ClypX® works off of what engineers have been designing and perfecting in your car for years. It’s safety characteristics are very close to (the closest comparison will be) car integrated boosters but instead of raising child to fit the seatbelt we bring the seatbelt to child. This way child can use vehicle seat belts and benefit of any advanced seat belt functionality (e,g, belt pretensioners and load limiters). Ensuring your child’s safety with ClypX® is as simple as attaching it onto the car belt, where its clips connect to the lap and shoulder part of vehicle seat belts. The stable, highly adjustable and precise fastening of ClypX®’s strap with the car’s seat belt significantly reduces potential strains that are dangerous to a child’s health in the event of an accident. ClypX® is a very simple but powerful invention that makes these adjustments quick and effortless. After ClypX is installed child can easily buckle and unbuckle itself every time in a seconds.
ClypX® was tested and approved for children ages 4 - 12 weighing over 40 pounds. However we strongly suggest not to use it with your child until he or she is 5 years old, as we believe 4 year old children should be in high back boosters or 5 point car seats. You can legally restrain 4 year olds with ClypX® but we suggest doing so only if you have no other readily available options (e.g. while travelling abroad, on taxis, buses, etc.). There is no real need to rush to using ClypX® as a primary device at this age. Even if your child is 4, we wholeheartedly recommend having ClypX® as a convenient backup child restraint system (CRS) to whatever primary CRS you are using. There may be many moments where you’ll wish you had a small, portable CRS handy for your child (or any other child that is riding with you!). You can switch to using ClypX® as your day-to-day CRS only when your child is able to sit correctly by his or herself and when you feel that it’s a good choice for the both of you. You should definitely use some kind of CRS until your child is 12 years old or 57" tall, even if your state law doesn't require you to do so. The stats show that many children ages 8-12 travel unsafely. In fact, only about 10% of children within this age group are using CRS of any kind! The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), and many other organizations suggest that children should be using CRS until they are at least of this age or at this height, as this is about the time a child can properly use car seat belts.
ClypX’s biggest advantage over other child restraint systems (CRS) is its enormous convenience and simplicity that doesn’t compromise its safety. Simply put, it’s small, portable, and it will keep your child safe on the road. In our opinion, the best CRS is one that is painless to install and easy to use, as there are far too many children travelling without being secured by a CRS of any kind. ClypX’s straightforward design ensures that you will be able to install it properly and buckle your child securely every time. Furthermore, once installed, your child can buckle and unbuckle him or herself from it without any help! The more complicated a device is the more frequently misuse can occur, which leads to less protection for your child. Accidents happen when you least expect them, but if you can use a restraint system every time, even during short 5 minute trips, it will lead to your child being much safer.
ClypX® is so small and lightweight that it can go with you or your child anywhere. Keep it in your purse, bag, or pocket so that your child will never be without a CRS. You can even put it in your child's backpack so that he or she has a safe way to get home from school or practice while carpooling! There are no more excuses to not restrain your child while on a trip or carpooling. Finally, older children don’t mind using it which is a BIG plus in a holistic child’s safety approach. All in all, we hope that the uncomplicated and user-friendly design of ClypX® will help families consistently keep their children safe.
Yes, it is! We’ve conducted all of the tests and obtained certifications required for safe and legal use in the United States, Canada and the European Union. In the USA, FMVSS 213 governs the performance and design criteria for CRS (child restraint systems). Its regulations and definitions establish what is legal for use in each age group. In reality, the terminology used to describe CRS is not important as long as the device passes the required tests appropriate to the age group it is supposed to be used for. However, some people want to argue that the CRS terminology that is used by their individual state takes precedence over the actual and tested safety performance of the device itself. So, for the sake of argument, let’s go down this road and talk it over. Most states use the terminology “child restraint system” in their law that governs child passenger safety, however there are a few states that use the term “booster seat” instead. Now, let’s prove that even with this approach, ClypX® is still legal in those states. According to the NHTSA's definitions under FMVSS 213 (pages 10 and 11 of TP-213-10), boosters belong to a group of restraint systems characterized as “A child restraint that is either a backless child restraint system or a belt-positioning seat.” Furthermore, a “belt-positioning seat” is characterized as “A child restraint system that positions a child on a vehicle seat to improve the fit of a vehicle Type II belt system.” Now you can see how ClypX® , as a belt-positioning system, falls under the definition of “booster seat.” This makes ClypX® legal in all states no matter what language is used, even though just a year ago there wasn’t such a simple and powerful invention like ClypX® .
We believe that there’s nothing better than a backwards-facing car seat and that you should keep your child in one for as long as possible (around the age of 4). Our problem with child seats is that they are misused much too often because parents face their children forward too early and keep them that way for too long. Another unfortunate issue with car seats is that when children get older they feel too restrained and no longer want to sit still, so parents choose to start loosening up the harness. There are situations where car seats should be used for longer; but like always with car seat safety, a lot depends on your child and on other factors. So rather than misuse a car seat with your child, ClypX® can be the better choice. To learn more, we invite you to check out our blog which is coming soon.
In our opinion backless booster seats are the best option for most children when they turn 4. We believe there are numerous reasons why they are better than car seats for most kids at this age, but the major one is misuse. You should use them until your child is about 5 years old but it really depends on the child. If you buy a high-quality high back booster seat (which may cost as much as $300!) then you can certainly use it longer. Unfortunately, we’ve found it difficult to find very good boosters on the US market. Most of them are outdated as they don’t follow the latest research and discoveries in child car safety. Of course, these are only our opinions, which are open for some debate (especially by the manufacturers themselves, as they will argue for their own pros). Therefore, we think of ClypX® as a good alternative to high back boosters for 4 year olds only if you don’t have one. We invite you to read our upcoming blog for more information.
We don’t think of it as a question of if ClypX® is better; we definitely know it is much more convenient and this alone makes it better in many situations. We believe such a convenient device that’s as safe as a booster can have an incredibly positive impact on child safety in an overall and holistic view. People tend to enjoy using convenient devices and use them much more often and for much longer. Our biggest real-life problem is that there are plenty of situations where children are not using a restraint at all. Starting at age 5, parents begin to abandon booster and car seats, not because they’re unsafe but because they get tired of dealing with them. We are absolutely not promoting this behavior, but it is the unfortunate reality and we want to address it. In fact, only 20% of children ages 5 to 8 are using some kind of CRS, and this number drops down to only 10% ages 8 to 12. Regardless of your state law, you should be using a restraint with your children until the age of 12 (based on NHTSA, AAP and many other institutes and research guidelines).
We do think boosters are a safe and established child restraint system (CRS), but are much more prone to misuse as data/research has shown. On top of that, many of them are poorly designed. I want to reiterate here that not all boosters are bad, and if you and your child use them correctly every time they are a very safe CRS. Unfortunately, there is no single perfect CRS because it always depends on many different factors; one CRS can be better than the other under specific circumstances and vice versa. Furthermore, we suggest that backless booster seats should be introduced at about the age of 5. Some parents will switch to them at age 4 or even earlier but this is not good practice. Your child should be mentally and physically ready to sit straight on his or her own. At this age ClypX® can be a great alternative.
The bottom line is that we offer you a very small, convenient, and easily portable device that is very simple to use, but ultimately the decision to use it as your primary CRS is entirely up to you. No matter what your view on children car safety is, ClypX® can always be your spare, portable CRS. We guarantee there’ll be many situations where you’ll be glad you have ClypX. Please come back and visit our blog soon where we will be expanding upon the topic of child car safety and its newest research and developments. We will also be uploading a number of videos that we have developed concerning this topic.
ClypX® was created by a group of parents with a background in engineering and many years working in the child safety industry. Thanks to their hard work and knowledge, many products have been created that ensure the safety of children and the peace of mind of thousands of families. The design of ClypX® is the result of observations in the industry and the market, as well as research and statistics on how CRS are used, misused, and often not even used at all! This, topped with a willingness to acknowledge and respond to the real problems of parents around the world is how ClypX® came to be. We work with an absolute belief in our product after many commercial tests have been performed on it by independent research institutes.