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Hang Onto Your Cell Phone!
The Federal Communications Commission requires that any cellular phone, regardless of whether it has a number or active service plan, be allowed to dial 911 for free. You wont be able to receive calls on an emergency-only phone, but you will be able to call for help when you (or anyone else) need it. You may want to give your old phone to a family member or friend to help them in an emergency.
If you dont have an old phone at hand, look for a cellular retailer that offers emergency only phones.
Child Seat Safety Solution
The U.S. government has implemented regulations for installing a child seat in a vehicle. The system is called LATCH, which stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren; it makes it easier to properly install a child seat. Subaru has been incorporating these standards over the past three model years.If you have a 2001 or newer Subaru, your Owners Manual provides installation instructions for the system.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is developing LATCH educational materials. The Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) has volunteered to post a list of LATCH-equipped child seats on their Web site (www.actsinc.org).
LATCH retrofit kits are available; they allow owners of LATCH-equipped vehicles to equip certain older-model child restraints with LATCH attachments. These kits can be obtained from ToysRUs and other retailers for about $25.
More information on the LATCH system.