Friday, February 29th, 2008
Infant Car Seat Carriers â€” Great until you Drop One
Greg at Daddytypes has put two and two together to deduce a link between infant car seat carrier injuries and defective handles on said car seat carriers.
First, in 2006, 21 percent of injuries in such seats were from non-motor vehicle incidents… a mere 14,200 babies going to the emergency room.
the most-recalled product in the last 10 years has been infant car seat carriers, due to handle failure "babydumping handles were the single most common reason for Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls in the last 10 years." (See Greg’s comment below regarding the correction.)
He then rightfully chastises the powers that be for being slow to see a connection, and that, hey, maybe safety standards need to be revisited.
I foresee three emerging business ventures…
1) Baby Crash Helmets â€” for parents unwilling to give up their car seat infant carrier. And no, I don’t mean pudding caps.
2. Parking Lot Nannies â€” for after you’ve abandoned your car seat and need a hand with your heavy burden, but don’t require the services of a full-time nanny.
3. "So you Wanna Be a Parent?" gym classes â€” for boosting the upper body strength of prospective parents so they can live without a car seat carrier. The core conditioning exercise will be carrying a bag of groceries. Hmm, maybe a half-dozen cartons of eggs.
In happier news, if I survive our baby shower this afternoon,
I’ll have a post-baby shower wrap-up this weekend. I survived, but am pooped. Monday’s post will be titled, Anatomy of a Baby Shower, and in a small uncircumcised way will be a play on words.