What is the safeguard technology?

Forward thinking, forward facing innovation

Mountain Buggy’s long history of engineering and certification now extends to car seats.   We are introducing a new innovation to New Zealand that is leading the car seat market in Europe.

For over 20 years Mountain Buggy has been designing quality and safety assured products that meet and surpass the global safety standard requirements.

Our safety conscious team of engineers, designers and parent testers are dedicated to ensuring Mountain Buggy’s mark of quality runs through all our products.  Aside from being world class and safety certified, our premium new car seat offers what other brands can’t – Mountain Buggy’s strong DNA bloodline: adaptability, durability, simplicity, and maneuverability.

Introducing haven with safeguard

Children sleeping in haven carseats

Safeguard uses safety cushion technology that has been tested and approved by the most prestigious consumer testing organisations in Europe, and we are excited to be the pioneers of the safeguard safety initiative for New Zealand. This impact shield technology is new to most New Zealand parents and we’re proud to bring them an innovative and safe product that is ahead of its time in safety and comfort.

As a brand that is trusted by parents around the world, Mountain Buggy takes its commitment to safety seriously.

The haven with safeguard is the result of tireless research and testing to bring a product that we are proud to put our name to.



What is the safeguard technology?


Haven product shot

The safeguard is a passive and safe alternative to the 5-point harness. It slides easily into the haven’s armrest acting as a guardian to lock the child into place, and secured with the seat belt.

Safeguard offers maximum safety, evenly absorbing the impact force over a larger area of the body. This significantly reduces the stress to the head, neck and shoulder area.  A 5-point harness holds the child back at the  shoulders on impact force, creating concentrated pressure on the shoulders and neck. This results in extreme head and neck movement.





Safeguard illustration


Shield technology leading the car seat market in Europe

Haven seat

Leading brands in Europe have embraced this technology in their car seats and are consistently achieving outstanding results in independent consumer safety tests.






Who are the testing organisations?

“If there is one thing parents can rely on then it is Stiftung Warentest, ADAC and ÖAMTC test results. These independent testing institutions check the car seats from top to bottom. Crash tests and endurance tests are just some of the exertions every car seat has to endure. "Test winners" are all products that were considered one of the best seats in their categories”  Prams.net  (UK)

The following organisations are considered to be the most important product testers in Europe due to their rigorous testing and high standards.


Front shield testers

ADAC (Germany)

ADAC is one of the most recognised awards programme with regards to child safety in Europe (together with Stiftung Warentest). With 18 million members, it is the largest automobile organisation in Europe


Stiftung Warentest (Germany)

Stiftung Warentest is a consumer organisation involved in investigating and comparing goods and services in an unbiased way.



OAMTC (Austria)

Austrian Automobile, Motorbike and Touring Club. Sister organisation of the German ADAC.




Which? is an independent tester of consumer products in the UK.

About the leading brands using this technology


The Kiddy Guardianfix Pro 2 which uses the front shield technology has also received top results from tests conducted by Stiftung Warentest, ADAC, OAMTC, and won the Which? Best Buy in car seats for November 2013.

* UK parenting website, parentdish.co.uk , listed two car seats with front shields in their 'pick of car seats 2013' due to them being a safe car seat option. Read more


Recaro is a brand that prides itself of revolutionising the way we sit safely in cars, planes and motor sports for over 100 years; using the latest technology and innovations.

Recaro has several safety cushion seats in their range with their latest addition, the Monza Nova IS, recently receiving high results in the top safety tests conducted by Stiftung Warentest, ADAC and OAMTC.  This seat has also won gold in the Mother&Baby UK Awards 2013, Which? Best Buy in car seats for June 2013 and winner of ‘Best car seat group 1,2,3 2013’ by lovedbyparents.com


Cybex conducts hundreds of crash tests a year and like the above brands, Cybex has been recognised by Stiftung Warentest, ADAC, OAMTC, and Which? Best Buy in car seats for November 2013. It has also been rated as ‘very recommendable’ by TSC,  the leading automobile association in Switzerland with 1.6 million members.

Here are some video examples of how the Cybex safety cushion car seats perform in an accident protecting the child, versus a 5-point harness. 



Meeting the standards for sale in New Zealand



As you know, for a car seat to be sold in New Zealand it must meet one of four accepted standards. – the joint New Zealand/ Australia standard, European Standard ECE44, US Standard FMVSS 2013, and the Japanese standard for in-built car seats.

The haven with safeguard meets the European Standard ECE44.




Our commitment to safety

As a brand committed to safety and providing safe options for parents, we have undergone rigorous testing of the haven with safeguard, giving it the Mountain Buggy mark of quality.


What parents are saying about the haven with safeguard

“My 18 month old daughter loved being forward facing and was clearly very comfortable and safe behind the safeguard. Our elder daughter loved having an 'adult' seat belt rather than the 'five point harness' that she is used to. By far, the most important thing was that we felt that both children were in a very safe seat - this is always the number one thing that we look for. We’re thrilled with the experience and would definitely recommend this to family and friends.” John, dad to Lexie and Megan.

“Initially I was nervous of no 5-point harness, purely because it is what I have always known but the concept of the safeguard made sense to me so I decided to give it a go. I am totally convinced by the result. My two year old son looked snug and well protected much more so than in his 5-point harness. The safeguard, combined with the well padded sides cocooned him in a way that made him look well protected from all angles. He was very comfortable and relaxed with his arms resting on the safeguard. After seeing him in this car seat, I know understand why this style of car seat is considered to be such an exceptionally safe option”. Vik, dad to two year old Zack.


“With a busy two and a half year old, getting her into our usual harnessed car seat can sometimes be a struggle. However the great thing about the haven was the minute she sat in it she was super happy to be there and enjoyed me putting the safeguard on her 'big girl' car seat. Even though to her she felt like it was a step up age wise, she was just as safe and restrained as in her harnessed seat. My husband was intrigued at first and a little unsure but when her saw her in it and safely tucked in, he was completely convinced” Allanah, mum to 2 year old Blake.

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