While there are currently no side impact standards that any car seat manufacturer must meet, having a car seat with additional internal head wings, with a strong structure and energy absorbing foam like the radian rXT and rainier, does provide more protection for a child’s head.
- It is important for a child’s head to stay contained within the shell of the car seat during a side impact collision.
- Having the head stay in line with the neck and spinal column is also beneficial and therefore, having the head wings help in this case.
- Keep in mind though, most side impact crashes have more of a frontal component to them, thus pushing an occupants head more forward and then to the side during such a collision.
Some children may have a hard time adjusting to head wings.
- They can interfere with their peripheral vision or make a child uncomfortable with material so close to their face.
- Our radian r100 and r120 all-in-one convertible car seats without internal head wing provide some side impact protection.