This agenda item relates to UN R17 Strength of Seats.

15. The expert from Japan reiterated his concerns to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2020/12, tabled by the expert from OICA, to clarify the test procedure for the height of head restraints in the case of vehicles having a low roof construction (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/68, para. 11). He finally requested time for further analysis. In the same time, the expert from CLEPA requested to be involved in the consultation. GRSP agreed to defer consideration of the proposal at its December 2021 session.

16. The expert from Norway introduced a presentation (GRSP-69-06) concerning the main findings of a report (GRSP-69-02) from the Norwegian Safety Investigation Authority (NSIA) related to a high-speed frontal road-collision. He added that the car collision occurred between a passenger car and a van and that two passengers seating in the rear seat row died during the collision also due to the luggage displacement, while frontal seating passengers sustained minor injuries. The expert from Consumer International (CI) proposed that more stringent requirements for rear seat strength should be introduced into the UN Regulation. The expert from EC stated his intention to study the case and report at the next GRSP sessions. The expert from OICA argued that crash speed (80 km/h) of the reported accident was beyond the speed considered into the UN Regulation. Moreover, he suggested that also harmonized international traffic rules on the obligation of securing luggage should be pursued. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on this subject and defer discussion on GRSP-69-34 at its December 2021 session.

GRSP-69-02 | Report on a Head-On Collision between a Passenger Car and a Van in Norway on 20 Oct 2019 (Norway and NPRA)
GRSP-69-06 | Presentation of main findings related to a high-speed frontal road-collision (NPRA)
GRSP-69-34 | UN R17: Proposal for Corrigendum 1 to the 10 series of amendments
GRSP/2020/12 | UN R17: Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 10 series of amendments (OICA)