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November 5, 1986 | GERALD FARIS, Times Staff Writer
Remember those wonderful old movies and television shows about American family life? The newborn baby is pink and beautiful, and when the time comes to go home from the hospital, daddy helps mommy into the faithful Chevrolet, gently places the blanket-swathed infant in her lap, gets into the car and they drive off into suburbia. Beautiful, romantic . . .
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March 9, 1989 | LYNN SIMROSS, Times Staff Writer
Just how safe are today's baby products? Pretty safe, considering all the tough federal and state laws concerning their manufacture and safety status and the regulatory agencies and consumer organizations that watch over products for infants. But parents still should be alert for items that may have slipped through the cracks.
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March 9, 1989 | LYNN SIMROSS, Times Staff Writer
Just how safe are today's baby products? Pretty safe, considering all the tough federal and state laws concerning their manufacture and safety status and the regulatory agencies and consumer organizations that watch over products for infants. But parents still should be alert for items that may have slipped through the cracks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1986 | GERALD FARIS, Times Staff Writer
Remember those wonderful old movies and television shows about American family life? The newborn baby is pink and beautiful, and when the time comes to go home from the hospital, daddy helps mommy into the faithful Chevrolet, gently places the blanket-swathed infant in her lap, gets into the car and they drive off into suburbia. Beautiful, romantic . . .
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November 23, 1985
There have been a number of letters concerning the pros and cons of "Baby on Board" signs in cars. We, too, have received numerous comments and inquiries. There are two key issues about the signs. First, in California, signs in rear car windows are legal only in a 7-inch squares on the lower right. (VC 26708 b(3)) Second, the sign itself will not protect any child. It is critical that all occupants use safety belts and/or safety seats for protection in motor vehicles. STEPHANIE M. TOMBRELLO Inglewood Tombrello is executive director of the Child Passenger Safety Assn.
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December 12, 2001 | JEANNE WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
We all know the drill. The first thing you do when you slide behind the wheel is buckle up for safety. If you don't, you risk getting a ticket that could cost you as much as $271. So what's up with all these vintage car owners who cruise around Southern California sans seat belts? How safe is that? Not a day goes by that I don't see someone zipping around in a vintage automobile--a '50s-era Cadillac or a dilapidated Volkswagen Beetle from the '60s.
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September 14, 1999 | ROBIN FIELDS, Robin Fields covers consumer issues for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7810 and at robin.fields@latimes.com
As Grandparents Day was celebrated Sunday, Gardena-based Nissan North America Inc. released the unsettling results of its latest car-safety survey: One of five grandparents say they never strap their grandchildren into child-safety seats when the youngsters are passengers in their cars, the poll found. That's worrisome, considering that 40% of the grandparents surveyed said their grandchildren, ages 8 or younger, rode with them at least three times a month.
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December 31, 1992 | ANTHONY MILLICAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When social worker Stephanie Tombrello in 1970 sought a safe infant car seat for her newborn daughter, the only way she could find one was with help from an auto dealership. The dearth of safety seats, which then were not required by law, shocked Tombrello. She knew that a dramatic number of traffic fatalities involved children. How many could have been saved, she wondered, if they had been buckled up? Tombrello decided to dedicate herself to the issue of safety for child passengers.
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April 23, 2005 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
A Wilmington woman twice cited for failing to put her children in car safety seats now faces a murder charge after her 3-year-old son died in a crash. None of Angela Marie Cerpa's four children was properly secured when her 1997 Honda Civic slammed into a tree April 5 in Carson, authorities said. Her driver's license was suspended at the time, according to Department of Motor Vehicle records. "This was more than a gross disregard of safety," said Sgt.
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March 2, 1986 | STEVE HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Not since the religious bumper sticker "I FOUND IT!" inspired numerous responses ("I AM IT!," "I ATE IT!") has there been such a lively debate bouncing around on the exteriors of automobiles. The primary objet d'argument this time is the yellow, diamond-shaped sign, "BABY ON BOARD!," which is showing up in the back windows of more and more local cars, along with a few variations ("CHILD IN CAR!"). The placards sell for about $2.
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April 6, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
When Cora Lomeli heard the police siren behind her, she wheeled her Chevrolet Suburban to the side of the road. But instead of giving the Reseda woman a ticket, Los Angeles Police Officers Norman A. Kellems and John Nisbet inspected her child safety seats. As part of a roving patrol, a motorcycle officer pulls over vehicles, and Kellems and Nisbet, following in a squad car, make the inspection.
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