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Car Seat Airbags

World's First Child Car Seats With Airbags launched recently worldwide

 

Maxi-Cosi have just released a childs car seat with air bags - the first of its kind! 

Is this protecting children or just putting them at more risk?

 

The AxissFix Air child car seat comes with two airbags located in the shoulder pads and will deploy within just 0.05 seconds, in case of crash.

he child car seat comes with two built-in airbags located in the shoulder pads of the harness that are deployed in case of a crash. The company says the new seat has shown major improvements in protecting the child in the event of a crash.

 

 

Maxi-Cosi is a car seat maker and the airbag child seat is part of the company's AxissFix Air model line-up, which is also the company's flagship range. The airbag child car seat has been developed in collaboration with mobile airbag company - Helite.

 

The airbag child car seat is suitable for children between 61 and 105 cm (2 feet and 3 feet, 5-inche) tall and gets a host of features including 360-degree rotating base for easy installation, ISOFIX tethering hooks, and two small airbags that are located in the shoulder pads. The system is connected to a seat-mounted sensor that gets triggered in case of a crash, and inflates in the airbags in just 0.05 seconds.

 

Maxi-Cosi says the airbag child car seats when tested compared to standard versions, have shown a reduced amount of force on the child's head and neck vertebrae by a substantial 55 per cent. The company has been experimenting with car safety and airbags for a while now and got the idea from other innovations in the world of safety, like airbag jackets for motorcyclists.

 

 

It detects a collision in 0.05 seconds and instantly inflates bags in the shoulder pads of the harness - protecting toddlers' heads from snapping forward.

The device more than halves jerking forces on the neck and head compared to other forward-facing car seats.

 

In a frontal collision, children in forward-facing seats are at risk of severe spinal and neck injuries or traumatic 'chin-to-chest' strikes.

Maxi Cosi's new 'Air Technology' uses an accelerator sensor and trigger installed in the back of the seat to set off a CO2 air cartridge.

 

 

This inflates a pair of small airbags around the child's shoulders and chest. 

In the case of a small tip that sets off the Airbags, could it cause damage to their tiny frames?  More than likely all scenarios have been thought of by the manufacturer.   What do you think?

 

In the republic of Ireland child seats must be used by law until children reach age 12, or 135cm (4ft 5in) tall.