Test Plus was initiated by the Swedish research institute, VTI, as early as 1973. It is one of the most rigorous tests which mainly examines stress acting on the head and cervical segment during simulated road accidents; therefore, the mission of specialists conducting dynamic tests in Sweden is the justified belief that children should be transported in the rear-facing position for as long as possible. The argument in favour of the concept of carrying children in the rear-facing position being correct is primarily a significant difference in the anatomy between children and adults, manifested in different proportions of the head relative to the rest of the body. In the case of a one-year-old child, the weight of the head may represent even up to 25% of the entire body weight, which makes it difficult to hold the head even during normal braking, let alone in the event of a serious collision. Because of the awareness of the difference in body proportions and the sensitivity of the constantly developing cervical segment in young children, the Scandinavian countries have opted for rear-facing travel, which helps minimise the injuries which affect children during a collision.
As of today, any manufacturer willing to subject their product to this rigorous test may do so voluntarily at any time. The test can be passed or failed. The confirmation of a passed test is the official PLUS TEST sign on the product. By undertaking the mission to increase the safety of our children initiated by experts from the Swedish VTI institute, we have decided to subject our Avionaut Aerofix RWF model to this extremely difficult test – and we have been proved capable of joining the unique and elite group of the safest seats in the world!