Quite often, the simplest solutions are so perfect that many of us will think “Wow, how come nobody thought of that before?” They’re the solutions that stare us in the face everyday and so are not seen.
Beltlock is one of those solutions. It’s a simple little plastic device that installs instantly and prevents every parent’s worst nightmare: your toddler unlatching his or her belt and thus rendering their child safety seat decidedly unsafe.
Child safety seats themselves are made to keep little hands from unlatching their buckles. We have two toddlers and one of them is always busy trying to unhitch herself from the car. The other, interestingly, is the opposite, always complaining if we don’t tighten her belt enough and always insisting on “testing” the seat to make sure she’s secured.
So for the former (our youngest), we have been trying to find a way to keep her from unhooking the seatbelt securing her child safety seat. She presses the button often, though she cannot easily reach it while we’re driving, she can easily do so when she’s not secured in the seat yet (like when we put her in or take her out). Though it hasn’t happened, it only takes once where we’re too busy or frantic to notice the latch is undone..
When Beltlock offered to send one of the ingenious little devices for testing, I jumped on it. It’s perfect. It simply fits over the seatbelt latch that is common in nearly every vehicle and allows the male latch from the belt to pass through to the clip. It covers the release button, however, so that the only way to release it is to insert something thin like a key (perfect!) to press the button down. It’s awesome.
We installed it in our minivan and I have used it in several test cars from various manufacturers as well (auto writing does have some bonuses). It worked in all of them. The Beltlock is made in Ireland and ships globally. You can find it here.
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