Today the world’s first car seat with in-built airbags systems has been launched around the world and this system will be made available in chosen stores worldwide. This device detects a collision or accident impact in about 0.05 seconds and immediately inflates bags in the shoulder pads of the harness. It suitable for children between four months to four years of age and slashes the jerking forces on the neck and head by more than half in relation to other forward-facing car seats.
When it inflates bags in the shoulder pads of the harness as result a result of sensed impact, it is protecting the head especially with children from snapping forward. It cost about five hundred and fifty pounds(550) or seven hundred and thirty dollars ($730).
The manufacturer of this device Mr. Maxi Cosi, said the seat can be used facing forward or backward and can also be used in the front passenger seat. His “Air Technology” uses an accelerator sensor and trigger installed in the back of the seat to set off a Carbon II Oxide (CO2) air cartridge, its shoulder pads automatically deflate one second after impact.
The possibility of severe spinal and neck injury or traumatic “chin to chest” strikes for children in forward facing seats exist in a frontal collision.
Mr Andrew Ratcliffe who is the Director of Maxi-Cosi said results of tests carried out showed the seat reduced the forces acting on the neck vertebrae and the head in the case of a frontal collision by up to 55 per cent. Mr Ratcliffe said ” A few years ago, we investigated if and how airbags could better protect a child’s head and neck in forward-facing car seats.”. “Successful applications in airbag technology gave us inspiration, such as the airbag jackets for motorcyclists and airbag seatbelts in aircraft that inflate during a collision.”
He continued saying “Cars are not designed to protect our children best.” “That’s why we keep innovating to ensure that children are transported by car as safely as possible.”
The first child car seat that will include the airbag is the AxissFix Air and will be available in selected stores from October 17. It features a 360° swivel which can be used for both rear and forward-facing travel and is suitable for children whose height is between 61 and 105 cm (2ft and 3ft 5in).
In the United Kingdom child seats by law must be used until children reach age 12, or 135cm (4ft 5in) tall. They must also be rear-facing until they are at least 15-months-old but can be forward-facing after this age. Records showed that sixty nine children were killed in road accidents in Britain and a hundred and fifty six seriously injured.