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GRACO: Cautious driving not always enough to keep baby safe

(NC) Having a baby means parents change many long-time habits, including how they drive.  A recent survey of Canadian parents hosted on Angus Reid Forum found that over half are now more cautious drivers since becoming parents, regardless of whether their children are with them in the car.

But good or improved driving habits won’t always keep your child safe. While parents have the choice of many car seats offering various features for improved safety and comfort, Erin Varano, a certified passenger safety technician with Graco highlights a few lesser-known attributes that parents should look for when car seat shopping.

Look for advanced testing. While car seats need to pass various tests from Transport Canada before being made available, it’s a good idea to look for one that exceeds Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Some car seats, like Graco®’s 4Ever® 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat, undergo additional side-impact testing and are tested to higher crash standards, like SafeSeat Engineering, for improved peace of mind.

Know what’s underneath. Though car seats now come in a variety of finishes and textiles, what’s most important for safety is the internal structure. Look for features like a steel-reinforced frame that provides strength and durability, and EPS, an energy-absorbing foam that reduces the energy of impact in an accident.

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