Toddler Side Impact Test & Car Seat Selection

LyalyaMe

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I wanted to ask for parents' and experts' opinions regarding side impact testing for car seats designed for kids under 40 lbs. The existing US standards for that weight category do not specify any side impact testing regulations.

From what I have found out, even though some car seats sold in the US are labeled as "Side Impact Tested", these tests were only performed in house by the manufacturers according to their definition of "side impact", and not in compliance with the US regulations (simply because there are no "side impact" testing requirements in the standard). What are your thoughts when choosing a car seat and how does side impact protection affect your decision?

In Europe, a new standard ECE R129 for "i-Size" car seats includes the side impact testing, but the old regulation ECE-R44/04 is still active, i.e. if the car seat is complied with any of those regulations, it is allowed to sold on the market.
 

SafeDad

CPSDarren - Admin
Staff member
I wanted to ask for parents' and experts' opinions regarding side impact testing for car seats designed for kids under 40 lbs. The existing US standards for that weight category do not specify any side impact testing regulations.

From what I have found out, even though some car seats sold in the US are labeled as "Side Impact Tested", these tests were only performed in house by the manufacturers according to their definition of "side impact", and not in compliance with the US regulations (simply because there are no "side impact" testing requirements in the standard). What are your thoughts when choosing a car seat and how does side impact protection affect your decision?

In Europe, a new standard ECE R129 for "i-Size" car seats includes the side impact testing, but the old regulation ECE-R44/04 is still active, i.e. if the car seat is complied with any of those regulations, it is allowed to sold on the market.
Hello and welcome!

Any seat sold legally in the USA most comply with all USA federal standards.

Beyond that, manufacturers may also certify their products to proprietary or foreign standards in addition to the required ones. These are probably better than no side impact testing at all, but without a common standard they also may not be all that helpful, either.
 

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
The best place to check whether manufacturers voluntarily comply with a foreign side impact standard is their websites. If they say "side impact tested" but don't say to what standard, you could contact them to ask whether their internal standard complies with any published standard.
 

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