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WO2013014401A1
WO2013014401A1 PCT/GB2011/001776 GB2011001776W WO2013014401A1 WO 2013014401 A1 WO2013014401 A1 WO 2013014401A1 GB 2011001776 W GB2011001776 W GB 2011001776W WO 2013014401 A1 WO2013014401 A1 WO 2013014401A1
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child
safety
clasps
connector
straps
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Una Driscoll
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Una Driscoll
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47DFURNITURE SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR CHILDREN
    • A47D15/00Accessories for children's furniture, e.g. safety belts
    • A47D15/005Restraining devices, e.g. safety belts, contoured cushions or side bumpers
    • A47D15/006Restraining devices, e.g. safety belts, contoured cushions or side bumpers in chairs
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60R22/00Safety belts or body harnesses in vehicles
    • B60R22/10Safety belts or body harnesses in vehicles specially adapted for children or animals
    • B60R22/105Safety belts or body harnesses in vehicles specially adapted for children or animals for children
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B62LAND VEHICLES FOR TRAVELLING OTHERWISE THAN ON RAILS
    • B62BHAND-PROPELLED VEHICLES, e.g. HAND CARTS OR PERAMBULATORS; SLEDGES
    • B62B9/00Accessories or details specially adapted for children's carriages or perambulators
    • B62B9/24Safety guards for children, e.g. harness
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A44HABERDASHERY; JEWELLERY
    • A44BBUTTONS, PINS, BUCKLES, SLIDE FASTENERS, OR THE LIKE
    • A44B11/00Buckles; Similar fasteners for interconnecting straps or the like, e.g. for safety belts
    • A44B11/25Buckles; Similar fasteners for interconnecting straps or the like, e.g. for safety belts with two or more separable parts
    • A44B11/2503Safety buckles
    • A44B11/2569Safety measures
    • A44B11/2573Locking means preventing an unauthorised opening, e.g. by children
    • A44B11/2576Buckle covers
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B62LAND VEHICLES FOR TRAVELLING OTHERWISE THAN ON RAILS
    • B62BHAND-PROPELLED VEHICLES, e.g. HAND CARTS OR PERAMBULATORS; SLEDGES
    • B62B3/00Hand carts having more than one axis carrying transport wheels; Steering devices therefor; Equipment therefor
    • B62B3/14Hand carts having more than one axis carrying transport wheels; Steering devices therefor; Equipment therefor characterised by provisions for nesting or stacking, e.g. shopping trolleys
    • B62B3/144Adaptations for transporting children; Mounting of toys for the children
    • B62B3/1452Safety belts

Abstract

Increasing legislation and concerns over child safety have led to aproliferation of chairs for infants and children in the marketplace. Prams, pushchairs, strollers, walkers, buggies and so on are available as means for transporting or seating an infant or child in many locations and environments. In particular in vehicles a child below a certain height (typically also below a relatively high age such as 7) will need to be seated in a kind of chair. These chairs tend to have three point harness or strapping, to maintain a child in place. However most children even of younger ages find it easy to slip their arms out of these harnesses, thereby diminishing the safety of the chair considerably. According to the present invention there is provided a safety device capable of joining two elongate straps, comprising a pair of clasps and a connector.

Description

A SAFETY DEVICE
Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a safety device more particularly a safety device for infant and child chairs.
Background
Increasing legislation and concerns over child safety have led to a proliferation of chairs for infants and children in the marketplace.
Prams, pushchairs, strollers, walkers, buggies and so on are available as means for transporting or seating an infant or child in many locations and environments.
In particular in vehicles a child below a certain height (typically also below a relatively high age such as 7) will need to be seated in a kind of chair.
These chairs tend to have three point harness or strapping, to maintain a child in place. However most children even of younger ages find it easy to slip their arms out of these harnesses, thereby diminishing the safety of the chair considerably.
Prior Art
Accordingly a number of patent applications have been filed and granted in the past in an effort to deal with this problem or similar, including the following:
United Kingdom patent application GB 2 467 973 (FINCH) discloses a shoulder straps connector comprising a two part elongate flexible body member, a shoulder strap engagement element at a first end of each body member part for neleasably engaging a respective shoulder strap without releasing of the shoulder strap, and a part of a fastener device at a second end of each body member part, the fastener device parts being releasably engagable to connect the two body member parts.
Granted United States patent US 7 445 293 (SMITH et al) discloses a restraint safety device, comprising: A) a first shoulder strap, D) a second shoulder strap C) a chest clip slidingly attached to said first shoulder strap and said second shoulder strap, and D) at least one chest clip stop attached to said first shoulder strap or said second shoulder strap, wherein said at least one chest clip stop prevents sliding of said chest dip.
United Kingdom patent application GB 2 417 224 (DAVISON) discloses a coupling device for temporarily linking together the shoulder straps of a child safety harness, comprising an elongate flexible member providing on each side of a central region a flat pocket, the pockets being open at each end and each having a lengthwise opening with separable fastening means therealong, whereby the pocket may be opened to receive therein and to encircle a respective one of a pair of straps.
United Kingdom patent application GB 2 415 939 (RYAN) discloses a restraining device for retaining a child in a child restraint system, the child restraint system including a pair of shoulder straps, the restraining device comprising: a pair of sleeve means, each sleeve means being adapted to receive a shoulder strap; and a connector for the sleeve means which is adapted to maintain the shoulder straps in position above a child's shoulders during use; wherein at least one of the sleeve means comprises an opening along its length, and a fastener for releasably closing the opening.
United States patent US 7 144 086 (HARCOURT et al) discloses a harness clip for a child safety seat or child carrier harness, said harness comprising a first belt that holds one shoulder of the child in the child safety seat or child carrier and a second belt that holds the other shoulder of the child in the child safety seat or child carrier when said child safety seat or child carrier is in use, said harness clip comprising: a plate comprising a first portion and a second portion and having two straight slots on said first portion and a U-shaped slot on said second portion, said U-shaped slot forming a tab that is normally disposed in substantially the same plane as said plate, the first belt being threadable through said two straight slots and the second belt being threadable through said U-shaped slot; and a slider slidably attached to said plate that is adapted for preventing said tab from moving out of the plane of said plate when said slider is in the engaged or locked position, thereby preventing the movement of the second belt through or out of said U-shaped slot.
United Kingdom patent application US 5 902 016 (MORAN) discloses a method for securing a child in a child restraint system, the child restraint system including at least two shoulder straps and a child restraint clip for maintaining the two shoulder straps of the child restraint system in lateral positioning relative to each other, the child restraint clip including s securing device for selectively securing the clip to at least one of the two shoulder straps, the child restraint clip being movable between a first position, to facilitate positioning of the shoulder straps onto the child, and a second position, to maintain the shoulder straps in lateral positioning relative to each other, said method comprising the steps of: placing the child into the child restraint system; positioning the shoulder straps onto the child with the clip in the first position; moving the clip relative to the shoulder straps from the first position to the second position while maintaining sliding engagement with at least one of said shoulder straps; and actuating the securing device to secure the clip to at least one of the shoulder straps to thereby maintain the clip in the second position and substantially prevent relative movement between the clip and the shoulder strap.
Granted Australian patent AU 671 596 (MARTIN et al) discloses a securing apparatus for securing the opposed pair of shoulder straps of a safety harness against the unaided passage of a wearer's shoulders therebetween, said securing apparatus including: a resilient chest panel; connecting means for connecting said chest panel to one of the shoulder straps, and releasabie securing means for connecting said chest panel to the other shoulder strap.
In contrast the present invention provides.
Summary of the Invention
According to the present invention there is provided a safety device capable of joining two elongate straps, comprising a pair of clasps and a connector.
Typically this connector is elongate in form and joins the clasps with the clasps situated on distal ends of the connector. In some embodiments this connector may be flexible, and may have some elasticity in order for example to be comfortable for an infant with a wider chest.
Typically however the connector is formed of a heavyweight and easily washable or wipeable fabric strap and may be transferred between highchair, car seat and buggy including different brands or manufacturers.
In preferred embodiments the clasps include resiliently deformabte parts or other means wherein such parts are deformed to effect connection and detachment of the clasps top the straps.
In preferred embodiments this means is child-proof in order that an infant will be unable to tamper with the clasps and unauthorised removal or detachment is avoided. In order to further maximise child safety the connector is designed not to pull straps together but prevent pulling apart.
According to a second aspect of the present invention the device includes a cover, wherein the cover plurally acts first to prevent infant hands from tampering with the straps, clasps or connector and connector adjustment means if featured; and secondly the cover acts to prevent spillages or mess in the infant's messy chest region.
The cover therefore ideally prevents mess becoming caught in the device, minimising associated hygiene, cleanliness, health or tidiness problems.
Typically therefore the cover covers all parts of the device with a single wipeable surface, preferably waterproof and glossy or smooth. This surface or the cover may be plastic-coated.
Thirdly the cover will ensure that the user's comfort is not compromised as in preferred embodiments the cover includes a padded backer, between the infant's chest and the connector in use.
This backer may also be provided with a surface as previously described. Some embodiments of the device may allow a user to slide the clasps along the straps of an infant chair, so as to ensure that an infant can be easily removed from said chair when required, by allowing the straps to be easily moved over the infant's head.
Furthermore in addition or the alternative, the clasps may be capable of and/or distinguished by and ability to clasps straps at a plurality of angles, for example on some embodiments of chairs the straps over an infants' shoulders are diagonally disposed and centrally fastened to a central strap between the infants' legs.
For these purposes the clasps may be able to release and clasps as appropriate. For example the clasps may have a button which may be depressed to deform a deformably resilient part and thereby release the clasps' hold on the strap.
Ideally sacrificial or emergency hoops, sections or parts of clasps are provided. This may contain elastomer parts, brittle plastic sections or other material that will predictably break under pressure.
Two sacrificial hoops may be preferable at either distal end of the connector, and may allow easy pulloff to allow emergency removal if necessary.
Ideally the clasps will fit a variety of restraint strap widths and can be moved up and down to suit child growth and size. The connector adjustment allows for child growth/expansion across chest.
Alternatively or in addition there may be included hinges such as to prevent movement and/or rotation of the clasp with respect to the strap(s).
Some embodiments may have clasps that are rotatably mounted on the connector to enable angled straps, and additionally or the alternative to enable a clasp to be attached and the connector rotated out of the infant's way.
Embodiments may be included where the device is fastened permanently to one strap and rotatably or flexibly mounted in order that the connector's distal end may be fastened in a clasp to a second strap even wherein the second strap is angled towards the first The invention has been described by way of examples only and it will be appreciated that variation may be made to the above-mentioned embodiments without departing from the scope of invention.
With respect to the above description then, it is to be realised that the optimum dimensional relationships for the parts of the invention, to include variations in size, materials, shape, form, function and manner of operation, assembly and use, are deemed readily apparent and obvious to one skilled In the art, and all equivalent relationships to those illustrated in the drawings and described in the specification are intended to be encompassed by the present invention.
Therefore, the foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention.
Brief Description of Figures
Figure 1 shows an isometric view of a preferred embodiment of the connector, with clasps and adjustor open;
Figure 2 shows a top and bottom view of the embodiment; Figure 3 shows a front and rear view of the embodiment; Figure 4 shows an isometric view of the embodiment; And
Figure 5 show end views.
Detailed Description of Figures
The device is for a retrofit safety harness for use with 3 point seat harnesses currently used on children's car seats, high chairs and buggies.
The device allows the parents to secure a side release connector across the child's chest area, preventing them from being able to remove their arms from the safety harness. The device is aimed at reducing child injuries or deaths in accidents due to improper use of restraints and also minimising distractions to the driver.
At least one side release clasp strong enough that an infant cannot remove it is included in preferred embodiments, with a release area easily identified by red in order to conform with regulations.
The pictured and preferred embodiments are ideally capable of removal with a single hand by a carer or user.
Adjustment is possible to allow for the growth of the child in order to easily accommodate a spread of ages from 1-7 years old in accordance with seats. To allow adjustment an adjuster is provided.
A soft, reversible cover, or similar alternative, is provided in preferred embodiments to slot over the clasps, clasp, adjusters or connector. Secondly this is intended to make the product attractive to the child so they will want to use it without compromising the function of the product.
In the pictured embodiment two polymer clasps enable the fastening of the connector to the existing 3 point safety harness.
A safety feature that allows the connector to be broken when pulled off the child, in case of emergency is included in all preferred embodiments, wherein in the pictured embodiment it includes sacrificial parts.

Claims

Claims
1. A safety device capable of joining two elongate straps, comprising a pair of clasps and a container.
2. A safety device according to claim 1 including an adjustor on an adjustable length elongate flexible band, joining two distal clasps.
3. A safety device according to claims 1 or 2 including at least one sacrfficiai or emergency part.
4. A safety device according to claims 1, 2 or 3 including a cover.
5. A safety device according to claims 1, 2 or 3 including a water resistant cover.
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EP0172585A2 (en) * 1982-05-28 1986-02-26 American Cord & Webbing Co., Inc. Buckle
AU671596B2 (en) 1991-07-16 1996-09-05 Debra Ann Martin Securing apparatus
US5902016A (en) 1995-06-07 1999-05-11 Moran; Melissa A. Child restraint harness clip
GB2415939A (en) 2004-07-10 2006-01-11 Norma Ryan Restraining device for child restraint system
GB2417224A (en) 2004-08-20 2006-02-22 Hugh Davison Coupling device for child safety harness
US7144086B1 (en) 2003-10-17 2006-12-05 Harcourt John A Shoulder belt clip for child safety seats and child carriers
US7445293B2 (en) 2005-11-04 2008-11-04 Smith Carrie L Restraint safety device
WO2009041939A1 (en) * 2007-09-26 2009-04-02 Jaylynn May Kerr Safety-seat belt buckle cover
GB2467973A (en) 2009-02-24 2010-08-25 Leslie Stuart Finch Shoulder straps connector

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EP0172585A2 (en) * 1982-05-28 1986-02-26 American Cord & Webbing Co., Inc. Buckle
AU671596B2 (en) 1991-07-16 1996-09-05 Debra Ann Martin Securing apparatus
US5902016A (en) 1995-06-07 1999-05-11 Moran; Melissa A. Child restraint harness clip
US7144086B1 (en) 2003-10-17 2006-12-05 Harcourt John A Shoulder belt clip for child safety seats and child carriers
GB2415939A (en) 2004-07-10 2006-01-11 Norma Ryan Restraining device for child restraint system
GB2417224A (en) 2004-08-20 2006-02-22 Hugh Davison Coupling device for child safety harness
US7445293B2 (en) 2005-11-04 2008-11-04 Smith Carrie L Restraint safety device
WO2009041939A1 (en) * 2007-09-26 2009-04-02 Jaylynn May Kerr Safety-seat belt buckle cover
GB2467973A (en) 2009-02-24 2010-08-25 Leslie Stuart Finch Shoulder straps connector

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