RV Rentals and Car Seat Safety

rv-rentalIt’s that time of year again…time for the RV’s to hit the road. At One Tiny Suitcase we get lots of inquiries from parents travelling to Calgary and Banff from around the world. Many of our international visitors are wanting to rent RV’s, Campers and Motor homes for a trip to the mountains.

One of the most common questions is, “Where can we safely install a car seat in our RV?” In the ‘old days’ us kids were allowed to roam around in the back of a motor home while it barrelled down the highway at 100 miles/hr. Somehow, parents thought that a motor home/rv was safer and provided more protection than a regular car. It turns out, they provide less…

Here are the options that most parents try when installing a car seat in an RV:

  • at the dinette table
  • facing sideways on the sofa
  • up front in the passenger’s seat

The safest option may surprise you.  The danger of installing a car seat at the dinette is that they rarely fit because the table gets in the way AND in most cases the dinettes are only secured to a plywood base in the RV, not the frame like in a car.

A sideways installation in the sofa is not recommended either because most car seats are not rated for crashes when they are installed facing sideways in the vehicle.

So, the best solution here is to install the car seat in the front passenger’s seat BUT you must ensure any passenger side air bags are disabled. And, if you have two children, this solution won’t work for both of them.

Want to know more? Here is an intereting forum about RV safety: http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=17062

BRITAX, first class travel for children

As you can see from one of my previous posts (Peg Perego),I am learning more about Side Impact Protection (SIP). My favorite seats are the BRITAX seats that I carry in my business (www.onetinysuitcas.ca) and that I used for my own children.

I was recently on BRITAX’s website to try and better understand the benefits of the new FRONTIER and DIPLOMAT seats they have started carrying. I have had some customers ask me to add those to my inventory. These new seats seemed like a bit of overkill when I first looked at them (so much extra padding and wide wings of fabric). crumpled-sign

After watching the videos on the BRITAX website (www.britax.com)- I get it. A few startling facts they shared on the videos:

– Side Impact Collisions are the most severe type of car crash
– Car Accidents are the #1 killer of American children

Just watch the videos (http://www.britaxusa.com/side-impact-protection/physics-101.aspx). I look at buckling my kids into their seats in a whole new light now.

BRITAX- a safety leader

Okay, I admit it- I love BRITAX car seats.

BRITAX car seats

BRITAX car seats

Since starting my baby equipment rental business in 2006 I started carrying the BRITAX Roundabout and Marathon car seats.

After using these fabulous seats, I can’t recommend anything else.

They are comfortable, easy to use, easy to install and most importantly- one of the safest car seats on the market.

Check out BRITAX’s website for tips on traveling with young children, car seat safety information and the article:  

How & When to Use A Car Seat This Summer http://www.britaxusa.com/about/news.aspx

Mom on a Mission

One of my favorite blog writers wrote a very interesting post today. Debbie at Delicious Baby is doing some undercover work these days. After her awful experience with Advantage Rental Cars and the children’s car seats they provided her and her family, she exposed the rental car agency’s substandard ‘safety‘ seats.

The company promised improvements and ensured her and the local media that unsafe, out of date seats would be removed from their inventory earlier this year. Debbie wrote on her blog that, “As a result of this story and the news investigations, Advantage has performed a company-wide inspection of all their car seats and destroyed any that did not meet the appropriate standards for safe operation. They’ve also institued a new corporate policy regarding child safety seats, including a requirement that seats be removed from service after two years of use and that parents be given a manual with each seat.”

It looks like they didn’t live up to their promises. Read the latest post from this Mom on a Mission at Delicious Baby www.deliciousbaby.com

Child Safety Seats

Child Safety Seats