Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Crash test dummy video shows just how dangerous booster cushions can be . . .

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Crash test dummy video shows just how dangerous booster cushions can be

Cited at:
http://metro.co.uk/2015/08/10/crash-test-dummy-video-shows-just-how-dangerous-booster-cushions-can-be-5336198/


This crash test video gives parents a chilling reminder of why they should use booster seats for young children in cars rather than booster cushions.

The blue dummy is strapped to a booster cushion, while the other is strapped to a high-backed booster seat as front-on crash is simulated.

While the dummy child in the booster seat moves around only a little, the dummy on the cushion is violently flung forward as the body is contorted into a sickening shape.

The test was carried out by Britax, a company which manufactures car booster seats.

Their safety expert Mark Bennett said: ‘After watching this footage, parents will think twice when choosing a car seat as it is incredibly haunting and really demonstrates the importance of deep protective side wings, head support and seat belt guides to ensure that seat belts are correctly positioned and fitted.’

He went on to urge parents using booster cushions to switch to booster seats.

There has long been a debate over the safety of front vs rear facing safety seats in the UK, however a new European safety standard has recently been release which claims children younger than 15 months should be placed in rear-facing car seats.

Crash test dummy video shows just how dangerous booster seats can be







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