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Britax Safety & Testing Standards

Safety & Testing Standards

At Britax, we are committed to improving child safety through research, testing, design and community advocacy. We engineer all our products to meet U.S. and Canadian Standards and make significant investments in advanced technology, research and development.

We never stop working to improve our products and technologies.

 

Our Proudest Safety Innovations

ClickTight Installation

Our revolutionary installation system, ClickTight lets you install your car seat using just a seat belt. Plus, it gives you quick access to the belt paths, eliminating the guesswork and limits of LATCH.

SafeCell Technology

The car seat base forms a crumple zone that absorbs crash energy to help keep it away from your baby.

Multiple Layers of Side Impact Protection

Britax car seats offer layers of side impact protection, surrounding the head, neck, and torso. These layers include a deep, energy-absorbing shell, foam-lined headrest and side-impact cushions.

V-Shaped-Tether

Designed with two attachment points to secure the seat and minimize side-to-side movement. It has rows of stitching that give-way one at a time during a crash to help slow forward movement.





We also test our products both in our own crash-test facilities and through independent parties

 

 

Testing Standards

Regulatory Agency Standards

Britax plant
At Britax, our products are required to meet applicable regulatory standards, such as:


FMVSS 213 (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for Child Restraint Systems)

FMVSS 302 (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for Flammability of Interior Materials)

CMVSS 213 (Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards)

16CFR 1225 – Part 1225 (Safety Standards for Handheld Infant Carriers)

16CFR 1225 – Part 1227 (CPSC Safety Standards for Carriages and Strollers)

While we welcome reports from independent non-government organizations, their testing protocol is not required by any set of laws or regulations. All Britax products must meet applicable safety requirements outlined by the federal regulatory bodies in order to be on the market.

 

Development Tools & Tests

Chemical

Britax requires its suppliers to eliminate certain chemical flame retardants containing bromine, chlorine or other halogens, in components used in car seats and all other products — while still ensuring their ability to pass federal government standards for flammability. Strollers do not have flammability standards. Therefore, Britax and BOB strollers are not treated with any chemical flame retardants.

In a recent report, the Ecology Center (HealthyStuff.org), tested the chemical composition of leading car seats to discover the presence of harmful chemicals. Britax was rated positively as a car seat brand offering FR-free products.

 

Dynamic Crash Tests

Frontal Impact Testing: As required by FMVSS 213 and CMVSS 213, car seats must meet certain specifications through sled tests simulating crashes to meet regulations. These crash tests are taped with high speed cameras (1000 frames per second) in order for engineers to carefully observe the results in slow motion.  


Side Impact Testing: Britax car seats are evaluated on how well they contain the head and minimize head, chest and pelvis acceleration.

Testing for Durability

Component Testing

At Britax we realize the importance of each component of the seat and how they contribute to the protection that the seat provides for your child. In order to ensure that each component maintains its structural integrity throughout the life of your child seat we invest more than 150 hours testing individual components on each product. Tests conducted may include:

  • Static buckle and harness testing
  • Micro slip testing
  • Harness webbing strength testing
  • Buckle durability cycling
  • LATCH hook strength
  • Pendulum testing
  • Vibration testing
  • Environmental testing – testing components in extreme environmental conditions including heat, cold and varying humidity levels