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It’s tested conforming the law

How Maxi-Cosi Australia tests car seats?

As groundbreaking market leaders in child travel safety, Maxi-Cosi both meets and exceeds all legal requirements for testing.

We comply with the latest Australian Standard 1754:2010 which ensures a minimum level of safety, but also significantly raise the bar to carry out additional stringent tests on all aspects of our car seats. All our crash tests are carried out by an independent institute in accordance to Australian Standards.

Going that extra mile

We do rearward testing, this checks the movement of the head in rear impact situations. In addition, we carry out extra crash tests to simulate a variety of side and side/frontal car collisions and roll-over situations.

As a result, we have led the way in improving side protection and have developed groundbreaking technology to protect children from injury in a side-impact crash.

Full frontal collision testing

This is carried out on an acceleration sled that is equipped with a standard bench seat. An age-appropriate crash test dummy is fastened in the car seat and secured to the bench seat using a car seat belt.

The sled simulates a 50 km/h frontal collision into a wall. High-speed cameras and other sensing devices installed on the sled and on the dummy allow us to check how well the car seat protects the child and also measures:

  • how much support the head has
  • chest, head and pelvic acceleration
  • chest loads

Maxi-Cosi Safety Centres – Europe and America

We have our own state-of-the-art car seat crash test facilities in Cholet, France, and Columbus, Illinois USA.

*Did you know?*
Testing is carried out at all stages of production, from early development through to manufacture when every seat in 5,000 is subject to strict safety review procedures.


maxi-cosi car seat crash tests

Our ultra-modern test centres combine the industry’s best research and development teams with advanced and innovative technology, including:

  • specialised research and design facilities;
  • computerised engineering resources;
  • environmental lab testing;
  • advanced side impact testing capabilities; and
  • three independent crash test sleds.

We are committed to maintaining our global leadership in safety and innovative design.



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