Safety benefits of the new ECE regulation for the homologation of CRS – an estimation by the CASPER consortium

The GRSP informal group on child restraint systems (CRS) is finalising phase 1 of a new regulation for the homologation of CRS. This draft regulation is already the subject of several discussions concerning the safety benefits and the advantages and disadvantages that certain specific points may bring. However, these discussions are sometimes not based on scientific facts and do not consider the whole package but only single items. Based on the experience of the CASPER partners in the fields of human behaviour, accident analysis, test procedures and biomechanics in the area of child safety a consideration of the safety benefits of the proposal for phase 1 and recommendations for phase 2 will be given.