Arriving in stores this month, Britax®, is introducing their newest child safety seat — the Parkway® SG belt positioning booster with the SecureGuard™ Seat Belt Anchor. The SecureGuard — also known as an anti-submarining clip — helps prevent the child from sliding under the lap belt (or submarining) during a collision, reducing the risk of abdominal injury. The Parkway SG easily converts to a backless booster while maintaining the SecureGuard feature, and fits children from 18.1 kilograms (40 pounds) and 96.5 cm (38 inches) up to 54.4 kilograms (120 pounds) and 160 cm (63 inches).
“The Parkway SG was designed with safety features that provide greater protection for children who have outgrown harnessed child safety seats,” said Sebastiaan Selders, product manager at Britax. “The SecureGuard clip and its strap connect the seat base to the lap-belt portion of the vehicle’s lap-shoulder belt between the child’s legs to effectively create a four-point harness. This additional point of contact stops the child from sliding under the lap portion of a vehicle’s seat belt.”
The advanced safety features of the Parkway SG also help absorb energy in a crash, offering maximum safety to children. When used with the seat back, the Parkway SG provides Britax True Side Impact Protection® — a combination of deep side walls and head wings made from energy-absorbent material and an adjustable head restraint — which transfers energy away from the child during a side impact crash.
Approximately one in four of all motor vehicle crashes that involve children occur from the side, and these crashes result in a significantly higher injury rate than front or rear crashes, according to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. True Side Impact Protection, combined with the SecureGuard, helps to ensure that children are properly positioned in the event of a collision, reducing the risk of life-threatening injuries.
“For safety’s sake, it’s very important that when parents shop for booster seats, they continue to seek out features designed specifically to help protect children from both frontal and side impact crash forces,” said Laura Jana, M.D., pediatrician, child passenger safety technician and mother of three. “Parents should also look for seats with features that help keep children properly positioned in the seat. In the case of booster seat use, correct lap-shoulder belt positioning — with the shoulder belt crossing over the shoulder (not the neck) and the lap belt sitting low across the hips — can significantly minimize the risk of internal organ and/or spine injuries in the event of a crash.”
In addition to the aforementioned features, this booster offers a number of comfort and ease-of-use features that help keep children content and ensure that caregivers use the seat correctly. These include :
- supportive high-density comfort foam that cushions the child and helps him stay properly positioned in his seat
- armrests and retractable cup holders that can hold the child’s beverage
- a quick-adjust mechanism easily adjusts the head restraint
- color-coded vehicle belt guides help caregivers correctly position the vehicle seat belt
- the seat is also designed for three-across seating in many mid- and small-sized vehicles
The Parkway SG meets and exceeds all standards of compliance currently mandated for such substances as phthalates and lead content. It will be available in two fashions at independent and mass retailers in August 2009. Its suggested retail price is $139.99.