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Side Impact Cushion Technology


What is Side Impact Cushion Technology?

Side Impact Cushion Technology

Side Impact Cushion Technology is comprised of energy-management cushions on either side of the child seat that reduce side impact crash energy by 45% by diverting crash forces away from the child and provide extra protection for the adjacent passenger.

The following video provides an overview of the different levels of protection that BRITAX car seats provide for your child during a side impact crash:

Where is Side Impact Cushion Technology located on the car seat?

The cushions are located on either side of the upper part of the child seat.

Side Impact Cushion Technology on Advocate 70 CS Convertible Car Seat
This is the BRITAX ADVOCATE 70-G3 convertible car seat featuring Side Impact Cushion Technology.


How does my child benefit from a seat that features Side Impact Cushion Technology?

Side impact crashes pose a serious threat to child safety and therefore make side impact protection a necessity for child seats. To learn more about what happens during a side impact crash and how injuries occur, visit our About Side Impact Crashes page.

During a side impact crash, the energy-management cushions divert crash forces away from your child, therefore minimizing the risk of injury.


How does Side Impact Cushion Technology work?

Side Impact Cushion Technology is comprised of patented energy-management cushions on either side of the child seat. During a side impact crash, the energy-management cushions compress to absorb the incoming crash forces safely expelling the air through strategically placed vents.

These robust air chambers require up to 10 times more force to compress than competing technologies, which results in the transfer of significantly more crash force energy AWAY from your child. This is important because the amount of force required to compress the cushions is directly related to the amount of energy diverted away from your child. It is important to note that the cushions do NOT deploy upon impact, like vehicle airbags do.

In addition, Side Impact Cushion Technology is the first and only technology to offer protection by:

  • Absorbing side impact crash forces before they reach your child, resulting in fewer head injuries.
    This is important because head injury is the leading cause of death for children in vehicle crashes, and the amount of crash forces reaching the child's head determines the severity of a head injury.

  • Providing an energy-absorbing surface area along the full length of the seat, protecting your child's head, neck, and torso.
    This is important because incoming crash forces are not limited to the head area.

  • Offering a soft, protective surface for the adjacent passenger in a side impact crash.
    This is important because adjacent passengers are vulnerable to injury from contact with child seats in a side impact crash.

How long has BRITAX incorporated Side Impact Cushion Technology in their seats?

Side Impact Cushion Technology was designed, developed, and patented by BRITAX in May 2009 on the BRITAX ADVOCATE CS convertible car seat. No other car seat company offers this level of side impact protection technology.


Which current BRITAX car seats feature Side Impact Cushion Technology?

Advocate 70 CS Convertible Car Seat Advocate 70 CS Convertible Car Seat  
ADVOCATE PINNACLE 90

 

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