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Consumer Reports Recalls Their Car Seat Report

Recently Consumer Reports published a study on rear-facing car seats. There was a fairly big brouhaha about it, because nearly every seat failed their side-impact tests. This sent many parents (including CincyMommy and I) into a bit of a panic. How could we have bought this seat? If we get hit in the side our baby is going to go flying through the windshield. That’s not good parenting.

Well, apparently they may not have been using the correct tests.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had a bad feeling about those initial tests. Something just didn’t seem kosher to them. After analyzing the results more completely they found that the tests simulated an impact in excess of 70 mph instead of the 38 mph claimed by Consumer Reports. That is a very big difference.

I must admit I’m pretty disappointed in Consumer Reports. Faulty testing really doesn’t instill a lot of confidence. But at least they are admitting it and are now redoing the tests.

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I’m a trend setter

It seems that I’m the trendsetter in my family. My brother can’t seem but to follow in my illustrious footsteps. And that’s odd, too considering that I’m the younger brother.

Growing up I’ll admit that I always thought my brother was cooler than me. He had more friends, and seemed to do more cool things than I ever did. But now the tables have turned and I’m leading the pack.

Basically it boils down to the fact that I grew up before him. While he was still out partying and “being young”, I was knuckling down and getting a job, getting married, buying a house, and starting a family. I’d like to think that being beat to the punch by his little brother got him to thinking about his own future. Once he heard that I was engaged he realized that making big life decisions might not be that scary after all. So it broke down like this: I got engaged, then he got engaged. He got married, then I got married (only beat me by a couple months). I bought a house, he bought a house. My wife got pregnant, and now his wife is pregnant. Back and forth we go. I think its pretty hilarious. For so many years growing up we never wanted to be the same, and now we can’t seem to help it.

The Countdown has Begun

Well, we’re not really close, but we are going to the doctor every 2 weeks instead of every 4 now. A little more than 7 weeks to go.

We haven’t even started the nursery, but I’m not concerned. When CincyMommy’s family gets moving, they get things done fast. I’m talking “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” kind of fast. Let me share an example.

When most people move into a new house it takes a few weeks (maybe months) to unpack all the boxes and get everything into a good place. With the help of the family we took 3 days! Yes, 3 days after moving in it looked like we had lived there for 5 years. It was amazing. Everyone just picks a job and gets it done, and with 30 or so people that’s a lot of jobs getting done. Of course that also means very little oversight. I’m still wondering where some of my kitchen utensils are. I’m sure they’re somewhere that seemed “right” to someone.

We also did the baby registry thing. Boy that was a little nerve-racking. All I kept thinking was “Is this the best ‘x’ available?” And how can you know? It’s impossible to pick out the best version of everything. No matter how much research I do, I’ll always run across one or two bad reviews and that will make me rethink everything I’ve read. But we made our choices, and hopefully they’re good ones. No one would make a product that was inherently dangerous, right? So we couldn’t have picked anything too terrible. All the same, I’ve subscribed to theĀ  Consumer Product Safety Commissions recall feed just in case.