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What is the Plus Test?

What is the Plus Test?

16/11/2016

The Plus Test is one of the most widely-recognized endorsements on an international level in terms of children's road safety. The tests are conducted in Sweden and if there is one thing for which the Swedes are known it is their absolute rigor in everything that relates to the safety of children.

If a child restraint system (CRS) has the Plus Test stamp, this means that it has successfully passed all these very demanding Swedish tests.

We should not forget that the neck is the child's most vulnerable spot, especially in the case of traffic accidents. Indeed, these tests focus on checking the stresses that the occupant would have to withstand (i.e. the child) in the event of a head-on collision.

For all these reasons we can state that the Plus Test stamp is a guarantee that the child's neck will not be exposed to extreme force provided that the manufacturer's installation instructions are followed to the letter.

It should be noted that manufacturers submit their products for this testing voluntarily and the test does not replace but rather complements the European R44 and ECE R129 standards.

Child seats that have passed the Plus Test have the following label:

Logo Plus Test


There are two versions of the label, one for a maximum weight of 18 kg and the other for 25 kg.

The child seats subjected to these tests are in Groups I and II, primarily for children aged 1-6 and weighing between 9 and 25 kg.

The tests are conducted by the VTI (Swedish National Road and Transport Safety), the Transport Research Institute, and the NTF (National Society of Road Safety).

If, during a head-on collision scenario, the child seat exceeds 122 kg (1,220 Newton) in terms of force exerted on the neck, it will not be given the Plus Test stamp.

Rear-facing child restraint systems are the only ones to be given the Plus Test stamp as they offer even greater protection in the event of a head-on collision.

As you can see in our infographic, a rear-facing child seat can avoid up to 80% of injuries, providing particular protection for the head, neck and spinal column. This is why Fundación MAPFRE insists on recommending that children should use rear-facing seats for as long as possible, provided that their physical condition permits.

IMPORTANT DIFFERENCES:

-Test at 56 km/h but with braking deceleration of 38 g (for European certification it is 50 km/h and 28 g).

-Therefore the Plus Test crash tests involve a higher speed and greater energy.

-Particular attention is given to the cervical stress on the child in an accident. This stress is measured in the neck.

CHILD SEATS WITH THE PLUS TEST STAMP

 

MODEL GROUP WEIGHT REMARKS
Akta Graco Belogic I/II Maximum 25 kg Rear-facing
Akta Graco DuoLogic 2 0/I Maximum 18 kg Base-mounted and rear-facing
Axkid Minikid I/II Maximum 25 kg Rear-facing
Axkid Rekid I/II Maximum 18 kg Rear-facing. With ISOFIX
Britax Hi-Way 0/I Maximum 18 kg Rear-facing
Britax Hi-Way II 0+/I/II Maximum 25 kg Rear-facing
Britax Hi-Fix/Max Fix II 0+/I Maximum 18 kg Rear-facing
Britax Maxway I/II Maximum 25 kg Rear-facing
Concord  Reverso i-Size, 105 cm i-Size (105 cm) Maximum 18 kg Rear-facing
HTS BeSafe iZi Kid X1 i-Size, 105 cm i-Size (105 cm) Maximum 18 kg Rear-facing
HTS BeSafe iZi Kid X2 i-Size, 105 cm i-Size (105 cm) Maximum 18 kg Rear-facing
HTS BeSafe iZi Kid X3 0+/I Maximum 18 kg Rear-facing
HTS BeSafe iZi Modular RF i-Size, 105 cm i-Size (105 cm) Maximum 18 kg Rear-facing
HTS Besafe Izi Plus 0+/I/II Maximum 25 kg Rear-facing
HTS Besafe Izi Kid Isofix X1 i-Size (105 cm) Maximum 18 kg Rear-facing
BeSafe Izikid X2 i-Size (105 cm) Maximum 18 kg Rear-facing
HTS Besafe iZi Kid i-Size, 105 cm i-Size (105 cm) Maximum 18 kg Rear-facing
HTS Besafe iZi Plus 0+/I/II Maximum 25 kg Rear-facing
Klippan OY Kiss 2 0+/I Maximum 18 kg Rear-facing
Maxi-Cosi Pearl XP i-Size, 105 cm i-Size (105 cm) Maximum 18 kg Rear-facing

  


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