Cameo: CASA crash tests child restraints
CASA crash tests child restraints
In an effort to improve safety for the nation’s youngest travellers, CASA crashworthiness specialists conducted extensive tests on child restraint equipment. Over the course of a week during April 2009, a range of different methods for securing car seats to normal aircraft seating were tested.
In a series of sled tests, various combinations of child restraints and anchorage methods were tested, using child and adult crash test dummies. Initial results indicated that the European method, which uses a metal link built into seats to lock the child restraint in place and is used extensively in cars manufactured in Europe, has the greatest potential to reduce injury to infants in the event of a crash.
In addition to assessing the effectiveness of each method in terms of improving safety for infants, the impacts of the different types of restraints and anchorages on the safety of a passenger seated behind a child restraint were also investigated. The testing will continue, and data from the tests will inform any future standards for installation.