squeaza wrote:I think most of the better trailers will be absolutely fine (and as they mentioned, already governed by overseas standards) but there are some cheap shoddy ones out there, so maybe some testing wouldn't hurt?
There could be an issue with 3 vs 5 point harness with some trailers, and certainly a good proportion of seats, should they decide for that regulation.
Marx wrote:But airbags go off from the sensor on the front bumper.
Child in child seat, located in the front seat places them at very similar distance from the dash as a 5ft tall adult
Airbags are calibrated to stop an 'average' adult. The steering wheel mounted one, and to a fair extent, the 'air curtain' style ones are OK, because they're closer to the head and so don't need a huge volume. The passenger-side front one is the issue. These are always the largest ones because of the increased distance between the dash and the head.
In any case, airbags regularly break noses - and sometimes more. It's a (far) lesser-of-two-evils deal. They have tested them with various child seats and that's exactly why the can be disabled in 2 seaters (utes etc). Check this video of a rear-facing seat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0O9_2FJaN4
Marx wrote:The whole concept of strapping a child down in a bicycle child carrier, seems to go against all my personal first hand experience in stacking on bikes – that remaining or staying with a bike as you crash makes everything worse. Getting thrown clear has always resulted in less injury.
I believe it’s just a bunch of car people that dictate road safety, which is why bikes have trouble fitting into any recent developments in road safety and/or Infrstructure ideas.
The bit I've put in bold
is precisely why I think these studies are well overdue. My own personal experience differs from yours - and indeed, there's greater considerations regarding restraint than what happens in a crash - but anecdotes really come to nada. Look at a collection incidents, and the results, and see what the results are. And, the reported incident rate seems remarkably low.
This could mean, for example, that hospitals/GPs could be encouraged to capture more detailed info when an incident occurs - what type of restraint etc was used. I'd hope that the data based on real-world use would be a factor - and not just 'arbitrary weight and force testing' of the units themselves. I do modify my riding style and route when I have a kid with me.