When driving your children around it can be very hard to ensure that they keep their seatbelts on at all times, especially in the back seat. Some cars have a warning system to identify if someone is seating in a seat without a seatbelt on, but for backseats this safety device is quite uncommon. Luckily an Australian company has come up with a solution. They have invented what they call the buckle me up.
This invention uses a wireless magnetic reed switch that you stick to the rear seat buckle, with an audio and visual alarm indicator you can then stick on the front windscreen or dashboard. Unusually the reed switch batteries are non replaceable so you must buy another switch from the manufacturer when they stop working – battery life is approximately 18 months with ‘average driving’.
Buckle me up is designed for children who are in either a booster seat or old enough to sit in the back seat in a standard adult lap-sash belt. According to the Australian government children will stop using a child car seat, and move to a booster seat from approximately age 8 to 10. However according to a 2011 Yale study 75% of children who self unbuckle are below age 3, so we hope that the next release from this company will focus on the more important and more likely risk of a child in a child car seat removing their buckle, which this device currently doesn’t cater for.
This invention is particularly important as according to the World Health Organisation the simple fact of wearing a seatbelt can reduce the risk of fatalities for rear seat passengers by an amazing 25-75%. Also remember that according to the CDC in America death from vehicle accidents is the top cause of unintentional death in children aged 5 to 14.
It is available for purchase from their website for $AU 189 (about $US 148 as at 21st February 2015).
Sam has over a decade of experience in the design and operation of complex processing plants, he provides a strong technical background to the site in relation to safe equipment design and operation. Sam, a father of two children, has a B.Eng. (Chem) (Hons) and a Master of Business and Technology from Australia.