Since September 2006, the law says that parents must use an approved car seat for their child up to 1.35 meter in height. In some countries, this maximum limit is 1.50 meter. Approved car seats carry an orange i-Size (UN R129) label, which means they have been tested to the most recent and stringent European safety standard. Car seats can also carry an orange ECE-R 44/04 label which ensures a minimum level of safety, or an ECE-R 44/03 label which means that an approval according to an older standard.
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i-Size (UN R129) car seat legislation
i-Size (or UN R129) is the name of the latest car seat safety regulation, and offers the most stringent safety performance.
i-Size is a new legislation which increases the safety level for children in cars. This legislation makes rearward facing travelling mandatory up to at least 15 months old. The standard ensures a better protection better protection of head and neck. i-Size also moves to a length classification for choosing the right car seat instead of weight. To reduce the chances of incorrect installation i-Size demands the use of ISOFIX.
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ECE R44/04 car seat legislation
Car seats homologated according to the ECE R44 legislation guarantee to comply with the basic safety requirements as set out in the European safety standard ECE R44.
It’s a good starting point when looking for a child car seat. However, how much protection is offered and how easy a child car seat is to use, can vary significantly between ECE R44 homologated car seats.
Read more about the test approval label.