Is your Child's Safety at Risk?

Dear Parent/Carer,

BeltLock was designed to help parents keep their children safe while traveling in the car and we believe all children are precious and need to be protected. That is why we fully support and endorse the use of car seats that are fully secured to the car with a seat belt. There are no short cuts in safety.

We want to help parents to keep their children from being killed or injured because the seat belt securing the child’s car seat was opened; by the child themselves or accidentally by an adult. As a mum of four young children and co-designer of BeltLock, we use BeltLock on our own children's car seats as it provides the best safety solution for us. I believe BeltLock can save their lives in an accident.

We know parents with young children are short of time, often stressed and the last thing they need is the worry of whether the car seat is securely fixed to the car with the seat belt. BeltLock aims to bring peace of mind by securing the car seat safely and securely to the car with the seat belt.

We all want the same thing; safe and happy children.

Thanks and Safe Driving
Project5 Creations Ltd

BeltLock is suitable for:

  • Rear facing Baby seat
  • Combination seat (rear and forward facing)
  • Forward facing child seat

BeltLock is not suitable for use with:

  • Booster seats or booster cushions

Why the restrictions?

​BeltLock is for use with a Child Seat, in the event of an accident the Child would be released from the child seat, and the BeltLock does not prevent this. The BeltLock would restrict the removal of the seat itself, but not the child from the seat.

When we were designing the product we approached a number of bodies with regard to safety testing, and found there is no test for this type of product. It is not required to be CE marked or crash tested. It is made from PP material, which if very common. I have attached some PDFs for you to read, the most important being the email from SATRA in the UK stating that it does not need any testing / CE marking prior to being sold.

Safety Regulations

‘Each year in Ireland, many people are hurt, seriously injured or killed on our roads and much of this injury and many of the deaths would not occur if drivers and passengers were adequately restrained by safety belts or child restraint systems (CRS). There is a legal obligation to be restrained and this applies to drivers and passengers.’ *

EU law: All children must travel in a child seat, booster seat or booster cushion.

Rule of thumb: if there's a safety belt, you must use it. It's the drivers' responsibility to be sure their passengers are using seat belts and appropriate child restraints.

The Specifics

  • For cars and goods vehicles (including MPV and SUVs):
  • Children under 3 can only travel in cars or goods vehicles if there are fitted with the appropriate child restraint. Taxis are exempt from this rule.
  • Children between ages 3 and 12 must use an appropriate child restraint in cars or goods vehicles if they are fitted with safety belts
  • If the car or goods vehicle doesn't have safety belts, they must sit in the back seat.
  • In passenger seats with an active airbag, rear-facing child restraints must not be used.

For Buses

  • Children between 3 and 12 must use safety belts if they are fitted
  • If seat belts are available, bus drivers are required to tell passengers that it is the law to wear them

The Exemptions

  • Taxis, hackneys and limousines do not need to have every kind of child restraints available
  • A child over 3 can wear a seatbelt in the back seat of a car or a goods vehicle if there is no more room for a child safety seat
  • If it is not possible to place your child in the back seat of your vehicle, they can ride in the passenger seat, as long as they are using the appropriate restraints.
  • Child restraints come in several weight classes so you can find the appropriate one for your child.

Source: The Road Safety Authority www.rsa.ie

Ensuring a child is properly restrained in a child car seat can reduce injuries by a factor of 90-95% for rear-facing seats and 60% for forward-facing seats **

* Source: Citizeninformation.ie
** Source: AA Motoring Trust

Fire and Rescue Service

In the event of an accident, the rescue service carry a RTC kit; explained below.

'In addition to the cutters and spreaders, there are a number of other small tools on-board the fire engine to help firefighters deal with rescuing people from vehicles. These include a windscreen glass protector, sharp object covers to protect both casualty and firefighters of hazards underneath, pedal cutters (to cut car pedals), and a knife to cut seatbelt straps.'
- Cambrideshire Fire and Rescue UK