Going on holiday? Bringing the kids? Then you are definitely wanting to know what car seats are TÜV-approved.
TÜV-approved means that the seat has been tested and approved by TUV Rheinland to be suitable for use on an aircraft.
List of TÜV-approved car seats:
|Bébé Confort||Pebble Plus||0000043330||0-13 kg (45 – 75 cm hight)|
|Kiddy||Phoenixfix Pro 2||00000001022||I|
|Kiddy||Guardian Fix Pro||0000026688||I/II/III|
|Kiddy||Guardian Fix Pro2||0000026688||I/II/III|
|Maxi Cosi||Citi (SPS)||8811410300||0|
|Maxi Cosi||Pebble Plus||0000043330||0-13kg (45-75 cm Hight)|
|Römer||Baby Safe Plus / B06||9811400300||0+|
|Römer||Baby Safe Plus SHR||9811400300||0+|
I will keep this list up to date, but the list can also be found here on their website: http://bit.ly/1Wdb9gp
The FAA regulations and recommendations, govern American air carriers. CATSA (Canadian Air Transport Security Authority) and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) all recommend car seats on planes, but do not have this level of governance over their airlines–they defer to the individual airlines’ policies. Which means you will need to check with your airline what their policy is in regards to car seats on their planes.
One of the most common car seats bought for plane and travel is the Britax Eclipse (also known as Römer Eclipse). It’s a very affordable seat and not very heavy.
Professional and Industry Recommendations:
The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends that children ride in child safety seats on planes, based on studies which show preventable deaths and injuries have occurred on ‘lap-children’:
“Occupant protection policies for children younger than 2 years on aircraft are inconsistent with all other national policies on safe transportation. Children younger than 2 years are not required to be restrained or secured on aircraft during takeoff, landing, and conditions of turbulence. They are permitted to be held on the lap of an adult. Preventable injuries and deaths have occurred in children younger than 2 years who were unrestrained in aircraft during survivable crashes and conditions of turbulence. The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends a mandatory federal requirement for restraint use for children on aircraft. The Academy further recommends that parents ensure that a seat is available for all children during aircraft transport and follow current recommendations for restraint use for all children. Physicians play a significant role in counseling families, advocating for public policy mandates, and encouraging technologic research that will improve protection of children in aircraft.”
“Did you know that the safest place for your child on an airplane is in a government-approved child safety restraint system (CRS) or device, not on your lap? Your arms aren’t capable of holding your child securely, especially during unexpected turbulence. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) strongly urges you to secure your child in a CRS or device for the duration of your flight. It’s the smart and right thing to do so that everyone in your family arrives safely at your destination. The FAA is giving you the information you need to make informed decisions about your family’s travel plans.”
“Turbulence can happen with little or no warning. And when it does, the safest place for your child is in a CRS, not in an adult’s lap. Your arms just aren’t capable of holding your child securely, especially when turbulence is unexpected. Keeping your child in a CRS for the duration of the flight is the smart and right thing to do so that everyone in your family arrives safely at your destination. “[read full text..]
The NTSB (National Transport Safety Board) recommends that children sit in child safety seats or devices during air travel:
“On July 19, 1989, the unthinkable happened –fragments from an uncontained engine explosion took out all three independent hydraulic systems of a DC-10 traveling from Denver to Chicago, rendering all flight controls ineffective. Then an amazing thing happened – despite this catastrophic event, the pilots and emergency responders were able to save 185  of the 296 people on board when the plane crashed in Sioux City, Iowa. The NTSB’s investigation of this accident led to 25 recommendations and advancements in aviation safety, including research on non-destructive inspection techniques for rotating engine parts and reliability of flight controls. Twenty-five years later, however, one issue that remains unaddressed is the issue of allowing lap-held infants.“
“[..]adults may not be able to maintain a secure hold on a lap-held child during turbulence or survivable accidents, as appears to have been the case with this united flight. Preventable deaths and injuries have occurred in children under age 2 who were unrestrained. […]For more than 30 years, the NTSB has investigated aircraft accidents involving unrestrained children and has issued safety recommendations asking the FAA to require that children under age 2 be appropriately secured in a child restraint.”
Other means of securing the child:
CARES harness: The system is for use by children between 22 and 44 lb. (10-20 kg) in weight, less than 40 inches (101,5 cm) tall and who are capable of sitting upright alone in a forward facing position.
You can buy it: http://amzn.to/1GCKTVw
Other useful links:
‘Virgin Atlantic Airlines’ Travel Information – http://bit.ly/1WdsJeT
Good Egg Safety – Flying with children: http://bit.ly/206XaIv
Study on CS-25 Cabin Safety Requirements by European Aviation Safety Agency: http://bit.ly/1P0GcpT
‘Iceland Air’ Travel Information: http://bit.ly/2cZJOtJ
‘British Airways’ Travel Information: http://bit.ly/2dkpIvq
‘Norwegian’ Travel Information: http://bit.ly/2cwBKmP
‘Scandinavian Airlines’ (SAS) Travel Information: http://bit.ly/2d4bfV5
‘Ryanair’ Travel Information: http://bit.ly/2fXi35T
‘Lufthansa’ Travel Information: http://bit.ly/2gVUm07