The extra 4th point helps to reduce abdominal forces in the event of a frontal collision by up to
*Britax internal tests with a Q6 dummy, representing an average 6 year old child
Wriggle-proof car safety for your growing child
Car journeys can be a wonderful voyage of discovery for the inquisitive child. There is always something to look at. Interesting things are going on outside the window or something catches their attention inside the car. Now your child is older and consequently more mobile and independent. The back seat has become their space. It is a place where they play, read, doze, reach down or across.
At Britax Römer we not only test our products with dummies, we look at real children and their needs. We have noticed that for a child who is sitting in a highback booster secured with a 3-point adult seat belt, wriggling, sleeping, play-fighting and turning can cause the lap belt to ride higher up across their tummy, even if positioned correctly across your child’s pelvic bone when you set off.
Britax Römer already offers some of the safest highback booster seats in the market*. Our latest innovation – SecureGuard - makes our highback booster seats even safer by adding a 4th attachment point to the adult seat belt. This helps to keep the lap belt in an ideal position over the pelvic bones and better distributes the impact energy involved in frontal collisions.
*KIDFIX XP SICT – Best in Group 2/3 (1,7), Stiftung Warentest, 11/2013
KIDFIX XP – Good (2,0), Stiftung Warentest, 6/2014
KIDFIX SL SICT – Best in test with two other car seats (1,8), Stiftung Warentest, 6/2015
SecureGuard – helps to reduce abdominal forces by up to 35% in frontal impacts
Britax Römer has been at the forefront of child safety development for 50 years and during this time we have introduced breakthrough innovations to keep your child safe. Our latest innovation – SecureGuard – helps to protect an older child’s delicate abdominal area. The SecureGuard adds an extra - a 4th - contact point, to the standard 3-point adult seat belt.
This 4th attachment point helps to keep the adult lap belt in an ideal position over the pelvic bones and to reduce abdominal forces in the event of a frontal collision by up to 35%**. At the same time this allows our little wrigglers freedom of movement during the journey.
When your child grows and transitions from a car seat with a built in restraint system to a highback booster seat using the car’s 3-point adult seat belt, the SecureGuard provides extra protection. For babies and toddlers, we always recommend using a 5-point harness for as long as possible, as it firmly secures their shoulders and hips in the seat.
**Britax Römer internal tests with a Q6 dummy, representing an average 6 year old child
Why should I use the SecureGuard for my growing child when they move up to their last seat?
At Britax Römer we believe that normal booster cushions simply aren’t safe enough. That’s why we’ve designed a range of highback booster seats that go above and beyond the requirements of current safety standards. But as car safety specialists we always look to improve the performance of our seats to make sure that your child is protected as much as possible.
Studies show that abdominal injuries, at approximately 30%, are the single biggest injury risk for children in highback booster seats during a frontal impact***.
***CASPER frontal impact injury data base of 132 children
As a baby or toddler, your child was held firmly in its seat with a special child restrained system. At Britax Römer we believe that a 5-point harness is the safest way to travel in this age group. This is a key reason we recommend using the 5-point harness for as long as possible. We have seats in our range with a 5-point harness even up to 25 kg, compared to the more common 18 kg.
The question we asked ourselves is how is it possible to create 5-point harness safety with the flexibility of movement that an older child demands?
Our safety experts at Britax Römer have worked hard to answer this question and have tested our new technology multiple times – with a dummy in our test centre but also in real life tests with real children. The result is the innovative SecureGuard, which brings protection for your growing child to a next level.
Frontal impact injuries – Booster seats
What is the correct position for a 3-point adult seat belt when used with a highback booster seat?
Your car’s 3-point adult seat belts are designed to restrain adults. A growing child can use the 3-point adult seat belt with a highback booster seat, as this correctly positions the 3-point adult seat belt over the child’s body. As a child loves to move around during a journey, the adult lap belt may not stay correctly positioned safely across their pelvic area. Instead, the lap belt may end up across their tummy.
A) Correct lap belt position - the lap belt is positioned correctly across the strong pelvic bone area.
B) Incorrect lap belt position - the lap belt is positioned across the delicate tummy area.
What is the best choice for your family?
The SecureGuard makes a safe seat even safer and is available with four products from our most popular car seat ranges – the ADVANSAFIX II SICT and the KIDFIX II XP range.
The ADVANSAFIX II SICT can be used as soon as your child is ready to move out of their infant carrier, initially with a 5-point harness which you can use for your child until it is approximately 25kg of weight. After that you can change the seat to Group 3 mode and secure your child with the car’s 3-point seat belt combined with the new SecureGuard right up to the age of 12 years.
If you already have a car seat that secures your child as a toddler, then our award winning KID range is the right choice for you. Our latest safety innovation – SecureGuard – is featured in the KIDFIX II XP seats. The Group 2/3 KID range seats can be used when your child is approximately 4 years of age (15 kg).
ADVANSAFIX III SICT
KIDFIX II XP SICT
KIDFIX II XP