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Here’s an eye-opener for you:
- The impact suffered by an unrestrained child in a car crash at 60km/h is the same as falling from a fourth floor window onto concrete.
- Each year hundreds of children are killed or injured needlessly because they are either unrestrained or not restrained correctly.
- Most car crashes happen within 10 km of home
Source: Royal Children’s Hospital Safety Centre
Car safety features are all about keeping the passengers safe. So besides having a safe car and driving safely (more on that in future posts), it’s all about seatbelts and child restraints.
Approximately 100 children are killed in car crashes in Australia each year. Too many. And as mentioned in my previous post around another 400 are injured. Again, too many.
Today I want to share a review of the carseat brand of our family’s choice. We have purchased three different Safe-n-Sound car seats by Britax and even hired the Safe-n-Sound capsule for our little premmie in the early months.
I Googled the bejebus out of car seats when looking for the right ones for our kids and time and again, Safe-n-Sound was the answer. I asked on Twitter and Facebook. In fact an endorsement by a fellow blogger Clairey Hewitt was the last vote I needed before we bought CrashGirl the Safe and Sound Hi Liner.
Clairey is the queen of carseats and has also reviewed the Diamond AHR (probably better than anyone ever could!).
My review of the Safe-n-Sound Diamond AHR Air Cushion convertible car seat by Britax
Britax have given me the new Diamond AHR car seat for 0-4 years. CrashGirl is already in the Hi-Liner convertible booster and CrashBoy is 3 and is using her old MaxiRider, so we’re just going to crash test the Diamond and then lovingly pass it on to family expecting their first baby (so exciting!).
It’s convertible in that you can use it rear-facing (up to about 12 month, which is recommended as it is the safest position for your child). You can then turn it around to forward-facing until approx 4 years, or until their shoulders are above the second height marker. CrashBoy is 3 1/4 and average height, and although I think he might slouching a bit, you can see he still has quite a long way to go before reaching that second marker (hidden under the headrest in the photo below).
I’m going to focus on the reasons why I think the Diamond AHR is so good.
The headrest must be in the position where the top of the shoulder slots are nearest to the child’s shoulders, but not more than 25mm below the child’s shoulders.
Safe-n-Sound has Active Head Restraint with SICT (Side Impact Control Techonology). This enables you to adjust the height of the headrest and to do so without re-harnessing the seat (ie when you have to release the harness at the back and pull the straps through the back of the seat and move to the higher slots).
Firstly, being able to adjust the height of the headrest means that the SICT is at the right height to protect your child’s head from excessive movement in a crash, and the deep wings are at the right height to reduce the likelihood them hitting their head on the car interior. The ‘Air Cushion’ (1) absorbs side impact crash energy by dispelling air at a controlled rate. Very clever.
Secondly, being able to adjust the headrest without re-harnessing means that you are less likely to be using the harness at the incorrect height, and you are not fiddling around with the harness and risk re-installing it incorrectly.
Both wins in my book!
Some nice to haves are:
The buckle holders (2) on the side of the seat. One of the biggest annoyances with car seat are twisted straps. I like how this both neatly keeps the straps out of the way when you put your child in the seat and also keeps the straps straight, rather than picking up a twisted mess of straps off the seat and inadvertently buckling them up twisted.
Another trick to stop twisted straps is to always hold the two straps over the plam of one hand (3) when you tighten the straps. Don’t just pull on the adjusting strap as this is often when a small twist in the belt can then get pulled through the metal buckle tabs.
There is also a nice protective pad (4) around the seat buckle to stop any hot metal parts from touching delicate young skin in summer.
The lack of a cupholder is a bit of a shame. We often do long trips to the farm and the kids like to have their snacks on one side and a drink in the other. Obviously not necessary when they are babies, but toddlers like to be independent don’t they?!?!?
The most important reason to choose Safe-n-Sound:
However, all functions and practicalities aside, the main reasons a Safe-n-Sound car seat is a good pick is beacause . . .
Safe-n-Sound manufacturing processes are the most stringent in Australia
They exceed Australian standards. For example they test their buckles by opening and closing them 50,000 times which is 45,000 times more than the standard required. They’re also the only manufacturer that can confirm their seats are crash tested in extreme tempuratures, both of which occur in Australia.
Disclosure: Britax gave me a Diamond AHR car seat for the purposes of this review. My opinions are my own.
I’m really pleased that I can give one of you the chance to win a Safe-n-Sound Diamond AHR car seat, RRP $659. A very generous offer from Britax don’t you agree?
This post is part of my Crash Safe campaign, my own initiative to raise awareness of car, driver and passenger safety. I’d love your help in spreading the word, so . . .
- You must be a registered member of the Crash Test Community and have completed your Crash Test Mummy profile
- You must be an Australian resident aged over 18 years old.
- Leave a comment below answering this question: If you could buy or invent anything to keep your child(ren) safe, what would it be and why?
- For a chance to leave a second answer, share this Crash Safe campaign post via Facebook publicly. I can only verify public shares sorry. Here’s how to do that:
- If you are leaving a second comment, please let me know your Facebook name or page in the comment so I can verify your entry, thanks :)
Even if you don’t want to leave a second comment, any shares via FB, Twitter etc are greatly appreciated, thank you :)
The giveaway ends Friday 28th of December, 8pm AEDT.
Terms and Conditions:
- The name of the promotion is: Safe-n-Sound Diamond AHR Giveaway
- The promoter is Mango on behalf of Britax.
- The prize is one Diamond AHR Air Cushion convertible car seat. Accessories that do not come as standard with the car seat are not included as part of the giveaway.
- The methods of entry are as stated in points 1-5 above.
- The maximum number of entries per person is 2.
- Employees, immediate family members, retailers, suppliers, associated companies and agencies are not eligible to enter.
- The giveaway will close on Friday 28th of December 2012 at 8pm AEDT. Comments submitted after this time will not be considered for the giveaway.
- This is a game of skill. The winner will be awarded based on the strength of their answer(s) to the question in point 4 above.
- The prize will be sent to the winner by Mango.
- All entrants will be notified of the results by email.
- The results of the giveaway will be published on this site on Tuesday 1st of January 2013
- Prizes are not redeemable for cash and are non-transferable
- If for any reason beyond the Promoter’s control the agreed prize is not available a product of equal or greater value will be provided.
- The Promoter is not responsible for prizes once they have been dispatched to the winner.
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