UN R16: Proposal for Supplement 6 to the 07 series of amendments and for Supplement 1 to 08 series of amendments
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Proposal to introduce an optional (on the choice of the manufacturer) test procedure for frontal airbags in combination with rearward facing child restraint systems in the rear seat to demonstrate that no deactivation of the airbag is needed.

Reference Number: GRSP/2019/15
Origin: OICA
Date: 25 September 2019
Meeting(s):
GRSP-66
Proposal Status: Formal GR review
Related Documents:
GRSP-65-08 | UN R16: Proposal for Supplement 5 to the 07 series of amendments and for Supplement 1 to 08 series of amendments
GRSP-71-11/Rev. 2 | UN R16: Proposal for Supplement 8 to the 07 series of amendments and for Supplement 4 to 08 series of amendments
Discussion(s):
Working Party on Passive Safety | Session 68 | 7-11 Dec 2020

9. Referring to the proposal tabled (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2019/15 and GRSP-66-14 amending it) by the expert from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), GRSP agreed to defer discussion 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 at its May 2020 session. This is with the aim of allowing dialogue between interested parties whose meetings would possibly finalize a proposal by February 2021.

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.

12. GRSP resumed discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2019/15, on frontal airbag in rear seats. The expert from EC informed GRSP that the present European Union legislation was incompatible with the presence of the above-mentioned airbags and that EU was in the process of updating it. However, he encouraged experts to seek a solution independent of this revision process. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on the basis of a possible revised proposal as announced by the expert from OICA, in order to limit the proposal to vehicle specific child restraint systems.

Working Party on Passive Safety | Session 69 | 17-21 May 2021

9. Referring to the proposal tabled (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2019/15 and GRSP-66-14 amending it) by the expert from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), GRSP agreed to defer discussion 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 at its May 2020 session. This is with the aim of allowing dialogue between interested parties whose meetings would possibly finalize a proposal by February 2021.

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.

12. GRSP resumed discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2019/15, on frontal airbag in rear seats. The expert from EC informed GRSP that the present European Union legislation was incompatible with the presence of the above-mentioned airbags and that EU was in the process of updating it. However, he encouraged experts to seek a solution independent of this revision process. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on the basis of a possible revised proposal as announced by the expert from OICA, in order to limit the proposal to vehicle specific child restraint systems.

Working Party on Passive Safety | Session 70 | 6-10 Dec 2021

9. Referring to the proposal tabled (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2019/15 and GRSP-66-14 amending it) by the expert from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), GRSP agreed to defer discussion 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 at its May 2020 session. This is with the aim of allowing dialogue between interested parties whose meetings would possibly finalize a proposal by February 2021.

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.

12. GRSP resumed discussion on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/2019/15, on frontal airbag in rear seats. The expert from EC informed GRSP that the present European Union legislation was incompatible with the presence of the above-mentioned airbags and that EU was in the process of updating it. However, he encouraged experts to seek a solution independent of this revision process. GRSP agreed to resume discussion on the basis of a possible revised proposal as announced by the expert from OICA, in order to limit the proposal to vehicle specific child restraint systems.