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    affordable carseat for poor countries

    I was reading the University of Michigan Alumnus Magazine and read that two individuals there (not sure if they are professors or research assistants) are making a prototype for affordable carseats in poor countries.

    It does not use plastic injection molding, which has high start-up costs, but available materials.

    That's basically all I know so far. Interesting! It is called the M-Seat.
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    Re: affordable carseat for poor countries

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqdwZuTvZsg"]M-SEAT team builds affordable child restraint seat - YouTube[/ame]

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    Re: affordable carseat for poor countries

    Very interesting! Looks scary to me but much better than nothing, which is what the norm is now in many developing countries. I can see the need for this.

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    Re: affordable carseat for poor countries

    What a neat idea. I can't imagine what would happen to a child in a side impact though. Ouch.


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    Re: affordable carseat for poor countries

    Quote Originally Posted by bnsnyde View Post
    I was reading the University of Michigan Alumnus Magazine and read that two individuals there (not sure if they are professors or research assistants) are making a prototype for affordable carseats in poor countries.
    Biomedical engineering students.

    I think everyone should be able to view all of these links (one might be behind a firewall, but I can't tell).

    http://www.umtri.umich.edu/content/rr42_2.pdf

    http://lablog.engin.umich.edu/2011/0...urship_16.html

    https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu...projects/mseat

    This video shows the child restraint in a rear-facing crash test: [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOHnbmduG-M"]Rear Facing Child Crash Restraint Test - YouTube[/ame] (I think this video was made before the seat passed NHTSA standards - they made modifications to the seat and met the standards.)
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