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Infant Seats and Shopping Carts

Posted by beyondthecarseatminimums_alabama on January 16, 2014 at 12:45 AM

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Have you seen this video making its way around the web? We're very happy to see that this security camera caught an occurrence with a happy ending, but we know all too well what could have happened to this little baby.


Infant car seats are not designed to go on top of shopping carts. Even if the seat seems to "click" onto the cart, it is unstable. (And since the seat wasn't designed to click there, there is a risk of damaging the locking mechanism that is supposed to keep the seat attached to the base during an accident.) The cart's center of gravity changes with a seat on top, and it becomes top heavy. Just turning a corner can cause the entire cart to tip over. A simple bump of the cart is enough to make the car seat fall off entirely.


One of the most common comments that we hear from parents regarding this situation is, "I'm always right there, and make sure that nothing bumps the cart." In this video, the cart itself doesn't move until after the seat has tipped over. If you watch closely, you can see that the baby simply kicked it's legs, and that was enough force to tip the unstable seat.


Check the *Warnings* section of your infant car seat manual. Chances are, you'll find a warning specifically about shopping carts. Until recently, there was only one seat manufacturer that stated in the manual to "only place it on the shopping cart if it was secure." Even that manual has been changed, and now states to keep the car seat off of any elevated surface.


   (Highlighted portion in the WARNINGS section of a Graco Snugride35)

It seems like a minor concern, but not all babies have been as lucky as this little one in the video. We've seen the news stories of babies being injured or killed from these falls. Luckily, it's an easy thing to prevent!

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