CREP testing procedures revised

Rear facing booster seat

CREP Testing Procedures Revised - Rear facing seat

The CREP consortium has completed a review of its testing and rating methods to ensure CREP continues to raise the bar on child safety and provide consumers with relevant comparative information about the performance of child restraints being sold on the Australian market.

The main aim of this review was to expand and refine the assessment criteria to address performance issues not currently taken into account in either the Australian Standard or by previous CREP rating systems and to more clearly define the both crash protection and ease-of use assessment methods.

The key changes are as follows:

  • Improvement in the seat belt geometry to better represent the most common family car used in Australia

  • A better method for measuring dummy's head and knee movement in a frontal crash

  • Changes in dummy clothing used to provide clearer indication of submarining

  • Changes to the type of dummy used in booster seats to a smaller dummy to provide tougher assessment

  • Introduction of a second 90 degree test with reversed seat belt geometry representing impact from the opposite direction to encourage manufacturers to improve design on this area.