Volvo Sponsors The 2005 Baby Show - Children in Cars Safety | Part Two

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Linda the pregnant dummy

Volvo has developed the world’s first pregnant crash test dummy model to learn more about the impacts of the seatbelt and airbag on a mother and unborn baby in car accidents. The crash test dummy, named "Linda" by the experts at Volvo’s Safety Centre in Sweden, helps Volvo study how the seatbelt moves and its combined influence with the airbag on the uterus, placenta and baby, as well has how the baby moves in relation to Linda’s body. Linda is a computer simulation so she can be changed to represent a pregnant woman of any size or shape, at all stages of pregnancy.

Laura Thackray, a Biomechanical Engineer at Volvo’s Safety Centre says: "When pregnant, your seatbelt should fit close to the body, go between the breasts and as low as possible over your hips. The lap section of the belt shouldn’t be allowed to ride up in front of your tummy."

Children in Cars

Volvo has produced a handy guide to keep children safe while on the road. The Children In Cars booklet is full of helpful tips and advice for anyone who travels with children. Download the Children In Cars safety guide from the Volvo website at Copies of the booklet are available on the Volvo stand at the Show.

Key facts and advice from this booklet includes:

  • Six out of 10 parents don’t buckle their children in properly.
  • They are unaware of how to fit the diagonal section of a seatbelt correctly (not too far out on the shoulder and never under the arm) and not sure how to fit a lap belt (across the tops of the legs, never across a child’s stomach).
  • Children up to three (3-18 kg) should use a rear-facing child-safety seat.
  • The seat acts as an extra safety cage, while at the same time reducing the force of a collision – the whole of the child’s back takes the impact, rather than just its vulnerable neck. There is a five times greater risk of fatality or serious injury using a forward-facing seat.
  • Children aged three to 10 (15-36 kg) should sit on the rear seat on a booster cushion.
  • This ensures that the seatbelt is in the correct position across a child's body for the best possible protection in the event of an accident. Moreover, the child has a more elevated position from which to enjoy the view.

Volvo is an environmentally responsible car company from production through to the car's end of life and constantly aims to make a contribution to improving air quality as well as ensuring its products cause minimal environmental impact.

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Published 4 March 2005 Melanie Carter

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