Ground-breaking innovation sets new standard in forward-facing child car seats
Every day, more than 5,500 children are seriously injured in road traffic crashes*. The deployment and evolvement of car seats play an important role in the reduction of these numbers. Thanks to new technologies, the standard safety measure for adults now also became available for toddlers. With the development of the Maxi-Cosi Air Safety technology®, Dorel Juvenile has launched the world’s first child car seat with built-in airbags.
The ground-breaking technology enhances the safety of children in forward-facing child car seats enormously. In the case of a collision, two airbags located in the shoulder pads of the harness inflate within 0.05 seconds. This reduces the forces on a child’s neck up to 55%, compared to other forward-facing car seats. The airbags automatically deflate just 1 second after the collision.
“Cars are designed to transport adults and while they did get safer over the decades, child safety is mostly depending on car seat legislation and experts,“ states Peter Halmans, Omni Channel Marketing Director Europe at Dorel Juvenile. ”Real innovations need to come from our industry, that’s why we are always trying to push the boundaries at Dorel Juvenile. A few years ago, we investigated if and how airbags could better protect a child’s head and neck in forward-facing car seats. To develop a new standard, Dorel Juvenile teamed up with Helite, a French company specialized in mobile airbag technology. After many years of development and testing, a ground-breaking technology for the next generation of forward-facing car seats is the outcome. Our Maxi-Cosi Air Safety technology® will lower the impact of an accident to a child’s neck and head in a forward-facing child car seat, resulting in better safety for toddlers.”
The Maxi-Cosi Air Safety technology®
The new car seat works with a CO2 cartridge and an airbag trigger system built into the back of the car seat. The system detects a collision in 0.015 seconds, inflating the two airbags in the shoulder pads air within the blink of an eye to cushion the head softly. Tests prove that the Maxi-Cosi Air Safety technology® leads reduction up to 55% of the forces acting on the neck vertebrae and the head in the case of a frontal collision.
The first child car seat that will include the airbag is the AxissFix Air. Next to the Maxi-Cosi Air Safety technology®, the car seat features a 360° swivel, which can be used for both rearward- and forward-facing travel and is suitable for children whose height is between 61 and 105 centimetres. The AxissFix Air is now available in European stores.
For more info on the Maxi-Cosi Air Safety technology® and the AxissFix Air, check www.maxi-cosi.com/axissfixair.
* Source: WHO, World Bank, FIA
** Compared to any other forward-facing child car seat of Maxi-Cosi