Assessment & Results
Learn about the assessment and results of AuSAP
AuSAP's scope of work includes special purpose car seats, modified car seats and harnesses/vests.
The first program of work focused on special purpose car seats, whilst further research into modified car seats and harnesses/vests is being undertaken.
To date, a total of 90 crash tests and assessments have been completed, involving 17 special purpose car seats.
The development of the AuSAP Test and Assessment Protocol for special purpose car seats involved extensive research and investigation over nearly 12 months (2020/21).
The Expert Committee investigated relevant Australian and overseas standards (and test methods), including from Europe, Canada, USA, China, Brazil and Japan.
The project team also undertook a desktop review of the various independent child restraint assessment programs in Australia and internationally and found that no program includes specialty restraint systems. Further a literature search identified limited research about specialty restraint products and methods for safety and performance testing.
The Expert Committee agreed side impact testing was important and that either ECE r129 or AS/NZS 1754 be considered. In recognition that all mainstream child restraint systems in Australia comply with AS/NZS 1754, and that it is widely recognised as one of the most rigorous child restraint standards, it was chosen.
The AuSAP Test and Assessment Protocol was developed using selected criteria (frontal and side impact) from AS/NZS 1754:2013.
Test and Assessment Protocol
Download the AuSAP Test and Assessment Protocol for special purpose car seats
As well as frontal and side impact crash tests, the AuSAP Test and Assessment Protocol includes a limited assessment of design features. This includes a hands-on assessment to identify and evaluate potential sources of risk not covered by dynamic assessments, and any potential issues that may pose challenges to set-up – for example, foot props, double top tether connectors, adjustable sash guides.
Post-test reviews are also conducted to examine and document outcomes from the dynamic testing, particularly where components fail.
Several test facilities in Australia were investigated to determine suitability for AuSAP testing.
- Crashlab, NSW Centre for Road Safety, Sydney
- Britax Childcare Pty Ltd (Britax) – Crash Test Facility in Sunshine West, Melbourne, Victoria
- APV-T Test Centre in Campbellfield, Melbourne, Victoria
- Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), Transurban Road Safety Centre, Randwick, NSW
As a result of this review both NeuRA (Transurban Road Safety Centre) and Britax Childcare Pty Ltd offered to support AuSAP crash testing in-kind.
The first AuSAP crash testing program, involving 15 special purpose car seats, was undertaken from June 2021 until August 2022. The testing took place at Britax, NeuRA and the APV-T Test Centre.
Learn about the crash tests and results
Fifty four crash tests have been completed, involving 15 special purpose car seats.