The Buckle Blocker improves child safety and eases the stress of driving by preventing premature seatbelt release in motor vehicles. Read more
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About this project
What is the Buckle Blocker?
The Buckle Blocker is a brand new product, with the ability to significantly impact child safety.
The Buckle Blocker child restraint system prevents children from prematurely releasing their seatbelt while riding in a motor vehicle. Our mission is to improve the safety of children and ease the stress of driving.
The Buckle Blocker works by covering the release button and is too strong for a child to push back. This requires the parent to release their child when the car is stopped, helping to eliminate unnecessary stops for the driver while on the road. The Buckle Blocker would typically be used with a booster seat.
What's the cash for?
To this point the project has been self-funded, and as college students we simply do not have the money to take this project any farther alone. The money being requested will help cover the injection molding, tooling and component costs that are needed to produce an initial inventory of Buckle Blockers.
What is the project history?
Over the past two years we have taken this project from a simple hand sketch to a fully-functional product. We have gone through 3 rounds of design revisions to create what we feel is the safest, most effective design possible. We have a patent pending and trademark application filed. We are ready to take the Buckle Blocker to the next level.
Special thanks to Eben Mannes for creating the Buckle Blocker music, and to our friends at Jane's Daycare in Grand Haven, MI for sending us the adorable video.
We will make your rapid prototype with a "3D printer" using a process known as "Fused Deposition Modeling" (FDM).
The initial round of 500 parts will all be done using a standard white plastic. Once we reach full production we are planning on offering several colors. Let us know what you would like to see!
The best way for you to help is by backing our project. If you have additional interest in the project, just get in touch with us and we will be sure to get back with you at the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign!
Right here in the USA!! All of our suppliers and manufacturers are from the great state of Michigan. By helping make us successful, you are also helping create jobs and stimulating our economy!
The cost analysis for our described needs came to approximately $11,000.
Why the extra $111? -- We just like to be a little different, something called spunk :)
How does the Buckle Blocker attach to the seatbelt? I want to make sure my child will not be able to remove the Buckle Blocker once he realizes that he can't pull back the restraint.
The Buckle Blocker child safety device attaches to any standard seatbelt receptacle using two industrial strength velcro clinch straps, similar to what can be found on shoes or backpacks.
Once secure on the seatbelt receptacle, the straps can be turned and tightened so that the free end of the strap is tucked under the cover of the Buckle Blocker, providing even more security for you and your child.
Pledge $1 or more
Our love. For real, we REALLY appreciate every dollar. This project cannot move forward without your support. If you see us around remind us we owe you a hug or a high-five (your choice).
Pledge $10 or more
The sweet satisfaction of helping turn our potentially life-saving product into a reality. You will also be listed as an official "Contributor" on the product's website (www.buckleblocker.com) FOREVER! This reward will also be included with all larger pledge amounts :)
Pledge $25 or more
Pre-order your Buckle Blocker now! -- You will be shipped a Buckle Blocker as soon as the final version is manufactured. This reward will also be included with all larger pledge amounts :)
Want more than one? Choose this reward and add $25 for each additional Buckle Blocker.
Pledge $50 or more
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Get the first, limited edition version of the Buckle Blocker. The initial round of manufacturing will only produce 500 Buckle Blockers. We will then use your feedback for the full production round of manufacturing. You will also receive the updated version once it is manufactured.
Pledge $100 or more
Meet with us to discuss the product, or discuss it over Skype video chat. You will also be listed as an "Executive Contributor" on the product's website (www.buckleblocker.com). This reward will also be included with all larger pledge amounts :)
Pledge $250 or more
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Have a photo of your child and/or family featured on our website. Your photo could also be used for promotional materials such as online advertisements and television commercials.
Pledge $1,000 or more
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Keweenaw Adventure Package!!
Come visit us in Houghton! We are located right in the heart of the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula, part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We will work with you to put together an unforgettable weekend of adventure, showcasing the area's beauty and outdoor activities.
After we have you tired out, you will be invited to kick back at the renowned Keweenaw Brewing Company.
Here are some activities that we could prepare for you:
-If it's warm, get ready for a fall color tour of the area, charter fishing, and mountain biking.
-If it's cold, get ready to hit the mountain for snowboarding or skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.
Something else you would like to do in the area? Let us know!
*Charter and ice fishing facilitated by St. Mary's Guide Company (www.whitesguidedfishing.com)
*Travel and lodging not included.
Pledge $2,500 or more
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Have your own idea for a product, but not sure what to do next?
Let us use our engineering knowledge and resources to create a prototype of your product. We will provide you with a 3D model (on the computer), 2D part sketches, and a rapid prototype. If your product idea has more than 5 components, please contact us first.
This is something we really enjoy doing, and will work with you until you’re happy! :)
Pledge $5,000 or more
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We will fly to you, anywhere in the country. We will meet at a place of your choosing for food and drinks to talk about the child safety industry, engineering applications, and potential partnerships for both current and future projects.
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