CCC: New GB Standard for Seats and Their Anchorages6. January 2015
The Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (SAC) recently published a new GB Standard for the “Strength of the seats and their anchorages of passenger vehicles”. The new GB standard will be mandatory starting July 1, 2015.
Seats are considered one of the most important safety components in a passenger vehicle. The old GB standard GB 13057-2003 was introduced 11 years ago. The Chinese authorities updated this GB standard to ensure improvements in occupant safety.
According to the new GB standard, seats and their anchorages now need to undergo
dynamic testing, static tests will no longer be required. A product certification can only be done after making sure the seats and anchorages comply with the technical requirements and have passed the required dynamic tests.
The new standard is based on the ECE R80 (UN Regulation for “Seats for Omnibuses”) which was released on October 25, 2011.The new GB standard was created in accordance with the ECE rules and regulations for vehicle categories M2 and M3 of the vehicle classes II, III and B for seats and anchorages. The vehicle categories M2 and M3 underwent an improvement of quality requirements during the production process as well as an enhancement of safety aspects.
As soon as the new GB standard becomes mandatory, manufacturers of seats and anchorages will need to comply with the new GB Standard GB 13057-2014. All changes in certificate and new CCC certifications will need to comply with the new GB standard. Holders of CCC certificates that comply with the old GB standard GB 13057-2003 will have to apply for a change of GB standard before the next follow up inspection and will be required to do product tests according to the new GB standard.
If a seat manufacturer does not apply for a change for their certificate on time, they run the risk of non-conformance and possibly even suspension or revocation of their certificate.
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