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.

TÜV-approved car seats

List of TÜV-approved car seats:


ManufacturerModelTÜV IDGroup
Bébé Confort Pebble 0000023572 0+
Bébé Confort Pebble Plus 0000043330 0-13 kg  (45 – 75 cm hight)
Concord Ion 0000026687 0+
Eitel Plastic Luftikid 7011000571 I/II
Kiddy Comfort Pro 0000026688 I/II/III
Kiddy Discovery Pro 0000026688 II/III
Kiddy Guardian Pro 0000026688 I/II/III
Kiddy Guardian Pro2 0000026688 I/II/III
Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro 00000001021 II/III
Kiddy Energy Pro 00000001022 I
Kiddy Phoenixfix Pro 00000001022 I
Kiddy Phoenixfix Pro 2 00000001022 I
Kiddy Guardian Fix Pro 0000026688 I/II/III
Kiddy Guardian Fix Pro2 0000026688 I/II/III
Kiddy Evolution Pro 0000040931 0+
Kiddy Evolution Pro2 0000040931 0+
Kiddy Smartfix 00000001021 II/III
Maxi Cosi Citi 8811410300 0
Maxi Cosi Citi (SPS) 8811410300 0
Maxi Cosi Mico 8011000571 0
Maxi Cosi Pebble 0000023572 0+
Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus 0000043330 0-13kg (45-75 cm Hight)
Recaro Privia 0000044950 0+
Römer Baby Safe Plus / B06 9811400300 0+
Römer Eclipse 0000028802 I
Römer Baby Safe Plus SHR 9811400300 0+
Römer King QuickFix 8811400300 I
Simple Parenting Doona 0000043493 0+
Storchenmühle Maximum 2711305500 0
Takata Picomino Mini 0000033472 0+
Takata Toyota Mini 0000033472 0+
Takata Takata Mini 0000033472 0+
Takata BMW G0+ 0000033472 0+
Takata Lexus Mini 0000033472 0+

I will keep this list up to date, but the list can also be found here on their website: http://bit.ly/1Wdb9gp


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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.

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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.”


The FAA also recommends that children sit in child safety seats or devices during air travel:

“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 [1] 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


CARES child restraint in use on aircraft.


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



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Therese has completed the ‘Advanced Child Car Seat Training Course’ at TRL (Transport Research Lab) and is a CPD accredited car seat expert. She blogs about in-car safety, car seats, tips, reviews, give-aways and advice. She’s a mum on a mission to change the law and raise awareness. She is also a breast feeding advocate and gentle parenting promoter who loves cloth nappies, baby-wearing, BLW and co-sleeping/bed-sharing.

16 thoughts on “TÜV-approved Child Car Seats + Professional and Industry Recommendations

  1. Great post.

    But annoyingly there is a lack of joined up thinking between countries around the world on seat approvals generally which makes travelling with a seat less useful.

    US/Canada is the most common problem for EU residents, but can affect other longer distance destinations too. North Americans probably have a bigger issue when travelling abroad since I suspect more countries align to EU based certification rules & testing than US based.

    So, you can wind up with the following problem: TUV approved seat may be accepted on your flight to the US (say), depending on specific airline rules, but is not legal for use in the car once you are there, the seat is then just a lump of dead weight plastic to lug around (unless you choose to break the law and use it anyway, which I would not recommend). Even some US based airlines seem to accept TUV seats (domestically and internationally)

    Similarly, your North American approved seat (with the supplemental FAA/CATSA approval for aircraft use) is accepted on the plane to the EU (and within the EU), but not legal in the car in the EU. And some EU airlines accept FAA approved seats.

    And ISOFix is not the same as LATCH.

    There does not appear to be any EU car seats that are legal in North America generally, and vice versa, which is the heart of the problem. The certification rules are fundamentally incompatible even if the manufacturer makes essentially the same seat for both markets (e.g. Britax)

    NB: I have read that a few airlines (long distance ones) will supply a car seat for use in the plane, **for free** if pre-booked (and subject to capacity).

    What governments could do to make lives easier for tourists and new arrivals is to permit the temporary use (say 4 weeks max.) of a foreign approved seat subject to some restrictions e.g. belted seats only (to avoid the LATCH/ISOFix issue). After all, an EU 44.04 approved seat is almost certainly as effective when belted into most common US made cars as it would be in Europe, and could be safer than a rental car company loaner seat of uncertain history/cleanliness. And vice versa for a US seat in the EU.

    There is probably a business opportunity to provide for safer car seats for short term rental. For safety and peace of mind, the the seat would need to be rigged up with sensors (or scanned after use) to detect that it has been in a crash and is therefore no longer safe to use, and the service would also have to commit to clean the covers after every hire (or sell the seat as used after one use in a warranted safe but dirty condition and let the buyer do the cleaning).

    I’m booking a trip to the US next year; I wonder if I can get Amazon to deliver an inexpensive US legal ERF seat direct to to the car hire company pick up location….

  2. I’m having an awful headache at present. We’re emigrating to Oz and our maxi Cosi two way pearl is not suitable for a plane so we need to buy a new seat for our 22mo old. I’ve asked Emirates for a list of seats that are approved and they say any that are FAA/EASA approved. I went to an independent car seat retailer and they don’t know of any class 1 seat that has an EASA sticker. The Britax Eclipse has a TÜV sticker but Emirates don’t think they can accept this. FAA have a list of approved seats in US but EASA does not give a list of approved seats available in Europe. Nightmare!!!!

  3. Hi, I booked additional seat for my baby to use her FAA and TUV certified car seat on board just to find out that Ryanair policy requires the seat to be forward facing (while ours is meant to be fitted rear facing) and to have 5 point harness (ours has 3 point). Are there any industry publications talking about rear facing seats being safer?

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