The overall objective of the Child Seat Consumer Information (CSCI) project was to provide technical expertise and advice concerning the ability and suitability of the NPACS testing and rating protocols to discriminate between child seats of different perceived safety and usability, within their own mass category and also across categories. This was achieved by working with the Department for Transport (DfT) and collaborating with other European institutes and other relevant stakeholders.
The project aims were to –
• validate the test protocols and rating schemes developed within the NPACS research phase
• identify improvements, where necessary, such that valid, objective, unambiguous and independent guidance can be published
• rate a range of child seats through testing to the validated NPACS protocols
The CSCI project was split into 4 objectives. Objective 1 involved validating the NPACS protocols using a Group I CRS. Objective 2 involved validating the NPACS protocols using a Group 0+ CRS and Group II/III CRS. Objective 3 was to work with the NPACS protocols, following their validation in Tasks 1 and 2 and use them to rate a range of seats currently on the market in the UK. The child seats were assessed according to the agreed NPACS front impact, side impact and usability protocols and an overall rating determined using the published NPACS rating protocol.
Objective 4 involved TRL providing technical expertise and advice to the DfT throughout the project. This also included conducting an impact assessment which analysed the implications of launching the NPACS scheme on the CRS market.
TRL have recommended a few changes to the NPACS protocols that would allow the NPACS project to move on to the next phase: providing consumers with valid, objective, independent and unambiguous information regarding the safety of child seats available on the market so that they are able to make an informed choice about the seat that they buy.

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