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Sharon Abendschoen of York Township invented the lightweight See Shell Baby Carrier after the birth of her first grandchild and her daughter-in-law's struggle with the typical car seat/carrier.
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Sharon Abendschoen promotes her See Shell Baby Carrier as a safer, user-friendly alternative.

Daily Record staff
Tuesday, September 9, 2003


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CORRECTION: This story incorrectly gave the weight of the See Shell Baby Carrier. The carrier weighs 5 3/4 pounds.

Sharon Abendschoen of York Township knows her lightweight baby carrier faces stiff competition from the makers of hefty car seats that double as infant carriers.

But the See Shell Baby Carrier is her brainchild. The impetus came with the 1999 birth of her first grandchild and her daughter-in-law’s struggle with the typical car seat/carrier. It was tricky to connect and disconnect for a car trip and a weighty, clumsy infant carrier.

Abendschoen spent the next three years and $70,000 creating what she believes is a safer, eight-pound, user-friendly baby carrier.

“I was inspired,” she said with a smile. “I took out all of the problems with the See Shell.”

Her inspiration suffered setbacks. She lost $6,000 in a useless design before finding Steven Dotson, a product designer in California.

“He gave me a beautiful design,” Abendschoen said, “but it’s hard to manufacture.”

Plasticraft Corp. in Wisconsin produces the shell, and an eight-person business in Massachusetts, L.R. Manufacturing, bends the tubular steel handle to the design specifications.

She justifies the $97.99 purchase price on the construction and her use of American labor.

“It is not made cheaply and the labor rates are high,” Abendschoen said.

The wholesale rate for four or more See Shells drops to $65 each.

Linda Massey of Terrell, Texas, said she found nothing in the marketplace but plastic junk when looking for a carrier for her newborn grandson. When she resorted to the Internet, she found Abendschoen’s See Shell and took a chance.

“It’s all that I thought it would be and more,” Massey said Wednesday. “Underneath the cover is a steel handle. Every handle in the country is plastic connected with plastic hinges. The See Shell has a steel hinge. I feel confident with the baby in the carrier that the handle will not bust off.”

The price is reasonable, Massey said. Families pay a steep price for the bulky, unmanageable three-in-one car seat, baby carrier and stroller. It doesn’t cost a dime more to buy each piece separately.

Customers like the five-position handlebar that locks in place, Abendschoen said.

A baby can play with toys dangling from the handlebar. It also acts as a protective roll bar if an excitable child upsets his or her seat.

She patented the design and had the carrier and the handlebar tested for safety by independent third-party test labs.

Abendschoen relies on local talent.

Alleyne’s Custom Works, an upholstery shop on West Jackson Street in York, produces the three-point seat belt.

Seams Impossible of East Market Street in York sews the reversible seat pads, visors and neck collars.

Unable to attract buyers in big stores, Abendschoen advertises on the Internet.

Along the way, she became an advocate for safety in baby products.

With September named Baby Safety Month, Abendschoen hopes to promote child safety through educational presentations and the introduction of her creation.

The York County Provider Network for childcare welcomed Abendschoen’s message and scheduled her to speak at its Oct. 22 meeting, said Tia Burns, president of the network.

“I have a huge debt for somebody my age, but it beats playing the slot machines at Atlantic City,” Abendschoen said. “At least I am doing something to help children.”

Reach Caryl Clarke at 771-2032 or caryl@ydr.com.


For details, call Sharon Abendschoen at 840-6414. Her Web site is http://www.babyseeshell.com.

For recall notices and safety news, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission at http://www.kidsource.com/CPSC.


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