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A labor of Love
Smithville inventor works toward safer child seat
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Smithville inventor Pete Love shows his IDS Tether Safety Seat. He is looking for investors to help bring his car seat to market and can be reached at (615) 464-5676.

Keeping children safe from harm is a concern for many parents and grandparents.

Crucial in that protection is their car seat.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in the United States, 723 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes during 2016, and more than 128,000 were injured.

There are many car seat choices available, but what if there was a forward-facing child safety seat that was safer than any other?

Smithville inventor Pete Love believes he has designed just that safety seat. 

After years of modifying the prototype, his patented Impact Dispersal System has been crash tested and he has Proof of Concept at MGA Research Corporation claiming it is up to five times safer than the seats on the market today.

“The child safety seat companies have kept the real dangers of child safety seats hidden for decades,” said Love. 

“We can back up that a child in a vehicle accident will go toward the impact. It’s basic physics,” Love continued. “If the child goes toward the back of the seat, the child is safer. If the child goes toward the front of the seat, the child is in great danger without impact reduction.

“The harness straps on children’s safety seats hold their bodies back. However, their heavy heads are thrown forward with tremendous force. 

The soft bones in the neck of a young child are not developed enough to protect the spinal cord under such force. These soft bones are not developed enough to protect the spinal cord until after age 2 and can take many years to complete.

“Some neurological deficits after head trauma may not manifest for many years,” he continued. “The crash force in an auto accident is the real killer of children.” 

The Impact Dispersal System takes a novel approach to reducing force from impact. Unlike other systems, the Impact Dispersal System does not absorb the force, but disperses it away from the point of impact. The system quickly reacts, dispersing the crash energy at the point of impact and then systematically shuts down according to the amount of crash energy produced by the impact. 

This feature is the unique characteristic of this invention. The system has no recoil which can be important in some applications. Impact Dispersal System received a small business innovative research grant from the Air Force.

Along with the Impact Dispersal System, Love has incorporated a mechanical tether tightening system which stabilizes the safety seat to the car seat. Unlike seats on the market today, which will still slide even though the car’s safety belt is correctly inserted and locked, the tether tightening system allows the safety seat to become part of the vehicle seat.

“When you have a Proof of Concept that you can greatly reduce the biggest killer, what are we waiting for?” asked Love.

What Love is waiting for is educating parents throughout the U.S. and an investor, or investors, to make his prototype readily available to everyone. When those who can help to move this safety seat forward and into production think of the children’s lives which it will save, Love believes the IDS Tether Safety Seat will be in vehicles across the United States.

For more information or to see video of crash tests results, visit

To speak with Mr. Pete Love, call (615) 464-5676.