If car engineers use crash tests to ensure maximum safety for their occupants, why not do the same with child seats?
If you have ever wondered how we do it to have the safest car seats on the market, here we explain all our secrets.
A Unique Laboratory
The Jané Crash Test Research Centre was built in 2003 when, as a result of our commitment to child safety, we decided to create our own crash test tunnel where we could test our seats to the limit to achieve a level of safety that goes beyond the legal requirements.
All the Jané seats are created in the JANÉ CRASH TEST RESEARCH CENTER, the only private crash tunnel in Spain for researching child safety.
As it is situated beside our factory in Palau-Solità i Plegamans (Barcelona), we can use the Crash Test facility as much as is necessary (and then some more). And that's how we can offer you the most tested seats on the market with the strictest certification of Europe.
What is a dummy?
In the crash tests carried out by the engineers at the JANE CRASH TEST RESEARCH CENTER we use dolls to simulate vehicle drivers and passengers.
These dolls, called Dummies, are the size and weight of ‘real’ babies and children, and they are tested using the same forces that a car would receive in a crash situation.
To test the Jané seats and guarantee the maximum safety for your children, we use dummies of all ages. We like to call them ‘our dummy family’. We have a newborn, a 9-month-old baby, an 18-month-old, a 3-year old, a 6-year-old and 12-year-old.
Given human characteristics
For the crash test to be as similar as possible to a real crash, the dummies have to follow two basics criteria:
- Biofidelity (for it to have the same size and weight as the children of the age group it represents).
- Anthropomorphism (meaning that the movements and reactions of the dummy are as similar as possible to those of real child).
32 sensors mean we can measure the damage caused by each impact
Dummies were created fitted with 32 sensors. These sensors are spread out almost all over the body (head, cervical, chest and pelvis), and they allow us to measure the damage in the event of whiplash, seat belt tension, side impacts and vertical displacement.
Hi, I'm Janino!
I'm here to explain what happens to us dummies during the crash tests at the Jané Crash Test Research Center.
When you see it, you'll understand why we put so much work into child safety!
Do you want to know a few things before seeing the videos?
- Our seats can be tested up to 250 times before being put on the market.
- Objective: for the dummy to undergo minimal displacement without internal injuries.
- We stage crashes equivalent to 85 km/h in the car - Children who are less than 135 cm tall should always use restraint systems.
- A dummy that is not fastened in is flung like a stone against the front seat and the windscreen.
- High speed cameras record every crash to control everything, especially the cervical displacement of the baby.
- Each dummy has its own sensors to control internal and external injuries.
Some crash test videos...
Transporter 2 : Auto Carrycot
Matrix Light 2 : Group 0 / Lie flat position | Group 0+ / Sitting upright position | Group 0 / lie flat position on Matrix Isofix Platform.
Montecarlo R1 | Montecarlo R1 + Xtend
Koos (Seat belt installation)
i-Size Crash Tests
The Jané Educates Programme is designed to make children aware of the importance of using their safety seats correctly in the car. With the collaboration of RACC, children will learn how important is the safety of car seats.
In this video you will see a School taken arround the Jané Crash Test Research Center.