In 2009, a program was started to look into developing a dummy to represent older children for use in crash test environments to determine safety of Crash Restraint Systems (CRS). The project was called ‘Enabling Protection for Older Children (EPOCh) and it focussed on the development and assessment of the Q10 dummy, as well as subsequent refinement and evaluation based on third party testing.
EU FP7 projects, Child Advanced Safety Project for European Roads (CASPER) and EPOCh, addressed the safety of children transported in passenger cars. While CASPER concentrated on improvements to the existing range of Q-series dummies, EPOCh realised a Q family member representing adolescents. The conclusion from extensive discussions was that a dummy representing a 50th percentile child of 10.5 years old was most appropriate to represent the group of the oldest CRS users.
The development process for the series was a funded European Project and as a result there is no individual or corporate ‘ownership’ of the designs; all information utilised to develop and in some areas improve the Q10 Dummy is in the public domain. Cellbond has used this information and drawn on our experience and knowledge to produce a Q10 which consistently meets all performance requirements throughout a comprehensive testing regime. All our development was funded by Cellbond not the public funds.