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A good, safe and comfortable car seat for the child is not always cheap. This is why various companies seek to speculate on the need for parents to find cheap variants for these safety devices and launch, without too much preliminary research all sorts of accessories or seats of questionable quality and often extremely dangerous. One of the missions of Children’s Car Safety Foundation is to maintain vigilance and alert consumers in Romania when such dangerous products end up being sold in our country. Here is an example from a recent date: The Smart Kid Belt, the belt already sold at least online in Romania. What the manufacturer promises: The “Smart Kid’s Belt” should make a child seat useless.  But the impact tests performed by ADAC show that the construction does not adequately protect children in a frontal collision and the risk of injury is high. Therefore, the additional belt cannot be recommended. The legislation states: Children up to 12 years of age or up to 1.35 meters tall must be transported in a car in approved restraint systems. This is usually a child seat. Reason: the conventional seat belt is not suitable for children . In the event of an accident, it cannot reliably prevent injuries.

What is the Smart Kid Belt for?

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An additional belt should make the vehicle belt suitable for children ∙ © Consumentenbond
The “Smart Kid Belt” system is designed to make a regular child seat useless and even get official approval for Europe. Principle: cthe additional belt is attached between the normal three-point belt of the vehicle and thus adjusts the height of the belt to the size of the child. According to the manufacturer, children should be protected as well as adults. But is it really so? Experienced ADAC experts had doubts and checked the Smart Kid Belt in cooperation with Stiftung Warentest. To this end,   two impact tests were performed based on the standard Euro NCAP frontal accident at a speed of 64 km / h – once the 1.15-meter child dummy was worn only with the vehicle’s seat belt (not allowed in Europe!) and once closed on the Smart Kid belt. On the scenario of test corresponds to that of the ADAC seat test for children . The result is frightening: in the ADAC impact test, the lap belt caused deep cuts to the manikin. It can cause  veryt bad internal lesions . In addition, the design fails to keep the upper belt of the vehicle away from the baby’s sensitive neck. Also here is the risk of injury. “The Smart Kid’s belt does not reduce the stress on the mannequin,” says Andreas Ratzek, an ADAC child seat expert. In the experiment, no improvement was found compared to the seat belt only. “ Therefore, the Smart Kid’s belt cannot be recommended . A conventional child seat provides considerably better protection,” says Ratzek.

ADAC recommends a child seat

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No protection function in case of a side accident with the Smart Kid belt ∙ © ADAC / Test und Technik
Which also applies to a side impact . The high cheeks in the upper part of the child seat prevent serious injury to the head and cervical vertebrae. But the belt system completely lacks this protective function. Therefore, ADAC and Stiftung Warentest warn against using the product as a replacement for a child seat and instead recommend a child seat with good results in frontal and side accidents.
ADAC Safety Recommendations

Why is a child seat so important?

To avoid injuring sensitive areas of the body (for example, the abdomen), they should not be exposed to heavy loads in the event of an impact. Seat belts must therefore be guided in such a way as to restrain the occupant only on stable bones. To meet this requirement, it is not enough , to provide children with a three-point car seat belt designed for adults  . While the pelvic bones, pubic and sciatic bone in an adult have grown together to form a “rigid” hip, the hip bones in children are not yet ossified. If the belt presses too hard on the pelvic horns (which are significantly smaller and more flexible compared to adults), the belt may slip into the abdomen and cause internal damage there. Therefore, a child seat should deflect the seat belt so that it flows as low as possible and transfers more of the load through the thighs. For optimal restraint , the belt should fit snugly around your hips . The child seat should center the child on the seat, and the seat belt guides should be as close as possible to the child’s hips. It is important to use an age-appropriate chair , height and weight for the child . This article is taken from the official site ADAC and translated and adapted in Romanian. In the section European Alerts RAPEX you will find information about other dangerous car seats.

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