CAR SEAT STAGES / GROUPS

ACCORDING TO WEIGHT

Car Seat Groupings

  • Group 0: 0-10kg. From birth to about 6 to 9 months

  • Group 0+: 0-13kg. From birth to about 12-15 months

  • Group 0+/1: 0-18kg. From birth to about 4 years

  • Group 0+/1/2: 0-25kg. From birth to about 7 years

  • Group 0+/1/2/3: 0-36kg. From birth to about 12 years

  • Group 1/2/3: 9-36kg. About 9 months up to 12 years

  • Group 2/3: 15-36kg. About 3 to 12 years

  • Group 3: 22-36kg (Booster Seat). About 6 to 12 years

REGULATIONS - UN ECE R44.04

SAFEWAY CAR SEATS ARE REGULATED AND TESTED TO THE EUROPEAN STANDARD R44.04

What is the United Nations standard ECE R44/04?

Child car seats that are certified by the United Nations standard ECE R44/04 are safer and more capable of protecting a child in the event of a collision. The regulation, which was introduced in 2005, ensures parents that their car seat meets a variety of requirements. Because car seats with this certification comply with safety standards and requirements as set forth by the European safety standards, all car seats sold or used within the 56 UNECE member states must have the certification.

In order to qualify for the ECE R44/04, car seat manufacturers must allow their products to undergo vigorous testing that ensures each seat is designed with safety as the foremost feature.

There are several factors to consider before purchasing or using a car seat for your child. It should be suitable for their weight and height and be properly fitted according to the individual manufacturer’s instructions. But the most important feature to consider is the United Nations standard ECE R44/04.

How Are Car Seats Analyzed?

In order to meet the United Nations standard ECE R44/04, car seats are put through various safety tests.

A car seat that meets the standard will have undergone the following tests:

  • Frontal collision at 50km/hr

  • Rear-end collision at 30km/hr

  • Several harness buckle tests

  • A thorough analysis of the seat’s interior and exterior design

  • Seat straps are tested for strength and durability

  • Other requirements as needed by group classification