What is True Side Impact Protection?
True Side Impact Protection is a system that provides advanced levels of side impact protection to your child during a crash.
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 True Side Impact Protection located on the car seat?
True Side Impact Protection is a system that encompasses multiple areas of the seat including the deep side walls of the seat shell and the adjustable head restraint. It also includes the energy-absorbing foam that lines the head restraint.
Seats that feature True Side Impact Protection have the above patch on their head restraints.
How does my child benefit from a seat that features True Side Impact Protection?
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.
True Side Impact Protection utilizes the rigid seat shell, lined with energy-absorbing foam, along with the head restraint, also lined with energy-absorbing foam, to keep your child’s head and chest protected from the side impact crash forces.
How does True Side Impact Protection work?
During a side impact crash both your child’s head and chest are extremely vulnerable to injury. The chest is more exposed because your child’s shoulders are wider than their head, and therefore likely to be the first point of contact with intruding objects coming from the side and jolting the chest. Your child’s head should always be protected to avoid serious and permanent injury.
True Side Impact Protection does four things:
Distributes crash forces:
The combination of deep side walls and energy-managing foam allow for a larger surface area to divert crash force energy away from your child during impact.
Shields the child from vehicle intrusion:
During a side impact crash your child could be injured because of the lack of a crumple zone and/or coming into contact with intruding objects. The combination of the deep side walls and head restraint create a barrier between your child and any possible intruding objects.
Contains the head and body:
True Side Impact Protection helps to contain your child’s head and body in the seat, keeping it from making contact with the vehicle door or window.
Minimize side to side head movement and literally “trues” the head:
Minimizing movement and keeping the neck and spine aligned limits potential injury. A abrupt, violent change in speed may cause injury to the body. By limiting the movement of your child during a crash, you are limiting potential injury.
How long has BRITAX incorporated True Side Impact Protection in their seats?
BRITAX began incorporating True Side Impact Protection into its seats in 2002.
Which current BRITAX car seats feature True Side Impact Protection?
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