Bernd Kullmann - former Managing Director of Deuter - has often been asked where the ideas for new Deuter products come from. The development of our child carrier is a good example of this.
It was not until late that he and his wife had decided to give birth to their offspring. Too much had they enjoyed the untied life the years before and had been intensively spending time in the mountains with climbing and on ski tours. The incision was then all the bigger for his wife - with the buggy as a means of transportation, the radii from the car to the rock were very limited.
In a factory in Asia, Bernd discovered the simple but ingenious way out - a children's carrier, as it was little known in the early 1990s. The model of an American brand was uncomfortable, but the mobility with the squaller at the back almost limitless. Joint days in the climbing garden continued to increase.
When the second child had arrived at the house of Kullmann, Bernd felt compelled to dedicate himself to such a carrier. A solution for a big problem had to be found - the back length of the "American" fitted Bernd, but for his smaller woman the carrier was too big. The new Deuter product had an adjustable back length. Our long-standing production partner was horrified at first by the idea and wondered what the Germans had thought up again.
After intensive discussions, a solution was found: the VariQuick wearing system, developed only a few years previously for our trekking backpacks, could be transferred to the child carrier. The Deuter Kid Comfort I was born.
After several tests on the prototype and emerging problems, Bernd Kullmann decided to act. He called Pit Schubert, a graduate engineer and security expert at the German Alpine Association (DAV e.V.) and explained the problems. Pit Schubert referred Bernd to the TÜV (German Technical Inspection Association).
So Bernd began to work with the TÜV criteria to improve the product safety of the children. A lot had to be done: from the new plastic joint with a spacer, so that the children could not pinch their fingers in the frame, over pollution tests up to safety instructions and a long-term test.
A wooden dummy was mechanically moved during the endurance test, simulating the ascent movements. Thus, 20,000 load changes should be carried out, which corresponds to 20,000 altimeters on ascent and descent. A wooden baby with a 5 kilo weight disc was placed in the seat and here we go.
Two days later, Bernd called on the TÜV to ask for the result. The colleague of the TÜV, however, had completely forgotten the experimental setup and hurried to the test. Thirty minutes later, Bernd got the recall. The result astonished both: after 75,000 changes of load, the child carrier was still completely intact. Only a few small scrubs were available. The prototype had passed the test with flying colours!
As a result, we got the TÜV seal for our product, which meant that we had the first safety-tested child carrier worldwide.
- WARNING – You should not use it until the child is able to sit up by him/herself. The child should be able to reach the sitting position without assistance and to hold his/her head upright.
- The maximum load capacity for the Kid Comfort is 22 kg (child 18 kg + load 4 kg).
- Only carry the child with the safety belt fastened. Ensure the harness is adjusted correctly to the child’s proportions.
- WARNING – Never leave the child unattended in the carrier– especially not on tables, counters or any other elevated places! Although the Kid Comfort can stand upright by itself, even the most stable child carrier can tip over.
- Being seated for a longer period of time can reduce blood flow in the legs. Hence use the Kid Comfort footrests and regularly stop for exercise.
- The Kid Comfort is only suitable for the transport of children by adults.
- WARNING - The head position of the child sitting in the carrier is higher than that of the wearer. Therefore, be careful with low branches, door frames, etc.
- Check the child carrier for damage before each use.
- Never use the child carrier in a damaged condition (bent frame, broken buckles, open seams, etc.).
- Do not place the child carrier with the child on tables or elevated surfaces.
- The adult who is carrying the child must be very careful when bending or leaning forward.
- The child sitting in the carrier suffers faster and stronger under weather conditions than the moving adults. Therefore, make sure that the child is properly dressed and check the temperature of his hands and feet regularly.
- The child's sensitive skin should be shielded from the sun with a sun roof. In addition, you should always protect your child with sunmilk from stray light!
- The carrier is suitable for use during leisure activities, but not for sporting activities such as cycling, skiing or the like.
- The wearer must always be prepared for an unexpected movement, whether by himself or the child, to impair his balance.
- Falls or slips can cause serious injury to the child.
- The child must not stand with its feet on the seat of the child carrier.
- Care should be taken to avoid injuries to the child's feet when the carrier gets placed on the ground or the carrier is at or near the ground.
- Care must be taken when setting up and putting on the carrier. Failure to observe these instructions can result in injury, permanent physical injury, or even death of the child.
- The Kid Comfort cover is washable and can be cleaned with lukewarm water and neutral soap by hand.
- The detachable chin pad can also be cleaned by hand and is not suitable for tumble dryers.
- Please regularly check all belts and the linkage for wear to ensure the safety of the child carrier.
- Never bend a bent frame yourself.
- For necessary repairs, please contact the specialist retailer or us directly to ensure a proper repair with suitable spare parts.
Find a PDF download of the manual to the following topics:
- Adjust the carrying system
- Adjust the height of the seat
- 5-point harness
- Adjust height of footrests
- Sun and rain roof option
Download it here