SPS (Side Protection System) : what you need to know!


SPS (Side Protection System), Isofix, i-size…with all the jargon related to car seats and safety it can be easy to get confused with all the new abbreviations and terms. Some of the adverts read like a foreign language and moms are left clueless as to what is the best choice for their precious cargo. Here is some help to explain what a Side Protection System (SPS) is and why your little one could be safer with it.

Industry experts look at all the information related to car crashes and have determined that around one in every four crashes is a side collusion. This means that around 25% of car accidents involve a vehicle being hit on the side, and in unfortunate cases leads to infant fatalities.

Side-impact collusion is more risk

Why is a child more at risk in a side-impact crash?

  • A child’s head and chest are extremely vulnerable to injury, especially whiplash.
  • The shoulders are the first point of contact, jolting the upper body.
  • Your child can be injured by the oncoming vehicle and forceful contact with the car interior.
  • The car door can be pushed into your child, especially if their car seat is positioned next to the door.
  • Almost one third of child crash fatalities are from a head injury caused by a side-impact crash.
  • Airbags are designed to protect adults, not children.

So the question is, what is SPS and how does it help?

Although no one likes to think about car accidents, it does give peace of mind to know that should an unfortunate accident happen you have the best possible protection for your child. At Bambino, your child’s safety is our first priority so our experts have worked hard to develop systems and products to protect your precious cargo.

What is SPS:

  • SPS is designed to protect your child’s head in a collision by absorbing the forces of impact.
  • The SPS diverts the energy from the crash into the special foam in the headrest and side panels protecting your child.
  • The parts of the headrest and side panels are reinforced with EPS and foam material.
  • This foam distributes the force of the crash and is beneficial in side, rear and frontal crashes.
  • SPS has now been included in the iSize regulations (R129)

Where is the safest place in the car

The middle rear is considered the safest place for your little one. This will depend on whether your vehicle allows this. Often this area is slightly raised and will not allow for a firm installation of the car seat. The second recommendation will be behind the passenger seat.

Bambino has a range of car seats with SPS, please view our full range of car seats here:

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