SAFETY IN THE CHILD TRAILER

When it comes to cycling with babies and small children one of the most important questions is, how safe are bicycle trailers? On this page, we will be introducing our detailed safety concept for the Croozer Kid models!

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CYCLING WITH CHILDREN AND BABIES – BICYCLE TRAILER, CHILD SEAT OR CARGO BIKE?

From newborn to school starter: Children from 0 to approx. 6 years of age, or a max. height of 117 cm, can ride in Croozer’s child trailers. Most child bike seats can only be used for a short period of your child’s life. In addition, your Croozer can be used for more than just cycling. As a stroller or jogger, it can be a practical and reliable companion for everyday life, offering additional value. Many parents also appreciate its impressive cargo capacity: The large rear compartment can be used for carrying groceries, winter coats, diaper bags and so much more!

That pretty much sums up the advantages for everyday use – now for the issue of safety:

One of the things that makes a Croozer bicycle trailer so special is its low centre of gravity. This property keeps the trailer from tipping over, e.g. on uneven paths or if one wheel hits a bump or pothole at a relatively high speed. And if you happened to take a spill on the towing bike, a Croozer bicycle trailer would stay upright, thanks to the swivelling hitch. All of these factors significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.

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In comparison: Children sitting in a classic child bike seat are particularly vulnerable in the event of an accident because their only protection is a helmet. Furthermore, a child seat carries the child quite high off the ground and, in the case of an accident, would fall over with the bicycle. In a cargo bike, children often ride in an open compartment that offers no protection from the top and sides. Cargo bikes are also relatively heavy, which should be taken into consideration, particularly when it comes to stopping or cornering.

DOES MY CHILD NEED TO WEAR A HELMET IN THE BICYCLE TRAILER?

If you live in Germany, your child does not need to wear a helmet in the Croozer, because there are no mandatory cycle helmet laws, and the Croozer’s safe passenger compartment offers sufficient protection. Do you live in a different country, or are you planning to use the trailer for holiday activities outside of Germany? Then be sure to look into whether the respective country or state has mandatory helmet laws – if so, then these laws often apply to children riding in bicycle trailers.

Keep in mind that infants riding in the Croozer Baby Seat cannot wear a helmet. With a helmet, it would be too difficult for them to rest their head safely and comfortably against the flat surface of the Baby Seat. Therefore, children should not start wearing a bicycle helmet in the Croozer until they are old enough to sit upright unassisted and no longer have to ride in the Baby Seat.

In general, it is always sensible for children to wear a bicycle helmet – young passengers can get used to wearing one and will learn to associate cycling with helmet use from the very beginning!

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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES OUR TRAILERS MEET AND THE SEALS OF APPROVAL THEY’VE EARNED.

TESTS & CERTIFICATES

CAN AN INFANT RIDE IN THE BICYCLE TRAILER IN HOT AND COLD WEATHER?

Is your child comfy enough in the seat? We offer special Baby Seats and Seat Supports to ensure that your infant or toddler is always riding safely and comfortably in an age-appropriate position. This means that you can even take your young infant on tour with you. Click here to learn more about carrying your baby in the Croozer!

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Are you planning to use the Croozer in hot weather? No problem! We recommend leaving the cover of the rear cargo compartment open while riding. This allows sufficient fresh air to flow through the passenger compartment so that your child can enjoy the ride without overheating, even in summer. The special climatex® Baby Seat keeps infants cool in the summer and warm in the winter by adjusting optimally to their body temperature. Moisture is simply wicked away.

And in cold weather? Be sure that your child is dressed in warm clothing or wrapped in warm blankets, because – unlike the person pedalling the towing bicycle – they will not be able to keep warm by moving. For the Baby Seat, we recommend either using the zip-on Winter Bunting Bag, or switching to a climatex® Baby Seat and covering the passenger with a blanket. In cold and/or wet weather, you should always ride with the 2-in-1 cover completely closed to keep the passenger compartment warm and dry. In extremely cold temperatures, we recommend using thick blankets and taking frequent breaks to ask or check whether your children are still warm enough in the trailer.

FOR OUR CHILD TRAILERS, SAFETY IS THE TOP PRIORITY

On this page, we will be telling you about the safety features of Croozer’s child trailers:

RIDING SAFELY WITH THE CROOZER

The passenger compartment of all Croozer Kid models is equipped with a full internal roll cage that protects young passengers. The lower section of the frame is made of high-quality steel, and the upper frame tubes of lightweight aluminium. This is how we achieve a low centre of gravity and high level of rigidity. The entire cockpit was designed to ensure that the passenger will remain completely inside the frame, even in extreme situations. The protective 5-point harness system holds the child securely in place, even in the unlikely event that the trailer would tip or roll over. The Baby Seat is suspended from the frame tubes with a mounting system that absorbs vibrations and jolts, guaranteeing optimal safety and comfort when riding. And the patented Croozer AirPad® suspension system provides for a silky-smooth ride!

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MAXIMUM SAFETY FOR YOUR CHILDREN

  1. Children sit inside an extremely sturdy tube-frame structure.
  2. The U-shaped superbar provides side and rear protection for passengers.
  3. The cross tubes offer additional stability and stiffness.
  4. The bumper protects against collisions.
  5. The low centre of gravity and wide wheelbase guarantee exceptional stability.
  6. The handlebar provides additional rollover protection – which is why you should keep it mounted at all times.

To ensure that all of our child trailers are safe and reliable, we have them tested for safety on a regular basis. Learn more under Tests and Certificates.

And last but not least, we also offer a checklist for riding with a Croozer child trailer:

✔ Is the hitch arm correctly mounted to the left side of the trailer and bicycle?
✔ Is the hitch-arm safety strap properly attached? Important: check that the hitch-arm safety strap cannot come in contact with the disc brakes.
✔ Have I locked the hitch connector for the ride?
✔ Are the tyres inflated to the correct pressure, and are the wheels securely attached to the frame?
✔ Is the safety flag mounted?
✔ Are the handlebar lights and/or battery-powered light on the rear panel in perfect working order?
✔ Are my children buckled safely into the 5-point safety harness?
✔ Is the mesh window – or in cold and wet weather conditions, the entire 2-in-1 cover – rolled down to protect my children from insects, road debris and moisture?
✔ Has the stroller wheel been removed before pulling the Croozer as a trailer?
✔ Is the handlebar mounted? It provides additional rollover protection!

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