Project: Child Occupant Protection

Reference: S082E/VF

Last update: 23/06/2004 14:28:05


The contractor will:

* analyse the available accident data and identify areas for improvements in child restraint design;
* provide scientific advice to the Department at the UNECE meetings discussing the adoption of the ISOFIX system into Regulation 44;
* participate in the ISO working group developing a side impact test procedure for child restraints. The work is expected to focus on simplifying the existing proposals in order to make the test more repeatable and suitable for a legislated standard; and
* attend the BSI meetings (Committee AUE/7) discussing national standards for restraint systems and the UK's opinion on ISO work.


This project will further the DfTs aim of improving the protection offered to children travelling in cars and thus reduce the number of child casualties. The project will highlight how child restraints may be improved to reduce further the likelihood and severity of such injuries.


TRL Limited
Crowthorne House, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3GA
+44 (0)1344 773131

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £556,834.00

Actual start date: 19 January 2000

Actual completion date: 30 April 2004


PR/SE/122/00. The Influence of Seat Motion on Child Loading
Author: TRL, Ltd
Publication date: 01/06/2000
Source: Contact

The Influence of Rear Loading on the Protection of Child Occupants in Child Restraints. 17th ESV, 2001
Author: Le Claire, Marianne
Publication date: 01/05/2001
Source: Contact
More information:

PR/SE/851/03. Child Occupant Protection - Final Report
Author: TRL, Ltd
Publication date: 01/03/2004
Source: Contact

PR/SE/760/03 Child Occupant Protection - Accident Analysis
Author: TRL, Ltd
Publication date: 12/07/2006
Source: Contact

Summary of results

  1. The project delivered all of the planned outputs including some additional tasks not forming part of the original work specification. This included detailed accident studies of how restrained children are injured in cars, the effects of luggage loading, support for ISOFix, which has now been written into the ECE legislation and support for the ISO ad-hoc side impact working group, which has almost completed development of a validation test procedure for inclusion in the ECE legislation. The extensive results are detailed in the final report.