20 Baton Rouge Children Leave Spook-a-Rama Safer than When They Arrived

Lexlee with a mom-to-be at the car seat check
Lexlee with a mom-to-be at the car seat check

Lexlee with a mom-to-be at the car seat check

At this weekend’s safety event at Gerry Lane, we were able to help 20 children leave safer than when they arrived! We were also able to educate teens about the importance of safe driving…all while having a spook-tacular time!

“Events such as the Safety Spook-a-Rama held at Gerry Lane are so important because, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of permanent injury and fatalities in teens,” explained Crystal Pichon, Executive Director of Lexlee’s Kids.

Also displayed at the event: The Lexlee’s Kids Ready, Set, DRIVE! program – designed for teen drivers to learn the negative effects of distracted driving and underage drinking.

A young driver is experiencing driving while using impaired "intoxication" goggles to learn dangers of driving under influence.

This teen is experiencing driving while using impaired “intoxication” goggles to learn dangers of driving under the influence.

“Coupling our young driver safety program with State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive campaign is an excellent way to encourage teens to make safe choices when they are behind the wheel,” added Pichon.

So why does Lexlee’s Kids put such a big focus on these car seat check events?

Because statistics show that 9 out 10 car seats are installed incorrectly in Louisiana – and we want to reduce that number.

“Every car seat we checked on Saturday needed corrections or to be completely replaced because of expiration, recalls, or incorrect fit,” explained Lexlee Overton, Injury Attorney and Founder of Lexlee’s Kids.

A child safety seat set up in a 2014 Chevy Impala to show proper seat installation. Remember, parents, infants must be rear-facing!

A child safety seat set up in a 2014 Chevy Impala to show proper seat installation. Remember, parents, infants must be rear-facing!

“We know it’s a scary statistic, but one definitely worth repeating: automobile collisions remain the leading cause of unintentional death for children,” Overton reminded.

It’s all about saving lives, and thanks to our sponsors Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, Gerry Lane  and State Farm Insurance, our program is able to make a difference in the community!

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Out and About!

Troop A Day Table

Lexlee’s Kids had a busy weekend this past week, and we loved every moment of it!  Lexlee and I started the weekend  at Baby Grand, where parents had the chance to meet healthcare professionals, interact with community vendors, participate in classes and exciting demonstrations, tour facilities and win door prizes.  We taught a car seat class, and had the pleasure of meeting new and expecting parents and educating them on the importance of properly installing child safety seats.  We met one dad who took so many notes, we told his wife he would probably love a recorder, so he didn’t have to write so much!  Installing a car seat is no easy task, so we appreciate the enthusiasm.  Everyone who came in contact with us at Baby Grand now knows that ANYONE who is privileged enough to carry your most prized possession in a vehicle must know how to properly install your child’s car seat.  Rules are rules!

We finished our weekend at Troop A Day, which was a playground for both adults and children.  I think the parents had just as much fun as the kids.  There were coptors and cycles and tanks…OH MY!  Law enforcement and community workers brought all their toys out to play.  There were fire trucks, ladder rides, command posts, bomb and drug dogs, bicycle police, drunk goggles, fancy DARE cars, inflatables, free food and just fun all around!  A little rain and cold weather did not stop the party!  In additon to educating the community about the importance of buckling up, we also opened “Lexlee’s Kids Tattoo Shop!”  The kids loved it and I couldn’t resist tattooing myself!

-Crystal,  Executive Director of Lexlee’s Kids


Of  all the fun mentioned above, what was or would have been your child’s favorite activity?  If you missed out these two wonderful events, check here for future community events and we hope to see you next time!

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for our kid’s safety. If you have questions about car seats or upcoming events, feel free to post them here or contact Lexlee’s Kids and speak with a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician at 225-761-7272 or www.lexleeskids.com.

Ready, Set, STOP…There’s a Britax Car Seat Recall!


Knowing that the most dangerous time of day is when we are on the road, we get lots of parents who worry about their child’s carseat being recalled.  The best way to stay informed about the latest child passenger safety information is to contact a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Make sure the person helping you is Nationally Certified, active and up to date!  Although you may think asking a bunch of questions makes you seem like “that mom or dad”, your child’s life is worth it! 

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for our kid’s safety. If you own this child safety seat and have any questions, feel free to post them here or contact Lexlee’s Kids and speak with a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician at 225-761-7272 or www.lexleeskids.com.

-Crystal, Executive Director of Lexlee’s Kids/Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor

 Calling all Britax Carseat Users!

Britax Child Safety, Inc. has determined that all Britax Chaperone Infant Car Seats manufactured between April 2009 and May 2010 for Model numbers E9L69N9, E9L69P2, E9L69P3 and EL969P5 contain a defect which relates to safety.The Chest Clip supplied with the Chaperone Infant Car Seat was incorrectly produced by the manufacturer which resulted in a more brittle chest clip than was intended. As a result, the chest clip which positions the harness straps across the infant’s shoulders may break when the chest clip is engaged as the infant is secured into the infant car seat. The sharp edges of the broken chest clip create a risk of a skin laceration and the fractured components of the chest clip may present a small parts/choking hazard. If your chest clip breaks, remove the broken chest clip from the harness along with any fragments. The Chaperone Infant Car Seat can continue to be used outside of the vehicle until the replacement chest clip is installed.

Britax is providing  a remedy kit that contains a replacement chest clip and an instruction sheet.  Please contact the Customer Service Department at 1-888-427-4829 with questions concerning this notice or view our website online at www.ChaperoneSeatRecall.com. The model and manufacture date from your Chaperone Infant Car Seat will be necessary when calling or viewing the posted information online.  This information can be located on the bottom of your infant car seat.

Child Product Recalls Issued by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in October 2010 are as Follows: 

10/05/2010 – PBteen Recalls to Repair Sleep and Study Loft Beds Due to Fall and Injury Hazards 10/06/2010 – Tike Tech Recalls Jogging Strollers Due to Strangulation Hazard

 10/06/2010 – Valco Baby Recalls Jogging Strollers Due to Strangulation Hazard

 10/07/2010 – “Alexander Designs” Brand Drop-Side Cribs Sold Exclusively at JCPenney Recalled for Repair Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards

 10/07/2010 – Green Mountain Vista Inc. Recalls Roman Shades due to Risk of Strangulation

 10/15/2010 – Evenflo Recalls Maestro Combination Booster Seats for Failure to Conform to Safety Standards

 10/18/2010 – Bathtub Toys Recalled by Munchkin Due to Risk of Injury

 10/19/2010 – Dollar Tree Recalls Children’s Projector Flashlights Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

 10/19/2010 – Infant’s Overalls Recalled by Lollytogs Due to Choking Hazard

 10/20/2010 – Graco Recalls Quattro™ and MetroLite™ Strollers Due to Risk of Entrapment and Strangulation: Four Infant Strangulation Deaths Reported

 10/22/2010 – Ethan Allen Recalls to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards

 10/22/2010 – Angel Line Recalls to Repair Longwood Forest Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards

 10/22/2010 – Victory Land Group Recalls to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Sold Exclusively at Kmart Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards

 10/27/2010 – Meijer Recalls Infant Shoes Due to Choking Hazard

 10/28/2010 – Dollar Tree Recalls Children’s Halloween Lanterns Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

 10/29/2010 – Girls’ Ruffle Vests Recalled by The Children’s Place Due to Choking Hazard

 10/29/2010 – Britax Recalls Chaperone Infant Car Seat Due to Defective Chest Clip

Buckled up and Ready to Boogie? Apply your Brakes, there’s an Evenflo Car Seat Recall!


On October 15, 2010 Evenflo announced a voluntary recall of some of its Maestro combination booster seats due to a safety flaw.  The recall affects seats with model numbers starting with 310 and built from November 24, 2009 to April 9, 2010.  A parent can usually find the manufacture date and model number on the bottom, side or inside of the seat. 

The recall is the result of independent laboratory testing reported in Consumer Reports Magazine.  The testing showed that the seat could crack and fail in a simulated 30 mph frontal collision.

The seat is designed to be used in forward facing position for children weighing 20-50 lbs with 5-point harness straps, or as belt positioning booster for children weighing between 40-100 lbs and up to 57” tall.  Parents who own this seat and are using it for children weighting under 40 pounds should not use the seat without receiving a retrofit kit from Evenflo which will include a repair bracket. If using the seat for children weighing over 40 pounds, the seat can still be used, but only as a seat belt-positioning booster unless the retrofit is completed. The recall affects nearly 14,000 seats distributed in the United States and 4,4 79 seats distributed in Canada. Evenflo will remove all affected seats from stores.

The company requests that purchasers of affected Evenflo Maestro seats contact Evenflo for a free reinforcement kit by calling (in the U.S.) 800-233-5921 and (in Canada) 800-265-0749 between 8 am and 5 pm ET. Customers are urged not to return seats to retail stores where purchased.

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for our kid’s safety. If you own this child safety seat and have any questions, feel free to post them here or contact Lexlee’s Kids and speak with a certified child passenger technician at 225-761-7272 or www.lexleeskids.com.

Are You Sure Your Group is Traveling Safely?


15-passenger vans are commonly used by churches, day-cares and elder-care centers, universities, airport shuttle services, and hotels—to name a few.  You may be surprised to learn that these vehicles are one of the most dangerous vehicles on the road in terms of rollovers. 

In the last two weeks, there have been two tragic crashes involving 15-passenger vans used by church groups that have led to 10 people dying and critically injuring 23 other people.  In the lastest crash, a pastor and three others were killed when the van carrying them to a church revival blew a tire and flipped several times, ejecting all on board.  The week before, six people were killed in another crash when a tire blew out on a Ford van carrying 14 passengers.  

These vans look like any other van, except they have been lengthened to hold more riders.  The problem is, when the van is fully  loaded, it is three times more likely to roll over in an emergency.  Those driving or traveling in  15-passenger vans should be aware of the dangers and pay special attention to tire maintenance, seat-belt usage and road conditions.   


TIRE PRESSURE:  Improperly inflated tires can lead to loss of vehicle control and rollovers.  Owners and drivers should regularly check tire pressure and be aware of manufacturer recommendations.  Pressure guidelines for front and back tires can be different and are likely higher than pressure required for car tires. 

AGE OF TIRES:  Out of date and excessively worn tires are significant factors in rollovers.  Owners should check carefully for manufacturer requirements regarding replacement of tires.  Some manufacturers require that tires be replaced every six years regardless of use.  Owners  and drivers should avoid using spares when replacing worn tires since all tires, even unused tires can weaken with age.     Manufacturers recommend that tire size and pressure can be found in the owner’s manual or on the driver’s side B-pillar.  

In order to determine tire age, you must check the DOT date code located on the inboard sidewall of the tire.  The DOT code will be at the end of the grouping of characters which begin with the letters “DOT” and end with either three or four digits.  If ending in three digits, the tire was manufactured prior to 2000.  For example, if the three digits are “168,” the tire was manufactured in the 16th week of 1998–the last digit refers to the year manufactured and the first two digits refer to the week in that year.  If ending in four digits, the tire was manufactured in 2000 or later.  The first two digits are the week and the last two digits are the year.  For example, “2303” would be the 23rd week of 2003.

DRIVER EXPERIENCE:  15-passenger vans should only be operated by trained, experienced drivers who operate these vehicles regularly.  Most states will require a commercial driver’s license to operate this type of vehicle.  Because these vehicles have a different center of gravity, it is essential that drivers have experience and training in driving, especially when fully loaded.

SEAT-BELTS:  All occupants should be restrained by seat-belts.  Seat-belts should be inspected regularly to ensure proper operation and all missing or broken parts should be replaced.  An unrestrained passenger in a 15-passenger van involved in a crash is three times as likely to be killed as a restrained passenger.  One contributing factor to ejection is that side window glass is often made from cheaper glass which is far less likely to keep passengers from being ejected during a crash.

OCCUPANCY:  When five or more passengers are riding in these vans, the likelihood of rollover increases dramatically.  Never allow more than 15 passengers to travel in a van and when the van is not full, passengers should sit in seats that are in front of the rear axle.  

If you are a parent, please be aware that federal law prohibits the use of 15-passenger vans for school-related transport of high school age and younger students.  These vans are still used widely by churches, senior centers and childcare centers for transporting small groups.

Are you and/or your children riding to work, daycare, or church related activities in a 15-passenger van? Do you think there should be stronger federal regulations regarding the use of these vans? What will you do to ensure safety when traveling in these vehicles?

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for our kid’s safety. For more information about 15-passenger vans, please visit www.lexleeskids.com or call 225.761.7272.