tech-Instr mailing 6-13AO - Pennsylvania Traffic Injury Prevention

tech-Instr mailing 6-13AO - Pennsylvania Traffic Injury Prevention
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
Special points of interest:
• Vehicle Related Heatstroke
• Britax Click Safe Technology
• New CPS resource
• Dorel Comfy Carry Recall Notice
• Upcoming Trainings
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.
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
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
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.
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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.
To use the system….
1. Simply squeeze, where indicated on the seat,
using two fingers to reveal the
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.
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.
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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.
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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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Contact: Mary Lakari
Phone: 814-838-9971
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
McKean County
October 3rd, 2013
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Bradford Regional Medical
116 Interstate Parkway
Bradford, PA 16701
Contact: Mary Lakari
Phone: 814-838-9971
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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