TRANSPORTING YOUR CHILD IN AN INFANT CARRIER
Babies travelling in a baby bouncer or carry cot are not protected in a collision. An infant carrier is the safest way for your baby to travel in the car.
The infant carrier is installed in a rear-facing position. In the event of a head-on collision, the baby is offered optimum protection as their entire body is pressed into the rear-facing seat. The infant carrier is secured either with a retractable three-point safety belt, or on a belted or ISOFIX base. The car safety belt and harness provided in the infant carrier must be positioned correctly. The less play there is, the safer it is. The harness must be pulled tight enough for no more than a flat hand to fit between the harness and the baby’s torso. The outlets for the shoulder straps must likewise be set at shoulder height and adjusted regularly.
Important! The infant carrier should never be installed in a forward-facing position.
INFANTS SHOULD REMAIN IN A REAR-FACING POSITION FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE
The European Standard ECE-R 44 stipulates that a seat should face the rear until the child weighs 9kg. In a head-on collision there is less risk of injury to a baby in a rear-facing seat compared to a forward-facing model. When violently wrenched forwards, even in a minor crash, the weak and underdeveloped neck muscles of a young child can be exposed to excessive strain, because the head is still very heavy compared to the rest of the body.
For this reason, the child should be transported in the infant carrier for as long as possible, even if the legs protrude and touch the backrest of the car seat. If the child faces the front too early, the whiplash to the head arising in a collision can cause serious injury to the cervical spine. The child can remain in the infant carrier up to a weight of 13kg or until the head protrudes above the top end of the carrier. Where possible, parents should ensure that their child reaches the upper weight limit of 13kg prescribed for most infant carriers.
THE EVOLUTION OF CYBEX INFANT CARRIERS
The evolution and success story of infant carriers branded by CYBEX has started in 2008 with the introduction of the very first model CYBEX Aton. Stripped down to the essentials (with a lightweight to the extreme of only 2.9kg) and equipped with a superb side-impact protection, the car seat instantly received only top marks in the most renowned European consumer tests.
The next level of development was ushered with the launch of the modified CYBEX Aton in 2010. The infant carrier can now be clicked directly onto an ISOFIX or a belted base for additional comfort and safety, making the buckling-up process a nuisance of the past. An indicator confirms the correct installation.
Just one year later, the enhanced highlight of the CYBEX infant carrier range came into the market: CYBEX Aton 2. A new side-impact protection (L.S.P. System) has been added to complement the energy absorbing shell. New side protectors absorb the energy of an impact at an extremely early stage. Thanks to the flexible material structure, the remaining energy is channeled away from the baby, offering 40% improved safety in the event of a side-impact collision. Hence, it was not surprising that CYBEX Aton 2 was awarded double testwinner in Group 0+ with and without ISOFIX base by German independent consumer organisation Stiftung Warentest (06/2012). In both configurations CYBEX Aton 2 was the only infant car seat to achieve the highest mark VERY GOOD in the safety category.
This is a tough one to make it even better. However, driven by the ambition to continually improve its child safety range and to strive for technical perfection, the CYBEX company even does not stop at testwinner products having been awarded several times. The next generation of infant carriers – CYBEX Aton 3 – builds on proven and tested safety and comfort features, and incorporates the latest findings of experts in the fields of neonatology and practical application to provide maximum safety and comfort for the infants and minimum misuse potential for the parents.
Shortly, you will learn more about the next generation of infant carriers: CYBEX Aton 3. Please stay tuned!
Why not visit our Child Safety Centre? Here, you will find more interesting tips and recommendations on child safety on the road: http://cybex-online.com/uk/carseats/childsafety0.html
THE CHILD SAFETY TEAM AT CYBEX