Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
Koveaz: Disposable Child Car Seat Covers
How often do you wash your child’s car seat cover because of puke or food spills? My daughter? Once in almost five years. My son? Once in 12 months.
Well, it seems a grandmother somewhere was dismayed at the stains on her daughter’s car seat covers and decided she’d wash them.
No, wait, sorry. She thought she’d invent disposable car seat covers!
Koveaz: universally-sized disposable seat covers made with a super-absorbent pad and breathable polypropylene fabric.
I have a few problems.
First, what’s with a camouflage seat cover? Is baby on a special ops mission? Okay, to be fair, the company’s web store sells the cover in blue, green, purple or yellow… just not camouflage apparently?!? Nice photo though.
Second, the covers are treated with fire retardant. I wouldn’t want such chemicals near my kids. Granted, the seat probably already has flame retardant on it straight from the manufacturer. So sell me a non-treated cover to protect my kids from the manufacturer’s seat fabric.
Spare me the fire-in-a-car-accident stories. Exposing all kids to these chemicals to prepare for rare incidents (vehicle fires) just doesn’t cut it in my book.
Third, even if my kid was a chronic puker or I did something unwise such as feed my kids something other than a dry food while in the car… I’d just wash the cover.
If I was really worried, I’d buy a second permanent cover and have it ready to slap on in an emergency. I bought a car seat with an easy-to-remove cover, right? Good.
Why am I bothered? Because disposable anything is wasteful, and when there are long-term solutions they should be used.
Remember, even if you have a throw-away cover that you send to a landfill, that puke is probably also on the seat belt harness and webbing — stuff you can’t throw out and will be sponging over anyway.
As for dry food spills, buy a car vacuum and suck that stuff out every once in a while. Problem solved.
The one application I could support Koveaz for is a rented child seat in a rental car.
As with every product I dislike, you’re free to tell me how so very wrong I am. Better yet, buy some at $8.59 each, photograph your kid in the seat holding a “Thingamababy sucks!” sign and e-mail it to me. I’ll post it!
On the plus side, I’m not totally without heart. Grandma took the Koveaz idea and made disposable wheelchair covers, which I suppose has beneficial applications. I’ll pass on her party covers for dinner chairs though.