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Improved Child Safety Seat

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
95786
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
CE001813
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
NCIPC
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Minnesota HealthSolutions
976 Summit Ave. SAINT PAUL, MN 55105-3031
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Improved Child Safety Seat
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43CE001813-01
Award Amount: $139,754.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Child safety seats provide protection and have been observed to reduce death and injury rates by more than 70%. Studies have observed that only 10% to 20% of children are correctly harnessed into correctly installed seats. One of the most common errors involves the installation of the child safety seat in the vehicle. The new Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system is designed to make installation of child safety seats easier by providing two lower anchors onto which a child seat is attached. A flexible LATCH seat anchor strap must be aggressively tensioned (greater than 30 lbs. typically) to achieve proper installation. The most common error associated with LATCH installations has been observed to be a loose lower anchor strap, which was observed in 30% of installations. Loose seat anchor straps increase the relative movement between the child safety seat and the vehicle in a crash thereby reducing the effectiveness of the seat at controlling the child's deceleration and increasing the impact of the child, in particular of the head, with the vehicle interior, seat, or harness. This project will develop an inexpensive device to ensure that child safety seat anchor straps are properly tensioned.        PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The societal benefit of the proposed device is that, if successful, it will inexpensively and easily improve the safety of all LATCH system child safety seats by reducing the prevalence of anchor strap under tensioning. The population of interest for this device is virtually all child safety seat installers/users, which includes parents, grandparents, and child care providers. The available market for the proposed device exceeds 4 million units annually in the U.S. alone. There are approximately 20 million children under 5 years of age in the U. S. By law, children in this age group must be restrained in a child safety seat. The proposed device provides benefit in nearly all of these seat installations.

Principal Investigator:

Sara Seifert
6128036998
SARASEIFERT@YAHOO.COM

Business Contact:

Sara Seifert
6128036998
sara.seifert@yahoo.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MINNESOTA HEALTHSOLUTIONS CORPORATION
1987 PRINCETON AVE SAINT PAUL, MN 55105

EIN/Tax ID: 120442835
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No