This year sees child safety experts Britax Römer celebrate 50 years in the business. As one of their Mumbassadors, I’m delighted to be able to share their history with you as it’s one I knew very little about. Who knew that child car seats have been around for so long?
Fifty years ago, Britax introduced their first child restraint system. The company was one of the first to recognise the need for in car safety restraint systems and introduced vehicle seatbelts to the product range.
Since then, Britax have been main leaders in the vehicle safety field in both the UK and over in Germany developing products and most notably, its leading-edge quality control and processes that included in particular physical testing for durability and strength.
It’s mind blowing to imagine getting into a car and not putting on a seatbelt these days but back in the 1980’s when I was a youngster, car seats weren’t a legal requirement and I grew up without sitting in one. My Parents told me that I was placed in the back of their mini in a carrycot for the first year of my life and then sat on the back seat without any restraints at all. It’s rather unbelievable to think how we grew up without such safety measures in place for most families but back in the day, there were less cars on the road, car travel was deemed a luxury rather than a necessity and families only went on long car journeys every so often preferring to take the bus or walk instead.
Of course, today it is a legal requirement for all babies and children to sit in an appropriate car seat for their age, weight and height and child safety is an essential part of parental centered information found within the media such as magazines and on the internet.
As a parent, I was delighted to partner with Britax as one of their Mumbassadors back in 2013 when Olly was born. Since his birth, in car safety has been at the forefront of my mind especially when taking the family on car journeys on the very busy M6 motorway between my home and my parents. When buckling Olly into his car seat, I always want to make sure that he’s safe and sound in his seat. He’s my pride and joy and ultimately my responsibility when I turn the key in my car.
I’ve been in awe of all the work that Britax do behind the scenes with research and testing with one thing in mind, the safety of our children. It’s reassuring to know that they’ve got your back as a parent and are looking out for your children with their new concepts and innovative products. They really do want the best for your child, as you do.
You can find out more about the history of Britax Römer and the development of their products over on their website. You can also follow the birthday celebrations over on social media with the hashtag #Britax50th