Why do some car seats not have chest clips?

Do all car seats have chest clips?

FALSE! FMVSS 213 and CMVSS 213, the respective United States and Canadian standards for child restraint manufacturers, do NOT require the use of a chest clip. However, chest clips have become so ubiquitous that they’re included on the vast majority of car seats sold in the United States and Canada.

Why do American car seats have chest clips?

An American seat uses the chest clip to keep the straps properly placed on the shoulders: if the chest clip is too low the straps can be too wide on the shoulders. If it’s too high, it can be in the way of the child’s throat.

Are chest clips illegal in the UK?

Chest clips

It is currently illegal to sell a child car seat in the UK, with a chest clip as part of the child seat. This is because our approval requirements state that a child must be released from the child seat in one movement.

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Why does the UK not use chest clips?

European car seats, by regulation, require that the child can be removed from the car seat in a single motion; so having both a crotch buckle and chest clip would breach the European regulation. That’s one reason that European car seats don’t have a chest clip.

Do baby car seats need a chest clip?

Child car seat manufacturers, although not required by law in the USA, incorporate the chest clip as a “pre-crash positioner”. The USA recognises that the gap under the harness enables toddlers to lever the harness off their shoulders by pushing their arms under the harness.

Why don t car seats in Australia have chest clips?

Chest clips on child car restraints are widely used in the US but are banned in Australia over concerns they may cause neck injuries in a crash.

Why is a chest clip important?

A chest clip is what we call a “Pre-crash positioner” and that means that it’s function is to position the harness correctly in the moments leading up to and at the time of impact in a crash.

Are chest clips illegal in Australia?

Chest Clips are not allowed in Australia or to be used on any restraint manufactured under the combined Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1754. Chest Clips are a hard plastic device added to American Standard seats to prevent forward rotation of a child in the event of an accident.

Why should the chest clip be at armpit level?

Since that’s the case, it’s important that the chest clip be properly positioned at the armpits to help ensure proper harness positioning. When the chest clip is correctly positioned at armpit height, it pulls the harness straps inwards to help make sure that the harness is properly aligned with a child’s shoulders.

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What type of car seat always requires a tether?

Vehicles model year 2000 and newer must have tether anchors in at least three backseat positions. In the backseat of vehicles with only one row of seats in the back (sedans, small SUV’s, hatchbacks, etc), all three positions in the backseat must have tether anchors.

Do you need a locking clip?

The locking clip is not needed for most car seat installations. The locking clip is needed when the shoulder portion of the vehicle’s lap/shoulder seatbelt cannot be locked to hold the car seat securely.

What is a Houdini strap?

The Houdini Stop Chest Strap is a device which prevents your child from taking their arms out of their car seat straps. It consists of two simple clips joined by a length of material. The clips connect to each of the 2 car seat straps and hold them closer together preventing your child from wriggling out.

How do I get my child to stop undoing his car seat?

Take some toys or games they are able to play with in the car, but try to avoid heavy ones. If the child undoes the harness during the journey, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and repeat that the harness must be done up to save them from being hurt. Do not start again until they are back in their harness.

How do I stop my child wriggling out of car seat?

Take some toys or games for them to play with in the car. Make sure you take off any puffy jackets, snowsuits or thick tops, as these types of clothing can cause gaps between the harness and your little one, making it easier to wriggle out of. Check the height of the harness – eg where the straps emerge from the seat.

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