Beyond the Car Seat Minimums - Alabama

Recall Updates

Who We Are

We are here to protect the children of Alabama through research and education.

Several of our staff members are nationally certified

Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST)
who are dedicated to keeping children safe during travel.

Alabama State Laws are the minimum of car seat safety standards, and it is

our mission to help parents and caregivers give their children the best

protection available.

We're ready to bring awareness to Alabama about rear facing, harnessing,

booster use, and general car seat safety.

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Meet the Admins

Randy is a southern AL dad to two boys and one girl, ranging in age from 3-6 years old.  He first started learning about car seat safety a few years ago when his wife kept coming to him with research she'd found, telling him about all the changes they should make with their children.  He started doing his own research with the intent to show her that it wasn't such a big deal, and what he found blew him away.  He's continued to learn as much as possible since then, and he was very excited to become a CPST in 2012.  He enjoys being in a position to be able to help many other dads who are in the same place he was!  When he's not working, he enjoys spending as much time with his kids as he can, and even takes karate classes with all three of them!

Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom of three children.  She became interested in car seat safety sometime in 2009.  She frequented a networking website geared towards moms, where she met other moms who were really passionate about making sure children's car seats were used correctly.  When she started learning more, she started doing better with her own children.  The more she learned, the more she understood the dangerous choices she'd made with her own children, simply because no one ever told her otherwise.  She will be the first to admit that she turned all three of her kids around when they hit that magical "20 pounds and one year" mark.  She saw it as a milestone and that they were big kids.  She's very thankful nothing ever happened.  She is now an advocate for extended rear-facing, to the maximum limits of the seat.  She became a certified CPST in June 2012.

When she's not spreading the car seat love on the Internet, she volunteers her time at Children's of Alabama by assisting in their bi-weekly Safe Kids/AHIF seat checks. In her spare time, she enjoys filling her head with useless trivia relating to England and the British Monarchy, all while sipping a nice hot cup of tea.  (She still maintains that Wills and Kate should have called her to install Prince George's car seat!)

Megan is a mom of three, and a CPST.  She lives somewhere in Alabama's toes, and would spend every day at the beach if she could just find a way to sweep away all the sand.  She began her journey into car seat safety after a technician talked to her about some of the mistakes she was making with her oldest son's car seat while he was just a baby, so she completely understands the fear and frustration of the parents who come looking for help.  Everyone starts somewhere, and she's a firm believer that once you know better, you should do better.  She enjoys taking advantage of the opportunities to help other parents with gentle education, much like what was shown to her years ago.  When she's not playing Car Seat Superhero, she's usually attending a Cinderella tea party, helping set up a dinosaur war zone, sword fighting with a pint-sized swashbuckler, or making her own fun in the kitchen! (With many little hands trying to help!)

Asha is in the Birmingham Metro area, and is the creator of our group. She is a car seat advocate and mother, and she wanted to start Beyond the Car Seat Minimums - Alabama to provide parents and guardians with local, in-state support on car seat safety. She is also passionate about birth and breastfeeding; she is a birth doula and a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. As the family of a toddler, they spend a lot of time outdoors, at the park, and at gymnastics!

Katrina is a CPST and mother of 3 in the Wiregrass area. She has a bachelor's degree in secondary biology education, but enjoys staying home with her children for now. She first started researching car seat safety when her second child turned 1 in 2008, and a friend assured her that it was okay to keep him rear facing longer since his seat allowed it. The scientist in her dove into research and quickly became a car seat safety advocate, making the decision to rear face her son as long as possible. With more information comes the opportunity to make better decisions, and she often takes examples of her past mistakes to show other parents in presentations to remind them that none of us is perfect, but we all have the ability to change. In 2012 she was finally able to get certified and help other parents the way she truly wanted to by providing hands-on assistance.

When she isn't checking car seats or giving car seat safety classes in her community, you can find her cooking, sewing, camping, watching her son play football, chasing the baby, or gaming with her husband.

Becky is a CPST and homeschooling mom to her three children. She became interested in car seat safety when a friend's son was in a crash. He was 6 years old and using just the a seat belt, which is perfectly legal in Alabama. He had a traumatic brain injury, but thankfully survived and recovered. That incident led Becky to investigate what went wrong in protecting him. She realized that the law did not line up with what was actually safe. That realization inspired her to learn more and spread the word. She realized that most people did not have this information and have no reason to believe the laws would not keep their children safe. Becky became a CPST in 2011, and now works at Children's Hospital of Alabama's biweekly car seat clinic. When she isn't playing with car seats, she enjoys board games, hiking, and recently began geocaching.