Why is it important to particularly protect your kids in traffic?
The distribution of body weight of a child differs from the one of an adult. Thus, the head of an infant makes up for about a third of the body weight whereas the head of an adult only amounts to a fourteenth. Therefore, babies are a lot more sensitive to concussion damages. The pelvis of bigger kids is not fully developed yet, enabling regular safety belts to get out of place during an accident and hurting the child drastically. This can cause internal injuries, mainly in the abdominal region.
What measures concerning the security of children in cars are taken on a political level?
Road safety for children is an important subject that receives its due attention. In the European Union and in Switzerland, the new regulation ECE R129 i-Size took effect in 2014. It is mandatory to mount child safety seats meeting this new norm against the direction of travel for children up to 15 months. According to seats meeting the still effective norm ECE R44.03/.04, this is only mandatory for children up to 9kg. The new regulation leads to even more security in a side collision or head-on collision. Furthermore, the choice of the correct safety seat is facilitated as i-Size models are categorized according to the body height instead of the weight.