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Crash Testing Infant Car Seats

The issue of child safety is extremely important, especially in relation to driving. Most countries have laws to ensure that babies and children use appropriate car seats for their age, and these car seats must pass rigorous standards before they can go on sale.

What Crash Testing Involves

In the U.S., crash testing is used to simulate real life collisions. Usually this involves either pulling the vehicle into a stationary barrier, such as a solid concrete wall, or ramming a stationary vehicle with a movable barrier. The first technique is often the preferred choice for simulating frontal collisions, while the second technique is more common for side impacts.

Each test tries to gather as much data as possible from the impact, using multiple high speed cameras, crash test dummies, and a variety of sensors. Obviously, the level of destruction means that such tests are very expensive to conduct, so some of the data can be reused with sled testing. This involves using a movable platform that can be accelerated in line with the data collected from the crash test. An infant car seat, for example, can be attached to the sled, and a great deal of information can be gathered by accelerating the platform suddenly to recreate the crash conditions.

Are Child Seat Regulations Strict Enough?

Interestingly, the regulations regarding the testing of child seats are not as strict as standard vehicle testing. Cars have to withstand both front and side impacts at around 35 MPH, while child seats only have to be tested for 30 MPH frontal collisions. Although these are undoubtedly the most serious kind of impacts, many independent consumer groups feel that the regulations are not strict enough. Some have even commissioned their own crash tests, occasionally with worrying results.

One of the most high profile independent tests was carried out by Consumer Reports in 2007. Their aim was to recreate standard vehicle crash tests, and to see how 12 of the leading infant car seats would fare. Shockingly, only 2 models (Baby Trend Flex-Loc and the Graco SnugRide) passed their test. However, a few weeks later, their report was withdrawn, because their testing methods were found to be flawed. One of the issues raised was that the side impact tests were based on 70 MPH collisions, rather than the intended 38 MPH. This is unrealistic, because side impacts at such speed are rare, and when they do occur, intrusion is a far greater danger.

However, it was interesting to note that some infant car seats did pass such extreme testing, and nowadays, many manufacturers have found that exceeding federal guidelines can be a great selling point. All this can only be great news for consumers!

Mick McMullin is the author of the website [] which he set up to discuss and review all sorts of kiddie-related stuff. He’d love to say that it’s written from a dad’s perspective, but his lovely wife Emma has a lot of influence too! His recommendation for a great infant car seat? Graco SnugRide.

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Home Warranty Providers in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 12, 2014

Firms in the Home Warranty Providers industry underwrite home warranty policies, which are designed to protect homeowners against the cost of repair or replacement of any structural component or appliance of a home. The industry’s performance is closely linked with the number of home sales in the United States because policies are typically sold at the time of a residential purchase. Consequently, the industry was decimated by the onset of the recession and associated collapse of the US housing market. Industry revenue for the Home Warranty Providers industry experienced a long decline running through 2009 and 2010 as home sales continued to decline and consumer sentiment and incomes remained low.

Nonetheless, the industry began to recover in 2011 as the value of residential construction improved and home sales began to trend up. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst, “Higher home sales and disposable incomes caused home warranty sales to rise, helping the industry recover from the depths of the recession.” Over the five years to 2014, the industry is projected to grow at an average annual rate of 2.4% to $ 2.0 billion. Revenue is forecast to rise at a stronger rate of 5.1% in 2014 as home sales accelerate, driving demand for industry products.

“Growth is expected to be stronger over the next five years as a more stable housing market benefits industry operators,” says Edwards. Following higher merger and acquisition activity over the past five years, the number of industry operators is expected to grow as higher profit margins attract existing diversified insurance providers to enter the market. Stronger home sales and a rising homeownership rate are forecast to boost industry profitability and revenue, while firms are also seeking new strategies such as online advertising to attract new customers.

The Home Warranty Providers industry has a moderate degree of market share concentration. The majority of firms operate on a regional or local basis. Over the past five years, the level of market share concentration has remained relatively stable. The industry has moderate barriers to entry that prevent new companies from entering as firms require capital to ensure the ability to make claim payments and adjustments. Additionally, the dismal state of the US housing market over the past five years has discouraged new players from entering the industry. Over the next five years, new players are expected to enter the industry, though, these firms will most likely be existing diversified insurance companies that extend operations to home warranties.

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The Home Warranty Providers industry underwrites (i.e. assuming the risk and assigning premiums) home warranty policies, which protect a homeowner against the cost of repair or replacement of any structural component or appliance of a home that is caused by normal wear and tear or a defect of a structural component or appliance.

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Insurance Will Always Stay As Insurance

With regards to one of the current hottest topic in the financial industry is “Insurance” vs “Investment”. If you were to ask me, in my opinion and being in this industry, I would say that Insurance is never an Investment. It is totally two different things.

So, I cannot believe how my peers in this industry actually go out there, acting as an Investment Professional, hard-selling products as Investment Product towards clients. In my very own opinion, I would say that this practise can be regarded as mis-selling.

Why? Why is a question you would ask me? We are professionals to design and cater for the assurance needs of the client and not investment needs. Although we have an option for clients which are called “Invesment-Linked Policies”, our priority is to cater for the client’s assurance or protection needs, investment needs is secondary.

So, what is my flow when I meet my clients?

Simple, my very first question to them will be, “What is your motive in owning insurance? Protection or Capital Accumulation?”. From here, I will then do the proper fact finding to design and cater a solution for the client’s specific needs. Whatever policies that the client is about to own will be based on their needs.

I am sad to say that most of the agents out there do not practise this but instead, hard-selling and product pushing is practised. Sad? It is far worst than sad if you can see how it turned out to be for the client. I have a number of transferred cases to me with the request coming from the clients and oh boy, how shocked am I to see the type of policies that are owned by them. Not only I am shocked, they are too when I presented it and did a policy review with them.

I have one transferred case client that wishes to be covered on Accidental Dismemberment but instead she was told by her previous agent to own an Investment-Linked Policy with Accidental Dismemberment rider attached which requires her to input a premium of SG$ 150/month while the Stand-Alone Accidental Dismemberment policy only requires SG$ 17/month.

Oh boy was she shocked when I presented it to her because the agent did not even bother to show her the difference between the two policies and she solely thought that the policy she owns is only for Accidental Dismemberment. Angry? Yes she is, to the point that she requested to surrender the policy with losses even after I explained and advised her not to. She still insisted on surrendering it and moved on with owning the Stand-Alone Accidental Dismemberment policy that she originally wishes to own with my assistance.

Sometimes, people choose to be blinded by agents that are specially gifted to have the ability to have a smooth and sweet talking style whose only priority is their own sales quota and company incentives instead of choosing the ones who can come out with facts and figures for logic. Now, who is to blame?

Now, getting back to the point of Insurance will always stay as Insurance. Anything that comes out from an Insurance/Assurance Company will always be Insurance. This applies to all types of policies including Investment-Linked Policies.

What’s the difference? The only difference in Investment-Linked Policies is that, instead of the company investing the premiums from you for the non-guaranteed returns on top of the sum assured, you now have the power of allocating the premiums in any of the available funds and have full control of the non-guaranteed returns.

Now, when the term “Non-Guaranteed” is mentioned, everyone gets afraid? Why? First understand why the term is used in the first place. It is because, the interest for the returns are always fluctuating. Hence, the term “Non-Guaranteed” is used. Even your savings account gives you a “Non-Guaranteed” interest rate. So why should you be afraid of the term?

A quote from Warren Buffett, “The only risk in life, is when you do not know what you are doing.”

A strong quote but a lot of people do not adhere to it. They own something without knowing what it is all about. They purchase an investment product and not knowing the architecture of it. They listen to their “trusted” agent / broker and not knowing what it is all about. When the bubble has burst, who is to blame?

So people, listen! Be it if you happen to receive a cold-call, someone comes knocking on your door or even you meet someone at a road-show. Listen, find-out, be informed and do not own insurance blindly. Ask every single detail on what it is all about before signing on the doted lines.

To end this off, again I will say that Insurance will always stay as Insurance because for the matter of fact that I can assure you, Insurance will never make you rich but it does guarantee that you will not be poor when you are old or critically ill.

I do not sell insurance and will never sell. My job is to assist my clients to own it, if there is a need.

Yours Sincerely,
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