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Amazon’s Policy on Selling Child Restraint Systems in the United States

Important: If you supply products for sale on Amazon, you must comply with all federal, state, and local laws and Amazon policies applicable to those products and product listings.

On this page, you will find:

  • What is a child restraint system?
  • Amazon’s policy on selling child restraint systems
  • How do I request approval to sell child restraint systems?
  • Documents you are required to submit if approved to sell child restraint systems
  • How to submit the required documents for approval
  • Lab you can use to obtain test reports
  • How to request product removal from Amazon fulfillment centers
  • Consequences for policy violations
  • Reporting a policy violation
  • Examples of types of child restraint systems
  • Links to more resources
  • Frequently asked questions

What is a child restraint system?

A child restraint system is a device designed for use in a motor vehicle to restrain, seat, or position children who weigh 30 kilograms (kg) or less. Child restraint systems are most commonly referred to as ‘car seats’. These are categorized into different types with different applicable standards. Some examples are shown below.

What is Amazon’s policy on selling child restraint systems?

We require sellers to provide documents showing that the product meets all local regulatory requirements. Amazon’s policies require that all child restraint systems sold through the Amazon website meet specified certification standards that we define below.

How do I request approval to sell child restraint systems?

Resellers must submit an invoice and an image of the product and/or its packaging. Manufacturers must submit an image of the product and/or its packaging.

What information/documents do I have to submit in order to be compliant?

In order to meet Amazon’s policy requirements, you must show that all of the child restraint systems you sell through the Amazon website meet specified certification standards by submitting the following information/documents for review to obtain approval to sell.

  1. Company name
  2. Seller/Vendor ID
  3. Email address
  4. Phone number
  5. A list of ASINs you are applying to sell
  6. Product Images, Consumer Registration Card, and Manuals, as applicable (images should include all relevant safety information and compliance markings)
  7. Certificate of Compliance/Declaration of Conformity (“self-certification”) demonstrating compliance to CPSIA Lead requirements (CPSIA Section 101)
  8. Test reports from an external or internal laboratory confirming each product was tested to the requirements listed below:
    Product Regulation/Standard Requirement
    Handheld infant carrier ASTM F2050 and 49 CFR 571.213
    Booster seats (backless and belt-positioning) 49 CFR 571.213
    Forward-facing child restraint system 49 CFR 571.213
    Rear-facing child restraint system 49 CFR 571.213
    Travel Systems (convertible child restraint systems, including those with stroller) ASTM F833-15, ASTM F2050, 49 CFR 571.213
    Fabric, non-framed child restraint systems Prohibited for sale on Amazon

For more information on CPSIA requirements, see: Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

How do I submit the required information/documents?

To submit the requested information/documents, send an email to lifesafetyequipment@amazon.com.

Note: You certify that all materials you submit are true, authentic, and accurate. Amazon may remove your selling privileges for failing to meet these safety requirements.

Which labs can I use to obtain test reports?

Amazon now accepts lab reports from either external or internal labs, so long as the lab is certified to test products against the listed requirements.

Some labs provide special Amazon rates for testing. A list of these Compliance Service Providers is available here.

How do I request product removal from Amazon fulfillment centers?

If you are unable or unwilling to appeal the suppression of your ASIN, you have 30 days to create a removal order from our fulfillment centers.

Refer to the following help pages:

Consequences for policy violations

Violations of Amazon's policies for listing child restraint systems may result in, but may not be limited to, the following actions:

  • Cancellation of the listing
  • Suspension of listing privileges
  • Suppression of your ASINs

Amazon reserves the right to take any further actions that are necessary and to make judgements at its sole discretion about whether or not a listing is appropriate.

Reporting a policy violation

Amazon encourages sellers to report listings that may violate our policies or any applicable law by contacting Selling Partner Support. Select Report a violation and be sure to include all relevant information so that we can conduct a thorough investigation.

Examples of types of child restraint systems (car seats)

Handheld infant carriers

Handheld infant carriers have a seat back that is intended to be in a reclined position (more than 10° from horizontal). Amazon policy applies to hand-held infant carrier and infant car seat bases, including standalone bases sold without carrier.


Booster Seats

Booster seats are either a backless child restraint system or a belt-positioning seat.

  1. Backless child restraint systems (i) consist of a seating platform that does not extend up to provide a cushion for the child’s back or head, and (ii) have a structural element designed to restrain forward motion of the child’s torso in a forward impact.


  2. Belt-positioning seats (i) position a child on a vehicle seat to improve the fit of a vehicle belt system on the child, and (ii) lack any component, such as a belt system or a structural element, designed to restrain forward movement of the child’s torso in a forward impact.


Forward-facing child restraint systems

Forward-facing child restraint systems position a child to face in the direction of travel of the motor vehicle.


Rear-facing child restraint systems

Rear-facing child restraint systems position a child to face in the direction opposite to the normal direction of travel of the motor vehicle.


Travel systems

Travel systems include full-size, stand-alone strollers with a compatible infant car seat that clips into the stroller.


Fabric systems

Fabric systems, also known as Fabric Car Seats, are products made of fabric (nylon, cotton, etc.) with straps, clips and padding, intended to restrain a child in a car. These products lack any type of metal or hard plastic frame. They are foldable and lightweight.

At this time, fabric systems are not allowed for sale on Amazon.


Additional resources

Frequently asked questions

How do I know that I am approved to sell child restraint systems?

Approved sellers will receive an email notification with this information.

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