A new type of seat belt has been launched for pregnant women.
The piXie Pregnancy Seatbelt Harness is a portable seatbelt that takes the diagonal strap of a standard car seat belt completely away from your bump.
The device is attached to the standard seat belt from behind and worn across the shoulders and chest. The design takes any force felt in the event of a collision away from the bump and spreads it between the wearers upper torso and hips.
The shoulder harness combines both safety and comfort for expectant mothers travelling on the road. It is easily portable and works in most car types and models. It can be worn in the driver, passenger and rear car seats fitted with a standard diagonal seat belt.
The piXie Pregnancy Seatbelt Harness has been well received by leading crash test specialists and has been approved for sale in the UK by the Department of Transport. The design has a number of UK and European patents and has even been featured on the Discovery Channel.
piXie inventor Stephen Weston came up with the idea in 2005. He explains:
“The traditional diagonal seat belt strap, whilst saving the wearer, can be very dangerous for the foetus in the case of a car accident, if it impacts across the bump. We believe that the piXie™ Harness can save thousands of women the pain and agony of losing an unborn child in car accidents each year.”
The piXie™ Pregnancy Seatbelt Harness can be purchased online at www.pregnancyseatbeltharness.com.
You can find full details of the rules and regulations regarding seat belt use on the DirectGov website.