MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 17, 2017) - Dorel Juvenile, a segment of Dorel Industries (TSX:DII.B)(TSX:DII.A), and one of the world's largest juvenile products manufacturers in its categories, is officially launching the world's first child car seat featuring built-in airbags. The Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Air is being rolled out starting today at selected retailers across Europe, with media events planned in various cities all this week.
Worldwide more than 5,000 children are seriously injured in road traffic crashes every day*. The revolutionary Maxi-Cosi Air Safety technology® will enhance the safety of children in forward-facing child car seats. In the event of a collision, the integrated airbags will reduce the forces on a child's head and neck by up to 55% compared to a standard forward-facing child car seat. Working with Helite, a French company specializing in mobile airbag technology, the breakthrough came after extensive development and testing. AxissFix Air is protected globally by several patents.
"By introducing our Maxi-Cosi Air Safety technology®, Dorel is setting a new standard in child car seats. This is further evidence of how Dorel is consolidating its technology leadership," commented Martin Schwartz, Dorel President and CEO. "We were the first to embrace i-size in 2013, the new European standard for children's car seats. In 2009, Safety 1st launched Air Protect side impact protection. Dorel is committed to consistently increasing the safety of our children. We dedicate millions annually to innovative product development and the Maxi-Cosi innovation is the latest result of our aggressive R&D efforts."
The Maxi-Cosi Air Safety technology® significantly reduces the impact, thanks to a CO2 cartridge with an airbag trigger system built into the back of the car seat. The system detects a collision in 15 milliseconds inflating the two airbags in the shoulder pads with cold air within 50 milliseconds to cushion the head softly. Within the following second, the airbags will automatically deflate. Tests prove that the Maxi-Cosi Air Safety technology® leads to a significant reduction of the forces acting on the neck vertebrae compared to a standard forward-facing child car seat. The technology won the prestigious Innovation Award last year at Cologne, Germany's Kind + Jugend juvenile products show.
"Child car safety depends primarily on car seat legislation and experts. Innovations such as this need to come from our own industry," stated Charles de Kervénoaël, President & CEO of Dorel Juvenile Europe. "As market leader, we consistently innovate to ensure that children travel in cars as safely as possible. We have been exploring how we could better protect a child's head and neck in forward-facing car seats. Successful applications in airbag technology inspired us, such as the airbag jackets for motorcyclists and airbag seatbelts in ultralight aircraft that inflate during a collision. The introduction of our Maxi-Cosi Air Safety technology® underlines our mission to Care For Precious Life."
*Source: Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)
Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX:DII.B)(TSX:DII.A) is a global organization, operating three distinct businesses in juvenile products, bicycles and home products. Dorel's strength lies in the diversity, innovation and quality of its products as well as the superiority of its brands. Dorel Juvenile's powerfully branded products include global brands Safety 1st, Quinny, Maxi-Cosi and Tiny Love, complemented by regional brands such as Cosco, Bébé Confort and Infanti. Dorel Sports brands include Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Caloi, IronHorse and SUGOI. Dorel Home, with its comprehensive e-commerce platform, markets a wide assortment of domestically produced and imported furniture. Dorel has annual sales of US$2.6 billion and employs approximately 10,000 people in facilities located in twenty-five countries worldwide.
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