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This week I have been hounded by a grandmother wanting to know every thing about the safest ways to transport and secure her granddaughter in her automobile. She wanted to know the best child safety seats, where and how best to secure them in her vehicle and what child safety seats had been recalled.

Grandma Kimberly was about to take her first grandchild, Cailin, out on her first shopping trip. Cailin, three months old, had never been to South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa or Fashion Island, Newport Beach and grandmother was going to remedy that. Cailin is, by far, the cutest child ever, this according to your author and her grandfather.

Whenever I want to find the “best” consumer product, I go to the website. Consumer Reports has a “Buying Advice” for child car and booster seats page, on their website. I found all the information a safety conscious grandmother could want. The information guides the reader in matching the seat to a child’s weight and age, as well as making sure that the seat anchors securely to your car.

For recalled child safety seats, I found the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Child Seat Safety Recall website. According to this website, it is updated whenever the NHTSA receives a child restraint related safety recall. The site includes a Child Safety Seat Registration Form in order to assist the manufacturer of your child safety seat in notifying you of a recall or other problem with your child seat.

Now that I have completed that “honey-do” I am off to wrap grandma’s Christmas gifts from Santa.

Merry Christmas to you all. May we all have peace, joy and prosperity.

P/S – I trust Consumer Reports® and® more than any other consumer testing agency or consumer publication because, according to their literature:

Consumer Reports® and are published by Consumers Union, an expert, independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. To achieve this mission, we test, inform, and protect. To maintain our independence and impartiality, CU accepts no outside advertising, no free test samples, and has no agenda other than the interests of consumers.

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