This project's funding goal was not reached on July 15, 2011.
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.
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