Are Blow Up Car Booster Seats Safe?
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Are blow up car booster seats safe for children?
In today's blog post we shall be discussing the safety of blow up / inflatable car booster seats. As parents and carers, it’s only natural to want the best for our loved ones, so when it comes to something as important as a car booster seat, we need to be certain that it is safe.
The BubbleBum booster seat is inflatable or ‘blow up’, but it’s not like those novelty inflatable hammers that you used to get at the state fair.
The BubbleBum has been fully crash-tested, and meets and exceeds USA and EU booster seat safety regulations R44/04 & FMVSS 213.
What is the purpose of a car booster seat?
The seats, and seatbelts in a vehicle are designed to fit an adults body, and as a result, are not correctly proportioned to provide good belt fit to a child. When used correctly, the shoulder strap should ride from the shoulder and across the chest with the lap belt positioned across the bony areas of the pelvis. Without a booster seat, the shoulder strap can sit dangerously across the neck or face, with the lap belt across the soft and vulnerable abdomen, meaning that in the event of a crash, children are much more likely to be seriously injured, or worse.
A booster seat works by raising the child up to a level where the seat belt can be positioned in the manner it would be on an adult… across the chest and pelvis.
A booster seat is therefore, a seat belt positioning system.
When they are seated on a booster seat our children are 45% less likely to sustain a crash related injury. The diagram below illustrates how a booster seat 'boost' serves to protect your child.