"Using an expired car seat results in the child not being properly restrained in accordance with the child restraint manufacturer's and vehicle manufacturer's instructions, therefore it is technically not legal to do so."Most Traffic Safety Resource Offices will tell you to "follow manufacturer's guidelines," which would include expiration dates.  An expired seat would likely be classified as a recalled item, which is not legal to sell (and thus should not be donated either because it cannot be accepted for use or resale). More information.

A baby miracle: Maine infant survives violent collision, ejection Still shaking, Angie Horler stared at the wreckage of the car she had just collided with in her pickup truck, and saw no movement inside. Horrified, she noticed an infant's car seat on the ground in front of her. "When I first saw the car seat I thought I had killed a baby," Horler recalled the day after Thursday's crash in Raymond. "I was completely devastated, even though there was nothing I could do to avoid it." As motorists pulled over to check on the driver of the demolished car, Horler heard something faint, like noise from a car radio. She was the only one who heard it, she said. "I kept hearing this crying sound," she said, "like a baby, but it sounded so distant. I just ran toward a big snowbank thinking, 'Oh my God, there must be a baby somewhere.'                         
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By David Hench- Press herald Staff Writer

Community Health Plan of Washington

Need a car seat?.....Receive state medical?

Chest Clip:The name is self-explanatory, so I thought. It belongs between armpit and nipple level. Nowhere else, ever.

Risk: The clip on the belly can damage internal organs and doesn’t hold the straps properly over the chest as they’re designed to do, meaning your child could be ejected from their seat.

Aftermarket Products:
Do not use anything on your seat that did not come with it. 
         This goes for those homemade car seat covers too~

Risk: Aside from voiding your warranty, all manufacturer liability and being denied a replacement seat in a crash, things added can damage the straps or interfere with function of the seat.

Bulky Clothes: Children should be dressed in warm-but-thin clothing, then buckled in their seat, and then have warm layers placed on top of them.

(See: video here.)

Risk: In an accident, all the air in bulky clothing compresses, like a “Space Saver” bag, leaving the harness incredibly loose and putting the child at risk to be ejected from the seat.

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Molina Medicaid Incentives program

AAP: Toddlers in rear-facing seat until 2 (Parenting.com) -- In a new policy statement published in the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics now advises parents to keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2, or until they exceed the height or weight limit for the car seat, which can be found on the back of the seat. Previously, the AAP advised parents to keep kids rear-facing as long as possible, up to the maximum limit of the car seat, and this has not changed. But it also cited one year and 20 pounds as the minimum for flipping the seat, which many parents and pediatricians interpreted as conventional wisdom on the best time to make the switch. The new policy clarifies the AAP's recommendation, making age 2 the new guideline -- a real game-changer for parents of toddlers. A 2007 study in the journal Injury Prevention found that children under age 2 are 75 percent less likely to die or to be severely injured in a crash if they are rear-facing. Another study found riding rear-facing to be five times safer than forward-facing. "A rear-facing child safety seat does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash, because it distributes the force of the collision over the entire body," said Dennis Durbin, M.D., F.A.A.P., a pediatric emergency physician and co-scientific director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and lead author of the policy statement and accompanying technical report. If my child turns 2 before he reaches the height or weight limit for the seat, should I keep him rear-facing? Yes. The safest decision is to keep him rear-facing until he reaches the height or weight limit for the seat.

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By Sasha Emmons, Parenting.com March 21, 2011

Prenatal Care:The member should see a provider in the first three months of pregnancy or within 42days of joining Molina.(get one (1) $40* gift reward.)
Postpartum Care:After delivery, the member should complete postpartum checkup within21-56 days.(get one (1) $40* gift reward.)
Healthy 15 Month Olds: A new baby must complete six well child exams by the time the child is 15months old. (get one (1) $40* gift reward.)
Healthy Two Year Olds:A new baby must complete all required immunizations before the child turns 2 years old (get one (1) $40* gift reward.)
Well Child Check Ups, Ages 3, 4, 5 and 6:A yearly well child checkup is a physical exam that includes vision and hearing tests which may also include immunizations if they are due. (300 points (a $30 value) in on-line shopping rewards.)

Well Child Check Ups, Ages 7-11: (300 points (a $30 value) in on-line shopping rewards.)
Adolescent Well Care, Ages 12-21:A yearly adolescent well care exam that includes a complete physical exam, vision and hearing tests. The provider should also check blood pressure, height, weight and bod  mass index (BMI). Teens may need some immunizations or boosters. (300 points (a $30 value) in on-line shopping rewards.)
We strongly suggest you use these rewards to purchase/upgrade your child's car seat.

The Prenatal Program offers a $65 gift card for a car seat for getting two prenatal check-ups. 

receive a $65 gift card to buy a car seat.

Well Child Program offers a $20 gift card for every Well Child check-up

that includes an up-to-date immunization record.  $20 gift card

The problem:  Infant car seats aren’t designed to be secured to the top of a shopping cart. Most car seat manufacturers specifically prohibit using their seats this way but that warning is usually buried along with 30 other generic warnings in the instruction manual so it doesn’t get much attention.  carseatblog.com

"In Spokane County, over 95 % of car seats are used incorrectly."

  • Is your car seat installed correctly?
  • Is it the proper size for your child?
  • Has it been recalled?

Almost Deadly Sippy Cup Incident Warns Against Projectiles In Car I know some people think some things are extreme when it comes to car seat safety, often a matter of the "It won't happen to me" mindset. When mentioning clearing the car of potential projectiles, often the reaction is, "Oh, PLEASE. Whatever," ignoring the fact that even slamming on your brakes without impact is enough to make things go flying. For one mom, Christina Hish of Denver, the reality of dangers from a projectile came true, in a very scary and serious way. The end result is over 400 stitches and many surgeries for her son, all from a soft-spouted sippy cup.
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by Christie Haskell May 21, 2011

Bring your child and car seat. Our certified safety technicians will check your car seat, help you understand passenger safety laws, show you how to choose the right car seat and give you handy car seat safety tips … all for free!
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Picture guide to car seat safety

Car seat safety is crucial for protecting your child during travel, but knowing how to safely install a car seat and buckle up your child as he or she grows can be difficult.