Depending on their shape and size, older children may have insufficient legroom when sitting backwards. In this case, the CYBEX SIRONA can also be used as a forward-facing seat with safety cushion – from 9-18 kg (approx. 9 months – 4 years).
ONCE A CHILD CAN SIT UNAIDED DOESN’T THAT INDICATE THE RIGHT TIME FOR THEM TO BE TURNED FORWARD-FACING?
Muscle control has nothing to do with whether a child can survive an accident in a forward-facing car seat with harness system. A baby’s head is equal to approx. 25 % of its overall body weight. The vertebral body is still soft and solidifies only when the child reaches the age of 4. The neck muscles are still not fully developed. In a forward-facing car seat with a conventional 5-point harness system, the shoulders of the child are held back in a frontal collision, while the head is flung forward with enormous force. As a result, the cervical vertebrae can be stretched by up to 5 cm – with dramatic consequences for the child. The spinal cord can become disjointed when stretched for less than 1 cm already. Head, shoulders and internal organs are also put under a severe strain, which can lead to dangerous injuries. When rear-facing, the child’s body is caught by the back of the car seat, which evenly distributes and absorbs the forces of an impact over the large supported area, protecting and significantly reducing the strain on the head, neck, shoulders and inner organs. The car seat works like a protective shield. Therefore we strongly recommend that children remain in the rear-facing position for as long as possible and have equipped CYBEX SIRONA for forward-facing use with our well-proven safety cushion.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING A SAFETY CUSHION AS OPPOSED TO THE HARNESS SYSTEM?
In rear-facing position, the energy of a frontal collision is distributed evenly over the large area of the seat and the sensitive body areas of the child are perfectly protected. In forward-facing position, this protective function is provided by the patented safety cushion. The forces of a collision are distributed over the safety cushion and absorbed by its impact absorbing materials. This system resembles an inflated airbag and helps to significantly reduce the forces in the case of an accident. Compared to a conventional 5-point harness, the belt does not injure the child and the strain on the neck, the head and the shoulders is significantly reduced.
IF THAT IS TRUE WHY ARE CAR SEATS WITH HARNESS SYSTEM IN THE MAJORITY?
It is a somewhat new technology and it starts to be adopted across the industry especially when it comes to Group I seats by now. 50 % of the child car seats in Group I/II/III having been tested by the German independent consumer-testing organization Stiftung Warentest in May of this year (test 6/2012) were safety cushion seats.
Safety cushions in the past were not adjustable and tightly held the child uncomfortably in the seat. Driven by the CYBEX safety philosophy and safety concept, all forward-facing CYBEX car seats in Group I are equipped with an adjustable safety cushion by principle, offering maximum protection without confining the child. For using CYBEX SIRONA in the forward-facing position, we have designed a supremely clever adjustable safety cushion with a new integrated fastening system making additionally securing the safety cushion with the car’s seatbelt no longer necessary (patent pending). What’s more, in case of an accident, the cushion’s new Active Response Technology (A.R.T.) ensures that the child is intuitively secured within the safety zone of the seat (patent pending). The safety cushion “answers” to the forward or upward motion of the body by pressing the child safely into the seat.
DO YOU HAVE TEST RESULTS TO SUPPORT THE BENEFITS OF THE SAFETY CUSHION?
We have analyzed the results of Stiftung Warentest testing (German independent consumer safety testing institute) covering recent years 2007 – 2012. In Group I (9-18 kg, approx. 9 months – 4 years) safety cushion (impact shield) car seats have the lead in the top ten rating of this group (top three ranks) with excellent safety ratings. The top ten of group I/II/III (9-36 kg, approx. 9 months – 12 years) is clearly dominated by safety cushion (impact shield) systems. 9 child car seats with safety cushions (impact shields) are among the top ten ratings in this group. These findings impressively prove the superior safety performance of the safety cushion (impact shield) technology.
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