Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thrifty Thursday: Car Seat Safety

Are your car seats safe?!??! Hmmmm. Of course, we'd like to think so but it's nice to have an official seal of approval. Thanks to Britax (maker of our #1 fav car seats), you can set your mind at ease for your summer travels!

I recently discovered that Britax is having monthly checking stations throughout 2011 providing free care seat safety inspection. I believe they did this also in 2010 so I don't know where I've been. Anywho...lucky for us, their North American headquarters is local so local peeps or anyone venturing to Carowinds and in the vicinity of the Charlotte, NC area can make a quick detour right off Carowinds Blvd. to:

13501 South Ridge Drive
Charlotte, NC 28273

The Checking Station schedule for the remainder of 2011 is:
June 17, 2011 8 am - 12 pm
July 15, 2011 8 am - 12 pm
August 19, 2011 8 am - 12 pm
September 23, 2011 8 am - 12 pm
October 21, 2011 8 am - 12 pm
November 18, 2011 8 am - 12 pm
December 16, 2011 8 am - 12 pm

You don't necessarily need a Britax car seat. All manufacturers are welcome. No appointments needed and you should allow 30 minutes per child. For best results, be sure to bring:
  • Your safety seat and all parts, accessories, and instructions 
  • A second adult to assist with watching your child while you learn how to install your car seat child
  • Your vehicle and vehicle owner’s manual 
  • Your child  
For further information, click here.

Don't worry--if you're not planning any visits and/or don't live in/near Charlotte, you can visit for a checking station near you!

Sidenote (just to check if you're reaaaaalllly reading): Although I definitely would not expect it or presume it upon Britax, I do happen to have one friend that recently went to one of these inspections and her car seat was near expiration so Britax gave her a brand new, free, MAC DADDY car seat. Once again, I wouldn't expect it or presume it but never hurts to have a little incentive to make safety #1. :) Let's hear it for Britax being committed to keeping our munchkins safe!

1 comment:

Ashlie Miller said...

I know one of the fire departments in Concord, NC uses the Safe Kids (has for awhile). One of the Marshals from there talked to our Moms group at church last year. They do checks every Monday, too. They also keep new car seats in stock. You can get one there for a donation if you don't have the approved standard, as well. So, probably most places do the car seat "free" (donation) but just don't publicize it (because I'm sure it would get taken advantage of). Always worth asking! And donating to the fire department helps enable those who really can't afford what they need ;-)