BeltUpp has been tested at TRL , the UK Transport Research Laboratory under the regulation (R44) conditions.
Letter of confirmation from TRL stated:
- In Test 1, a 6 year-old dummy was tested in a Group II/III booster seat with backrest. This test was used as a baseline.
- In Test 2, a 6 year-old dummy was tested in the same Group II/III booster seat with backrest. However an additional webbing strap was connected to the 3-point seat belt. The strap was attached to the lap belt by the lower anchorage and to the shoulder section of the seat belt behind the child restraint.
The loadings measured by the P6 dummy during Test 1 were all within the limits specified by Reg.44
Test 1 – Dummy measurements
The loadings measured by the P6 dummy during Test 2 were also all within the limits specified by Reg.44
Test 2 – Dummy measurements
The P6 dummy measurements in Test 2 were very similar to those measured in Test 1 (baseline test). Therefore these results show that using the additional webbing strap had no detrimental effect on the performance of the child restraint.
We performed a test on a dummy in a slumped forwards sleeping position, the same seat and dummy combinations were used. The results can be seen on the video link below.
First of all may we congratulate you on your product; anything that makes a child safer in a vehicle involved in a Road Traffic Collision (RTC) is always of benefit.
On your questions about would the added belt cause the Fire Service concerns or problems the answer is it would not cause us any concerns at all.
The reason being, it is a standard operating procedure for Fire Fighters and is best practice for all services around the country, to cut the seatbelt on any person (adult or child) they are extricating from a motor vehicle that has been involved in an RTC.