Orbit Baby Testing

At Orbit Baby, we're determined to go above and beyond the call of duty to guarantee our designs withstand the normal rigors – and unexpected bumps – of everyday use. Here's a sampling of the tests we do, from stringent government-mandated tests of baby gear, to product validation tests we obligate ourselves to perform.

Car Seat Safety

StrongArm™ Cycle Test

Installation of our car seat bases

The StrongArm is the self-tightening mechanism that allows you to securely install your car seat Base with just the turn of a knob. Orbit's StrongArm design is fully rotated forwards and backwards 500 times to prove that this design remains just as safe after hundreds of installations.

SmartHub™ Docking Test

Docking Orbit Baby car seats on our car seat bases

The SmartHub is the steel ring of the car seat bases, strollers, and rockers, on which all Orbit Baby seats are docked. To guarantee the security of this primary component, Orbit Baby tests the SmartHub by docking, rotating, and undocking each seat design 3000 times before production. Then, during production, each seat is inspected and tested again on the SmartHub before it is boxed and shipped out.

NHTSA FMVSS 302

(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration | Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards)

This test is also required by law for all car seats. FMVSS 302 specifies and ensures a level of flame retardancy for Orbit's car seats and Base. Click here to read more about the flame retardancy of Orbit Baby products .

NHTSA FMVSS 213

(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration | Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards)

US law requires that all car seats on the market pass this regulatory standard. To pass FMVSS 213 regulations, Orbit's car seats and car seat base go through rigorous dynamic tests, including multiple kinds of 'crash tests' that simulate car accidents, as well as static tests, which include loading buckles and examining labels. These tests ensure a consistent level of car seat safety.

NHTSA Ease-of-Use Standards

(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Because a car seat can only be safe if it is used correctly, NHTSA provides Ease-of-Use guidelines for car seat design . We take these guidelines seriously and certify that our manuals and product labels are user-friendly and that Orbit Baby's car seats are some of the easiest on the market to install.

ASTM F2050

(American Society for Testing & Materials)

Orbit Baby infant and toddler car seats also adhere to the ASTM F2050 voluntary safety recommendations for Handheld Infant Carriers. This regulation covers pinch hazards, carrier handles, slippage, and warning labeling.

Stroller Safety

Treadmill Test

Extra testing for durability

Because the Orbit Baby stroller grows with your child and can be used with all Orbit Baby seats, we test our stroller design to make sure it is undamaged after a strenuous simulated use of several years. In the Treadmill Test, the stroller is loaded with a seat, Cargo Pod, and 55 pounds (24 kg) of weight, and is then mounted on a special treadmill machine. The treadmill belt has rows of aluminum blocks more than 4 cm high bolted to it, and the Stroller is run for 60 hours to simulate severe real-world Stroller usage.

Curb Drop Test

Testing for real-world scenarios

Strolling off a sidewalk curb is often necessary when you're out and about with your child, but can wear out a stroller. That's why we test our stroller design on a machine that simulates rolling off a curb & onto a curb 3000 times before production approval. Before the Curb Drop Test, the stroller is loaded with a lot of weight (50 lbs or 23 kg) so we can be confident the design will remain fully functional all the way up to the weight limit.

Cold Temperature Test

Testing for climates around the world

Because some plastics can become brittle in cold temperatures, the plastic parts on Orbit Baby's stroller are validated for cold temperature ranges. In the Cold Temperature Test, plastic parts are frozen to -20 degrees Celsius for 24 hours. Then the weakest areas are stressed by dynamic loading until we are sure all plastic structures can withstand very strenuous use and handling in extremely cold temperatures.

ASTM F833

(American Society for Testing & Materials)

This voluntary regulatory measure ensures the safety of strollers and stroller seats, and includes tests for strength, durability, stability, and maneuverability. ASTM F833 also offers guidelines for the comfort and security of safety harnesses on children covering the appropriate size range. We meet this regulation with our infant and toddler car seats, bassinets, and stroller seats when docked onto the stroller frame.

360-Degree Tip Test

Above-and-beyond tip testing

Because all Orbit Baby seats rotate 360 degrees on the stroller, we go above and beyond to perform the Tip Test for each seat in all locked positions on the stroller frame: facing forwards, backwards, or to either side. And since we designed for Orbit Baby seats to sit at a comfortable height for parents, we test to make sure the Stroller can be tipped a full 13 degrees without falling over, which is beyond the ASTM standard.

Rocker Safety

Rocker Load Test

Testing for the highest possible weight rating

Our Rocker is a great indoor solution for all Orbit Baby seats, from the Bassinet that holds your newborn, to the Toddler Car Seat for youngsters up to 50 pounds. Even with these weight ratings, we like to be extra sure of your child's safety. In the Rocker Load Test, our Rocker withstands 200 pounds (90 kg) of weight without any structural weakening.

'Big Brother' Test

Simulating real-world usage

In this test, we simulate the stress that would occur if a 'big brother' were to pull on an Orbit Baby seat while docked on the Rocker. A large amount of stress is put on the outer most parts of each Orbit Baby seat to make sure that the seat does not detach from the Rocker and that the Rocker does not tip over from the added force.

Other Safety Tests and Guidelines

Real User Testing

Testing for real-world usage

Orbit Baby's product development engineers employ a diverse team of real-life moms and dads to test our products, both during the design process and after production. We encourage the user team to give our products an enthusiastic run, trying out all usage modes and mechanical systems in real-world scenarios. Because of the extensive surveys, photos, and videos from the Orbit Baby user team, our process is enriched with parental wisdom and our products designed for real-world comfort and safety.

Oeko-Tex® Standard 100

International Oeko-Tex® Association

orbitgreen™: Certified Fabrics - Orbit Baby is committed to fabrics that are hypoallergenic and safe for both your child and the environment. The fabric of Orbit Baby seats is certified by the International Oeko-Tex® Association, a Europe-based institution founded to guarantee "confidence in textiles." Specifically, Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 limits over 100 potentially harmful substances and chemicals, ensuring that our upholstery fabric is especially easy on both your child's skin and the environment.

CPSIA-HR4040

(Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act)

The August 2008 US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act ( CPSIA-HR4040 ) improves upon existing safety requirements for products used by children under twelve, specifically addressing lead paint, lead in substrates and phthalates in products. It also requires self-certification and verification by accredited third party testing laboratories. All Orbit Baby products comply with the most current CPSIA regulations, as asserted in our General Certification of Compliance (GCC).

California TB 117

(California Technical Bulletin)

This measure lays out requirements for furniture fire safety in the state of California. Because flame retardancy requirements for home items is most stringent in California, we know that our products fare well above all state standards after passing California TB 117 .

ASTM F2194

(American Society for Testing & Materials)

The ASTM F2194 is a voluntary measure intended to ensure the safety of bassinets and cradles. By complying with this measure, Orbit Baby's bassinets meet the requirements of a safe sleeping cradle for infants.

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