Detroit Bureau on Twitter

Posts Tagged ‘child safety’

Technology Available to End Child Heatstroke Deaths Now

Legislation focuses on automakers, but car seat tech is available immediately.

by on Aug.09, 2017

Child-seat-based technology is available right now that could help eliminate child heatstroke deaths in cars.

Stories about children and pets being left in hot cars needing to be rescued by law enforcement officials or passersby or, worse yet, not being saved at all, have pushed legislators to act.

Both houses of the U.S. Congress have introduced legislation compelling automakers to develop some form of rear seat warning system that would help alert drivers when they exit a vehicle if there is someone in the back seat.

Safety News!

Thirty children have died this year – a 20% increase over 2016 – as a result of being left in hot cars. The problem is trending in the wrong direction as the number of deaths rose in 2015 and 2016. This doesn’t account for pets left in vehicles. (more…)

Toyota Teaching Proper Safety Seat Set Up

Buckle Up for Life program increases correct installation rates.

by on Sep.10, 2014

Toyota is working with dozens of hospitals across the country to help parents understand how to properly install child safety seats in cars.

After a decade of efforts to teach parents how to do it right, statistics show that three out of four parents in the United States are still installing child safety seats incorrectly.

Child Passenger Safety Week is a chance to remind drivers of the importance of using seat belts and to become reacquainted with the proper use of child safety and booster seats for children under the age of 12.

Subscribe and Stay on Top!

One program, Buckle Up for Life, launched in 2004 by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Toyota, to save children’s lives, is working to change those statistics. (more…)

Federal Regulators Plan to Demand Safer Child Seats

New design would protect children in side-impact crashes.

by on Jan.22, 2014

Safety 1st claims to offer several seats designed to protect children in side-impact crashes.

They’ve already been credited with saving the lives of thousands of children but federal regulators want to make child car seats even safer.

New rules coming from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would now have to protect children from death or injury in side-impact, as well as frontal, crashes. The automotive safety agency estimates the upgrade would prevent the deaths of about five children each year while preventing another 64 injuries.

Safety News!

“As a father of two, I know the peace of mind this proposed test will give parents,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. The new standards “will give parents and car seat makers important new data on how car seats perform in side crashes.”


Just 21 of 98 Vehicles Pass Child Safety Seats Test

Seven flunk entirely, warns new report.

by on Apr.12, 2012

Despite a decade-old federal mandate, a new study says it's still extremely difficult to accurately install a child safety seat in most vehicles.

The news is not good for parents who have counted on child safety seats to keep the kids out of harm’s way in the event of an accident.  Despite toughened federal standards and industry efforts, only 21 of 98 vehicles met the requirements for ease of use, and seven of the latest vehicles failed entirely in a new series of tests.

That’s a surprise considering it’s been a decade since federal regulators first mandated the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, or LATCH system.  The rule, which went into effect with the 2003 model-year, required manufacturers to simplify the process and make it easier for parents to be sure a safety seat is properly installed.

Stay Connected!

But despite that, “Installing a child restraint isn’t always as simple as a couple of clicks and you’re done,” warned Anne McCartt, senior vice president for research with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the IIHS, which conducted the new test in cooperation with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, or UMTRI.


Volvo Cars Offers Three New Child Restraints

Children from newborn up to ten years old are protected, but not in the U.S. where a Government safety agency says no.

by on Apr.21, 2009


A revised seat can be kept facing rearward until the child is about four years old, depending on weight.

Volvo Car Corporation is adding three new child restraints to its approved accessories that it says are comfortable and easy to use. The trouble is Volvo owners in the U.S. won’t be able  to buy them because a rule by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bans the sale of car specific seats.  Volvo has asked NHTSA to modify the rule, but so far only Europeans and Asians will be able to use them. Whether this results in a mini black market where parents bring the seats back from overseas is an interesting  question.

Particularly noteworthy in the new, three seat lineup is a revised rearward facing seat can be used for children up to six years of age, and can be kept facing rearward until the child is about four years old, depending on weight — longer than before. Since rearward facing seats are potentially safer for small children, this might be a safety breakthrough. 

A child’s neck is structural weak, compared to the weight of the head, and it is still growing. When travelling facing backwards, incoming collision forces are spread across the back and head, thus reducing the load on the neck in a frontal impact, which is the most common and often the most dangerous type of collision. For older children, it is important to continue to use a child restraint in the form of a booster seat. The booster seat protects the child’s under-developed hips and the soft abdomen by positioning the belt correctly across the thighs. 

“With our new rearward facing child restraints, children can travel rearward facing far longer than before, something that may save many lives,” says Jessika Andréasson, Product Manager at Volvo Cars. 

The Volvo branded child restraints will be available in Europe and Asia from authorized Volvo Car dealers during the summer of 2009. Anyone who travels with children in their cars is welcome to try the new child restraints, says Volvo. Dealers will offer instructions on how the child restraints should be fitted and how the children should be properly secured. 

“International accident surveys show that one of the most common causes of child injuries or fatalities in traffic is that the child restraint is not properly fitted or the child is not properly secured in the seat,” says Helena Larsson, Design Engineer at Volvo Cars. 

The child restraints are supplied with all the necessary fittings, such as snap hooks and other attachments, to permit easier installation, as well as instructions on how each particular child restraint should be fitted. 

Volvo Cars developed the seats with Britax Römer, a respected maker of child safety equipment. (more…)