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Child seat crash test: three models are tested

Reinhard Schmid
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In the last crash test by auto motor und sport , child seats from Chicco, Concord, Recaro and Storchenmühle showed glaring defects : Backrests broke, and an Isofix bracket opened under the hard crash load. All manufacturers reacted quickly. Experts visited the editorial office, examined the crashed seats and then developed modifications for more safety. Ultimately, it was necessary to wipe out the notch and to meet the high a uto motor und sport requirements with the improved restraint systems. But while Concord, Recaro and Storchenmühle started the follow-up test, Chicco stayed away from the test series with the Key 1 model.

Child seat crash test: Concord and Recaro received the rating 'recommended'

Concord brought child seats with a specification that will be available in stores from June. The absence of a cross rib in the backrest gives them more flexibility. A break in the backrest is now effectively prevented, and at the same time the loads that occur during a crash decrease. The new Transformer is one of the group II-III seats tested by auto motor und sport with the best protection potential.

Recaro placed the Polaric child seat in the crash test body without modifications.
Because the problem with the opening Isofix connector could not be reproduced before, even during intensive tests by the manufacturer. According to Recaro, the failure in the last auto motor und sport test was an isolated case. The problem did not occur during the second series of tests. The Polaric remains stable in the golf body and offers the dummy excellent protection. The classification is increased to a 'recommended'.

The Storchenmühle child seat holds the dummy back a little too harshly

The Storchenmühle My Seat CL did not do that successfully in the child seat crash test. A new belt guide on the headrest of the modified seat that is already available in stores prevents the belt from jumping out. This was previously possible, with the result that the seat back moved too far forward, which in extreme cases could lead to breakage. The danger now seems to have been averted, as the post-test shows. However, the seat holds the dummy back a little too harshly. The consequences are increased strain on the neck and chest.At least the test result improves to a 'conditionally recommendable'.

Obviously, even small technical modifications to child safety can have drastic effects. The regular crash tests for child seats by auto motor und sport for more than 18 years have proven how necessary they are occasionally.

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