This agenda item relates to UN R16 Safety belt systems.

11. GRSP considered and adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/10, to amend an omission in paragraph 3 of the UN Regulation, with regard to information on safety-belt reminders and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/16, both not amended, as a correction to the information sheet (Certificate) in its paragraph 3.3. The secretariat was requested to submit the proposals as draft Supplement 7 to the 07 series of amendments, draft Supplement 3 to the 08 series of amendments (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/10) and Corrigendum 1 to Supplement 12 to the 06 series of amendments (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2021/16) to UN Regulation No. 16 (Safety-belts) for consideration and vote at the November 2021 sessions of WP.29 and to AC.1.

12. GRSP resumed discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2019/15 and GRSP-66-14, on the subject of an alternative (at the choice of the manufacturer) airbag switch-off for frontal airbags in combination with rearward-facing child restraint systems in the rear seat. The expert from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, clarified that some informal meetings had taken place to explain the proposal and that general support was received. However, he explained that further research was needed on soft air-bag technology and requested GRSP further feedback on this subject. The expert from the United Kingdom expressed concerns to the proposal and requested robust evidence and rationales looking forward for a revised proposal. The expert from EC clarified that he needed to have consultation with European Union (EU) member states whether or not the approach would be acceptable, namely placing a rearward facing Child Restraint Systems on a place with active front airbag, since this is not compatible with safety-belt wearing Directive 91/671/EEC and must be amended as a result. Hence, it is necessary to have an overview of EU Member States views.". GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject at its December 2021 session, on the basis of a revised proposal prepared by the expert from OICA in consultation with interested parties.

13. The expert from Japan introduced GRSP-69-23 through a presentation (GRSP-69-24), aimed at solving the issue of safety-belt slipping up to the neck and submarining occurring in some cases when the booster seat was fixed to the vehicle by an ISOFIX attachment increasing the risk of child occupant’s neck and abdomen injuries. The experts from the CLEPA and OICA requested a study reservation on the proposal. GRSP agreed to resume discussion at its December 2021 session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSP-69-23 with an official symbol at its next session.

14. GRSP agreed to defer discussion at its December 2021 session on GRSP-66-08, concerning the possibility to have three-point safety-belts in M2 and M3 categories of vehicles.

Documentation
GRSP-66-08 | Equipping bus seats with three point belt according to UN Regulation No. 16 (Finland)
GRSP-66-14 | UN R16: Proposal to amend document GRSP/2019/15 (Supplement 6 to the 07 series and Supplement 1 to 08 series of amendments) (OICA)
GRSP-69-23 | UN R16: Proposal for the 09 series of amendments (Japan)
GRSP-69-24 | Study of ISOFIX child booster seats (Japan)
GRSP/2019/15 | UN R16: Proposal for Supplement 6 to the 07 series of amendments and for Supplement 1 to 08 series of amendments (OICA)
GRSP/2021/10 | UN R16: Proposal for Supplement 7 to the 07 series of amendments, Supplement 3 to the 08 series of amendments (Netherlands)
GRSP/2021/16 | UN R16: Proposal for Corrigendum 1 to Supplement 12 to the 06 series of amendments