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February 14, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
As part of National Child Safety Week, Los Angeles police will donate child car seats to Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Sherman Way Campus on Monday. Officer Norman Kellems of the Valley Traffic Division will deliver three child seats to the parents of babies born today, said hospital spokeswoman Rosanne Morrison. The hospital also will donate baby seats to needy parents of other children born today, she said. The $150 donation, sponsored by the Police Officers of Los Angeles County Assn.
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BUSINESS
March 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
About 67,000 child car seats manufactured by Combi USA Inc. are being recalled because federal tests showed that they might separate from their bases in front-end collisions, the company said. Combi USA said it would offer free retrofit kits to consumers who contacted the company. "In the meantime, Combi recommends that consumers use the Combi Centre and Shuttle without the base until the retrofit kit is installed," the recall notice said. The recall involves Centre, Centre ARB and Shuttle seats (model Nos. 8065, 8074, 8086, 8087 and 8520)
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BUSINESS
March 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
About 67,000 child car seats manufactured by Combi USA Inc. are being recalled because federal tests showed that they might separate from their bases in front-end collisions, the company said. Combi USA said it would offer free retrofit kits to consumers who contacted the company. "In the meantime, Combi recommends that consumers use the Combi Centre and Shuttle without the base until the retrofit kit is installed," the recall notice said. The recall involves Centre, Centre ARB and Shuttle seats (model Nos. 8065, 8074, 8086, 8087 and 8520)
BUSINESS
February 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Evenflo Co., a maker of baby-care and child-safety products, is recalling about 1 million of its Discovery model infant car seats, the company and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Tests conducted by the car seat maker and the federal agency showed the seat could separate from its base in side collisions, they said. The recall affects Discovery models 390, 391, 534 and 552, produced beginning in April 2005. Owners can call the company at (800) 356-2229 to order a supplemental dual-hook fastener.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1996 | SARAH KLEIN
The Garden Grove Police Department will lend car safety seats to families that cannot afford to buy them immediately. Donated by a local service club and area businesses, the car seats will go to the infants and toddlers of city residents on a two-month basis. The idea is to prevent injuries to children while their parents save the roughly $75 necessary to buy a new seat, Officer Scott Cameron said. "Our officers are finding infants and toddlers unsecured in car stops," Cameron said.
NEWS
November 6, 1998 | From the Washington Post
The Clinton administration plans to unveil a universal system next month for installing child safety seats, a step designed to ensure that more children are properly secured. Under the plan, every seat would be required to fit in every car the same way--as early as next year in some models--thus eliminating the mishmash of 100 varieties of child seats and myriad installation systems in 300 different passenger vehicles now on the market.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1988
Pediatric clients of Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance may borrow car seats for children, in a program to increase awareness of child car safety. State law requires that any child under the age of four or under 40 pounds must be in an approved car seat while in an automobile.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Parents who struggle to install child safety seats in their cars or to put toddlers in them securely will receive some new guidance from the government. The Transportation Department said Wednesday that it was revamping a consumer ratings system for child safety seats to help parents make the best choice when buying one. The new approach will use a five-star rating system, based on the ability to secure a child in a seat and the ease with which the seats are installed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1998 | GREGORY MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert and Suzanne Cassidy of Irvine did plenty of research before purchasing a $120 child safety seat for their 6-month-old son, Andrew. But on Saturday, they discovered what thousands of other unsuspecting parents don't know: that their safety seat isn't right for their car, and that their child isn't as well-protected as he could be.
NEWS
December 7, 1989 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The death of an infant in July's airliner tragedy at Sioux City, Iowa, has revived an emotional debate about the safety of the 9,000 babies who fly on U.S. airlines each day. Though accidents are rare and most infants fly on laps without mishap, babies who do so are especially vulnerable in a crash. The force of gravity builds in a crash, turning a tiny child into an 100-pound weight, making it almost impossible for a mother's arms to hold a child.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Parents who struggle to install child safety seats in their cars or to put toddlers in them securely will receive some new guidance from the government. The Transportation Department said Wednesday that it was revamping a consumer ratings system for child safety seats to help parents make the best choice when buying one. The new approach will use a five-star rating system, based on the ability to secure a child in a seat and the ease with which the seats are installed.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Graco Children's Products Inc. said it was recalling more than 300,000 infant car seats because of a possible choking hazard. The Exton, Pa.-based company said the recall affected stand-alone SnugRide seats manufactured from Aug. 1, 2006, to June 30. They were sold at mass merchandisers, specialty retail stores and department stores from August 2006 until last week.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Consultants hired by Consumer Reports to investigate how it botched a story about infant car seats concluded Tuesday that a major misunderstanding between the magazine and the lab that conducted the test resulted in the error. The findings of the test -- that most seats "failed disastrously" -- were withdrawn two weeks after their Jan. 4 publication when the magazine learned its side-impact tests had simulated speeds twice as fast as it reported.
HEALTH
April 24, 2006 | Victoria Clayton
Installation glitches and directional confusion aside, at least the nation's adults are trying to transport very young children safely. The same can't be said of older children. In 2002 and 2003, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration sent child safety-seat experts in six states to malls, fast-food restaurants, community events, healthcare facilities and other locations to collect data on people's use, nonuse and misuse of child safety restraints.
NATIONAL
April 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of obese children cannot fit into car seats, leaving them at risk in the event of a crash, researchers said in a study published in the journal Pediatrics. "As the number of obese children in the United States increases, it is essential to develop child safety seats that can protect children of all sizes and shapes," wrote study author Lara Trifiletti of Ohio State University.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2006 | From Associated Press
Britney Spears defended photographs showing the pop star driving with her 4-month-old son on her lap, saying she was dodging the paparazzi. Several photos published Tuesday showed Spears driving her SUV in Malibu with infant Sean Preston on her lap, rather than strapped into a car seat in the back. Spears said she did it because of a "horrifying, frightful encounter with the paparazzi." The agency that snapped the photos, X17, had a different account.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1986 | Associated Press
Most states now have laws requiring small children to be placed in restraining seats when in autos, but officials warn that many are being endangered by improper use of the seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety warns that as many as 65% of child car seats may be being used improperly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2006 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy went to the Malibu home of Britney Spears on Tuesday to collect information for child welfare investigators after photos showing the pop star apparently driving with her infant son on her lap began appearing on websites. Spears, 24, said that she was trying to escape paparazzi and that she held the baby because she feared for his safety.
HEALTH
January 31, 2005 | From Reuters
Just 40% of children ages 4 to 8 ride in car safety seats or booster seats at least occasionally, a new survey has found, meaning that most children risk being thrown from the car in the case of an accident. The study shows that many people who drive with children do not have booster seats and feel the risk is acceptable because they are making only short trips.
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