Crep-report

RACV Child Restraint Evaluation Program

December 2007 RACV with NRMA executed a Child Restraint Evaluation Program looking into the current availability and safety of Child car seats, These were tabled in a report and is referenced in the report.  Unfortunately it appears that the Safe-n-Sound maxi Rider MkII was not included in the evaluation and should be redone to verify the results

The report is divided into 3 sections; these  include:

  • Rearward facing restraints for Babies - For babies up to 9kgs; 70cm long, from birth to 6 months
  • Forward-facing restraints for young children - For young children 8-18kgs; from 6-9 months to approximately 5 years
  • Booster seats for older children - For children 14-26kgs; until they are large enough to be safely secured by an adult seatbelt.

Results - Rearward facing restraints for Babies

The results for the rearward facing Restraints for babies revealed that five of the top 6 child restraints were Safe n Sound Child restraints.

These top six included :

  1. Safe-N-Sound Compaq
  2. Baby Safety Capsule
  3. Safe-N-Sound Compaq Deluxe
  4. IGC GoSafe Cleo
  5. Safe-N-Sound Safeguard
  6. Safe-N-Sound Royale

Results - Forward-facing restraints for young children

The results for the Forward facing Restraints for young children revealed that six of the top 10 child restraints were Safe n Sound Child restraints.

These top ten included :

  1. Safe-N-Sound Series 3
  2. Safe-N-Sound Meridian
  3. Safe-N-Sound Explorer
  4. Babylove Sovereign
  5. IGC GoSafe Cleo
  6. IGC GoSafe Summit
  7. Safe-N-Sound Compaq Deluxe
  8. Safe-N-Sound Discovery Plus
  9. Hipod Madrid
  10. Safe-N-Sound Safeguard

Results - Booster seats for older children

The results for the Booster seats for older children revealed that four of the top 6 child restraints were Safe n Sound Child restraints.

When Selecting a child restraint select the safest seat that will protect your child for the age and weight of your child. In contrast to what RACVhave stated in their report 'that while convertible restraints can be used for a
little longer, they tend to be a compromise and can be confusing to use'

We know at Glenhuntly Baby Carriages, that Safe-n-Sound do not conmpromise on features and that the Maxi Rider and the Maxi Rider Mk II are exceptionally safe and can be used much longer than the other booster seats for older children mentioned in the RACV report.

These top ten included :

  1. Infa Vario Kid
  2. Hipod Barcelona
  3. Safe-N-Sound Explorer with
    anti-submarining clip
  4. Safe-N-Sound Hiliner
  5. Safe-N-Sound Explorer w/o
    anti-submarining clip
  6. Safe-N-Sound Maxi Rider with
    anti-submarining clip

After you have chosen your child restraint / car seat, it is extremely important that the car seat is installed correctly; as pointed out in the racv report '..approximately 70% of child restraints are not installed correctly.' A child restraint which is not fitted properly may result in serious injury or even death in the event of a crash. It is strongly recommended that new restraints are professionally fitted by a trained child restraint fitter.

Side wings on a car seat / child restraint offer more protection in the event of a crash. this is seen in the commitment of safe n Sound incorporating side wings in the design of their car seats.