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The New Programme for the Assessment of Child restraint Systems (NPACS) Phase 1 project included the development of a complete set of testing protocols and rating schemes for a consumer information programme. The original NPACS Phase 1 project was completed under United Kingdom Department for Transport contract: SO225/VF (PPAD 9/033/128). The front impact, side impact, usability and rating protocols were developed based on research conducted in the NPACS Phase 1 research programme. In order to ensure that the protocols were completed and available on schedule, the United Kingdom Department for Transport, along with TRL, led the NPACS European consortium in the development of the final NPACS protocols by taking responsibility for developing the front impact, side impact, and rating protocols. This report summarises a complete set of test and rating protocols that were developed for the original NPACS Phase 1 project. The assessment includes aspects of usability and the performance in frontal and side impacts. A rating scheme has been proposed which will convert the results of the separate assessments into an overall performance rating in five levels. The testing and rating protocols are the culmination of the NPACS Phase 1 research programme.

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