. Our data indicates some consumers purchased an infant child restraint that did not include a base with the lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH). The models affected are IC123 FSM Comfy Carry Infant Child Restraint and IC124 FSM OnBoard 35 Infant Child Restraint manufactured from May 1, 2011 through April 25, 2012. DJG will contact all registered owners and provide them with information on how to obtain a free infant base with LATCH. Consumers may visit our website at www.djgusa.com and click on the safety notice button at the top right hand corner of the page to determine if your infant child restraint is affected by this recall. Until consumers receive their free base with LATCH they can continue to use their infant child restraint as described in the instruction manual. The affected infant child restraints should not be returned to where it was obtained. DJG encourages consumers to obtain the free base with LATCH by calling 1-877-416-8111 Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM or sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Child Passenger Safety Trainings The CPS Certification course provides the training necessary to become a certified CPS technician. This four-day course establishes CPS certification for a two-year cycle. The fee is $75. To register, go to www.safekids.org/certification. The CPS Renewal course is for CPS technicians with an expired certification. The one-day course allows re-certification for a two -year cycle. The fee is $75. To register, go to www.safekids.org/certification. The TIPP CPS Technical Update class has been pre-approved for 6 CEUs towards recertification. Please contact TIPP if you are interested in hosting an Update class for CPS technicians in your area. For questions on how to create a personal profile or register for a class, please go to http://cert.safekids.org/ResourcesFAQs/Howto.aspx. CPS Renewal Courses CPS Certification Courses Cumberland County Course ID PA20130319334 September 10-13, 2013 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Upper Allen Township Community Room 100 Gettysburg Pike Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 Contact: Rob Mott Phone: 717-766-1616 Email: email@example.com Montgomery County Course ID PA20130619592 September 24-27, 2013 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Plymouth Community Ambulance 902 Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 Contact: Dawn Batman, Phone: 610-278-5117 x6772 Email: DBatman@montcopa.org Westmoreland County Course ID PA20130524530 Dates: Sept 26-27 & Oct 3-4, 2013 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Murrysville Medic One 3237 Sardis Road Murrysville PA 15668 Contact: Kathy Strotmeyer Phone: 412-885-0266 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Philadelphia County Course ID: PA20130208182 Dates: October 2, 8, 15, 19, 2013 8:30 am – 4:30 pm The Children's Hospital of Phila 3501 Civic Center Blvd. Colket Transitional Research Building / Room 1100A Philadelphia, PA 19104 Contact: Angela Osterhuber Phone: 484-446-3036 Email: email@example.com Cambria County Course ID: Dates: October 1-4, 2013 8:30 am—4:30 pm Exact location to be determined Johnstown, PA Contact: Kelly Whitaker Phone: 814-943-3360 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Monroe County Course ID: PA20130611577 October 3, 4, 10, 11, 2013 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Stroudsburg EMS Center 100 Gypsum Road Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Contact: Cathy Connors Phone: 570-471-3026 Email: email@example.com Berks County Course ID: PA20130328392 Oct 29, 30, 31 & Nov 1, 2013 9:00 am – 5:00 pm AAA Reading Berks L920 Van Reed Road Lower Level meeting Room Wyomissing, PA 19610 Contact: Sue Ernst Phone: 484-638-5711 Email SafeKidsBerks@aol.com Centre County August 16, 2013 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Course ID: PA20130610571 Ferguson Township Police Dept. 3147 Research Drive State College, PA 16801 Contact: Kelly Whitaker Phone: 814-943-.3360 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Luzerne County August 19, 2013 Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Course ID: AL20130620594 NE Training Center 1989 Wyoming Avenue Forty Fort, PA 18704 Contact: Cathy Connors Phone: 570-471-3026 Email: email@example.com CPS Update Courses Please RSVP if planning to attend . Class earns 6 CEUs toward recertification. Fulton County July 23rd, 2013 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Fulton Co. Center for Families 22438 Great Cove Road Suite 106 McConnellsburg, PA 17233 Contact: Kelly Whitaker Phone: 814-943-3360 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Luzerne County August 7th, 2013 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM APTS Ambulance 119 East Holly Street Hazleton, PA 18201 Contact: Cathy Connors Phone: 570-471-3026 Email: email@example.com Montgomery County September 12th, 2013 9:00 AM -4:00 PM Montgomery Hose and Steam Fire Station 201 West Freedley Street Norristown , PA 19401 Contact: Angela Osterhuber Phone: 484-446-3036 Butler County September 13th, 2013 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 500 Maintenance Drive Cranberry Township Training Center Cranberry Township, PA 16066 Contact: Mary Lakari Phone: 814-838-9971 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Chester County September 16th, 2013 9:00 AM -3:00 PM Government Services Building 601 Westtown Road Room 170 West Chester, PA 19380 Contact: Angela Osterhuber Phone: 484-446-3036 Email: email@example.com McKean County October 3rd, 2013 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Bradford Regional Medical Center 116 Interstate Parkway Bradford, PA 16701 Contact: Mary Lakari Phone: 814-838-9971 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The TIPP 2013 CPS Technical Update class includes 5 segments that have been approved by National Safe Kids for 6 CPS CEUs toward re-certification. The Technical Update discusses NHTSA’s CPS Survey findings and provides information on web resources and best practice recommendations for CPS. The occupant protection section provides information on seat belt pretensioners and load limiters as well as the dynamic latchplate and airbags currently available in vehicles. The LATCH section reviews the 2013 LATCH manual and upcoming FMVSS 213 changes that will affect CR installations. The final sections of the update focus on the upcoming changes to FMVSS 213 and child restraint features, along with a review of 4 specific child restraints.
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