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360 Degree Protection: About Frontal Crashes


Facts about Frontal Crashes

Frontal crashes are the most frequent type of collisions accounting for nearly 75% of all crashes.


How Injuries Occur in a Frontal Crash

frontal crash sled test image
In this example, you can see that the head does not come into contact with the back of the vehicle seat during the crash test.

Head injury is the leading cause of vehicle crash-related deaths for children ages 0-12.

Source: Child Injury Led Design & Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

When a car is involved in a frontal crash, the child’s head is most vulnerable to injury because:

  • the child’s body remains restrained, while
  • the head and limbs are thrown violently forward and can make contact with the back of the front seat.

“Head excursion” is the distance that the head travels forward during the crash; small increases in head excursion can exponentially increase the severity of head injury.


Minimizing Injuries in a Frontal Crash

The key to minimizing potential injury during a frontal impact is to limit head excursion and create a “safety zone” buffer around the child by:

SafeCell Technology lowers the center of gravity Integrated Steel Bars Versa-tether and 5-point harness manage crash forces
1. Lowering the center of gravity during a crash through the use of SafeCell Technology. 2. Strengthening the child seat by incorporating Integrated Steel Bars in the seat. 3. Manage crash forces away from the child during a crash using technologies such as Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether and a Five-Point Harness System.

 

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