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Old Oct 4th, 2013, 17:30 PM   11
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Maybe some hospitals are catching on because that is where I learned how to properly strap her in; otherwise, I'd not have known where the chest clip thingy went. Or perhaps I just got lucky and had a very informative nurse who liked to take the time to educate new parents.
I'm pretty sure it's in the manual for all my carseats. I should check...



 
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Old Oct 4th, 2013, 18:31 PM   12
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We don't have them in the uk because, I think, it has to be possible to release baby with one cut, or one hand, in an emergency xx



 
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Old Oct 5th, 2013, 03:49 AM   13
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Very interesting, thanks for all the replies! I sometimes worry the straps aren't held together enough and find myself adjusting them a lot. Also, they get very loose after my daughter's settled into the seat as she slides down a bit so I always double check before the drive. I can see pros and cons to with and without. I wonder why crash tests haven't proven which way is actually safer! I'd like to know!



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Old Oct 5th, 2013, 10:15 AM   14
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I've done some research on it since reading this thread.

Chest clips do nothing to secure the child in, they are a pre-crash positioner. They ensure the straps are in the correct spot in a crash. In theory, if the straps are tight enough, they will be anyway. I think my clip actually prevents me from getting the straps really tight, but that's just me. The clip is really big and holds the straps out away from his chest (but it's a 5-80lbs seat with the straps!).



 
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Old Oct 5th, 2013, 14:10 PM   15
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Could anyone explain to me what they're all about? I've noticed they seem to be standard in the US. I've never seen a car seat sold here with them so I'm curious!
You won't (or shouldn't) see them in Europe because they are illegal.

http://5pointplus.com/no-wonder-ches...s-are-illegal/

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I personally think they should get rid of them in the US. Lots of my facebook friends have babies and I don't think I've seen a single person upload a car seat picture where it's used right. People tend to keep it around the bellybutton area, especially when strap covers are used.

On my LO's car seat it says 'armpit level' right on the chest clip so I'm not sure why it's so difficult for people to figure out. I think a lot of people don't want their LO's to be uncomfortable and keep it loose and low.



 
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Old Oct 5th, 2013, 18:11 PM   17
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I think it's so easy to use them improperly because, at least on my car seat, it seems every time we clip him in again they are lower for some reason. So I always raise them to armpit level as part of buckling him in. DH is not so vigilant!



 
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I personally think they should get rid of them in the US. Lots of my facebook friends have babies and I don't think I've seen a single person upload a car seat picture where it's used right. People tend to keep it around the bellybutton area, especially when strap covers are used.

On my LO's car seat it says 'armpit level' right on the chest clip so I'm not sure why it's so difficult for people to figure out. I think a lot of people don't want their LO's to be uncomfortable and keep it loose and low.
Those covers aren't supposed to be used if they didn't come with the car seat either. Most people make many, many mistakes with the car seats. I don't get why they seem to be so hard.



 
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Old Oct 5th, 2013, 19:34 PM   19
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I personally think they should get rid of them in the US. Lots of my facebook friends have babies and I don't think I've seen a single person upload a car seat picture where it's used right. People tend to keep it around the bellybutton area, especially when strap covers are used.

On my LO's car seat it says 'armpit level' right on the chest clip so I'm not sure why it's so difficult for people to figure out. I think a lot of people don't want their LO's to be uncomfortable and keep it loose and low.
Those covers aren't supposed to be used if they didn't come with the car seat either. Most people make many, many mistakes with the car seats. I don't get why they seem to be so hard.
I know, but other moms who don't spend time on parenting forums or do much research often don't know that. It's frustrating that this stuff isn't more publicized, because if you don't do your research then you have no way of knowing things like that, and it's a very common mistake. Most people would think that if strap covers are sold pretty much everywhere, then they must be safe, but sadly that's not the case, and there's no warning on the packaging.

We need better car seat awareness. At the hospital I delivered at, they refuse to tell you if your car seat is installed correctly or not, I guess so they're not liable for anything, but I think pediatricians should spread more awareness at least.

I read somewhere that 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly, with an average of 3 mistakes per seat! It's completely unacceptable.



 
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Old Oct 5th, 2013, 20:45 PM   20
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When I had ds1 they had a car seat installation station that you had to visit before being allowed to be discharged. They checked to make sure it was installed correctly and that you knew how to install correctly before leaving if it had been incorrect. I thought that was such a great idea, wish more hospitals were that proactive. Ds2 was born at a different hospital and they didn't check any of that.



 
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