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Child Restraint Systems

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

Child Restraint Systems

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. These are categorized into different types with different applicable standards:

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.

Who should submit documents?

If you are selling child restraint systems, you may be asked to provide documents to confirm the safety of your products. Amazon requires documentation that indicates testing compliance with standards or regulations for each product you are applying to sell.

How do I request approval to sell child restraint systems?

In addition to the requirements for Children’s Products generally, Amazon’s policies require that all infant car seats sold through the Amazon website meet specified certification standards. In order to sell these products on Amazon, you must apply by submitting the following to

  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 confirming each product was tested to the requirements listed below:
    Product Regulation or 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 the following link: Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)

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

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.
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