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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

New child car seat safety standards implemented by UAE Government

Under the new rules, children’s car seats will not make it across the UAE’s border points without a valid conformity certificate from the Muwassafat authority and inspections of seats on sale will be carried out at retailers.

New child car seat safety standards have been set by the Government in a bid to improve safety.

Under the new rules, children’s car seats will not make it across the UAE’s border points without a valid conformity certificate from the Muwassafat authority and inspections of seats on sale will be carried out at retailers.

The move by the Emirates Standardisation and Metrology Authority (ESMA) is to ensure high standards and, ultimately, save lives.

"The new system will reduce child injuries in vehicles,” said Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd, Minister of State and chairman of ESMA.

“Studies revealed that an infant - without seat belt - propelled onto the front windshield of a vehicle running at 50kph is equivalent to a fall from the third floor of a building.

“Such accidents are fatal and we can develop a legislative system to protect the lives of children on-board vehicles.”

Federal and local government entities, customs authorities, control bodies and departments of economic development, as well as chambers of commerce and industry across the UAE will be involved in enforcing the system, while Muwassafat will hold awareness campaigns targeting seat suppliers to introduce the new requirements and compliance procedures.

The system involves new procedures to register car seats and obtain a certificate of conformity, according to state news agency Wam.

Car seats already on sale in the UAE market before the decision enters into effect will be subject to a set of procedures, and must be registered within a period of 180 days.

The move follows the implementation, on July 1, of an updated law that makes it compulsory for children aged 4 and under to be buckled up in the back seat of vehicles. Drivers face fines of Dh400 if they do not comply.