Volvo has released the third edition of the company’s book, ‘Children & Cars – a Safety Manual’. The award-winning manual helps parents all over the world ensure that their children travel safely in the car.
The target group for child safety information is growing continuously, the company says. Every minute, somewhere in the world, there are new parents putting their precious newborn child in the car for the first time.
"Actually, a child makes its first car trip long before it is born. So our child safety manual describes how pregnant women as well as children of all ages can travel as safely as possible," says Professor Lotta Jakobsson, a senior technical specialist at Volvo Cars Safety Centre.
"Giving parents easy access to useful information about child safety is a natural part of Volvo Cars’ human-centric approach," she adds. "Tragedies involving children in cars are often due to lack of knowledge."
Volvo has been a long-time advocate of safety for children as far back as 1967 and its pioneering work to protect the youngest and most vulnerable occupants in the car has evolved ever since.
Its child safety manual has been awarded several prizes, including the Swedish Publishing Award in 2007.
Among the subjects addressed in the book are rear-facing child seats and booster cushions.
Rear-facing position safest
Urging parents to have small children travelling in a rear-facing seat remains a core principle in the latest edition of ‘Children & Cars – a Safety Manual’.
"A child's head is big and heavy relative to its body. Since the vertebrae and muscles of the neck are not fully developed, the consequences can be severe for a young child facing forward in a frontal collision," explains Jakobsson.
"That is why we advise parents to position the child rear-facing until at least three years of age," she adds.
Integrated booster cushions
The forward-facing child should still use a child restraint system developed for its age. A belt-positioning booster accommodates these needs.
This helps positioning the lap belt over the thighs, not against the child’s belly, in order to help provide safe travel for the child. Integrated two-stage child booster cushions are available for several new Volvo models.
Manual now available
"Promoting child safety is an important part of our safety work," said Jakobsson. "We keep moving towards our aim that by 2020 no one should be injured or killed in a new Volvo. Our long-term vision is that cars should not crash."
The new child safety manual is available at Volvo dealers globally and can also be downloaded here.