Best answer: Why don t UK car seats have chest clips?

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.

Are chest clip car seats illegal in UK?

Chest clips

It is currently illegal to sell a child car seat in the UK, with a chest clip as part of the child seat. This is because our approval requirements state that a child must be released from the child seat in one movement. … The chest clip MUST sit at your child’s armpit level.

Are car seat chest clips illegal?

The hidden dangers of the chest clip

However, according to Maxi-Cosi trainer Shane Dowling, the chest clip, which is also known as the Houdini Clip, is actually illegal to use on a car seat due to it being an extra restraint which could possibly waste valuable time in the event of an accident.

It is currently illegal to sell a child car seat in the UK, with a chest clip as part of the child seat. This is because our approval requirements state that a child must be released from the child seat in one movement.

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From Britax UK direct: “I can confirm that unfortunately, the legal requirements of the European and Federal Standards (USA/Canada) are incompatible so it is not legal for you to use a European approved child seat in the US/Canada or vice-versa.”

Are Houdini Straps illegal UK?

Legal Disclaimer

It is not illegal to add this to your carseat harness. It has been crash tested at an official crash testing facility, proven to be safe in an accident situation and found to comply with the AS/NZS Standards 1754:2004 and 8005:2013.

What is the purpose of a chest clip?

A chest clip is what we call a “Pre-crash positioner” and that means that it’s function is to position the harness correctly in the moments leading up to and at the time of impact in a crash.

Chest Clips are not allowed in Australia or to be used on any restraint manufactured under the combined Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1754. Chest Clips are a hard plastic device added to American Standard seats to prevent forward rotation of a child in the event of an accident.

Is Isofix better than seatbelt?

Independent tests show that Isofix mounted seats are extremely safe. Rather than relying on a belt, the car seat is fixed directly to the child seat base. That means there’s less movement in the seat in the event of an accident, particularly a side on impact. The real advantage to Isofix is that it’s so simple to fit.

If you have a European car seat that can be installed with a seatbelt and doesn’t require a load leg, you won’t have any issues. European car seats have no chest clip, but that’s not actually illegal in the US.

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