Talking Cars 249: Coronavirus Car-Seat Care and Cleaning

We also discuss the 2021 Genesis G80 and answer audience questions

Main theme: We talk about the proper care needed when cleaning your child’s car seat. Emily Thomas, a CR automotive safety engineer, explains that some cleaning substances, such as bleach and other disinfectants, can degrade car-seat materials. We also give tips for first-time parents about the proper fit.

This week’s featured car: 2021 Genesis G80

Audience questions:

Talking Cars 249
Talking Cars panelists Jake Fisher, Mike Monticello, and Emily Thomas.

Consumer Reports Consumer Reports

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Coronavirus Cleaning, Toyota Highlander, episode 247
EVs, Tires, Car Seats, and More, episode 246
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Mazda MX-5 Miata and Mailbag, episode 244

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Mike Monticello

After my dad gave me a ride on his Yamaha two-stroke motorcycle when I was 3, I was hooked on anything with an engine. I got a master’s in journalism as a means to an end: To drive cars and get paid for it, which led me to jobs at Road & Track and Edmunds.com. My most thrilling moment so far has been hurtling down the autobahn at a GPS-timed 217.1 mph in a Ruf Rt12. On weekends you can find me churning dirt on my mountain bike or doing car or motorcycle track days. Follow me on Twitter. (@MikeMonticello)