GHHS alumni create Buckle Blocker

When Collin Veele was babysitting with his girlfriend, he noticed a recurring problem: One of the 3-year-olds they were watching kept unbuckling himself in the car. Veele and classmate Alex Cotton thought about the problem and came up with the Buckle Blocker - a device that prevents children from pushing the release button on seat belt buckles. Now, the two Grand Haven High School alumni are hoping that people will chip in to get their product into production.
Jordan Travis
Jun 18, 2011


The two have submitted their product to, a website that allows people to pledge as little as $1 to help Cotton and Veele raise the $11,111 they need to get the Buckle Blocker manufactured. So far, the project has received pledges totaling $2,222.

Different donation levels have different rewards, and those who pledge $25 or more will receive the final version of the Buckle Blocker, according to the project website. The two have 28 days left to raise this amount; otherwise, they receive nothing at all, Cotton said.

If they achieve their goal, Cotton said they hope to sell the Buckle Blocker online at first, and later at retail stores.

Buckle Blocker page at

To read more of this story, see today’s print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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