Crash Testing

The Cozy Dozee is designed to provide very gentle head support for your child while travelling in the car. Read on to find out about the tests it has undergone.

cozy dozee crash testedThe Cozy Dozee accessory has undergone a series of tests, conducted by the APV Tech Centre, Australia’s only NATA* accredited, industrial testing & services facility, that provides & specialises in crash testing, mechanical & dynamic impact testing & high speed photography.

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Stills from the high speed videos can be seen above (and below) using the P3/4 dummy.  The photo above clearly showing the clip breaking open early in the crash.

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  • The Cozy Dozee head support passed the specific requirements when it was sled tested at APV, to the AS/NZS8005:2013 “Accessories for child restraints for use in a motor vehicle” standard.
  • The impact on a child was measured and data indicated that the Cozy Dozee did not introduce any additional injury severity to a child passenger in comparison to a control test.
  • These reports have been analysed and confirmed by engineers and a government road safety agency.
  • Extensive investigations by the ACCC with industry stakeholders and a review of testing reports by a NATA accredited testing laboratory in relation to the Cozy Dozee’s performance in a crash and the effects on a child, as well as its compliance with the standard AS/NZ8005:2013 have concluded with ‘no further action to be taken’ (see letter below). The ACCC’s conclusion that no further action would be taken was not an endorsement of the safety of the Cozy Dozee product.

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*NATA – National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia and is: Australia’s Government-endorsed provider of accreditation for laboratories and similar testing facilities. A peak authority in Australia for the accreditation of inspection bodies.

Here is what Andrew Baldacchino of ANBA Solutions, expert Engineer and former Director of Engineering at Britax (Safe n Sound) says about the Cozy Dozee in his recommendation:

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INDEPENDENT TESTING

The image below shows the requirements of the voluntary standard for car seat accessories, as well as the requirements of the mandatory standard for child restraints, then you can compare how far above and beyond we have gone with testing.

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Cozy Dozee is an ‘Add-on Accessory’, therefore, testing was conducted in accordance with Section 11 of the Standard (Appendix B (g) Table B7) for Play Trays, Play Devices and Other Add-on Accessories as well as Section 8 of the Standard (Appendix B (d) Table B7) for Covers and Padding (including pillows). All tests were conducted in forward facing, Type B mode, (with an inbuilt 6 point harness). Both side with door impact tests were carried out as per AS/NZS 3629.1:2010, and verified as per AS/NZS 8005:2013 cl.8.3 and frontal impact tests were carried out as per AS/NZS 3629.1:2010, and verified as per AS/NZS 8005:2013 cl.11.3

  • The dummies used during testing were the Hybrid III and TNO dummies.
  • Ages tested were the 9 month, 1.5 year, 3 year and 6 year olds.
  • Control tests were conducted in every age group, to compare the data and investigate whether the Cozy Dozee did not “lessen the protection and performance offered by the child restraint”, as required by the Standard.  This was shown to be the case.
  • Tests were conducted both with and without breakaway clips. In both scenarios, no additional injury severity was introduced to the child in comparison to a control test.

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There are a number of requirements under the Accessories Standard which have been addressed. They are designed to ensure a child’s ‘forward rotation’ is not limited and there is no throat contact. Dynamic testing, supported by high speed videos, shows this to be the case.  The natural chin to chest movement still occurs, during an accident, when using a Cozy Dozee and there was no throat contact.

The statement below from Steve Cooper, GM at APV, outlines the Cozy Dozee meet all the requirements when it was tested to the AS/NZS8005:2013 standard, as well as the extra measurements taken with a confirmation of no injury caused by the product:

 

APV summary on Cozy Dozee by Steve Cooper

Photos below show both the test using the Cozy Dozee and the Control test at close to full extension showing a similar head excursion.cozy-dozee-full-extension

See the Cozy Dozee in action in the video on our HOME PAGE.

Breathability iconBREATH-ABILITY TESTING:

Air permeability (breath-ability) testing was conducted at CSIRO – Materials Science & Engineering under test method AS 2001.2.34. CSIRO concluded that air can readily move through the Cozy Dozee and it does not present a suffocation risk due to lack of air.

A statement from Dale Carroll, Manager Consulting Services, at CSIRO, summarising the results can be seen below.

Cozy Dozee flammability testingFLAMMABILITY:

Flammability testing was conducted by CSIRO – Materials Science & Engineering under test method AS 2755.2. Rresults showed that the Cozy Dozee passed in accordance with the requirements of AS/NZS8005 with a flame spread time of 35 seconds, well in excess of the minimum time of 12 seconds.

A statement from Dale Carroll, Manager Consulting Services, at CSIRO, summarising the results can be seen below:

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You can also find out more on our FAQ page.

Photos from various days in the crash lab are below:

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To read further supporting research around this topic by others in the industry, such as “Sleeping slouched in a car increases the child’s neck injury in an accident.” click here: www.cozydozee.com/industry-research