Italian Car Seat Manufacturer takes lead
The 5 point plus will be available on child seats suitable from birth right through to 11 years old, with both rear facing and forward facing options.
The benefits of this new range include:
- Reduced driver distraction
- Lower risk of traffic accident
- Reduces risk of misuse so will be more effective in the event of an accident.
The 5 point plus, acting as a pre-crash positioner, shields the gaps that children exploit to lever the harness off their shoulders.
In the USA and Canada, the chest clip is used as a pre-crash positioner but not only is it ineffective it also introduces new risks due to creating dangerous localised loads in the thoracic region even when used correctly. For more information on risks please read Viano and King’s paper on Biomechanics of Chest and Abdomen Impact
In Europe even the latest Q series dummies cannot measure the consequences of the chest clip as the sensors are not level with the axilla.
Parents will now have a choice between child car seats. and will not have to buy an accessory to make them child proof!