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UN Regulation No 129 – Uniform provisions concerning the approval of Enhanced Child Restraint Systems used on board of motor vehicles [2021/1806]

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II Non-legislative acts

ACTS ADOPTED BY BODIES CREATED BY INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS

22.10.2021   

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Official Journal of the European Union

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Only the original UN/ECE texts have legal effect under international public law. The status and date of entry into force of this Regulation should be checked in the latest version of the UN/ECE status document TRANS/WP.29/343, available at: http://www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gen/wp29fdocstts.html

UN Regulation No 129 – Uniform provisions concerning the approval of Enhanced Child Restraint Systems used on board of motor vehicles [2021/1806]

Incorporating all valid text up to:

Supplement 4 to the 03 series of amendments – Date of entry into force: 3 January 2021

CONTENTS

Regulation

1.

Scope

2.

Definitions

3.

Application for approval

4.

Markings

5.

Approval

6.

General specifications

7.

Tests

8.

Test reports of type approval and of production qualification

9.

Production qualification

10.

Conformity of production and routine tests

11.

Modification and extension of approval of an Enhanced Child Restraint System

12.

Penalties for non-conformity of production

13.

Production definitively discontinued

14.

Information for users

15.

Names and addresses of Technical Services responsible for conducting approval tests and of Type Approval Authorities

16.

Transitional provisions

Annexes

1

Communication

2

Arrangements of the approval mark

3

Arrangement of apparatus for dust resistance test

4

Corrosion test

5

Abrasion and microslip test

6

Description of trolley

Appendix 1

 

Appendix 2

Arrangement and use of anchorages on the test trolley

Appendix 3

Definition of side impact door

Appendix 4

Stopping device frontal impact

7

Curve of trolley's deceleration or acceleration, as function of time

Appendix 1

Frontal impact

Appendix 2

Rear impact

Appendix 3

Lateral impact

8

Description of dummies

9

Frontal impact test against a barrier

10

Rear impact test procedure

11

Type approval scheme (Flow chart ISO 9002:2000)

12

Control of conformity of production

13

Test of energy absorbing material

14

Method of defining head impact area of devices with backrests or impact shields and for rearward-facing devices defining the minimum size of side wings

15

Description of conditioning for adjusters connected to a strap

16

Typical buckle strength test device

17

Determination of performance criteria

18

Geometrical dimensions of Enhanced Child Restraint Systems

19

Assessment volumes for i-size support-legs and support-leg feet

20

Minimum list of documents required for approval

21

Load application devices

22

Flammability of materials intended to be used in built-in Enhanced Child Restraint Systems

23

Standard safety-belt

24

Additional attachment points required for securing rearward facing Enhanced Child Restraint System, of category Specific vehicle Belted, to motor vehicles

25

Device to measure the booster cushion height

26

Lower torso body block test

1.   Scope

This Regulation applies to the following child restraint systems for child occupants of power driven vehicles:

(a)

Integral Universal ISOFIX Enhanced Child Restraint Systems (i-Size);

(b)

Integral Specific vehicle ISOFIX Enhanced Child Restraint Systems;

(c)

Non-integral Universal Enhanced Child Restraint Systems (i-Size booster seat);

(d)

Non-integral Specific vehicle Enhanced Child Restraint Systems (Specific vehicle booster seat);

(e)

Integral Universal Belted Enhanced Child Restraint Systems;

(f)

Integral Specific vehicle Belted Enhanced Child Restraint Systems;

(g)

Non-integral Universal Enhanced Child Restraint Systems without a backrest (Universal booster cushion);

(h)

Non-integral Specific vehicle Enhanced Child Restraint Systems without a backrest (Specific vehicle booster cushion).

2.   Definitions

For the purposes of this Regulation,

2.1.

"Enhanced Child Restraint System" (ECRS) means a device capable of accommodating a child occupant in a sitting or supine position. It is so designed as to diminish the risk of injury to the wearer, in the event of a collision or of abrupt deceleration of the vehicle, by limiting the mobility of the child's body.

2.2.

"Child restraint type" means an Enhanced Child Restraint System which does not differ in such essential respects as:

 

The category in which the restraint is type approved;

 

The design, material and construction of the Enhanced Child Restraint System.

 

Convertible or modular Enhanced Child Restraint Systems shall be considered to not differ in their design, material and construction.

2.3.

"Integral Universal" and "Non-Integral Universal"

2.3.1.

"i-Size" (Integral Universal ISOFIX Enhanced Child Restraint Systems) is a category of Enhanced Child Restraint System primarily designed for use in all i-Size seating position of a vehicle, as defined and approved according to UN Regulations Nos. 14 or 145 and 16.

2.3.2.

"Universal Belted" (Integral Universal Belted Enhanced Child Restraint System) is a category of Enhanced Child Restraint System primarily designed to be attached only by the adult safety-belt in all universal seating positions of a vehicle, as defined and approved according to UN Regulation No 16.

2.3.3.

"i-Size booster seat" (Non-Integral Universal Enhanced Child Restraint System) is a category of Enhanced Child Restraint Systems with integrated backrest and stowable ISOFIX attachments if any, primarily designed for use in all i-Size seating positions of a vehicle.

2.3.4.

"Universal booster cushion" (Non-Integral Universal Enhanced Child Restraint System without a backrest) is a category of Enhanced Child Restraint System without a backrest primarily designed for use in all i-Size and all Universal seating positions. If fitted, ISOFIX attachments are stowable.

2.4.

"Integral" and "Non-Integral"

2.4.1.

"Integral" is a class of Enhanced Child Restraint System, meaning that the child is restrained only by components which comprise the Enhanced Child Restraint System (e.g. strap harness, impact shield, etc.), and not by means connected directly to the vehicle (e.g. adult seat belt).

2.4.2.

"Non-Integral" is a class of Enhanced Child Restraint System, meaning that the retention of the child within the Enhanced Child Restraint System is achieved by means connected directly to the vehicle (e.g. adult seat belt).

2.5.

"ISOFIX" is a system that provides a method of connecting an Enhanced Child Restraint System to a vehicle. It is based on two vehicle anchorages and two corresponding attachments on the Enhanced Child Restraint System in conjunction with a means to limit the pitch rotation of the Enhanced Child Restraint System. All three vehicle anchorages are to be approved according to UN Regulation No 14. or UN Regulation No145.

2.6.

"Integral Universal ISOFIX" is an ISOFIX Enhanced Child Restraint System comprising either a top-tether or a support-leg, to limit the pitch rotation of the Enhanced Child Restraint System, attached to, or supported by, the corresponding vehicle.

2.7.

"Specific vehicle ECRS"

2.7.1.

"Specific vehicle ISOFIX" is a category of Integral Enhanced Child Restraint System connecting to specific vehicle types. All vehicle anchorages are to be approved according to UN Regulation No 14 or UN Regulation No 145. It is also an indication for Enhanced Child Restraint Systems including dashboard as a vehicle contact zone.

2.7.2.

"Specific vehicle booster seat" is a category of Non-Integral Enhanced Child Restraint System, with integrated backrest, for use in specific vehicle types, with vehicle anchorages approved according to UN Regulation No 14 or UN Regulation No 145. This category includes "Built-in booster seats".

2.7.3.

"Specific vehicle Belted" is a category of Integral Enhanced Child Restraint System connected to specific vehicle types by using the vehicle safety belt. Additional vehicle anchorage points approved by UN Regulation No 145 may be used. Any attachment points required for securing rearward facing Enhanced Child Restraint System shall be checked according to Annex 25. Enhanced Child Restraint Systems that use the vehicle dashboard as a contact zone are permitted.

2.7.4.

"Specific vehicle booster cushion" (Non-Integral Universal Enhanced Child Restraint System without a backrest) is a category of Non-Integral Enhanced Child Restraint System, without a backrest, for use in specific vehicle types, with vehicle anchorages which are approved according to UN Regulation No 14 or UN Regulation No 145. This category includes "Built-in booster cushions".

2.8.

"Size" indicates the stature of the child.

2.8.1.

"Size range" is a range for which the Enhanced Child Restraint System has been designed and approved.

2.8.2.

Enhanced Child Restraint Systems may cover any size range provided that all requirements of this Regulation are fulfilled.

2.9.

"Orientation" indicates a direction in which an Enhanced Child Restraint System has been approved for use. The following distinctions are made:

(a)

Forward-facing means facing in the normal direction of travel of the vehicle;

(b)

Rearward-facing means facing in the direction opposite to the normal direction of travel of the vehicle;

(c)

Lateral-facing means facing perpendicular to the normal direction of travel of the vehicle.

2.10.

"Special Needs Restraint" is an Enhanced Child Restraint System designed for children who have special needs as a result of either a physical or mental disability; this device may in particular permit additional restraining devices for any part of the child, but it shall contain as a minimum a primary means of restraint which complies with the requirements of this Regulation.

2.11.

"ISOFIX anchorage system" means a system made up of 2 ISOFIX low anchorages fulfilling the requirements of UN Regulation No 14 or UN Regulation No 145 which is designed for attaching an ISOFIX Enhanced Child Restraint System in conjunction with an anti-rotation device.

2.11.1.

"ISOFIX low anchorage" means one 6 mm diameter rigid round horizontal bar, extending from vehicle or seat structure to accept and restrain an ISOFIX Enhanced Child Restraint System with ISOFIX attachments.

2.11.2.

"ISOFIX attachment" means one of the two connections, fulfilling the requirement of paragraph 6.3.3. of this Regulation, extending from the ISOFIX Enhanced Child Restraint System structure, and compatible with an ISOFIX low anchorage.

2.12.

"Anti-rotation device"

Means a device intended to limit the rotation of the Enhanced Child Restraint System during a vehicle impact and consisting of:

(a)

A top-tether strap; or

(b)

A support-leg.

Meeting the requirements of this Regulation and fitted to an ISOFIX anchorage system and ISOFIX top tether anchorages or vehicle floor contact surface meeting the requirements of UN Regulation No 14 or UN Regulation No 145.

An "Anti-rotation device" for a "specific vehicle" Enhanced Child Restraint System may comprise a top tether, a support-leg or, any other means capable of limiting the rotation.

2.13.

"ISOFIX top tether strap" means a webbing strap (or equivalent) which extends from the top of an ISOFIX Enhanced Child Restraint System to the ISOFIX top tether anchorage, and which is equipped with an adjustment device, a tension-relieving device, and an ISOFIX top tether connector.

2.13.1.

"ISOFIX top tether anchorage" means a feature fulfilling the requirements of UN Regulation No 14 or UN Regulation No 145, such as a bar, located in a defined zone, designed to accept an ISOFIX top tether connector and transfer its restraint force to the vehicle structure.

2.13.2.

"ISOFIX top tether connector" means a device intended to be attached to an ISOFIX top tether anchorage.

2.13.3.

"ISOFIX top tether hook" means an ISOFIX top tether connector typically used to attach an ISOFIX top tether strap to an ISOFIX top tether anchorage as defined in figure 3 of UN Regulation No 14 or UN Regulation No 145.

2.13.4.

"ISOFIX top tether attachment" is a device to secure the ISOFIX top tether strap to the ISOFIX Enhanced Child Restraint System.

2.14.

"Tension relieving device" means a system which allows to release the device that adjusts and maintains the tension in the ISOFIX top tether strap.

2.15.

"Support-leg" means an anti–rotation device permanently attached to an Enhanced Child Restraint System creating a load path between the Enhanced Child Restraint System and the vehicle structure. A support-leg shall be adjustable in length (Z direction) and may be additionally adjustable in other directions.

2.15.1.

"Support-leg foot" means one or more part(s) of the support-leg of the Enhanced Child Restraint System intended (by design) to engage with the vehicle floor contact surface and designed to transmit the loading from the support-leg to the vehicle structure during a frontal impact.

2.15.2.

"Support-leg foot contact surface" means the surface of the support-leg foot physically in contact with the vehicle floor contact surface and designed to spread the loads across the vehicle structure.

2.15.3.

"Support-leg foot assessment volume" describes a spatial volume which denotes both the extent and limitations for the movement of the support-leg foot. It corresponds to the support-leg foot assessment volume for vehicles, as defined in Annex 10 of UN Regulation No 14 or UN Regulation No 145, Annex 5.

2.15.4.

"Support-leg dimension assessment volume" means a volume defining the maximum dimensions of a support-leg, corresponding to the support-leg installation assessment volume for vehicles, as defined in Annex 17 to UN Regulation No 16, ensuring the dimensional installation of a support-leg of an i-Size ECRS in an i-Size seating position of a vehicle.

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2.16.

"CRF pitch angle" is the angle between the bottom surface of the fixture "ISO/F2 (B) as defined in UN Regulation No 16 (Annex 17, Appendix 2, Figure 2) and the horizontal Z plane of the vehicle as defined in UN Regulation No 14 (Annex 4, Appendix 2) or UN Regulation No 145 (Annex 3, Appendix 2), with the fixture installed in the vehicle as defined in UN Regulation No 16 (Annex 17, Appendix 2).

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2.17.

"Vehicle Seat Fixture"

2.17.1.

"ISOFIX Vehicle seat fixture" means a fixture, according to ISOFIX size envelopes whose dimensions are given in Figures 1 to 7 of Appendix 2 to Annex 17 to UN Regulation No 16, used by an Enhanced Child Restraint System manufacturer to determine the appropriate dimensions of an Integral Universal Belted Enhanced Child Restraint System or an ISOFIX Enhanced Child Restraint System including the location of its ISOFIX attachments.

2.17.2.

"i-Size booster fixture" means a fixture, of the dimensions given in Figure 1 of Annex 17, Appendix 5 of UN Regulation No 16 and used by an Enhanced Child Restraint System manufacturer to determine the appropriate dimensions of an i-Size booster seat or Universal booster cushion and its compatibility with most vehicle seating positions and, in particular, those which have been assessed without ISOFIX attachments, according to UN Regulation No 16 as being compatible with such a category of an Enhanced Child Restraint System.

2.18.

"Child-safety chair" means an Enhanced Child Restraint System incorporating a chair in which the child is held.

2.19.

"Chair" means a structure which is a constituent part of the Enhanced Child Restraint System and is intended to accommodate a child in a seated position.

2.20.

"Chair support" means that part of an Enhanced Child Restraint System by which the chair can be raised.

2.21.

"ECRS Belt" means an Enhanced Child Restraint System comprising a combination of straps with a securing buckle, adjusting devices and attachments.

2.22.

"Harness belt" means an ECRS belt assembly comprising a lap strap, shoulder restraints and a crotch strap.

2.23.

"Y-shaped belt" means an ECRS belt where the combination of straps is formed by a strap to be guided between the child's legs and a strap for each shoulder.

2.24.

"Carry cot" means a restraint system intended to accommodate and restrain the child in a supine or prone position with the child's spine perpendicular to the median longitudinal plane of the vehicle. It is so designed as to distribute the restraining forces over the child's head and body excluding its limbs in the event of a collision.

2.25.

"Carrycot restraint" means a device used to restrain a carrycot to the structure of the vehicle.

2.26.

"Infant carrier" means an Integral Enhanced Child Restraint System intended to accommodate the child in a rearward-facing semi-recumbent position. It is so designed as to distribute the restraining forces over the child's head and body excluding its limbs in the event of a frontal collision. It is designed to be removed from the vehicle with the child inside, and without opening any harness, and to be carried outside of the vehicle.

2.27.

"Child support" means that part of an Enhanced Child Restraint System by which the child can be raised within the Enhanced Child Restraint System.

2.28.

"Impact shield" means a device secured in front of the child and designed to distribute the restraining forces over the greater part of the height of the child's body in the event of a frontal impact.

2.29.

"Strap" means a flexible component designed to transmit forces.

2.30.

"Lap strap" means a strap which, either in the form of a complete ECRS belt or in the form of a component of such an ECRS belt passes across the front of, and restrains, directly or not, the child's pelvis.

2.31.

"Shoulder strap" means that part of an ECRS belt which restrains the child's upper torso.

2.32.

"Crotch strap" means a strap (or divided straps, where two or more pieces of webbing make it) attached to the Child Restraint System and the lap strap and is so positioned as to pass between the child's thighs; it is designed to prevent the child sliding under the lap strap in normal use and prevent the lap strap moving up off the pelvis in an impact.

2.33.

"Child-restraining strap" means a strap which is a constituent part of the ECRS belt (harness) and restrains only the body of the child.

2.34.

"Buckle" means a quick release device which enables the child to be held by the restraint or the restraint by the structure of the car and can be quickly opened. The buckle may incorporate the adjusting device.

2.35.

"Enclosed buckle release button", a buckle release button such that it shall not be possible to release the buckle using a sphere having a diameter of 40 mm.

2.36.

"Non-enclosed buckle release button", a buckle release button such that it shall be possible to release the buckle using a sphere having a diameter of 40 mm.

2.37.

"Adjusting device" means a device enabling the ECRS belt or its attachments to be adjusted to the physique of the wearer. The adjusting device may either be part of the buckle or be a retractor or any other part of the ECRS belt.

2.38.

"Quick adjuster" means an adjusting device which can be operated by one hand in one smooth movement.

2.39.

"Adjuster mounted directly on Enhanced Child Restraint System" means an adjuster for the harness belt which is directly mounted on the Enhanced Child Restraint System, as opposed to being directly supported by the strap that it is designed to adjust.

2.40.

"Energy absorber" means a device which is designed to dissipate energy independently of or jointly with the strap and forms part of an Enhanced Child Restraint System.

2.41.

"Retractor" means a device designed to accommodate a part or the whole of the strap of an Enhanced Child Restraint System. The term covers the following devices:

2.41.1.

"Automatically-locking retractor", a retractor which allows extraction of the desired length of a strap and, when the buckle is fastened, automatically adjusts the strap to the wearer's physique, further extraction of the strap without voluntary intervention by the wearer being prevented.

2.41.2.

"Emergency-locking retractor", a retractor which does not restrict the strap wearer's freedom of movement in normal driving conditions. Such a device has length-adjusting devices which automatically adjust the strap to the wearer's physique, and a locking mechanism actuated in an emergency by:

2.41.2.1.

Deceleration of the vehicle, extraction of the strap from the retractor, or any other automatic means (single sensitivity);

2.41.2.2.

A combination of any of these means (multiple sensitivity).

2.42.

"Inclined position" means a special position of the chair which allows the child to recline.

2.43.

"Lying down/supine/prone position" means a position where at least the child's head and body excluding its limbs are on a horizontal surface when at rest in the restraint.

2.44.

"Vehicle seat" means a structure, which may or may not be integral with the vehicle structure, complete with trim and intended to seat one adult person. In this respect:

2.44.1.

"Group of vehicle seats" means either a bench seat or a plurality of seats which are separate but side by side (i.e. so fixed that the front anchorages of one seat are in line with the front or rear anchorages of another seat or on a line passing between those anchorages), each seat accommodating one or more seated adult persons.

2.44.2.

"Vehicle bench seat" means a structure complete with trim and intended to seat more than one adult person.

2.44.3.

"Vehicle front seats" means the group of seats situated foremost in the passenger compartment, i.e. having no other seat directly in front of them.

2.44.4.

"Vehicle rear seats" are fixed, forward-facing seats situated behind another group of vehicle seats.

2.45.

"Seat type" means a category of adult seats which do not differ in such essential respects as the shape, dimensions and materials of the seat structure, the types and dimensions of the seat-lock adjustment and locking systems, and the type and dimensions of the adult safety-belt anchorage on the seat, of the seat anchorage, and of the affected parts of the vehicle structure.

2.46.

"Adjustment system" means the complete device by which the vehicle seat or its parts can be adjusted to suit the physique of the seat's adult occupant; this device may, in particular, permit longitudinal displacement, and/or vertical displacement, and/or angular displacement.

2.47.

"Vehicle seat anchorage" means the system, including the affected parts of the vehicle structure, by which the adult seat as a whole is secured to the vehicle structure.

2.48.

"Displacement system" means a device enabling the adult seat or one of its parts to be displaced angularly or longitudinally, without a fixed intermediate position, to facilitate the entry and exit of passengers and the loading and unloading of objects.

2.49.

"Locking system" means a device ensuring that the adult seat and its parts are maintained in the position of use.

2.50.

"Seat bight" means the area close to the intersection of the surfaces of the vehicle seat cushion and the seat-back.

2.51.

"ECRS position"

2.51.1.

"ISOFIX position" means a location as defined in UN Regulation No 14 or UN Regulation No 145.

2.51.2.

"i-Size seating position" means a seating position, declared by the vehicle manufacturer, which is designed to accommodate any i-Size Enhanced Child Restraint System, as defined in this Regulation.

2.51.3.

"Universal seating position" means a location in accordance with paragraph 8.2.2.5.2.(b) of UN Regulation No 16.

2.52.

"Type approval test", means a test to determine the extent to which an Enhanced Child Restraint System type submitted for approval is capable of satisfying the requirements.

2.53.

"Production qualification test", means a test to determine whether the manufacturer is able to produce an Enhanced Child Restraint System in conformity with the Enhanced Child Restraint Systems submitted for type approval.

2.54.

"Routine testing" (or conformity of production testing), means the testing of a number of restraint systems selected from a single batch to verify the extent to which they satisfy the requirements.

2.55.

"Shoulder strap positioner" means a device intended to maintain, the appropriate shoulder strap position on the child's torso, during normal transit conditions by connecting the shoulder straps to one another.

2.56.

"Lock-off device" locks and prevents movement of one section of the webbing of an adult safety-belt relative to another section of the webbing of the same belt. Such devices may act upon either the diagonal or the lap sections or secure together both lap and diagonal sections of the adult belt. The term covers the following classes:

2.56.1.

"Class A device" prevents the child from pulling the webbing of the retractor through to the lap part of the belt, when the adult belt is used to restrain the child directly (Non-Integral Enhanced Child Restraint System).

2.56.2.

"Class B device" allows the retention of an applied tension in the lap part of an adult safety-belt, when the adult belt is used to restrain Integral Enhanced Child Restraint System. The device intends to prevent the webbing from slipping from the retractor through the device, which would release the tension and place the restraint in a non-optimal position.

2.57.

"Module", is a part of an Enhanced Child Restraint System that is separate from the ISOFIX attachments and hosts and restrains the child. A module can be used in combination with one or more base if allowed in this Regulation, as a stand-alone Integral Universal Belted to restrain a child in a vehicle.

2.58.

"Base", is a part of an Enhanced Child Restraint System that forms an interface between the vehicle and the module of an Enhanced Child Restraint System and has no direct contact with the child. A base is connected to the vehicle using ISOFIX anchorages or a vehicle safety-belt and an anti-rotation device if applicable.

A base is allowed to accept more than one module (Module A can be replaced by Module B, etc.).

2.59.

"Built in", is an Enhanced Child Restraint System made as an integral part or incorporated as an add-on part of a vehicle. The vehicle manufacturer shall be the applicant for approval.

2.60.

"Belt route", means the trajectory of the adult safety-belt to be used to fasten the ECRS (integral ECRS) or to restrain the child (non integral ECRS). Trajectories for symmetrical installation of the ECRS are considered as a single belt route.

2.61.

"Webbing path", means the defined points on the ECRS where the webbing of the adult safety-belt must pass to conform with the belt route as specified by the ECRS manufacturer.

2.62.

"Insert" means a part of an ECRS that provides additional support to a child and is an essential means to comply with all requirements for the entire or a part of the declared stature range.

3.   Application for approval

3.1.

The application for approval of a type of Enhanced Child Restraint System shall be submitted by the holder of the trade mark or by his duly accredited representative and follow the type approval scheme described in Annex 11.

3.2.

The application for approval, relating to each type of Enhanced Child Restraint System, shall be accompanied by:

3.2.1.

A technical description of the Enhanced Child Restraint System, specifying the straps and other materials used together with the predicted and reproducible behaviour of load limiting devices. It shall be accompanied by drawings of the parts making up the Enhanced Child Restraint System and in the case of retractors, installation instructions for these retractors and their sensing devices, declaration on toxicity (paragraph 6.3.1.1. of this Regulation) and flammability (paragraph 6.3.1.2. of this Regulation), the drawings shall show the position intended for a single approval number and additional symbol(s) in relation to the circle of the approval mark;

3.2.2.

The applicant shall indicate the kind of application:

(a)

Application for a i-Size Enhanced Child Restraint Systems; or

(b)

Application for a specific vehicle ISOFIX Enhanced Child Restraint System; or

(c)

Application for a i-Size booster seat Enhanced Child Restraint System; or

(d)

Application for a specific vehicle booster seat Enhanced Child Restraint System;

(e)

Application for a Universal Belted Enhanced Child Restraint System; or

(f)

Application for a Specific vehicle Belted Enhanced Child Restraint Systems; or

(g)

Application for a Universal booster cushion Enhanced Child Restraint System; or

(h)

Application for a Specific vehicle booster cushion Enhanced Child Restraint System; or

(i)

Any combination of (a), (b), (c), (d), (g) and (h) as long as they fulfil paragraphs 5.4.2.2., 6.1.2. and 6.1.3. provided there is only one belt route; or

(j)

Any combination of (c), (d), (e), (f), (g) and (h) as long as they fulfil paragraphs 5.4.2.2., 6.1.2. and 6.1.3. provided there is only one belt route and that the booster seat and booster cushion is not equipped with ISOFIX connectors.

3.2.3.

For Enhanced Child Restraint Systems tested on the test trolley in a vehicle body shell in conformity with paragraph 7.1.3.2. of this Regulation or in a complete vehicle in conformity with paragraph 7.1.3.3. of this Regulation, the applicant shall submit documentation (drawings and/or pictures) regarding the combination of the Enhanced Child Restraint System and the car or the ISOFIX seating position and the relevant car environment for which the manufacturer has requested a Specific vehicle approval. This documentation needs to indicate:

(a)

The available area around the Enhanced Child Restraint System when installed on the vehicle seating position. In particular it shall include parts which might interfere with the Enhanced Child Restraint System during an impact;

(b)

All relevant vehicle parts which might influence the (rotational) movement of the Enhanced Child Restraint System during an impact, due to their strength or stiffness.

3.2.4.

Samples of the Enhanced Child Restraint System requested by the Technical Service responsible for conducting the test;

3.2.5.

A 10-metre length of each type of strap used in the Enhanced Child Restraint System; and

3.2.6.

Instructions and details of packaging in accordance with paragraph 14. of this Regulation.

3.2.7.

In case of a specific vehicle application when tests are performed in a vehicle body shell, a body of the vehicle, including adult seats and the relevant parts of the car environment shall be available.

3.3.

Annex 20 lists the minimum documents required to accompany the application for approval as indicated in paragraph 3.2. above and required elsewhere in this Regulation.

3.4.

The Type Approval Authority of a Contracting Party shall verify, before granting type approval the existence of satisfactory arrangements and procedures for ensuring effective control so that Enhanced Child Restraint Systems, equipment or parts when in production conform to the approved type.

4   Markings

4.1.

The samples of Enhanced Child Restraint Systems, including all modules submitted for approval in conformity with the provisions of paragraphs 3.2.4. and 3.2.5. above shall be clearly and indelibly marked with the manufacturer's name, initials or trade mark.

4.2.

The Enhanced Child Restraint System, including all modules, except the strap(s) or harness, shall be marked clearly and indelibly with the year of production.

4.3.

The following information shall be clearly indicated on the product:

(a)

The orientation of the Enhanced Child Restraint System relative to the vehicle;

(b)

The size range(s) of the Enhanced Child Restraint System in centimetres;

(c)

The maximum occupant mass allowed for the Integral Enhanced Child Restraint System in kilograms.

4.4.

On the visible inner surface (including the inside surface of a side wing beside the child's head) in the approximate area where the child's head rests within the child restraint system, rearward facing restraints shall have the shown label permanently attached.

The overall dimensions of the label shall be at least 120 × 60 mm or the equivalent area.

The label may be adapted in such a way that the layout differs from the example shown here; however, the content shall meet the precise prescriptions. Furthermore, no other type of information shall be included on the label unless it is placed outside a clearly marked rectangle with at least the overall dimensions as required above. In derogation to the aforementioned, a part number, bar code or similar identification mark not exceeding 8 mm × 35 mm or the equivalent area may be placed on the label.

It shall also be ensured that no deviations in the shape and orientation of the provided pictograms are permitted, notably that any customised appearance of the prescribed pictogram images shall be prohibited, with the exception of the hand with pointing index finger and the open face booklet with letter 'i' on its right page provided that they are clearly recognisable as such.

Small irregularities concerning line thickness, label imprinting and other relevant production tolerances shall be accepted.

The label shall be stitched to the cover around its entire perimeter and/or permanently bonded to the cover over its entire back surface. Any other form of attachment that is permanent and not liable to removal from the product or to becoming obscured is acceptable. Flag type labels are specifically prohibited.

If sections of the restraint or any accessories supplied by the Enhanced Child Restraint System manufacturer are able to obscure the label an additional label is required. One warning label shall be permanently visible in all situations when the restraint is prepared for use in any configuration.

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4.5.

Integral Enhanced Child Restraint Systems that can be used forward and rearward facing, shall have the following label permanently attached on the part hosting the child and visible to the person installing an Enhanced Child Restraint System in the vehicle:

 

The manufacturer shall be permitted to include the word "months" to explain the symbol "M" in the label. The word "months" should be in a language commonly spoken in the country or countries where the product is sold. More than one language is allowed.

 

Minimum label size 40 × 40 mm

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Integral Enhanced Child Restraint Systems that can be used forward facing only shall have the following label permanently attached on the part hosting the child and visible to the person installing an Enhanced Child Restraint System in the vehicle:

 

The manufacturer shall be permitted to include the word "months" to explain the symbol "M" in the label. The word "months" should be in a language commonly spoken in the country or countries where the product is sold. More than one language is allowed.

 

Minimum label size 40 × 40 mm

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4.6.

Webbing path

The markings defined in this paragraph shall be permanently and durably attached and visible on the Enhanced Child Restraint System installed in the vehicle, and with the child seated in the Restraint System. The markings shall be placed on both sides of the Enhanced Child Restraint System. The vehicle seat illustrated on the marking shall face the same direction as the actual vehicle seat.

There shall be a clear differentiation between the intended paths for the lap section and the diagonal section of the safety-belt. Indication such as colour coding, words, shapes, etc. shall distinguish between sections of the adult safety-belt.

4.6.1.

The adult safety-belt route markings shall be placed on all belt guides and lock off devices. The adult safety-belt route markings shall be at least the width of the adult webbing path.

4.6.2.

For Non-Integral Enhanced Child Restraint System to be used in combination with an adult safety-belt to restrain the child, the correct webbing path according to paragraph 6.1.3.4. shall be clearly marked on the product. This shall be by means of an installation drawing on a label permanently attached to the Enhanced Child Restraint System that shows the correct path across the child’s body. The colour used for the adult belt route marking of the safety-belt when the device is installed shall be green. The same colour shall also be used for the webbing path on the labels on the device that illustrate the installation.

4.6.3.

For Integral Belted Enhanced Child Restraint System held in place by the adult safety-belt, the webbing paths according to paragraph 6.1.2.5. shall be clearly marked on the product, and indicated by means of a drawing permanently attached to the Enhanced Child Restraint System. The colour used for the path of the adult belt route marking, when the device is installed in the forward-facing or rearward-facing positions shall be green, same colour shall also be used on the labels on the device that illustrate the installation

4.7.

Marking for integral ECRS including ISOFIX connections attachments.

The marking shall be located on the part of the ECRS which includes the ISOFIX attachments.

One of the following information labels shall be permanently visible to someone installing the Enhanced Child Restraint System in a vehicle:

4.7.1.

i-Size ECRS:

i-Size logo. The symbol shown below shall have minimum dimension of 25 × 25 mm and the pictogram shall contrast with the background. The pictogram shall be clearly visible either by means of contrasting colors or by adequate relief if it is moulded or embossed;

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4.7.2.

Specific Vehicle ISOFIX ECRS

If the product includes ISOFIX attachments, the following information shall be permanently visible to someone installing the restraint in a vehicle:

The ISO ISOFIX logo followed by the reference(s) that is/are appropriate for the ISOFIX size fixture(s) into which the product fits. As a minimum, a symbol consisting of a circle with a diameter of minimum 13 mm and containing a pictogram, the pictogram shall contrast with the background of the circle. The pictogram shall be clearly visible either by means of contrast colors or by adequate relief if it is moulded or embossed.

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ISO/F2, ISO/R3 and ISO/L1

The Specific vehicle ISOFIX Enhanced Child Restraint System shall have a permanently attached label visible to the person installing the Enhanced Child Restraint System in the car, containing the following information:

Specific Vehicle ISOFIX

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4.7.3.

An international approval mark as defined in paragraph 5.4.1. In case the ECRS containing module(s) this marking shall be permanently attached to the part of the ECRS which includes the ISOFIX attachments.

4.7.4.

An international module mark as defined in paragraph 5.4.3. In case the ECRS containing module(s) this marking shall be permanently attached to the module part of the ECRS.

4.8.

Marking for non-integral ECRS

4.8.1.

i-Size booster seat Enhanced Child Restraint Systems shall have a permanently attached label of the i-Size logo according to paragraph 4.7.1. visible to the person installing the Enhanced Child Restraint System in the car:

i-Size booster seat

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4.8.2.

Specific vehicle booster seat Enhanced Child Restraint System (except built-in) shall have a permanently attached label with the following information visible to the person installing the Enhanced Child Restraint System in the car:

Specific vehicle booster seat

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4.8.3.

Universal booster cushion Enhanced Child Restraint Systems shall have a permanently attached label with the following information visible to the person installing the Enhanced Child Restraint System in the car:

Universal booster cushion

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4.8.4.

Specific vehicle booster cushion Enhanced Child Restraint Systems (except built-in) shall have a permanently attached label with the following information visible to the person installing the Enhanced Child Restraint System in the car:

Specific vehicle booster cushion

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4.8.5.

Booster cushion Enhanced Child Restraint Systems shall have the following label (Minimum size: 60 × 40 mm) permanently attached and visible to the person installing the Enhanced Child Restraint System in the car. The limit X shown on the label represents the lower stature of the size range the Enhanced Child Restraint System is approved to. If the booster cushion is approved in combination with a booster seat the label shall be visible only when the ECRS is used as a booster cushion.

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4.9.

An impact shield that is not permanently attached to the seat shall have a permanently attached label to indicate the brand and model of the Enhanced Child Restraint System to which it belongs and the size range. The minimum size of the label shall be 40 × 40 mm or the equivalent area.

4.10.

Any removable insert, shall have a permanently attached label to indicate the brand, model and size range of the Enhanced Child Restraint System to which it belongs. The minimum size of the label shall be 40 × 40 mm or the equivalent area

4.11.

A Booster seat that converts to a Booster cushion by a removable backrest, shall have a permanently attached label on the backrest, to indicate the brand and model of the Enhanced Child Restraint System to which it belongs and the size range. The minimum size of the label shall be 40 × 40 mm or the equivalent area.

4.12.

Enhanced Child Restraint Systems shall have a permanently attached label to inform the user of the appropriate method of restraint of the child over the entire stature range declared by the manufacturer.

The label shall be visible to the person installing the Enhanced Child Restraint System in a vehicle and when a child is seated in the restraint. The label shall have a minimum size of 40 × 60 mm or the equivalent area and shall feature a pictogram of each restraint configuration adjacent to the stature range.

4.13.

Marking for Integral Belted Enhanced Child Restraint System.

The marking shall be located on the part of the Enhanced Child Restraint System which includes the main load-bearing contact points.

One of the following information labels shall be permanently visible to the person installing the Enhanced Child Restraint System in a vehicle:

4.13.1.

Universal Belted Enhanced Child Restraint Systems shall have a permanently attached label with the following information visible to the person installing the Enhanced Child Restraint System in the vehicle:

Universal Belted

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4.13.2.

Specific vehicle Belted Enhanced Child Restraint System (including built-in systems) shall have a permanently attached label with the following information visible to the person installing the Enhanced Child Restraint System in the vehicle:

Specific Vehicle Belted

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4.13.3.

An international approval mark as defined in paragraph 5.4.1. In case the Enhanced Child Restraint System containing module(s) this marking shall be permanently attached to the part of the Enhanced Child Restraint System that includes the main load-bearing contact points.

4.13.4.

An international module mark as defined in paragraph 5.4.3. In case the Enhanced Child Restraint System containing module(s) this marking shall be permanently attached to the module part of the Enhanced Child Restraint System.

4.14.

Additional markings

The following information may be conveyed by pictograms and/or text. The marking shall indicate:

(a)

The essential relevant steps needed for making the Enhanced Child Restraint System ready for installation. For example, the method of extending the ISOFIX attachment(s) shall be explained;

(b)

The position, function, and interpretation of any indicator shall be explained;

(c)

The position and if necessary the routing of top tethers, or other means of limiting Enhanced Child Restraint System rotation requiring action by the user, shall be indicated using one of the following symbols as appropriate;

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(d)

The adjustment of ISOFIX latches and the top tether, or other means of limiting Enhanced Child Restraint System rotation, requiring action by the user shall be indicated;

(e)

The marking shall be permanently attached and be visible to a user installing the Enhanced Child Restraint System;

(f)

Where necessary reference should be made to the Enhanced Child Restraint System user instructions and to the location of that document using the symbol below.

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(g)

The shoulder belt part and the lap belt part of the adult safety-belt used for attaching the infant carrier shall be indicated with specific icons for the shoulder webbing path and lap belt webbing paths, visible for the user, close to the belt guiding area (icon A and B) or on the installation drawings (icon C). Icons A, B and C shall have the same colour coding (darker green on lap belt) as used on the installation drawings and the minimum size is 20 mm in diameter.