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CHILD RESTRAINST SYSTEM STUDY - CEDRE Project
The travel conditions of 431 children have been verified : only 34% of children were correctly restrained;
That means they used correctly a CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM (CRS) adapted to their morphology.
MAIN MISUSES :
There is incredible to observe today children not restrained, seating on knee of an adulte or simply set with no CRS ! For children beetween age of 3 and 10, parents take out booster seats too soon thereas child morphology requires always the use of a CRS.
A lot of seatbelt misuses to fix the child seat to the car was observed : too much loose in the belt, wrong route, seats not fixed !
For infant carrier installed in backward direction, most of parents have a CRS, but only 23% of them were correctly installed : the route of the belt around the child seat was often inverted.
When the child use a booster seat or simply the seatbelt only (adter the age of 10 years), there is essential to set correctly the seatbelt on tighs in lower part and on shoulder in upper part, in order to restrain correctly the child in case of crash. Unfortunately we have frequently observed that the child, who attache himself, set the seatbelt above the armrest, and/or place under his arm or in his back to avoid friction on the neck.
Most of CRS with harness had too much loose and some cases of harness not buckled were observed.
In global, 2 child on 3 are not correctly restrained,
and several misuses simultany on the same CRS are not rare.
Download the final report ( < 3 Mo - pdf format)
ISOFIX SYSTEM : UNKNOWN AND NOT USED !
The ISOfix system allow to install a child seat on rigid car anchorages that improves child seat maintain. This promising system sold since the beginning of years 2000 helps the child seat installation but around 80% of french drivers interviewed didn't know this system, theras half of vehicles observed were equiped. Only 1% of child seats observed were installed with ISOfix system.
During the study, we heard falses ideas :
« A child seat in backward direction have to be installed in front seat! »
- NO, it's just a possibility but the child seat in backward direction ca be installed in front passager seat or in rear seat (keepin it in backward direction).
« If I turn off the front passenger airbag, all airbags will be turned off ! »
- NO, only the front passenger airbag will be turned off. The front driver airbag and the others keep in function.
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