The Child Seat Presence And Orientation Detection System

Childs Seat


The importance of the airbag as a contribution to car occupant safety cannot be underestimated. Statistics show that fatalities have been reduced by as much as 30 per cent since their introduction. Portable child safety seats have also played a significant role in reducing death and injury among infants. But, used in conjunction, the airbag and child seat can pose a potentially lethal danger. An innovative system, Child Seat Presence and Orientation Detection (CPOD) can eliminate that danger.

There is not much that beats the joy of becoming a parent. A wave of euphoria coupled with a huge sigh of relief that everything has gone smoothly accompanies the birth of a child, especially for first time parents. But, let’s be honest, that initial happiness can soon subdued by a sense of almost constant worry. Will I be a good parent? Am I feeding the child properly? Perhaps most importantly, have I done everything to ensure it will be safe?

Modern parents face a plethora of child-safety product choices. Chief among them, for most parents, is the type of portable child seat or baby cradle they will use in their private vehicle. But it is not only the child seat that should meet all sorts of safety standards. The vehicle, too, should be fitted with the best equipment money can buy to ensure the child is protected.

In many cases, parents also face another problem. Where to place the child seat? Often one parent will be driving alone with the child, and will naturally want to keep an eye on the little one. So the front passenger seat is the logical place for the child seat. For parents who drive compact cars with no rear passenger doors, this is also the case. And families with four children can face a similar dilemma.

The problem with placing the child seat in the front of the car is that most modern vehicles are fitted with passenger airbags as standard. And a rear facing child seat poses a potentially lethal danger when coupled with an activated airbag. Indeed, there have been several reported cases of child fatalities caused by the passenger seat airbag.

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2 August 2005 Staff

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