New Child Seat Regulations
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New Child Seat Regulations
ECE R44/04 and i-Size (UN R129) approval labels

The orange ECE R44 approval label guarantees that the car seat complies with the basic safety requirements as set out in the European safety standard ECE R44. The orange label can also indicate that the car seat complies with the new i-Size safety standard and thereby guarantees an even better safety performance.

My Lovely Baby recommends to always try and test a seat before the purchase.

Warning: from April 2008, all child car seats that were manufactured before 1995 and approved to the ECE R44/01 and 44/02 standard are no longer legal and must not be used or sold. Only seats displaying the European Standard orange label, indicating approval to the Standard to ECE R44/03, ECE R 44/04 or i-Size (R129) may be legally used.


What does the approval label tell me about my seat?

  1. Your seat meets the European Safety Standard. Note the last two digits: these should end in 04 (latest version) or 03. R44-01 or 02 are not legal and may not be sold or used since 2008.
  2. For ECE R44-04 or ECE R44-03, there are 3 types of car seat approval: universal, semi-universal and vehicle specific. ‘Universal’ means your seat is approved for installation in all cars, although you should check that the seat fits really well in your car. See below article on ‘Type Labelling’.
  3. Approval for weight (group). If a letter Y is added here, it means that the child seat features a 5-point harness system with crotch strap.
  4. European approval indicator.
  5. Indicates the country in which the approval was obtained: 1=Germany 2=France 3=Italy 4=the Netherlands etc.
  6. Approval number. The first two numbers (04) show to which version the child seat has been approved, in this case ECE R 44/04.
  7. Unique number allocated to your specific seat, for testing and tracking.
  8. Production details: week and year, in this case week 7, 2006.
  9. Manufacturer article reference number
  10.  EAN code
  11.  BAR code
  12.  Name of product manufacturer