FAQs - Safety Features of the Doona
Can I fold / unfold the Doona with the baby inside?
Yes. It is safe to fold / unfold the Doona with the baby inside. Snugly adjust the harness of the Doona Car Seat around your child before folding / unfolding the Doona.
For more information watch the How To Use video.
To unfold the Doona:
To fold the Doona:
Can I keep using my Doona after a car crash?
In the unfortunate case of a car accident, an infant car-seat might be subject to powerful forces. These forces might compromise the car seat’s integrity and reduce its effectiveness in protecting an infant in the car. Since we have no way of precisely assessing how an accident might have affected the car-seat, and since the damage might not be visible, we cannot determine if any meaningful damage to the Doona occurred. Therefore, you should not use the Doona after it has been involved in a car accident.
Is it safe to use a second-hand Doona car seat?
NEVER put your child in a used infant car seat unless you know its history. A seat may be damaged or have been in a severe crash and have damage that is difficult to see.
Why Simple Parenting chose a 5 point harness?
Simple parenting believes that a 5 point harness better protects a child in case of an accident.
In case of an accident, forces are transferred to the car seat and to the child. The child’s rigid body parts (shoulders and hips/pelvis bone) can withstand the high load forces of a crash better than the soft body parts (lower abdomen). With a 5-point harness the child’s abdomen area is better protected and do not have to endure high loads.
The shoulder straps can be easily adjusted to the correct shoulders height, which ensures that the forces applied in an accident are best transferred to the car seat shell and the rigid shoulder bones of the child.
In addition, in case of an accident a child might be injected from the car seat, the 5-point harness ensures that the child is well secured and keeps the child in the safest position within the protective seat shell.
How does the Doona Side Impact Protection work?
Doona’s unique double wall structure, which enables the folding of its wheels into the Doona™ body, deliver an additional significant safety benefit. The two layers of durable, impact-absorbing plastic, along with additional layers of EPS, foam and textiles provide enhanced side- impact protection which better protects the baby in case of an accident.
How to use the breaks of the Doona?
The rear wheels are fitted with a braking system which allows you to use just one pedal to control both the rear wheels. To apply the brakes, press the red brake lock pedal located next to the right wheel. To release the brakes, press the green brake release pedal located next to the left wheel. The brake must always be on when putting the child in or taking him out. Always use the parking brake when placing and removing the child, or when standing still even for a few moments! Always check that the brake is fully engaged.
The wheels of my Doona won't move! What is wrong?
Press the green brake release pedal located next to the left wheel to release the breaks. Please note – The brake must always be on when putting the child in or taking him out. Always use the parking brake when placing and removing the child, or when standing still even for a few moments! Always check that the brake is fully engaged.
How does the Energy-Absorbing Foam work?
Energy-absorbing foam absorbs some of the impact forces that occurs during a crash, keeping your child from absorbing them therefore preventing or minimizing an injury.
The foam also acts as a barrier between your child and the seat shell and any other rigid objects such as the vehicle door or window.
How does the Doona Anti-rebound Protection feature work?
Unlike typical car seats, Doona’s unique structure enables positioning the handle against the back of the seat of the car, thus providing the baby with exceptional Anti-Rebound protection. In case of a collision, the Anti-Rebound handle will absorb the impact and prevent the Doona™ from rotating quickly towards the back of the seat, thus dramatically reducing rebound injuries.
Can I use an inflatable seat belt to install my Doona car seat?
Inflatable seat belts are now found in the back seats of some Ford & Lincoln vehicles (starting in 2011) as well as some Mercedes vehicles.
Based on an analysis of vehicle seat belt system testing results, the current Ford Motor Company (Ford & Lincoln vehicles) Inflatable seat belt system is approved for use with Doona car seat using a “Lap shoulder belt standard installation”.
How safe are the materials Doona is made of?
All materials used by Simple Parenting are carefully tested and approved under the most strict American and European standards and the REACH regulation, including SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern).
Not only are the materials used free of any hazardous chemicals, they are also tested for their durability and quality to assure the safe and continuous use of the products.
Where is the Energy-Absorbing Foam located on the Doona car seat?
There are different kinds of absorbing foams located where it is mostly neccesary, inside of the shell and at the head support.