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Is This Car Seat Worth $400?

by Molly on June 18, 2013

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Photo by Ariel Zambelich/Wired

Photo by Ariel Zambelich/Wired

The Clek Foonf car seat comes with a hefty price tag, so Wired online puts the seat through its paces. Recent safety recommendations suggest raising the age for rear-facing car seats to two years old. Unfortunately, many seats that are rear-facing don’t accommodate the size of a child this age. Enter the Foonf, which “lets your child can stay rear-facing until they weigh 50 pounds and measure 43 inches in height — well beyond the norm for 2-year-olds”. Read more about one dad’s experience giving his 20-month-old son a test drive in the seat, and get his take on whether the Foonf is worth the sticker shock.

Putting makeup on in the car is something most women do at one time or another. Some more often than others. And we all know that it should be done while the vehicle is at a full stop. In reality, though, we commonly see women applying cosmetics while driving. Here’s a quick video about the startling PSA Volkswagen created around this topic.

Do you know the blind zone for your car?

by Molly on June 15, 2013

posted in Stay Safe

Blind zones can be killers. This is the area behind a vehicle that a driver can’t see when backing up. And it’s slightly different depending on the model of car/van/truck that you drive. Tragically at least 50 children each week are backed over because they simply aren’t seen. Study the Consumer Reports Best and Word Rear Blind Zones infographic and table so that you know the zone for your car. And be especially aware of this often overlooked safety hazard.

Imagine the unimaginable … you find yourself in a dangerous situation where you don’t want to draw attention to yourself and are unable to get help by usual means.

The Silent Bodyguard is an app that functions as a secret panic button, as well as a location tracker. Once activated, it will automatically send emails, texts and other social networking messages every 60 seconds from your smartphone. Since it is silent, you can reach out for help without alerting an attacker.  And the repeating messages help ensure that your distress calls are not ignored or missed.

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Ford has announced that its newest innovation in child safety is the inflatable seat belt. In a report released by ConsumerReports.org, the benefits and potential pitfalls of this new safety feature are explored and brought to the attention of all us safety-conscious parents.

Of course the advantages of inflatable seat belts are obvious; the report cites the spread of the force of impact over a larger surface area and a possible reduction in head injuries, due to tighter belts. The disadvantages, though, could outweigh the positive effects that this new feature could have.

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