A quality product is built day by day. Particularly when it comes to a car seat, new products are certainly subject to endless tests, checks and modifications, but so are those already on the market. Such an important aspect for both children and their parents, as well as for us, that we have made safety a flagship of our production.
Sometimes, however, it is really hard for those not “inside” the process to imagine all the steps that are followed.
This is why we decided to publish the story of the Engineer Agrati, who went to Munich with his team just before Christmas to do some tests.
“We concluded three days of tests at the ADAC laboratory in Munich, where EuroNCAP tests, which give the famous “stars” to car seats and cars, are performed. These tests, although very expensive for the company, are of absolute importance for the development of new car seats.
Perhaps few people know that when a car seat is launched for the so-called crash test, the collision occurs in about 2 tenths of a second, during which the car seat goes from 70 km/h to zero.
It would be impossible to understand what would happen if these tests were not filmed by means of sophisticated high-speed cameras that allow engineers to see the crashes and understand what to do to reduce the negative consequences.
The modern test dummies, the Crash Test Dummies, which come with the laboratory, are much more sophisticated than the dummies used in European certification today. In fact, they are able to record decelerations sustained by the child in the head, torso and neck, and through these values we can calculate how much energy is absorbed into the child’s head, how much force affects the neck, not just in a frontal collision but also in a side collision, a test which is not yet provided in European certifications.
Thanks to these experiences our company is able to design and produce a range of car seats characterized by two aspects, present in all products:
1) a generous headrest that can absorb the force of the collision;
2) the ISOFIX connection, which can significantly reduce the collision force suffered by the baby in the case of an accident.
Particularly in these three days, we have developed some improvements which will be present in the 2012 range of the Viaggio 1 Duofix but most of all we have been able to complete, with superlative results, the certification test for a completely new car seat that will be put on the market next year.
I still cannot tell you what model it is, however I am very pleased that these certification tests have been concluded far ahead of production, so that our youngest customers will already have a well-tested and reliable product available.”