affordable carseat for poor countries

bnsnyde

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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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mamom

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

tjham

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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.
 

Dillipop

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

BookMama

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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/2011/03/crash-testing-social-entrepreneurship_16.html

https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/m-heal/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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