More Information on Car Seats
There is a lot of information now on-line about choosing a car seat and using it on a plane. Try some of these web sites to get started:
- It is not a web site but, in the U.S., you can call the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at 1-800-322-7873 for more info on car seats and air safety.
- Carseat.org, has informative articles, recall lists and the serious technical stuff if you need that (ex. seat belt installation guides for mechanics in Spanish). The site is run by SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A., a national, non-profit organization dedicated to child passenger safety.
- For advice on choosing a car seat, the American Academy of Pediatrics site is among the best. They have a very low hype factor, with lots of practical information on things like front-facing versus rear-facing seats. Also included is a check list to follow if you are buying a second hand car seat.
- A good all around site, Twins List has a whole page devoted to car seat issues, including tips from real parents on whether it is best to bring your own or rent a car seat at your destination. Internationally you may not always have the “rent local” option, but the other tips and discussion are worth reading.
- Lastly, Flying with Kids has a whole page all about car seats on the plane. They state that “in Europe and the UK a seat must be ECE approved – but not all airlines allow them, so check with yours before you fly. You may not use a (U.S.) Federal approved seat in the UK (or Europe) or an ECE approved seat in the US.”