Seatbelts are designed to retain people in their seats, and so prevent or reduce injuries suffered in a crash. They ensure that as little contact is made between the occupant and vehicle interior as possible and significantly reduce the risk of being thrown from a vehicle.
All our seat belt products are manufactured, tested and approved to European Standards as and when required e.g. ECE R16.
All our seat belts will carry a certificate label as below which will have the country of certification, the type of retractor/ seat belt it is and the certificate number.
Guide to test requirements
E mark from the Economic Commission for Europe (Economic Commission of Europe, referred to as ECE) regulations promulgated by (Regulation). ECE, including the current 28 countries of Europe, with the exception of EU member countries, also including Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Africa and other countries.
You can find more information on the testing requirements by clicking on each link.
ECE Regulation 14: Anchorages for cars, coaches etc. for UK and European road use.
ECE Regulation 16: Restraint for cars, coaches etc. for UK and European road use.
Seat Belt Certificate Label
Guide to certificate label
A capital “E” marks ECE approval to Regulation 16
The number after the “E” marks the county where it is tested/approved.
E1 – Germany, E2 – France, E3 – Italy, E4 – Netherlands, E5 – Sweden, E6 – Belgium, E9 – Spain, E11 – Britain, E12 – Austria, E13 – Luxembourg, E17 – Finland, E18 – Denmark, E21 – Portugal, E23 – Greece, E24 – Ireland.
The next line of numbers indicates the approval/ certificate number.
The meaning of “Ar4m” and other symbols are explained below:
A = 3 or 4 point mounting lap and diagonal belt. B = 2 point mounting lap belt. r = Seat belt with retractor. 3 = Automatic locking retractor. 4 = Emergency locking retractor. m = Multiple sensitivity. S = Special type belt. 4N = Lower sensitivity retractor.
Seat belts are independently tested and certified to European Directive 77/541 and/or Regulation 16 – they should not be CE marked.
CE marking is in many cases a subjective analysis with limited or no testing and no guaranteed base line performance.