My friend Tina has two sons. Joey is 6 1/2, and Chris is just one week old. They all came over today after Chris’s doctor appointment, and we just sat around and chatted. When they were leaving, I went outside with them to get my mail. I noticed that it looked like the shoulder straps of Chris’s car seat weren’t very tight (like she just put them over his shoulders and didn’t snug them up). I wasn’t sure how to mention it, so I just asked if they had ever gone to the fire department to make sure that the car seat was installed properly, because we never had. You know, trying to make it sound like casual conversation.
She said, “No. We don’t have the base for his car seat, because it was recalled.”
I said :dubious: to myself, and said, “Oh really? And they didn’t send you a new one or tell you where to get a new one?”
She said, “No. Besides, this one’s more than five years old. I couldn’t buy a new one now if I wanted to.” And she just set the car seat down on the seat of the car and put the seat belt through the slots on it and went on her merry way.
So, she’s using a car seat that’s 6 1/2 years old (it must have been Joey’s) with no base, and then not even bothering to tighten down the straps over the baby’s shoulders!
Basically, I want to know if anyone has ever been able to bring up something like this with a friend in a nice way, because I’m really concerned for her baby’s safety.