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87/544 Baby safety capsule, plastic / nylon / metal / lambswool, Safe N Sound Pty Ltd, Australia, 1986. Click to enlarge.

Safe N Sound baby safety capsule

Made by Safe-N-Sound Pty Ltd in Lonsdale, South Australia, 1986.

In the 1970s Australian state governments made the wearing of car seat belts compulsory, and a variety of restraints for children came on the market. But there was no really secure way to protect babies in a smash until this Baby Safety Capsule was designed in 1984.

This Australian innovation was invented by Richard Boyson Heath and Colin Michael Nagel, employees of Rainsfords. Rainsfords (later called Britax Rainsfords, part of Britax International), the makers of the Safe-n-Sound child seat ...

Summary

Object No.

87/544

Object Statement

Baby safety capsule, plastic / nylon / metal / lambswool, Safe N Sound Pty Ltd, Australia, 1986

Physical Description

Baby safety carry-cot in moulded plastic, with carry handles. Nylon straps and buckles fasten capsule to car seat. Interior of capsule has removable synthetic lambswool liner and a wide velcro-lined strap to hold the baby secure.

Dimensions

Height

680 mm

Width

435 mm

Depth

465 mm

Production

Notes

Designed by Robert Pataki and Phillip Slattery at P A Design (later known as Invetech) with Rainsfords Safe-n-Sound designer Bill Botell and chief engineer Bob Heath.

Made by Safe-n-Sound Pty Ltd

In the 1970s Australian state governments made wearing car seat belts compulsory, and a variety of restraints for children came on the market. But what about babies? There was no really secure way to protect babies in a smash until 1984.

Rainsfords (now Britax Rainsfords, part of Britax International), the makers of the Safe-n-Sound child seat restraint, came up with the Baby Safety Capsule. It consists of a bassinette inside a base, which is kept in place by a seat belt. A release mechanism allows the bassinette to rotate in a crash keeping the baby more upright and distributing forces uniformly over its body. At the same time, the bassinette pushes against an impact-absorbing bubble in the base.

The capsule was designed to fit in an adult seat space. The bassinette can be removed from the base to carry the baby around.

NSW public hospitals won't let parents take a baby home by car without one. They run a hire service to back up this rule.

Since 1984 over 2 million little Australians have been protected by the Baby Safety Capsule. Despite this, and numerous design awards, sales to other countries such as the USA have been slow because they do not have compulsory restraint laws. The Australian Standard for infant and child restraints is one of the most stringent in the world, demanding an extremely rigorous degree of protection.

Safe-n-Sound exports child safety products to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sweden, New Zealand, Korea and Japan.

History

Notes

Winner of an Australian Design Award and Design Council Selection in 1985 and the Prince Philip Prize for Australian Design in 1986.

This capsule was donated as new from the manufacturer.

In 1991 a stricter Australian Standard was introduced for the baby capsule. The new standard required a fully body harness instead of the velcro body band used on this baby capsule. The new harness was designed to give babies a better chance of survival in a rollover crash. The velcro body belts were phased out from 1993 to 1996.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Safe N Sound Pty Ltd

Acquisition Date

11 May 1987

Cite this Object

Harvard

Safe N Sound baby safety capsule 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 September 2019, <https://ma.as/76446>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/76446 |title=Safe N Sound baby safety capsule |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=22 September 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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