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Child seats: new regulations

Child seats: new regulations

10/03/2014

At the MAPFRE FOUNDATION we want to explain this regulation and what it’s principal innovations are. 

The objective of the new regulation, i-Size is to simplify the selection process and use of child seats by making them more universal and easier to use. It is basically a super –ISOFIX. I, being the first letter in ISOFIX.

Developments in the i-Size regulations.

The main updates introduced in the new ECE R129 regulations with respect to the ECE R44/04 are five.

In the first place, it dispenses with the classification and function of groups 0/0+/I/II/III so that every seat will indicate the maximum weight and height of the children that can use it. 

It includes a test on lateral impacts to improve the safety provided by child seats in this type of accident. 

The crash testing is carried out using dummies incorporating new systems and criteria for assessing injuries.

Another innovation is to guarantee that backward facing seats should be used for babies up to at least 15 months of age. With a recommendation that babies always travel in this direction, since it is much safer than facing forward.

Lastly, it is an innovation that it includes a maximum size for the child seat and a minimum for the car seat. Meaning that a child seat approved as i-Size can be used on any i-Size car seat. Under the new regulations all the seats will be universal and so can be used in any i-Size vehicle.

So that i-size car seats can be recognized as ECE R129 seats, they must carry the new certification sticker. The child seats approved as i-Size or under the regulations ECE R129, will also carry a sticker with an i logo to identify it. The same logo will be displayed on the car seats that fulfill the criteria regarding i-Size. This gives the user a guarantee that they can use an i-Size seat, approved under this regulation.

At the MAPFRE FOUNDATION we consider the introduction of the new regulations ECE R129 to be a great success, as it helps to improve child safety when travelling in a vehicle. Remember though, as we are responsible, that it is us that must decide to equip our vehicle with the best child restraining system available to ensure of children’s safety.

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