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Types of testing for infant child car seats

Crash tests

The child car seat assessment is calculated by combining the results of crash tests carried out in road safety laboratories, together with an analysis of their ease of use.In 2011, a study of possible dangerous materials used in their manufacture was also initiated.

Head-on and lateral collisions

The head-on testing is basedon the European standardization norm ECE R44, while the lateral impact is simulated at approx. 25km/hour around the area in which the seat is installed. In head-on collisions, a serious accident is simulated using the standardization norm.Carried out at 65km/hour instead of 50km/hour, therefore making the difference between seats more obvious.

Criteria for their use

This includes all aspects of their use including the seatbelt guides and the stability of the child seat when placed on the car seat, the risk involved by incorrect use, the simplicity and ease of installation of the seat in the vehicle or when used by children of varying heights, the child’s visibility and also ease of cleaning.

Analysis of dangerous materials

The analysis of dangerous materials includes (to the occupants, generally over the long term, or for the environment) the presence in any of the components directly in contact with the child. Amongst others, the following: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phthalates(added to plastic for greater flexibility) fire retardants, phenols, organotin compounds or heavy metals.



The European assessment for new vehicles examines different aspects of vehicle safety including the safety of the children. The principal difference with respect to independent comparisons carried out by automobile clubs and consumer associations is that is that with EuroNCAP it is the vehicle manufacturer that decides which child seat should be used. Therefore this program carries out an assessment, which is only valid for a specified child seat and vehicle. In studies carried out periodically by consumer and automobile groups they evaluate the safety of the seat for a wide range of vehicles. 

Practical advice: when choosing a child seat the advice offered by European automobile clubs and consumer associations can be very useful. In the case of Spain, the Royal Automobile Club (RACE), The Royal Automobile Club of Catalonia (RACC) and the consumer association (OCU).

Remember! Visit the web pages of the Royal Automobile Club of Spain (RACE), the Royal Automobile Club of Catalonia (RACC) and the Consumer Association (OCU), to get the most up to date information and comparisons. Once a seat has been chosen, check out the information, which may include specific commentaries for each model of child seat.

EU Norm R44/04

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