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About Air Protect +
Safety 1st Air Protect + Side Impact technology: Positively the safest choice in full body protection.

Air Protect + keeps children safer during the ride. Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of our Air Protect® cushion system with patented GCell HXTM foam designed with hexagonal shapes for superior protection around the torso.

TOGETHER they provide full body side impact protection.

In 2009, Safety 1st led the industry with the introduction of Air Protect Advanced Side Impact Technology. Air Protect addressed an important issue in crash safety, side impact crashes, by providing additional protection around the child's head, where it's needed most.

You can learn more about the development and success of Air Protect at our dedicated page.


Our mission to create safer car seats never stops. Our engineers are continually looking for innovative ideas to help take our seats to the next level.

Opened in September, 2010, the Dorel Technical Center for Child Safety is a one-of-a-kind facility that features specialized research and design operations with the sole purpose of helping us create the safest car seats possible. With our Center for Child Safety located in Columbus, Indiana; the nearby racing industry was a natural place for our engineers to look to for inspiration.

GCell HXTM is a patented rebounding foam technology developed by Safety 1st in conjunction with Bald Spot Sports, a leader in safety innovation for Indy Racing.
The specially designed foam that makes up GCell HX features hexagonal shapes that reduce the negative energy a child experiences in a crash. Placed specifically around the torso, GCell HX works in conjunction with our Air Protect® technology around the child's head to provide full body side impact protection. The superior design of these combined technologies exceeds all federally mandated crash tests.