Britax urges parents to bin the booster!
With so much choice in the child car seat market, many parents are at a loss as to what car seat is the right seat for their precious little one. While the current law requires children to travel in a car seat until they are 135cm tall, Britax believe there is still confusion around safety in Group 2-3, which protects children from approximately four to 12 years of age. At this stage many parents opt for a simple booster cushion to help lift their child and ensure the vehicle seat belt sits correctly on the bony parts of their bodies.
However, alarming footage filmed at the Britax crash test centre in Andover captures the safety performance of a booster cushion vs a high-back booster seat with head and side impact protection in the event of a frontal collision. Britax is urging parents to bin their booster cushion seats in exchange for a high back Group 2-3 car seat. Mark Bennett, Car Seat Safety Expert from Britax comments: “We are calling for all parents using booster cushions to switch to a high-back booster option and help us further spread the word about the inadequate protection these cushions provide - it could save precious lives!”
Britax product developers continue to incorporate the latest, most advanced and industry leading safety innovations; including the energy absorbing seat belt pad, the XP-PAD and adjustable side impact cushion technology (SICT) for superior side impact protection in their high-back booster range as can be seen in the popular KIDFIX XP SICT. The latest introduction from Britax is the SecureGuard, a seat belt extension proven to reduce abdominal forces in the event of a collision. The SecureGuard transforms a 3-point seat belt into a 4-point belt, thus preventing the seat belt riding up during the course of car journeys.
Car crash tests show that this technology reduces the abdominal forces by up to 35%* compared to a car seat without SecureGuard, therefore keeping children in the safest possible position within their car seat while allowing them freedom to move.