Learning from Child Protection Devices and Concepts from Outside of the United States 831666

We are seeking to test and adapt successful devices for child crash protection from outside the United States not now used here. Test results and possible problems are presented for a transverse infant bed, a toddler backward facing seat, and an older child booster seat with back and head supports (from Kilppan, Sweden), and the Australian “Sit-Safe” design, an inexpensive belt to go between the shoulder strap and the lap belt to insure that the shoulder belt does not touch the child's neck. We have also tested an inflated pad alternative to the upper back of the front seat bulge passive restraint of DeRampe (France) to reduce knee contact - leg straightening - body vaulting which contributes to ejection of unrestrained people from the back seat. And we are testing plastic coated side glass to explore extending the anti-lacerative glazing advance of Saint-Gobain Vitrage (France) to the even more significant potential reduction of ejection.


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