Inventor’s bid to protect unborn babies
9:26am Thursday 21st February 2013 in News
AN award-winning inventor is hoping to get funding to turn his seatbelt for pregnant women into a mainstream product.
Stephen Weston, who created the pregnancy seatbelt harness at The University of Bolton, claims his invention is a world first and now wants investment to enable full production.
His company, Technological Systems, has launched a bid on crowdcube.com, a forum on which private companies advertise for investment from an individual or business in return for shares in the planned company.
He hopes there will be some interest in his scheme.
The father-of-two’s creation has already featured on The Discovery Channel, on BBC Radio 2's teatime Simon Mayo show and at the 12th annual British Invention Show.
Mr Weston has spent seven years working on the design, which was inspired by his wife, Lesley.
It is called the piXie Harness, and Mr Weston believes it prevents risks to unborn babies caused by ordinary seatbelts.
Instead of putting a diagonal strap across the stomach, the wearer places the diagonal strap behind and has a shoulder harness to secure them in the seat.
The former Turton High School pupil, who grew up in Bolton and now lives in Walmersley Road, Bury, said: “The piXie Harness is the world’s first car seatbelt shoulder harness that completely eliminates the diagonal strap from across the wearer’s stomach.
“Instead, the diagonal strap is placed behind the wearer and acts as an anchor for the shoulder harness, so in a crash the baby cannot be harmed by the diagonal strap.”
For more information go to pregnancyseatbeltharness.com.
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