Has the Snugglebundll been crash tested and FAQs
Yes, the Snugglebundl has been crash tested to EU and USA standards at the NASA Calspan site. It is tested in both three and five point harnesses and up to the age of 18months. If you want more detail than supplied in the FAQs below then please go to our blog here
No car seat manufacturer recommends any products/accessories in their car seat that they don’t make themselves?
This is as it should be. It would be inappropriate for them to endorse/encourage use of accessories that they themselves have not produced. EVERY accessory that a car seat expert recommends has also not been recommended by car seat manufacturers. Tested or otherwise. The main concern of manufacturers is interference with the restraint system. The Snugglebundl does not attach to or inhibit the restraint system in any way. Also, the manufacturer cannot control and test every product that a baby wears or uses but they also know that babies do not travel unclothed and that babies will be dressed. The Snugglebundl is classed as a garment, less than 1mm thick around the baby and similar in thickness to a baby gro. The Snugglebundl crash testing is for extra reassurance.
Don’t car seat experts advise no blanket under the baby in the car seat?
The reason for this is due to reducing layers and compressibility. You want nothing in your baby’s car seat that is padded, very thick or easily compressible. The Snugglebundl is akin to the thickness of a baby grow and made from a dense cotton fabric that will not easily compress. The Snugglebundl is nowhere near as thick as car seat liners that go at the back of a baby and is deemed as perfectly safe by car seat experts. Indeed, this is why all the experts we consulted said it didn’t actually require crash testing.
Don’t you have to test it in all baby car seats?
This is impractical and unnecessary. Three and five point harnesses are all made to safety regulations and the sizes are anatomically designed for the same age groups. If this wasn't the case then not all babies would fit in all baby car seats. Also, it’s important to remember that, where the Snugglebundl is concerned, it is safe to use in any cars seat design as no material goes under the harness at the chest and it has no padding, front or back. As long as a product is crash tested in a three and five point harness, which are designed anatomically for the same babies, then testing in every car seat would be like duplicating the same science over and over.
Crash tests compliance is normally 30mph. What if the vehicle is going faster?
In normal crash situations people brake and collide with objects that absorb energy during the deformation process (such as the car crumbling in on itself, other cars, bushes or malleable metal barriers etc). A crash test is designed to be from 30mph to a dead stop with no front bumper or inbuilt energy absorption, no brakes and without hitting an energy absorbent surface. This therefore covers any other plausible, survivable crash situations. The 30mph limit is literally life or death- any sudden collision, with no energy absorption that is much faster than 30mph is not considered to be easily survivable. This is why this speed limit and crash test condition is set as a world wide standard.
What about warranty coverage if you use an accessory not specifically designed by the car seat manufacturer?
This refers to items that are attached to the car seat or wrapped around the car seat that can cause damage or hinder its performance in the event of a crash. Examples given are mirrors, toys, fitted blankets, inserts not designed for the car seat, head supports, car seat canopies, attachable mosquito nets, attached sun blockers etc. However, the manufacturer would have to prove that an accessory was used and is dangerous and unsuitable for their seat in order to not honour a warranty. The Snugglebundl is a soft garment, not attached in any way and not a hard accessory. It does not interfere with the restraining system and has no padding etc. To reiterate, the Snugglebundl has been tested and documented as not to compromise the effectiveness of the car seat.
Here is an article from WHICH where Britax " Leaders in Child Safety Technology" give more information relating to accessories in car seats.
" We asked Britax, one of the leading car seat manufacturers, for its view on seat accessories. A spokesperson said: 'We invest significant time in the research, development and testing of our own manufactured accessories which accompany our child car seats. This ensures that the accessories offered enhance the consumer experience by offering added comfort and practicality, but doesn’t interfere with the crash performance of the car seats. 'Furthermore, the warranty of our car seats will be invalid if an accessory not developed by us is used in conjunction with the seat, ie a permanent attachment to the seat. This is because any accessory attached to a car seat would require homologation to ensure the seat still performs in a crash as it should. Therefore we would advise against using accessories not developed and tested by the car seat manufacturers. On the other hand, an accessory which is not attached to our car seats won’t affect the warranty as it won’t have an impact on restraint performance during a crash.'
Read more: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/child-car-seats/article/child-car-seat-accessories-afYV16y7R8OC - Which?
What about side impact?
This is taken care of by the car seat design itself—not what is worn in it. Unpadded clothing is not required to be tested for this eventuality. For a hard accessary like a drink stand etc then the producer may be required to prove that it would not cause possible injury in the event of a crash. Car seat advisors will give advise regarding such accessories.
Margaret Bolt - Leading car seat expert
“As a car seat expert and a mother or seven myself, I’d be very happy to recommend a Snugglebundl”
Snugglebundl Is a family business that takes car seat safety seriously
We, as a small family business, use this product ourselves so safety is the most important factor. In addition to expert endorsements, tens of thousands of parents/babies have now used and loved their Snugglebundls and shared fantastic reviews- here are a few for your reference.