Car Seat Safety

Car Seat Safety

Did you know that there is no legislation governing car seat accessories? It is highly likely that you and your loved one has spent a lot of time and money investing in a good quality car seat or travel system, but did you know car seat accessories do not need crash testing by law? However, we put parents first at Stars and Snuggles and took extensive advice from the UK Department of Transport when designing the travel wrap.

Some similar products claim to have crash tested their products – but this is not always the case so always pick carefully when purchasing similar products online. We believe that our travel wrap offers excellent value for money because of its versatility but we have also invested considerable amounts of money in research and development – an investment which we will continue to do each year whist we test more makes and models of car seats.

The dynamic impact testing was completed at TRL in Berkshire, UK of our car seat wrap, intended for use with a child restraint system.  The Transport Research Laboratory test centre is an internationally recognised centre of excellence providing world-class research, consultancy, testing and certification for all aspects of transport. The product was tested to the conditions specified by UN Regulation 129.00 (i-size) with successful results.

More about car seat harness safety

According to the UK Department of Transport, 60 to 80% of all car seats are used incorrectly, with harness tension being the most common problem. This is a particular issue in winter as it is hard to tell whether you have a good harness fit if your child is wearing a thick coat or snowsuit.

For a car seat harness to work properly, the straps need to be tightly strapped against your child’s chest. When a child wears a snowsuit or thick coat, the straps are usually adjusted to the thickness of the coat, not the chest.  If you had to stop suddenly or the car was in an accident, the coat could compress, making the straps too loose which would reduce the level of protection for the child.

Test it for yourself

Find out if harness tension is correct or if a coat is too bulky for in-car use?
  1. Put the coat on your child.
  2. Strap your child into the car seat and tighten to ensure a snug fit.
  3. Remove your child from the car seat – leaving the straps exactly as they are.
  4. Take the coat off your child.
  5. Strap your child back into the seat – without adjusting the straps.
  6. Do the two-finger test. If you can fit more than two fingers underneath the harness at your child’s shoulder bone, the harness tension needs to be tightened or avoid using the coat in the car seat.