How to Read an ECE Label

European safety standards for car seats

All infant carriers or car seats sold in Europe need to visually show the ECE-label to ensure that they comply with the European safety standards.

(1) ECE R 44/04

The latest version (04) of the test standard has been in force since 2006. However, child restraint systems tested in compliance with the earlier version ECE-R 44/03 can still be used. Seats with test labels ECE R-44/01 and ECE R-44/02 or with an “officially approved” label are no longer permitted for use.

(2) UNIVERSAL or SEMI-UNIVERSAL

This shows if the child seat can be used in all vehicles (universal) or if some vehicles are excluded (semi-universal).

Universal:

The child seat is approved for all passenger car seats which are equipped with a seat according to ECE 16 standard or an equivalent standard.

Semi-universal:

These child seats are approved for particular passenger car seats only. In the case of a semi-universal homologation, you can check if the product fits your car with the compatibility check on each product site.

Both categories on the label:

In the case the child seat is installed by means of the ISOFIX Connect System and secured with the car’s seat belt (e.g. Pallas 2-fix, Solution X2-fix), it is approved for selected cars only. These car seats, however, can be installed universally when using them without the ISOFIX Connect System which can be easily folded away.

(3) 0-18kg:

Body weight for which the seat is approved = ECE Group (in this case Group 0+/1)

(4) E1:

Country designation refers to the country in which the seat was certified (e.g. 1 = Germany, 2 = France, 3 = Italy, 9 = Spain, 11 = United Kingdom, 43 = Japan)

(5) 04301251:

Test number: the first two digits refer to the version of the test standard used: These two digits should either be 04 or at least 03!