Side Impact Protection
Diono developed side impact protection for all of
its car seats by creating a rigorous testing
protocol that simulates side impact crashes based
on proven European test methods. The seats were
evaluated on how well they contain the head, chest
and pelvis acceleration. Testing was repeatedly
performed in multiple facilities both in the US and
Most automobile accidents are from front or rear
end collisions however side impact crashes are
typically the most deadly for children. Statistics
from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the
U.S., show that side impact crashes represent
approximately 25% of all motor vehicle accidents.
Unfortunately they result in some of the most
severe injuries and mortality rates, and the most
vulnerable are children.
What happens in a crash?
Due to inertia (the tendency of a body in motion to
stay in motion), when the vehicle stops suddenly,
objects and people in the vehicle continue to move
at the same speed and direction that the vehicle
was originally moving at before the impact. This
can result in extreme forces occurring at all
points of contact between a person and their car
seat. If occupants are not snug, this will add to
the "G" forces that their vulnerable bodies will
have to absorb, as they move still further until
they reach the restraints.
During a side impact crash the distance between the
impact zone and the babies car seat can be quite
small if the babies car seat is next to a door. The
resulting impact area collapses into the interior
of the car, along with broken glass, plastic etc.
At the same time the car seat is being violently
thrust away from and then into the impact zone!
The resulting impact forces and whipping action can
produce severe trauma to a babies head and neck,
resulting in far more serious harm to a baby or
child than from front or rear end collisions.
Unfortunately the mortality rate also increases.