Safety Standards


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There are several different standards for approval and certification of car seats.  Below you will find a few of them with the approval sticker.  The standards most often discussed are ECE R44 (European standard) and FMVSS213 (American Standard).  These two standards are both good and tough standards.

Australian Standard/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1754
Australian Standard/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1754 AS/NZS 1754 (short for stands for the Australian and New Zealand Standard 1754) is usually identified by the the Australian “5 Tick mark”. The sticker for this standard may look the same or similar to the image pictured to the left.

British Standard

British Standard

British Standards; BS 3254 for adult seat belts, forward-facing child safety seats and child harnesses; BS AU185 for booster cushions; BS AU202: Specification for rearward-facing restraint systems for infants, for use in road vehicles. This standard sticker may look similar to a “heart” shape.

UN/ECE Regulation No.44 (European Standard)

UN/ECE Regulation No.44UN/ECE Regulation No.44 (short for United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Regulation No.44) commonly referred to as the “European Standard” may be identified by a sticker on the restraint that is perhaps blue or orange, maybe even red.

FMVSS213 (American Standard)

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213 (FMVSS213)FMVSS213 (short for Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213) is usually identified by the “S” mark of compliance. The sticker for this standard may look like a yellow sticker with a black “S” on it.

SABS (South African Bureau of Standards)

SABS SABS (short for South African Bureau of Standards)

Thanks to Bonnie at Childrestraintsafety for putting this together.

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