jun 24

ANEC Press Release

Ny lovgivning er per 12.12.2011 en realitet

I-size: better protection of children’s live
Ronald Vroman, who has been representing ANEC and Consumers International (CI) in the
work, commented: “ANEC and CI welcome the adoption of the new and more consumer
friendly  I-size regulation, which will offer greater safety  to the youngest consumers.
Besides other improvements, we are particularly pleased that the new regulation requires
the  mandatory rear-facing transport of children up to 15 months of age, provides side
impact protection and will help reduce misuse of the child seat
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Child safety in cars: A wide gulf has developed between technology and legislation Children up to four years of age would be better protected in cars if they travelled rearward-facing in a suitable child restraint, rather than forward-facing as is the usual practice in most of Europe. Suitable seats are widely used in the Nordic countries, but are not readily available in the rest of Europe. The law and the supply of seats, together with the information for parents, are in urgent need of revision. These are the conclusions of a study commissioned by ANEC looking at the lessons to be learned from accidents in the UK, US and Sweden. ANEC undertook the study to evaluate the limits of protection offered by both forward and rearward-facing restraints for children up to four years of age. The US, Swedish and UK data showed that children in forward -facing seats suffered head, neck, chest and abdominal injuries in circumstances in which a rearward facing restraint would have provided much better protection. ANEC concludes, in common with all other researchers who have examined this topic , that the rearward-facing restraints offer a higher level of safety over forward-facing restraints to children at least up to the age of four years and would have prevented many fatalities had their use been more widespread. It is clear that a gulf has developed between the conclusions of the technical community, based on accident and test data, and advice provided to consumers through legislation. Through the Mass Group classification, European legislation implies that it is safe for a child to travel forward -facing from 9kg onwards, a weight which can be reached as early as the age of 9 months . ANEC considers as a result that the consumer is not receiving the best technical advice through the Mass Group approach. In response to consumer crashworthiness programmes focused on the protection of adults travelling in the front seats, contemporary design places considerable emphasis on the crash resistance of cars to frontal impacts. It is now necessary to offer children a similar level of protection through legislation. ANEC therefore urges legislators to revise the law on the use of child restraints in order to provide the most vulnerable consumers with the level of protection they deserve.

24 June 2008
European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation, AISBL Av. de Tervueren 32, box 27 – B-1040 Brussels, Belgium – phone +32-2-743 24 70 – fax +32-2-706 54 30 e-mail: anec@anec.eu – internet: www.anec.eu

Through the study, ANEC not only calls for changes to the legislation but also invites the standardisers to take into account our findings in the development of a new standard. The first step has been taken by presenting the results of the study to the committee 1. working on a new standard for child-restraint systems . The presentation – by the joint ANEC/Consumers International (CI) representative Ronald Vroman – was well received by the technical community. There was clear support for our conclusion that rearwardfacing restraints offer children the best protection. Ahead of our recommended changes to legislation, we urge the manufacturers of childrestraint systems and the car manufacturers to collaborate voluntary in order to make Scandinavian-style rearward-facing seats for children up to 4 years available to consumers throughout the rest of Europe.

The report of the study is available at:

ANEC in brief ANEC is the European consumer voice in standardisation, representing and defending consumer interests in the processes of standardisation and conformity assessment. ANEC was set up in 1995 as an international non-profit association under Belgian law and represents consumer organisations from the 27 EU Member States and 3 EFTA countries. ANEC is funded by the European Commission and the EFTA Secretariat, while national consumer organisations contribute in kind. Its Secretariat is based in Brussels.

More information:

Contact person at ANEC: Ayse Sümer
Tel: +32(0)2 743 24 70

Email: anec@anec.eu

1 Informal Group on child restraint systems (under the UN ECE GRSP – United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Working Party on Passive Safety)

ANEC: Bagudvendt autostole og biler samt flere bagudvendte på markedet.
7th International Conference on Protection of Children in Cars

The conference held in Munich on 3 and 4 December 2009 was attended by ANEC assistant Programme Manager, Ayse Sümer, and ANEC representative Ronald Vroman. The meeting, which gathered 120 experts from 22 different countries, comprised 6 sections: standards and rulemaking; accident research and biomechanics; field survey; consumer information and safety programmes; test results and dummies; CRS product development and vehicle integration.

The keynote speech, delivered by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), highlighted the good practices from some countries, such as Sweden and Portugal, in reducing child mortality on roads. Several presentations from ETSC, APSI (Portuguese Association for Child Safety Promotion) and EuroNCAP pointed at the importance of keeping children rear-facing in cars until 3 or 4 years of age in line with the longstanding ANEC position. Indeed, the APSI President further noted that the transportation of children of less than 18 months in a forward-facing CRS was considered a misuse by APSI.

Moreover, it was of concern to see that in some countries the minimum age limit for forward-facing is only 6 months. This point was also stressed by the Chair when summing up the conclusions of the conference. He indeed underlined the gaps between different countries and the need for harmonised regulation. He added that although rearward-facing might be safer for children, the market offer, as highlighted by several other speakers during the conference, is not sufficient. A call was therefore made to CRS manufacturers to increase the market offer of rear-facing CRS for older children, and to car manufacturers for more efforts in designing cars that can accommodate rear-facing CRS. A presentation on the indirect influence of actual and upcoming vehicle seat regulation on child seats demonstrated that regulations do not allow the fixing of 3 child seats in all 5-seaters.

A presentation followed on the revisions to the Australian and New Zealand CRS standards, which will now refer to age and seated height instead of mass groups. The CRS will bear shoulder-high labels to mark the transition to the next seat size according to the child’s height. The issue of overweight children was also raised as there is no ECE R44 approved CRS available for children more than 36 kg with a body height below 150 cm. Additional presentations were given on side-impact tests and the danger of booster cushions submarining.

The Chair finally underlined the importance of raising the awareness of parents who are often not aware of the biomechanical risks for children when changing to forward-facing CRS too early. He added however that this might not be sufficient and that it was necessary to change legislation. He further stressed that another 10 years should not be allowed to pass for such change to occur, a sentiment with which ANEC concurs.

ANEC: Ny minimumsalder for bagudvendt!
ANEC/CI attends the meeting of the GRSP Informal Group on Child Restraint Systems (CRS)

The informal group on CRS was expected to prepare – at its 14th meeting held in Brussels on 18 November 2009 – the draft of the new regulation on CRS foreseen to be discussed in the parent GRSP committee in December 2009. The draft was discussed intensively at the informal group meeting, especially in areas where there are still outstanding issues, and although there was not enough time to complete the page by page discussion, an agreement on principles was reached. The next meeting is scheduled for 19 January 2010, for further fine-tuning. ANEC/CI contributed to the discussions.

Mother placing child in car rearward facing (Source:Google)The main discussions concerned detailing on dynamic testing, including the choice and limit values of pass/fail criteria (acceptable injury levels). With respect to the scope, a presentation by CLEPA revealed that the proposal from the 13th meeting to make rearward facing (RWF) transport mandatory for children up to 18 months did not seem feasible as many cars were probably unable to accommodate RWF seats for children of that size. Hence, to our disappointment, the age was set at 15 months, which is nevertheless an improvement compared with the present situation.

Further, the Chairman had prepared a proposal for WP29 on an implementation strategy of the new Regulation that proposed to delete ISOfix CRS from R44 with transitional provisions, to start a 2nd phase extending the new regulation to non integral CRS, and to start preparations for a phase 3 to introduce possibility of belted CRS in the new regulation. This would lead to phasing out of R44, and to all CRS-fulfilling requirements of the more stringent regulation (stature based, 15 months rear-facing mandatory, offering one classification system for consumers and one level of safety for all CRS –belted and ISOfix.

GRSP will be asked to improve Regulation 14 and 16 (anchorage points / seat belts) on car floor resistance and new seating positioning definitions in order to increase interoperability between cars and CRS.

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