Prevent thumb pain & broken nails
Unbuckleme® is a small tool that makes it 50% easier to unbuckle a child’s car seat. For grandparents with arthritis, moms with long nails or kids 4+ who are ready to unbuckle themselves in the school drop-off line. Say hello to your new favourite carpool buddy.
So long, thumb pain.
Kids’ car seat buckles are tough. They require at least 9 lbs of pressure to release! Great for safety, but not great for caregivers with arthritis or limited hand strength. Unbuckleme® is a type ii lever that reduces the force needed to unbuckle a child’s car seat by more than 50%.
Easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Lift lever arm to slide around buckle
2. Centre the peg & pinch ends together
3. Pull down to release the buckle
Parents and Kids 4 years + who are able to unbuckle themselves under adult supervision.
Grandparents with arthritis, carpal tunnel or other hand/wrist pain.
Invented by an occupational therapist
Unbuckleme® was invented by an occupational therapist who specializes in hands. Did you know that thumbs contribute 40%-60% of the use of our hands and allow us to complete both delicate and forceful tasks? Therefore, it’s important to minimize repetitive activities that strain the small joints in the thumb/hand and try to shift force to larger muscles in the body.
It is all about leverage.
Remember high school physics class? Unbuckleme® uses a type ii lever to reduce the force to unbuckle (the same concept as an old-fashioned nutcracker). It has been tested and proven to reduce the force by more than 50%.
Designed for comfort. Easy to use.
Unbuckleme® has a soft, grippy top surface designed for comfort and stability. It can be used with one hand (by squeezing the ends together), or children can also push the lever arm to unbuckle. Science is amazing!
Keep it handy.
Store Unbuckleme® in a convenient location that is easily accessible, like the side door or seat back pocket, or visor of your car. It can also be attached to a keychain or diaper bag. Don’t attach it to the car seat and keep it out of reach of kids.
Why are car seats so hard to unbuckle?
Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) require infant and child car seat buckles to require a minimum release force of 40 newtons, or about 9 lbs to unbuckle the car seat. This force is higher than most activities of daily living. Great for keeping kids safe, but often challenging for adults. Unbuckleme® is here to help.