Ozzie firm solves children unbuckling
AUSTRALIAN company Buckle Me Up has launched a sensor that will make an alarm when the child in the back seat unbuckles his or her seat belt.
The kit has an alarm will sound and a light that flashes red when any backseat passenger unbuckles during a journey. The light is green when all passengers are buckled up.
The company quotes a Yale Medical School study in 2010 that showed of half of 378 parents surveyed, had reported at least one of their children had managed to unbuckle their seatbelt at some point. 40% of those “unbucklers” did so while the car was moving.
All the mothers surveyed as part of the company usability study conducted in 2014 remembered an incident when their own child had unbuckled their seatbelt without permission.
The company said a study conducted last year by the Australian Centre for Road Safety and Transport in New South Wales had showed more children are seriously injured as passengers in cars rather than as pedestrians, adding children between the seven and 12 are at greatest risk of serious injury.
The Buckle Me Up kit costs AU$189 (R1 712). Two extra cartridges can be ordered for $39,95 (R362), including shipping. — WR.
All the mothers surveyed said their children had unbuckled themselves without permission at one point
during a journey.