This agenda item relates to UN R17 Strength of Seats.

24. The expert from the Netherlands informed GRSP on the progress of work of the “Task Force on Energy Absorption of Seats” (former group of interested experts on new restraint system technology). He clarified that the group met recently in Paris and was still working to update ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2015/27. He added that the proposal would cover cases with more forward displacement of the restrained occupants in the fitment of new safety-belts equipped with load limiter devices. GRSP also noted that the task force would continue work as well on parallel amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 21, 25 and 80.

25. The expert from CLEPA reminded GRSP about informal document GRSP-57-23, that he had submitted during the fifty-seventh session of the group and showing different scenarios of seat strength testing as a result of lack of clarity of the current provisions. The expert from the Netherlands volunteered to prepare a proposal addressing the concerns of the expert from CLEPA for the December 2016 session of GRSP.

26. The expert from Japan also reminded GRSP about informal document GRSP-58-28-Rev.1, proposing to align UN Regulation No. 17 to those of draft UN GTR No. 7, Phase 2. GRSP agreed to keep GRSP-58-28-Rev.1 as a reference document on the agenda of its December 2016 session, awaiting the outcome of the IWG on UN GTR No. 7, Phase 2.

Documentation
GRSP-57-23 | Regulation No. 17 strength of seats - Request for clarification (CLEPA)
GRSP-58-28/Rev.1 | Proposal for the 09 series of amendments to Regulation No. 17 (EC and Japan)
GRSP/2015/27 | Proposal for Supplement 4 to the 08 series of amendments to Regulation No. 17 (Netherlands)