Sunday, January 29, 2012

MTV Please Care About Car Seat Safety

I stumbled upon a facebook page regarding the lack of car seat safety captured on the Teen Mom shows. While focusing on the drama of relationships and finances most people don't notice the safety hazards that are broadcasted for the world to see.
I have been on the "mommy pages" of facebook and have seen a lot of concerned women commenting on the car seat safety of pretty much every child of Teen Mom. This page: Dear MTV Care About Car Seats was created in hopes of convincing MTV to do the following things:

"HERE'S WHAT WE'D LIKE TO SEE:

A commercial, sponsored by MTV demonstrating correct car seat usage and facts. For example, the correct positioning of a chest clip and harness.
The fact that all children MUST rear face until they are both 1 year and 20 lbs, and should remain rear facing until they are at least 2 and ideally, at least 35 lbs.
The importance of knowing a car seat's history if buying second hand, and the fact that car seats have expiration dates.

If MTV can advocate for "Its your sex life" and "Love is Respect" we'd like to see a small less than 5 minute segment about the importance of car seat safety at the reunion show.

This has the potential to SAVE THE LIVES of THOUSANDS of babies and children. Acknowledge it, and take advantage of that!
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I would have to agree. At first I just blamed the few incidents I saw with the fact that we only see a small amount of their lives, everyone slips up every now and again. I also took into consideration that MTV has the cast getting in and out of their cars just to get a shot of them turning a corner in a residential neighborhood etc. The more I think about it though the more it does make sense to at the very least mention car seat safety in an after show, commercial or reunion.
 
For example: Ali should have her chest clip over her chest not her belly. She should also probably be rear facing still due to her size. I don't think in any way that Leah or Corey are bad parents. I do think that maybe many of the parents on these shows do not understand the severity of proper car seat safety.


Of all the things they talk about on the show, some of the biggest parenting issues and decisions are left out. Safety, Vaccines, Birthing plans, Discipline. If you ask me these are some of the things that I guarantee teens aren't thinking about before they accidentally get pregnant. Honestly these kind of tough parenting choices, and decisions need to be showcased.

 Don't you agree?

45 comments:

  1. I agree! I love Kail, but when she got that little green sunfire, she put Issac in it and just seatbelted the entire caraway instead of correctly belting in the caraway and then strapping in baby! Made me crazy! She is a great mom..but yikes, please take time to do the caraway correctly! Anything can happen!

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  2. Ugh carseat. Not caraway ..stupid autocorrect..sorry! Lol

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  3. When I seen that in the show I told my friend look at the twins clips on the car seat it blows my mind that ppl don't understand How dangerous it is not putting the clip piece up high

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  4. I have had my son forward face since he was 10months old bc he was 22lbs & in the state i live in it is ok to turn them around & b4 i done it i ask my landlord who is a State Trooper & he told me it was ok....I believe that everyone needs to read there STATE Seat Belt Law & go by it bc all the States r different.....not saying they r doing anything wrong or right just saying that everyone needs to read up on it.....its recommended to have them until 2 but not a law that means u can but u dont have to u can turn them around after they are 1

    All 3 of my kids were Forward facing by the time they were 1...

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    1. "you should, but you don't HAVE TO" so you don't want to do whats best for your child?

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    2. OMG! What 2yr old can sit rearfacing with their feet to their face! I have had my daugher forward facing since she was 1yr old and she weights 32 Lbs at 2 I am not going ot have my childs feet to her face.

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    3. My son is 3 years and 2 months old (35lbs) and he is still rear facing. He either sits with his legs crossed (Indian style) or he is hanging them off each side of the seat. Or, he has them reclining on the back of the seat. He doesn't mind one bit and has never once complained about it. YOU might not be comfortable like that, but kids are flexible and stretchy and they get used to finding a comfy spot for themselves.

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    4. I don't understand this whole feet in the face argument. They sit Indian style or however they can get comfy. If you crash yeah they could break their legs but I would rather that then their neck. I don't understand why people debate this.

      Right now the usual recommendation is 2 years or 35lbs
      The law in most places is 1 year AND 20lbs.

      That is a big difference. My son is 2 and still rear facing. I do that because its safer, even though the car seat says on it that I can turn him around.

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    5. All convertible car seat instructions state REAR facing till 20 lbs AND 1 year not one or the other. Your state trooper friend is incorrect and shouldn't be giving out advice. Actually you should get a ticket for improper car seat use for turning your son around too soon. All you had to do was READ the instructions.

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  5. I think the forward facing issue is up to the state laws and what not, the safety issues such as the chest strap on the belly, I continually move my sons up and it slides back down when I take him out, and then have to move it back up when I put him back in. Do I do it every single time, just about, but as with everything else, there are the times that you're rushing and forget.. Also I think as long as Kail followed the manufacturers directions for installing that particular car seat with that seat belt the way she did then there shouldn't be anything to say about it. I've had to on occasion hook my sons carseat up with the regular seat belt, and followed the directions listed on the carseat..I don't think theres anything wrong with that.

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  6. It does depend on the state law my son is 6 months and is over 22 lbs and is facing forward but other than that the chest piece should be over the chest. But it does move and the child can move it on there own.

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    1. If the harness is tightened correctly, a child should not be able to move the chest clip.

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    2. i agree with Anonymous.. my son has been facing frontwards since he was 9 months, cause he was 21 pounds and 26 inches long. we also GOT PERMISSION from the STATE POLICE sayin we could do so, since he was that big... when my son sits indian style, it hurts his legs a little bit... and for the chect piece, KIDS DO MOVE THEM! i know that for a fact, cause my son does. idc how disagrees with this, cause he IS MY SON, just like Ali is LEAH'S DAUGHTER, AND SHE WILL PUT HER IN THE CARSEAT HOW SHE WANTS... DON'T FORGET THE GIRLS ARE OVER A YEAR WHEN THAT PICTURE WAS TAKEN!!! SO WHY DON'T YA'LL JUST MIND YOUR OWN FUCKIN BUSINESS!!! OKAY?

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    3. chest* and who*

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    4. Why don't I mind my own business? Because I hate to see kids suffer from having idiotic parents like you. It hurts his legs a little bit? I bet it would hurt a lot more if he got into a serious crash - no matter the child's weight, serious injury and death are 75% more likely to happen if they forward face before age 2.

      But hey. As long as you're comfortable putting your kid at risk. Awesome parenting.

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    5. And to the original Anonymous poster - your kid is SIX MONTHS OLD and you have him forward facing. This is seriously unsafe. You are putting your son in harm's way.

      Seriously. Spend two seconds googling "American Academy of Pediatrics and Rear Facing Guidelines" instead of reading Teen Mom updates and your kid will be much better off.

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  7. I agree, but they did once touch on the discipline part. Once when catelynn & Tyler were watching nick and they commented about putting him in time out and how hard it would be to do 24/7 but that and the other issues have never been addresses and yes, rather than focus on the boyfriend drama they could focus on these other issues as the children get a little older. It's a way for MTV to keep shoring the continued affect on life as a teen mom even tho they aren't teens anymore. They are 20 with a 4 yr old & tantrums. Great ideas I hope MTV is looking at this !!!

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  8. I don't really think the laws have much to do with it. It's up to you to chose whether or not you want your child to be kinda safe or very safe. Rear facing till at least 2 has been proven to be safer.

    If your chest clip is sliding easily then something isn't right. You probably need a new car seat. The chest clip should not be that easy to move.

    I wouldn't just go with the car seat manufacturers recommendations. You should also ask your doctor and take a few minutes to do a little research. I was surprised when I started looking these things up for the first time. <3

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  9. the law isn't gonna keep your child safe if you're in an accident.

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  10. who cares if the state law says u can turn them around. you need to leave them until they are SAFE!!! and turning them around when they are 22 pounds is not safe. they do not have the strength to support there heads in a crash! people care too much about there kids being comfortable instead of being safe! who cares if they dont like looking out the back window. its the safest way. i just lost a friendship because i mentioned to her that her son was not safe he is not even 3 and she has him in a booster with just a lap belt!

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  11. People are gonna do what they wanna do NOONE can tell them or make them do it. My sons carseat is approved by the fire dept. and it says to turn the carseat around if your child is 20lbs or more and it also says the chest clip is suppose to be right at the arm pits no lower or higher.

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    1. Really? Because I was guilty of using car seats incorrectly until someone made me aware of the important safety issues...When you know better, you do better.

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  12. Omg these comments scare me almost as badly as the way the teen moms strap in their babies!!! The reason for the minimum AGE and weight to flip is for your child's safety. Rear facing has been PROVEN to be safer! Kids spines are not developed enough to withstand being flung forward in crashes-it can cause internal decapitation!!!! Rear facing is safer because the seat absorbes the impact. Kids are flexible, they are just as comfortable to sit cross legged-it actually puts less pressure on their blood vessels and therefore doesn't limit circulation like leg dangling does...most of my nieces and nephews say cross legged in their seats front facing anyway.My son is 19 months and 26lbs and still rf....and will be until at least 40lbs... It's your child's life-do your research. Look at one or 2 YouTube videos of rf vs ff crashes and if you still think ff a BABY (under 1) is ok, I hope you and your child never have to learn the hard way... The other scary things the teen moms are always shown doing is puffy snow suits in carseats-eep!

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  13. And FYI- police and firemen are not carseat techs. IF they have any training, it's minimal and only to do with installation of the seat...not what's safe for your child once they are in the seat...

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    1. FIREMAN AND POLICE CAN BE CARSEAT CERTIFIED AND THEY HAVE TO TAKE A LOT OF COURSES TO BE SO! AND IF THEY ARNT THEY ARE TOLD TO NOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT CARSEATS

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  14. I'm glad someone mentioned this. I cringe because I always see the Teen Mom babies in huge puffy coats in their carseats and this makes their carseats almost non-existence. PUFFY COATS AND CARSEATS DO NOT MIX! I also see twisted straps and the chest clip at belly level like you've indicated. My son is 3 years and 2 months and at 35lbs, he is still rear facing.

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  15. i totally agree! None of the teen moms wear their seat belts either! They need to wear those because no child should have to grow up without a parent!

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  16. In regards to the Photo of Ali where you state she should be rare facing still, no she shouldn't, if she was her feet would get broken in a crash. Once the feet are longer than the car seat they must be faced forward. Oh and not all carseats must have the buckle at the chest some differ

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    1. The chest clip is called that because it goes across the chest. not the belly button. I said Ali probably should still be rear facing. Mainly because she is smaller and still able to fit in it. I don't know about you but I would rather my child have a broken leg then a broken neck.

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    2. Have you ever worked in a shop that sells carseats? or anything? I doubt it I have whilst i may live in NZ you have never met Ali and dont know how big she is so you cant really judge how she should be sitting.

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    3. I used her photo as an example. It is easy to see that she isn't strapped in completely properly. If you read the entire post, I even clarify that this is in no way judging Leah and Corey as parents. I don't understand why people get so defensive when someone suggests they are more careful when it comes to car seat safety. Car seats are not that complicated. I use one with my son an a daily basis. It is clear to see in this photo at least that she was small enough to be rear facing. I don't get how this is even an argument. She doesn't NEED to be rear facing but it would have been safer. Now the chest clip issue on the other hand, needs to be over her chest.

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  17. my son is almost 2 and he hates rear facing cause his feet touch the seat so hes foward faceing he loves it he likes to look ware we are driving!

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  18. i wouldnt move where my son seats because he doesnt like something. its for his own safety

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  19. I could not agree with you more!!! From the time the Teen Mom shows started years ago, I noticed this too!!! Another one that was always really bad was Amber's daughter, Leah...The top buckle was always super low and not tight AT ALL. It looked extrememly loose on her and I remember thinking how scary it was!!! I also seem to recall the handle on the infant seats being left up when they put the kids in the car which is another bad thing to do. I think that people in general need to take a car seat safety class before leaving the hospital! People don't realize that little things like leaving the infant seat handle up or not putting the top buckle up on the chest are NOT little things- those things could KILL your child!!! I would soooooooooooooo be willing to work with you to get your idea up and going--- My email address is julyray33@aol.com THANK YOU for pointing out this VERY IMPORTANT idea!!!

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    1. There is a link to the page that I referenced in the article, def. go there and talk to them! <3 It's really something that needs to be addressed!

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  20. I had my son turned around at 8 months. He was 25lbs and well over the height limit. I had went through a ride program and the police told me that he was fine how he was. Guess Canada has a little bit of differences. I even asked my doctor before turning him around and she said it was fine because of his size.

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    1. same with my god daughter. outgrew her infant seat at 8.5 months, met the hight and weight restrictions to be FF and the doctor and the cops told us it was okay to turn her. she's almost 3 now and has been happily and safely FF ever since.

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  21. no its total bull shittt

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  22. I live in WV not far from Leah and here the law is that the child must be at least 35 lbs before forward facing.

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  23. I always understood that children could be forward facing once their feet started touching the actual seat of the car. I also don't live in the States so my knowledge of rules could be greatly different. But having worked at a day care, i know that there are 3 and 4 year olds that are 35 lbs. That seems a little big to be rear facing.. if you ask me lol

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  24. I cant stand listening to this crap about carseats!!! I have been hearing this alot lately and I come from a family of Paramedics, fireman, nurses and EMT teachers. NOT one has told me that it would be a good idea to make my 3 year old son (who is only 30lbs)go rear facing. You dont know how your car is going to get hit, what if you get into an accident where your car is hit from front and back, and your car is crushed accordian like. YOur child is smashed into the back seat and you cant get them out. No matter where you put your child in there seat there is going to be some kind of risk. I will do what my pediatrition, officers, and emt tell me is best, or the law.

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  25. I know I am terribly late to comment but extended rear facing is the way to go.

    It really breaks my heart when I see a child not properly strapped into their car seat. It is most definitely a matter of life and death.

    Sweden is known for their exceptional car seat safety. In fact they have been rear facing since the 1060's! In Sweden most parents rear face until the child is five years old! Here is a link to a wonderful website about ERF in Sweden: http://www.carseat.se/

    Another site about car seat safety, in the United States, is Car Seat dot org. You can even post your car seat questions to professionals! The website offers terrific information about car seat safety.

    Here is the link: http://www.car-seat.org

    Here is a youtube video showing how important it is to rear face for as long as possible:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sssIsceKd6U



    ALWAYS remember to read the ENTIRE manual when installing a car seat. Every car seat manufacturer has different regulations.

    NEVER buy a used car seat. You never know if the seat has been in an accident.

    Once a car seat has been in an accident it is no longer considered safe to use. Many insurance companies will replace a car seat if it has been in an accident.

    Most car seats expire after SIX years. There is usually an expiration date some where on the car seat.


    I am very passionate about car seat safety! I hope the links and information I posted helps someone out.

    Also remember when throwing away a car seat CUT the straps, so no one else can reuse the seat.

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