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Category Archives: Child restraints

Child passenger safety Q&A

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently published a Q&A document about child passenger safety. Given the statistics in the first anser: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children older than age 2. A total of 1,045 children younger than age 13 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2008; nearly [...]

Difficult to find seats with ISOFIX mounts?

Over at the Carseatblog there is an interesting article on the need for better cooperation between car manufacturers to standardize on how to fix a child restraint in the car. In the 1980s there were many studies that showed that up to half of all child seats were partially or completely installed in the wrong [...]

Youtube videos recommend rear-facing car seats for kids up to one year of age

If you are interested in traffic safety for kids you may have stubled upon many of the videos dealing with this topic on YouTube. Most of them advocate rear-facing car seats for kids, and this is good. However, many of these videos say that you should have a rear-facing seat at least until the child [...]

Optimal placement of child restraints to prevent injury

According to Folksam, a Swedish insurance company, there are several benefits to placing a child restraint on the passenger side in the front seat provided that the airbag has been properly disconnected. Crash tests showed a somewhat lower risk of injury in car accidents with frontal impact  when a rearward-facing child car seat was placed [...]

Rearward-facing child restraints recommended up to at least four years of age

Children up to four years of age would be better protected in cars if they travelled rearward-facing in a suitable child restraint, rather than forward-facing as is the usual practice in most of Europe.  Suitable seats are widely used in the Nordic countries, but are not readily available in the rest of Europe.  The law [...]