WHAT ARE THE LEGAL STANDARDS FOR CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS?
The mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat is designed to conform to the most universally accepted global car booster seat regulations, specifically:
European Union ECE R44/04; FMVSS 213 in the United States, and the RSSR regulations in Canada. Carfoldio Ltd., (the Company that manufactures mifold) has conducted comprehensive test programs in test facilities certified for each of these standards to confirm compliance with each of these regulations.
Carfoldio is dedicated to providing high quality products utilizing premium raw materials and detailed quality assurance procedures. We perform rigid quality control testing both internally and we test the final product at testing facilities certified for each of the regulations to verify initial and on-going compliance. Carfoldio. is committed to providing our customers with a mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat that is high quality, functional, and portable that meets the needs of active families.
Based on our comprehensive testing of the product, Carfoldio. has verified and can certify that testing of mifold has been completed successfully with all tests yielding results that either meet or exceed the requirements of the applicable regulation FMVSS 213.
As part of our Quality Assurance program, we are committed to a schedule of on-going product testing to ensure that all mifold® Booster Seats are manufactured to our specifications and meet all of the regulatory requirements of FMVSS 213.
It is mandatory to use child car seats within the EU for all children up to a height of 1.35m or 1.50m – depending on the rules applicable in each member state.
There are currently two legal standards for child car seats in Europe:
- ECE R44/04
ECE R44 is a regulation that covers child restraint systems from Group 0 for new-born infants to Group 3 for booster car seats for children up to 36 kg (80 lbs.)
- ECE R129
ECE R129 (also known as i-Size) is a new standard for group 0/0+/1 seats that are necessary for smaller children
What type of seat is mifold?
The mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat is a Group 2/3 “Universal” child restraint system which means that the mifold can be used in most vehicles. It has been approved in accordance with European regulation ECE R44.04.
The mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat is covered by ECE R44/04. To meet ECE R44/04 approval car seats are tested in frontal collisions at 50km/h using crash test P-dummies and advanced measuring instruments designed to assess the levels of protection each seat offers. ECE R44/04 approved seats can all be identified by their orange approval label.
The ECE R44/04 mifold approval label
(E) Group indicator: Group 2/3 are forward-facing booster seats that work with a 3-point static or retractable adult seat belt restraint.
(F) European approval authority.
(G) The number indicates the country in which the approval was obtained.
(H) Homologation number. The first two numbers (04) show to which version the child seat has been approved, in this case ECE R 44/04.
(I) Unique serial number allocated to your specific seat.
(A) Name of product manufacturer.
(B) Your seat meets the European Safety Standard ECE R44. Note the last two digits: these should end in 04 (latest version).
(C) 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, and is likely to fit if the vehicle manufacturer states that the vehicle approval specifies suitability for “Universal” child restraint systems.
(D) Approval for weight (group).
United States of America
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). FMVSS 213 governs the performance and some design criteria for child restraint systems made for children who weigh up to 80 pounds.
Carfoldio. must certify that the mifold Grab-and-Go booster seats sold in the USA meet Federal Motor Vehicle Standards FMVSS 213 Chid Restraint Systems. Carfoldio. tests the mifold to provide that certification and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs annual compliance testing to verify that this certification is accurate.
The FMVSS 213 mifold approval label
As required by NHTSA regulations, the label states:
This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. For use in motor vehicles. This restraint is NOT certified for use in the aircraft.
Transport Canada defines the Motor Vehicle Restraint Systems and Booster Seats Safety Regulations (RSSR). The RSSR governs the performance and some design criteria for child restraint systems made for children who weigh up to 65 pounds.
Carfoldio. must certify that the mifold Grab-and-Go booster seats sold in Canada meet the RSSR regulations. Carfoldio. tests the mifold to provide that certification and Transport Canada performs annual compliance testing to verify that this certification is accurate.