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NHTSA Final Rule - Child Restraint Systems

December 05, 2023 10:15 AM | Tammy Mortier (Administrator)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a Final Rule on Child Restraint Systems which amends the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) regarding child restraint systems. The amendments, mandatory in one year, modernize the standard by, among other things, updating CRS owner registration program requirements, labeling requirements on correctly using child restraints, requirements for add-on school bus- specific child restraint systems, and provisions for NHTSA’s use of test dummies in NHTSA compliance tests. Amendments mandatory in three years include adding a new FMVSS that updates to standard seat assemblies on which NHTSA tests child restraint systems for compliance with frontal crash performance requirements.

The Final Rule is effective on February 5, 2024. The compliance date for the amendments to FMVSS No. 213 is December 5, 2024. The compliance date for meeting FMVSS No. 213b is December 5, 2026. Optional early compliance with the standards is permitted.

Click Here for the Final Rule.

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