Originally Posted by KristaDJ
So b/c 2yo's would (allegedly) be safer in a regular car seat belt than an improperly installed/used carseat you would choose to forgo a carseat altogether if the law would allow you to?
No, the lecture claims that seat belts are at least
as safe as a properly-installed car seat. Given the fact that the evidence shows that very very few people install and use their car seats correctly, I would be pretty naive and arrogant to assume that mine is always installed correctly, despite my best efforts. The problem is compounded by the fact that my husband and I both drive old cars, without LATCH. And I have read & re-read the instruction manual, and made adjustments when I figured out I had done something wrong. I think
it is installed correctly at present, but I have been wrong before.
I know that DD rode in an improperly-installed car seat on more than one occasion. I did not know until after the fact--in fact, I did not even know that DD would be riding in a car at all or I would have not allowed it.
Actually, I probably should say that I don't know that he checked the safety of rear-facing car seats against seat belts, and since we all know rear-facing seats are safer than forward-facing seats, I would probably stick with rear-facing until my 3-year-old DD grew too big (as she already has) and then switch to a regular belt.
Originally Posted by fruitfulmomma
My question is, for those who don't think it matters... Why is it such a big deal to you? What investment do you have in not buying a car seat and using it properly? It costs around $50 and only takes a couple of minutes each time you get into the car.
We don't vax because we believe they are risky for *our* children, not because they are inconvenient. Do you believe properly fitting car seats are a danger to your child? Or What?
I can think of far better ways to snub the government and greedy corporations, than this one.
The safety of my daughter is important to me. I was rear-ended twice in very minor accidents and both times I replaced DD's seat, despite everyone telling me it was still fine. The safety of other children is also important. Given the fact that so few car seats are installed correctly, a safe and foolproof alternative would save lives
. And lots of money. But most importantly, lives.
But, look: the reason I started posting here is not because I am on a crusade to convince everyone to switch from car seats to seat belts. The reason is because of the attitude of superiority that was appearing in the posts. You choose not to vax, because you think it's safer, and that's fine with me. I wouldn't roll my eyes at you, even though I disagree. I chose to vax, because I think it's safer, and I presume you wouldn't attack me for it. So why are we all attacking someone who chose to forgo a "safety" device given that there is no evidence
that it increases safety???