Nursery Today magazine

Car seat confusion

The regulatory framework for child restraints continues to cause confusion. 

The Baby Products Association advises the importance of delivering a unified message across the industry from manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, direct sellers and ultimately to the consumer.

It seems there is belief that the latest UN Regulation No 129 (R129) standard commonly referred to as i-Size will not allow the use of impact shields. Whilst it is true that there is currently not an i-Size car seat with an impact shield on the market today, the R129 regulation clearly states that it does allow the impact shield technology within the R129/i-Size standard.

The extract states: ‘Scope - This Regulation applies (in its Phase 1) to Integral Universal ISOFIX Child Restraint Systems (i-Size) and Integral "Specific vehicle ISOFIX" Child Restraint Systems for child occupants of power driven vehicles’. Then the definition of an integral system: ‘2.4. "Integral" is a class of Child Restraint System, meaning that the child is restrained only by components which comprise the Child Restraint System (e.g. strap harness, shield, etc.), and not by means connected directly to the vehicle (e.g; seat belt).’

The Association will be holding a free seminar in central London on Thursday 6th October 2016 to explain the regulatory frame work for child restraints in depth and urges anyone in the industry with an interest in the subject to attend.

In the meantime, if you have any queries contact the Association on 0845 456 9570 or email: julie@b-p-a.org

 


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