Question: Are chest clips on car seats necessary?

Chest clips are NOT required by federal child passenger safety seat standards.

Can I use a carseat without the chest clip?

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 some car seats not have chest clips?

A simplified reason why chest clips exist is because many parents don’t tighten the harness properly. It’s usually too loose which affect safety negatively in a collision. Swedish car seats often have harness placed more narrow across the shoulders which means no chest clips are necessary (or allowed).

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. … Both harnesses restrain the child during the crash properly, just in different ways.

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Do all car seats have chest clips?

Car seats in the U.S. are not required to have a chest clip, but most car seats do have them.

Why don t car seats in Australia have chest clips?

The reason chest clips don’t meet Australian standards has to do with concerns they could cause neck injuries in a crash. … This means they’re unlikely to forcefully touch a child’s neck during a crash. The research also showed no difference in the neck forces with the clips in place.

Why are there no chest clips in Europe?

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.

Why does chest clip need to be at armpit level?

When the chest clip is positioned at armpit height, it is pulling the harness straps inward and making the harness narrow sooner and helping make sure that the harness is properly positioned on the shoulders. This becomes extremely important in the event the harness is too loose.

Are car seat clips safe?

That the clip safely and securely fits to the harness straps – it must not interfere with the placement of the chest pads on your child’s car seat. The chest clip MUST sit at your child’s armpit level. It is very dangerous to get this wrong.

Where should the straps be on a car seat?

Use the Correct Harness Slots

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On rear-facing car seats, the shoulder straps should come through the car seat slots at or just BELOW your child’s shoulders. On forward-facing seats, the shoulder straps should be at or just ABOVE the shoulders.

Why are chest clips illegal in Australia?

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. … “While the overall injury risk didn’t change in children aged one to four, there appeared to be a reduction in the risk of neck injuries when the chest clips were used.”

Is rigid LATCH safer?

True rigid LATCH is safer than both flexible LATCH and semi-rigid LATCH because true rigid LATCH offers the most secure installation possible. Please note that flexible LATCH and seat belt installations are still VERY safe means of securing your child’s car seat to the vehicle.

Where does the chest clip go?

Or more precisely, in the middle of the sternum. The retainer clip is designed to keep the straps parallel over the torso in a crash. Too low and the child could be ejected from the seat in a crash; too high and the child could suffer a neck injury.

Are Houdini straps safe?

Yes. The Houdini Stop has been crash tested to AS/NZS standard 8005:2013 in both forward and rear facing situations with Type B, A1, A2 & A4 seats and proven to be safe in all these tests.