A quick guide to the crash-tests for car seats. ADAC-test | Plus-test | ECE-R44 | R129 (i-Size)

ADAC – Testing safety, handling and ergonomics of the car seat

The ADAC test is a composite test meaning that the test consists of more than one criteria.The 3 major test-criteria’s in the ADAC test are tested and weighted according to – Safety (50%), Operations (40%) and Ergonomics (10%). For a seat to reach a good overall score it must perform well in all three parts of the test. Rear-facing seats with belt-attachment usually perform well in the crash-test part of the ADAC, but fail to reach a good overall score due to the poor review they receive in the handling part of the test.

Read the full article about the ADAC crash-test here.


Plus test – The toughest crash-test in the world

The Swedish Plus test is an optional test that was founded over 10 years ago in order to encourage manufacturers of car seats to develop safer seats. By studying real accidents where children were severely injured in their neck and head, new lower stress-limits in neck-forces were used as an important safety criterion.

Read the full article about the Plus-test here.


The R129 (i-Size) Certification test – the base test for all seats sold in the EU

All car seats in the EU has to pass a certain standardised test before they can be sold to consumers. The R129 is the latest standardised test and was introduced in 2014 as a complement to the older ECE R44 certificate. The main ideas behind introducing the R129 certification was to make it easier to install the seat with ISOFIX, to test side impact collisions and focus on the children’s height instead of weight.

Read the full article about the Plus-test here.


The R44/04/03 certificate – the original certification test for seats sold in the EU

The R44/04 stems from 1980’s and was the first regulatory certificate in order to make sure car seats sold in the European Union were safe. Car-seat safety has come a long way since then. The R 44/04 states that all children up to 9 kg must travel rear-facing, in practice that means that you can turn a child forward facing already after the infant carrier.


Read the full article about the Plus-test here.