Car Seat Parts 101: Chest Clip

Parts101-ChestClip

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Chest clip or also known as ‘retainer clip’ is a two-part clip that is used to buckle the two harness straps together so it stays on the shoulder and chest of a child during a journey.

Most children at a certain level of development will want to ‘escape’ from being retained in a harness by taking out their arms. This poses a serious risk of injury to the child during a crash as all the forces will be focusing on the crotch buckle and the child abdomen instead of being spread throughout the shoulder and chest area where the harness should be.

A chest clip will prevent this from happening if used CORRECTLY.

However, you may not find a chest clip on your car seat if they’re ECE approved as there is a specification stated clearly under R44/04 that a single operation is required to release the child from the restraint. By having a chest clip, it is already considered as ‘two operations’ to release the child. This lengthen process will slow down the rescue operation.

Click here to find out how to use the chest clip correctly!

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