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Child safety seat

  1. 1. Child safety seat(From Wikipedia, not Wikileaks… :-)Child safety seats (sometimes referred to as an infant safety seat, a child restraintsystem, a restraint car seat, or ambiguously as car seats) are seats designed specificallyto protect children from injury or death during collisions. Automobile manufacturers mayintegrate child safety seats directly into their vehicles design. Most commonly, theseseats are purchased and installed by consumers. Many regions require children defined byage, weight, and/or height to use a governmentally approved child safety seat when ridingin a vehicle. Child safety seats provide passive restraints and must be properly used to beeffective.As a result of accident statistics, it is required by law that children under the age of sevenbe secured in safety seats made for children in all fifty states. Also, all states requirebooster seats for children aged four to fourteen depending upon each individual childsage, weight, height, and state. These laws are basic guidelines only and can differ state tostate, because each state has some variance in the laws.Though there are hundreds of variations of makes and models in the world of child safetyseats, the materials used in the manufacturing process are basically the same across theboard. Factories in which the seats are put together receive loads of a tough plastic calledpolypropylene in the form of tiny pellets. This tough plastic is very hard to crack, so itonly makes sense that it would be used to form the base of all child safety seats. Thisplastic is universal in the make of all restraints made for children. A company by thename of Indiana Mills is responsible for manufacturing the adjustment mechanisms andbuckles for most child safety seats. Foam makes up the padding of the individual seats,while vinyl and fabrics are used to make up the covers for the seats as well as theharnesses. Among all these products used to make one child safety seat, none are asimportant as the labels each manufacturer prints according to Federal standards. Printingof these labels is done by subcontracted printers of the manufacturer. These labels musthave a permanent place for storage in or on the safety seat and must withstand any tearingso as to make any missing information obvious.The process of manufacturing the safety seat is what brings all these components togetherto form a restraint that will increase the safety of a properly restrained child in the case ofa motor vehicle accident. In the beginning, the polypropylene is put to use in molding theshells of these seats. Since it arrives in tiny pellet form, these pellets must be melteddown and put into a mold of the desired shape of the seat. The seat then moves down anassembly line. On this assembly line, all of the articles from the outside contractors andsuppliers are added to the mold. These additions include the foam padding, the fabriccovers, the harness, and any buckles or attaching mechanisms. The labels and instructionsare also attached at this time. Once past the assembly line, the product arrives at thepacking department, where the seats are wrapped in plastic and packed in cartons whichthen gets stacked and stored for shipping once ordered.

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