Child car seats and impact shield technology

Unfortunately, incorrect statements and campaigns based on superficial knowledge questioning the secureness and the function of child car seats with impact shield technology, keep on occurring in the public. Furthermore, they are reinforced by so called „official“ statements of dubious experts. Most of these statements are false and misleading. We would like to provide comprehensive and neutral information and have therefore summarized all important details about the impact shield technology and the correct handling of these systems.

Setting the Scene in principle:

- In almost every child seat, a child travels more safely than without a child seat.
- Every safety technology, whether reboarder (Extended Rearward Facing, ERF), impact shield system or 5-point harness system has its strengths and weaknesses in various accident scenarios.
- No child seat can offer perfect and total safety in all accident situations.

It is Kiddy’s overall commitment to develop products providing maximum safety. The products are developed and tested in accordance with the latest and highest safety standards. The crash test scenarios are based on the latest standards of science and automotive technology known at the time.

Which child seat is best for you?

The decision to choose the ideal and appropriate individual child safety system should be left with the parents and it should not be influenced by campaigns with fear-based economic interest. It is about the life, the comfort and the safety of our children, nothing less.

Guardianfix 3
Information about the function and correct handling

  1. New impact shield system
  2. Use of the seat cushion
  3. Correct position of the impact shield
  4. Tips for switching from infant car seat to car seat

 

1. New impact shield system 

The head and neck area of young children is most vulnerable in the case of an accident or sharp braking. This is due to the head being proportionally bigger and heavier compared to the rest of the body than an adult's head. The special shape allows the upper body to flex over the impact shield and reduces neck forces. The new impact shield system reduces the forces on the stomach area and most of the pressure is applied on the pelvis and the costal arch. Therefore, it has to be tightened to these „bony“ areas. During an accident, the impact shield absorbs the resulting energy and acts like an airbag.

The Kiddy impact shield systems are designed to contribute to the highest possible safety for your child:

Our impact shields are made from high-tech, force-absorbing material to reduce occurring forces considerably.

The impact shield fixates the child’s body by two imaginary lines. The lower line is the pelvis and the upper line is the costal arch.

In case of an accident the impact shield does not apply pressure on the soft tissues, but on those two “bony” areas above and below the stomach soft tissues.

Car seats with impact shields have been used successfully by millions of parents over several decades and saved thousands of lives all over the world.

A lot of parents are confused by the flexibility of the new impact shield technology as realized for the Guardianfix 3. Depending on the angle of the backrest or the size of the child, the impact shield may already be up against your child’s torso without the impact shield arms being positioned under the armrests. This has no bearing on the correct function and safety of the car seat. The advantage is that this type of impact shield allows the child to feel „less penned in“, therefore it's less likely that the child wants to squirm free. See point 3 for more details.

Child car seats with impact shields using sliding & locking technology bear the risk that the child is ejected in the case of an accident, if the impact shield has not been locked properly. The risk of misuse is very high for these systems.

All Kiddy child seats currently in production have been graded “Good” or even “Very good” from independent world-renowned test institutions. The Guardianfix 3 performed exceedingly well in the child seat test of Stiftung Warentest and ADAC and became test winner in group 1/2/3 (together with another manufacturer) with the result "good" (1.9) in May 2017 Test.

 

2. Use of the seat cushion

We recommend using the seat cushion up to 11 kg, but we are also aware that children are very different in terms of their growth and body proportions. If your child doesn’t have sufficient space with the seat cushion and the impact shield, you can remove the seat cushion prematurely to give your child more legroom.

Please note the following steps for the correct position of the seat cushion:

  1. Slide the seat cushion through the opening above the leg rest, and completely under the seat cover 

  2. Place the seat cushion as flat as possible, push it completely all the way back and thus the front edge is flush with seat cover 

 

 

 

3. Correct position of the impact shield

Please note the following steps for the correct position of the impact shield:

  1. Your child must be able to sit on their own.
  2. Place your child in the seat, making sure that the backrest of the child is straight at the backrest of the car seat. 
  3. Your child should be wearing everyday clothes - please don’t put on thick clothing, e.g. winter jackets or snow pants/clothing. 
  4. Slide the impact shield with the impact shield arms under the armrests. 



  5. Slide the impact shield until it reaches your child’s torso. 
  6. Depending on the angle of the backrest or the size of the child, the impact shield may already be up against your child’s torso without the impact shield arms being positioned under the armrests.
    Important: This has no bearing on the correct function and safety of the car seat.



  7. Pull out the 3-point vehicle seat belt out until it can be locked into the vehicle seat belt latch.



  8. First, thread the lap belt into the impact shield guides and pull the belt tightly.



  9. Hold the lap belt tight and thread the shoulder strap into the impact shield guides. 
  10. Now pull the shoulder strap tightly. 

 

4. Tips for switching from infant car seat to car seat

  1. Place the car seat including the impact shield, in the children's room before fitting it into the car, so that your child can play with the car seat and establish a positive connection. 
  2. Note that switching from rear to forward facing direction is a big change for your child.
  3. Give your child time to get used to the new direction of travel as well as the new car seat.