Did you know that there is a law in the Philippines that states children under seven years old should not sit on the front seat of a vehicle? What would be more awesome is if a law was passed that makes car seats mandatory for kids riding in vehicles.
In the United States though, it is, and there is a reason why car seats are required by law. It saves children’s lives. According to the World Health Organization, child restraint systems, such as child seats for infants and booster seats for older children, decrease the risk of death in a car crash by about 70% for infants and up to 80% for small children.
This new invention unveiled at the recently-held Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, can help improve child safety even more.
With this new car safety seat, you can get rid of instruction manuals because its car-seat installation instructions are customized depending on the type of car you are driving. Even better, the 4moms Self-Installing Car Seat is the first-of-its kind electronic car seat that can actually install itself once the base anchors are hooked onto the vehicle.
The innovative car safety seat "uses advanced technology and robotics to guide parents through the installation process, confirm correct installation, and continuously monitor its status every time the carrier is connected, giving parents confidence their car seat is installed correctly every ride," says its website. Some of its added features (if fussing about installation is not enough to wow you) are side impact barriers and an auto-leveling and auto-tension control function.
The technologically-advanced safety car seat is also Bluetooth compatible, which allows it to connect to an app (compatible with Android and iOS devices) that has everything they need to know about car seats. The app also informs you if the seat is properly installed and reminds you to adjust the five-point harness and 8-point adjustable headrest based on the child's height and weight. It will also prompt you when your child has outgrown the product.
The idea for a self-installing car seat was first presented to the public in 2013. Suffice it to say, many parents and child caregivers have had trouble installing safety seats in their vehicles. A Pediatrics study published in 2014 found that nearly all car seats -- 95% -- are installed incorrectly. And when car seats are not properly installed, they won't work as well as they would in protecting children in case of a car accident.
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“Mistakes are common because car seats can be complicated. The manual for the car seat does explain all the recommendations, but they can be hard to understand, and many people may not read them for a variety of reasons,” explains study author and pediatrician Benjamin Hoffman, M.D., medical director of the Tom Sargent Children’s Safety Center at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and professor of pediatrics in the OHSU School of Medicine.
Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants are placed in a rear-facing car seat until age two or when he outgrows the infant seat’s weight and height capacity. Children ages two to four can already use a forward-facing car seat, and older kids should use a booster seat until age 12 or when they reach about 4’9” in height, because that’s the minimum height regular car seatbelts are designed for.
The 4moms Infant Self-installing Infant Seat is recommended for kids who weigh 4 to 30 pounds, and are up to 32 inches or less in height. It will be available in select countries starting June 2016.
Sources: January 8, 2016. "The Self-Installing Car Seat of Your Dreams Is Now Real" (popsugar.com) December 18, 2015. "Putting Your Newborn In A Car Seat? 95% Of People Do It Wrong" (forbes.com)