What are HUGS™?
HUGS stands for “Harness Ultra-Guard System” and are chest pads made of elasto polymer with treads on the back side.
Where are HUGS located on the car seat?
HUGS are located on the chest area of the harness straps for our higher weight capacity seats such as select convertible car seats and our 85 pound FRONTIER 85 and FRONTIER 85 SICT combination Harness-2-Booster seats.
How does my child benefit from a seat that features HUGS?
The job of a car seat is to minimize injury during a crash, and one way that a car seat accomplishes that is by minimizing the forward movement of your child during a crash. HUGS chest pads is a BRITAX technology which accomplishes this.
How does HUGS work?
The Harness Ultra-Guard System assists in reducing forward movement of your child in the event of a crash by adding friction to the harness against your child’s chest as they move forward.
HUGS can be found on select seats that accommodate heavier children because a larger child’s weight will interact differently with the seat than a lighter child. A smaller or lighter child has a lower center of gravity and is closer to the anchorage points of the child seat; they do not require the extra assistance to keep them from moving forward as with a larger/taller child. As your child grows their center of gravity changes and moves further away from the anchorage points of the seat and therefore requires more assistance in reducing movement during a crash.
Although the HUGS chest pads are required for all size children in the forward-facing installation mode for seats that come equipped with them, they are optional in the rear-facing installation mode where your child is instead cradled by the child seat back in a frontal impact.
Select high-capacity BRITAX car seats feature HUGS Chest Pads with SafeCell Technology, which further reduce the risk of head injury. For more information about how they work, visit our HUGS Chest Pads with SafeCell Technology page.
How long has BRITAX incorporated HUGS in their seats?
We have been incorporating HUGS in our products since 2000.
Which current BRITAX car seats feature HUGS?
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