Webinar: Child Safety: The New Decade and Beyond

Friday, February 19, 2021

10:00-11:30 am ET

Child restraint systems provide a high level of protection in a collision. Nevertheless, child safety remains closely linked to that of the vehicle. Some advances in vehicle safety technology have undoubtedly benefited children, but there have also been missteps along the way. We now sit at the cusp of another advance, with the automotive industry in the early stages of a potentially transformative evolution toward connected and automated vehicles (CAV). We can’t take for granted that children will benefit from this evolution, without considering their needs from the outset. SafeKids Worldwide has organized a Consortium of two working groups to address the Blue Ribbon Panel’s recommendations to protect children under 13 in CAV. Much in the same way seat belt advocates changed the safety norms for all vehicles in the 1960s, this innovative group of professionals is focusing on the safety needs of children in this rapidly evolving field to make sure the safety of child passengers is considered and valued in the development of CAV.

This seminar with examine where we are today with child restraint use and performance as well as the latest regulatory developments and knowledge gaps. It will also consider the role of a child restraint system in a CAV and how the assessment of child restraints may need to change to keep pace with the technology.

This webinar is available to AAAM Members (all member types) at no cost. There is a charge of $50 (USD) for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Register here! 

The registration fee is waived for non-members from low- and middle-income countries. Please contact info@aaam.org for more information.


Kristy Brinker Brouwer currently teaches Mechanical Engineering courses, specializing in Dynamic Systems, at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. Kristy received both her BS and MS at Kettering University in Mechanical Engineering – Bioengineering Applications. Her diverse background includes 22 years of wide-ranging experience in several industries including: driveline components (GKN Automotive), safety restraints and federal regulation testing (Autoliv), military robotics and autonomous vehicles (TARDEC and US Army), as well as, athletic shoe testing, osteoarthritis and breast cancer research in biomechanics laboratories at Michigan State University and Oakland University. She has two US patents in airbag technologies including one that reduces airbag deployment risk with rear-facing child seats. Prior to her current role at Kettering University, Kristy was the Engineering Manager at Autoliv responsible for full vehicle system validation and launch for all airbags in all European vehicles. For the past 12 years, in her free time, she has been actively teaching and volunteering as a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor for SafeKids Worldwide all over the state of Michigan. Kristy is also serving as the Chair of the Policy/Legislation Enforcement Working Group for SafeKids’ Consortium on Protecting Children in Autonomous Vehicles. She is married and has a 11 year old son.

Costandinos (Dinos) Visvikis is Director of Industrial Relations for Child Safety at CYBEX, where he acts as a bridge between product R&D and the wider regulatory and scientific communities. He is a member of several international committees including the United Nations (UN) Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP), ISO/TC22/SC36/WG2 (Child Restraint Systems) and the Safe Kids Consortium on Protecting Children in Autonomous Vehicles. Within AAAM, he serves on the Scientific Program Committee and the Special Interest Group on Automated Vehicles. Dinos has a research background in biomechanics and occupant protection having spent 16 years with TRL (Transport Research Laboratory) in the UK. During this time, he led complex vehicle safety research projects to inform changes to policy, regulation and test procedures. His research clients included child restraint system manufacturers, the UK Department for Transport and the European Commission, whom he represented at international regulatory working groups. He lives in London with his partner and their 6 year old daughter.

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