Safety & Crash Survivors
Based upon the crash test results, which highlighted the optimization benefits of the CG-Lock technology in maintaining the user â€śin-positionâ€ť relative to the seat belt at the time of an accident, we can now claim that the CG-Lock â€śOptimizes seat belt performance to enhance safety in forward, lateral and rollover accidents.â€ť
But don’t just take our word for it… read these… and give us your feedback!
See more on how the CG-Lock enhances safety on our testing and engineering page.
"This weekend I was in an accident which ended with my car rolling over. Both me and my passenger had CG-Locks on our seatbelts, and in my opinion it made all the difference in the accident. The both of us were still firmly planted in our seats even when the car was laying on its side in the ditch. I definitely feel like this extra security helped us from hitting anything, especially since none of the airbags deployed in the accident. We still donâ€™t know why they didnâ€™t go off, but luckily we had the CG-Locks on to keep us tight in our seats. Iâ€™m a buyer for life.>"
"The main reason I think they [the CG-Locks] played a big part is that none of my airbags deployed and the seatbelts didnâ€™t lock, so since we had the CG-Locks, we were able to stay planed in the seats, even when the car rolled over. If we hadnâ€™t had them, we wouldâ€™ve gotten thrown against the side of the car and could have suffered some injuries from that."
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"That’s the truck that hit me, totaled my car [right]. I hurt my arm and have been going to physical therapy for the last 4 months. The truck didn’t see me; I was in the right lane and he in the left. He struck my driver’s side rear panel and spun me around until I was in front of him. He pushed me 100 feet down the road. I was looking at his radiator then the car spun out into the oncoming traffic, but I wasn’t hit again.
I was very lucky and I was wearing your CG lock at the time. I don’t remember if the lock broke when I was hit. I installed the lock in my 99 Miata and that when the little lock handle fell off. I found the parts in the car and put it back together and used it at Laguna Seca for a track day a few weeks ago."
I initially purchased the CG-lock to use for AUTO X and track events. Well it didnâ€™t take much time to realize that the same benefits delivered on the track are felt on the street. Better posture and seated position results in a better driver and better car response and feedback.
For all the scenarios I had enjoyed the CG-lock in, I had never imagined to experience it during a crash…and then it happened. While driving at night on a secondary road I lost control and was unable to re-gain it.
The officer stated that he had not expected the occupants to have made it out.
Braking while crossing different pavement surfaces (driver side of the vehicle on pavement passenger side on gravel/dirt) only made things worse as the side with traction changed the direction of travel, straight towards a steel reinforced concrete light post.
Primary point of impact was between the driver side headlight and center grill emblem and the force of impact completely destroyed the light post but not before ripping through the front crash bar half way into the engine bay . The roof was slightly dimpled and the driver door now miss-aligned hardly opened.
I walked away without a scratch and the passenger (who was properly wearing the factory seatbelt) had a busted lip from hitting his face on the airbag and bruises from hitting his feet & knees on the lower dash. The officer on scene that first responded to the 911 call asked what ended up being myself, the passenger and now a few bystanders staring at the wreckage: â€śAre they still in there?â€ť He addressed us thinking we were witnesses to a terrible tragedy, but never expecting us to have been the ones involved.
The officer stated that he had not expected the occupants to have made it out. The car was clearly a total loss, later confirmed by my insurance company.
Every vehicle I operate from here on out will have a CG-lock installed. It would be stupid not to!
To the CG-Lock team, I thank you and my family thanks you!"
S T (Fort Lauderdale FL)
"My Miata was hit in the driver’s door at about 20 mph when someone ran a stop sign. It wasn’t a terribly serious accident, though it was enough to punt me across an intersection and up onto a curb, totaling the car.
I hit the door hard enough with my shoulder that it snapped off trim bits, and her front license plate bolts were rattling around inside my door. Fun stuff.
I have to say, it [the CG-Lock] really is a great product. I bought it to make installing a child seat easier in the Miata (the Miata is old enough there are no LATCH points), but the CG-Lock migrated to the driver’s seat to make track days a bit easier. After the accident I was still FIRMLY held in place. I can see how it might be a real life saver in a more violent incident.
You’ll see in the photo that the car is in pretty good shape, in large part because I was hit right where the roll bar bolts into the chassis. Remarkably tough little car, though it’s so light that it got bounced around like a pinball. I don’t have a drawing of the scene, but in the attached photo you’re up the street the other driver was coming down. She ran the stop sign (visible at the left of the photo) at hat looked like about 20 mph. I was traveling from left to right in the photo, actually driving over the centerline of the street to avoid some potholes. I caught her out of the corner of my eye and managed to turn a bit before she hit me in the door. The car spun around 180 degrees and was pushed onto the curb."
"My wife and I were driving about 55 miles an hour in a 2007 Corvette convertible. It was raining and we were following another car traveling with us. We were not changing lanes and we were traveling safely with traffic.
We went across a short bridge that transitioned from asphalt to concrete to asphalt. When we went from concrete to asphalt the car suddenly did a 360 due to a build up of water and possibly oil, and slid 2 lanes into the guard rail. The car hit the right rear corner fender first and then the left front. The air bags did not activate.
The force generated from hitting the guard rail caused our upper bodies to move right and then left. Our lower bodies were held securely in place by the CG-Locks which I believe helped us to avoid serious injuries, together with the construction of the Corvette. We were just sore with a few minor cuts.
The Corvette was totaled."
Name, location and photo withheld by request
"The first weekend of October, I was driving my thirteen-year-old daughter and two of her friends home from a bar mitzvah. It was late at night, and the four lane road we were on was practically deserted. I stopped at a red light, alone at the intersection, and when the light turned green, I began to move. A car traveling from the opposite direction at high speed turned left at the last minute into the intersection, directly in front of my car, striking my vehicle. The driver was drunk so rather than stopping at impact, she continued to drive, ripping off part of the front passenger corner of my car. All occupants were properly wearing seatbelts.
The impact was so violent that both airbags deployed. The girls were all screaming, my daughter, who had been sitting in the front passenger seat, was unable to breathe from the force of the airbag, and both of her friends suffered injuries when they hit their heads on objects in the car.
…one of the officers explained to me that my lack of injury was not consistent with the force of the
impact and the deployment of the airbags
Fortunately no one was seriously injured, although the EMTâ€™s made sure they checked out each of the girls to be sure they didnâ€™t require hospitalization. The police who arrived on the scene questioned me about the accident and the other vehicle (the driver had fled the scene). Most of the questions seemed appropriate, but I was surprised that the officers continued to ask me who had been driving my car. Obviously I was the only one in the car old enough to have a license. Finally, one of the officers explained to me that my lack of injury was not consistent with the force of the impact and the deployment of the airbags. I, too, was wondering why I came away without any sense of having felt the airbag, especially when my daughter could barely breathe without pain from the bruising.
When I returned home, I shared my thoughts with my husband. He smiled and reminded me that he had just installed a C-G Lock on the driver side seatbelt only days before. From the marketing he had seen, the C-G Lock was equipped to remove the slack from the belt so that at impact, I was held securely against the seat back and did not move forward toward the approaching airbag. How I wish we had similar locks on all of the seatbelts that night to protect the girls, as well. Fortunately they came away with only minor injuries, and I thank God that our accident wasnâ€™t worse.
As soon as we could, we obtained C-G Locks for the other seatbelts in both of our cars, and I urge everyone to do the same. I donâ€™t know anyone who wants to subject the people they love to pain and injury, and this simple device can significantly reduce that chance. Weâ€™ve even put a Seat Snug on our younger sonâ€™s booster seat to remove the slack there and provide better stability. We were lucky on that October night, but Iâ€™m not willing to gamble my childrenâ€™s lives on luck any longer."
Charlotte, NC, USA
"More than anything, it makes me a safer driver as I feel so much more in control…" – Jodie Gabriel, BMW 330ci Clubsport - read more
"After I recently wrote off my Lotus Elise by spinning into a lamp post sideways the only part of the right side of my body that was not bruised was my hips which were obviously securely locked in position. I will certainly be using CG-Locks in my new vehicle."
We headed down the ‘wayfarer’ and were only about a quarter of a mile from the end when some deep ruts overbalanced us.
We very gently toppled over and landed with the front drivers side rock slider holding us up against the dry stone wall. We were last so it took the others a couple of minutes before they realised something was up and paid attention to our calls on the cb.
Luckily we had the cg lock on the drivers side and it held me in place while the truck settled. It would have been much worse if I wasn’t held firmly in place. It meant I was able to get to grips with things and get onto the cb and turn the engine off.
Its was a sweaty moment or two for the remainder of the lane, but the weekend continued and we had some great laughs in the pub that night.
Short of a full harness I can’t see what else would have allowed for a safe landing when we went over."
Land Rover Off-Roader
"I don’t know what happened but I’m coming up on a turn and hit gravel after which slamming into embankment followed by airbag deploying, the car spinning and flipping over. Heck, the airbag could’ve deployed as soon as vehicle flipped I don’t even remember…
I’m happy that B-pillars in these things are 13 some layers thick of materials. There was article awhile back on car magazine. In addition CG-lock really helped because it prevented me from hitting the roof harder than what it could have. I bumped my head and had apparently a cut and didn’t even realize it.
Bruce thank you so much! If it weren’t for the CG-Lock, I would’ve hit my head on the roofline as it caved in!
I’ve been telling my friends to get this even prior to accident."
I first came across it when my father fitted a couple to his Porsche (driver and passenger belts) for track days, then I noticed he hadn’t taken them off afterwards preferring to leave them in place for normal road driving. So I thought I’d give it a try. Amazing difference in confidence. For the first time I felt at one with the car.
Changed my car a few times and the CG lock always moved to the new vehicle (it is really simple to fit and remove).
Recently I had cause to thank the device and my decision to transfer it. I had it fitted to my then current car an Audi TT. One Sunday afternoon a driver pulled out of an angled side junction without looking. The resulting 3/4 frontal accident rendered my car undrievable and virtually written off (ÂŁ12K repair bill). I walked away with nothing more than a stiff neck and a few bruises. There is no doubt in my mind that the CG lock held my belt in the correct position and prevented me sustaining potentially serious abdominal injuries.
Just wanted to thank-you for coming up with the device. Like so many things related to safety you only understand their full benefit when you’re in trouble and I’m please to say in my case the trouble would have been far worse without it. What this picture doesn’t show is the fact that due to the angle of impact the energy of the accident wasn’t taken up by the crumple zone. It transferred in a diagonal line through the car to me. The CG lock held me in the correct position in the seat allowing the belts and airbags to do their job correctly.
Audi TT Driver
The first CG lock was fitted to a Porsche 997 C2S â€“ red, as in the first picture. I did a fair few track days in the car, which was standard from factory, and found the CG lock to be invaluable â€“ it really allows you to concentrate on what your driving around, rather than trying to brace yourself.
However, I found out to my cost what about 3â€ť of standing water on lane 3 only of an A road does when it mixes with 305 section rear tyres. We were not travelling fast, about 65 mph, when poor road drainage lead to lane 3 becoming flooded. As it was late on a wet November evening, and Coventry council canâ€™t afford street lights, it was also impossible to see this water.
The car rotated instantly when we hit the deep water, smashed straight into the central Armco, bounced off span several times, hit the inside Armco, then a tree, before finally coming to rest. I was totally unhurt. The car was a write off.
According to the Porsche accredited engineer who inspected the car, the CG lock helped by keeping me exactly where I should have been, and allowed the rest of the carâ€™s safety features to work fully.
The car was replaced, see photos, and has already completed several track days. However, my wife is coming with me on the next one this weekend at Rockingham, and has requested a CG lock on the strength of last yearâ€™s accident.
Keep up the good work !"
Porsche 997 C2S driver
"I will admit, I was not a big supporter of your product. It was my opinion that some gizmo thingy that you stick on your seatbelt wasn’t going to do anything positive in the event of a serious crash. This opinion, wrongfully. was based on nothing more than testosterone. Not 5 minutes later, Don and I were upside down assessing each other when Don said, ‘are you ok?’ To my surprise I was. I was hanging there as tight in my seat with the CG-Lock as Don was in his harness. Thanks you for your CG-Lock and thank you Don for strapping me in with it."
Livonia, MI, USA
"Tuesday April 29, 2008, Big Daddy (Don) took a spill on Rte 28 in Fontana, NC. There was a nice “volcano” pothole in the outside curve of the road that he hit, and lost control. He WAS NOT going fast, just couldn’t regain the control in the curve and flipped.
There are two amazing things… NEITHER Don nor Rich were hurt (Thanks to a harness and a CG Lock) and the car was drivable! MINIs are very strong little beasts!"
‘Big Daddy’ Don with his Mini
"I am contacting you in regards to the CG-LOCK that i purchased last year. I had a accident just before Xmas and had a silver Audi suddenly pull in front of me causing me to brake and lose control of my vehicle. I then crashed (driver side) into the central crash barriers then sliding over 50 metres (according to the traffic officersâ€¦ I blanked out during the accident).
However they were shocked how I came out unscathed due to the nature of the accident. The CG-LOCK did its exact job and kept me still in my seat stopping me injuring myself in the crash. There is even a black area on the CG-LOCK where its pulled fibres off the seatbelt onto the gripper. I am shocked that they have not yet approved this as a safety device as it certainly isâ€¦ it improves the seatbelt.
I have enclosed a photo of the vehicle after the accident. My vehicle was only a Chevrolet Matiz however the accident was no different to any other."
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"I was involved in a high-speed crash in which my car spun around, hit a wooden stump backwards and flipped over. I was completely unhurt other than a mild whiplash and I’m convinced my CG-Lock saved me from injury. Police attending the accident said they were surprised as in their experience such a crash usually resulted in serious injury."
Jamie Arnold, 2007
Toyota Corolla (subsequently written-off)
At a sprint meeting in 2006, my son Shaun got oil on the rear tyres of the car (not his fault,) and although he followed my instructions on how to control a FWD car when the rear end steps out, he lost control and ended up on the grass where he hit a 10 foot concrete post head on, snapping the post in two. Shaun sustained some minor neck injuries and was air lifted to hospital as a precaution. (He sustained some minor muscle damage.) The Rover Metro (”Ziva”) however required a lot more work; a new front end, radiator, alternator, oil cooler, and some internal bodywork. Shaun is adamant that without the CG-Lock he is sure he would have sustained some internal organ damage during the accident.
Shaun had a quick recovery and raced at the next sprint event, ensuring that his CG-Lock was securely fitted and achieving his fastest time of the season. The CG-Lock saved Shaun from serious injury.
We do not have a before and after picture but before the accident the vehicle was a Rover Metro, after the accident we re-built the front end with that of the newer Rover 100."
John H Collins
Lecturer, Automotive Engineering, Cornwall College
"I have benefited from having a CG-Lock fitted to a vehicle I was driving for a simple stunt performed last year. My son Shaun was shooting a music video for his A level media course, and as I had a lot of experience with rolling vehicles (I used to compete in banger racing and roll-over competitions. winning a fair few!) I volunteered to roll a car to add visual impact to the classical music piece. I did not want a full harness spoiling the shots so I fitted the CG-Lock to the car.
I, driving a Ford Fiesta at 40mph hit a Ford Escort in the side forcing the Fiesta to flip over. I slightly misjudged the impact speed and the Fiesta rolled slightly more that was required. Once the support crew had ensured that I was alright and turned the vehicle back onto its wheels, I simply unlocked the seatbelt and climbed out of the window as the door would not open. The CG-Lock ensured that I had no ’seatbelt dangle’ on rolling the car and gave me full confidence to roll a car wearing just a normal seat belt."
John H Collins
Lecturer, Automotive Engineering, Cornwall College
"Our team deals in High Risk entry for State and Federal fugitive recovery as well as Executive Protection. We were extremely impressed with how well it kept us secured in our seats.
We put the CG-Lock through the EVOC course, high speed maneuvers, and off road. The drivers all had the same thing to say: during high speed maneuvers with the CG-Lock, once cinching the belt, you were secure thus allowing yourself to concentrate on using the steering wheel to control the vehicle verses using the steering wheel to stabilize yourself while also trying to control the vehicle, which we all know is a safety risk.
Myself and the team decided to put the CG-Lock to our own tests by equipping an old salvage car with the CG-Lock and then purposely rolling the vehicle to see if it really would stand up to its name. Once again, we were thrilled with the results; while upside down the driver was secured in the correct seated position but was able to quickly remove himself from the belt using the release switch.
We all now have CG-Lock’s in our own private vehicles as well and are very satisfied with the results that they provide on a daily basis. When purchasing new company vehicles there is no doubt that they will all be equipped with the CG-Lock system. This is one product that provides as all with peace of mind, knowing that it will always perform to its expectations, and because of this we not only stand behind it 100% but will recommend it to all colleagues and clients whom might benefit from the CG-Lock."
Michael D. Sanchez
President, Delta Protection Agency, NY, USA
"Just wanted to let you know that I am a very satisfied customer! Last Saturday, my Mini Cooper S was rear-ended by a Chrysler 300. I was doing about 60, he was around 100. I got not only a big push, but also some rotational velocity from the impact. My CG-Lock was in use and tight like I always wear it which was fortunate because I credit it with helping to save my life! Because I was firmly attached to the seat, I was able to control the car through some very serious and aggressive post-collision maneuvering. Thanks for a really great product!"
Mini Cooper S, Las Vegas, USA
Nov 2006 (posted March 2007)
"First up – I’m just real happy to still be here! I was the same as (I suspect) the majority of your customers – I bought the CG-Lock to give me much better control when ‘driving quickly’. I’ll be very honest, and tell you that the safety benefits of the device did not cross my mind. I agree with the feedback already on (the web) site – it makes a HUGE difference to seated control when driving enthusiastically.
However – my view of the benefits of the device are now significantly changed (or specifically – ‘added to’). I would NEVER do a track day again in a car that did not have either a full harness or CG-Lock device. The safety benefits are massive – which I now realise. (You add that to the performance of (own) body control – and the purchase is a ‘no brain’ decision.) "
Submitted November 2006
"A funny thing happened on the way back from a track day… my M3 and I hit a patch of ice on the road and ended up shiny side down in a ditch. The shoulder belt was loose, but my “CG-Lock”ed lap belt held me tightly in the seat, ass over teakettle. You say the CG-Lock is not a “safety device” but it sure helped to be held securely while I was figuring out how to get out of the car. Thanks!"
"They’re fantastic - especially if you change cars regularly and don’t want to fit harnesses!! I hit the barrier in a VI RS at a tremendous speed and rolled it at Oulton Park. The car twisted / turned and rolled like a rollercoaster, ending up some 200 mts from the impact. As you can see the roof was dented in by quite a few inches just where my head was. Luckily I had the CG-Lock on, which held me firmly into the seat while the car was rolling - especially as i’m 6′ 4". I’m lucky to have walked away with cuts & bruises but i’m sure I would have had much worse injuries had it not been for the CG-Lock."
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI RS