1. Isofix & I-size
There are a wide range of regulations and features that are constantly changing within the world of car seats, and it is so difficult to keep up with them! However, with our helpful guide you will learn all about Isofix and i-Size and exactly what they mean and what they do for you and especially for your baby! When you are tired and stressed out, you run the risk of installing your car seat incorrectly, resulting in a potential hazard for your baby on a journey. Seatbelt car seat installation works brilliantly for a number of parents and has done for a number of years; however, with the introduction of Isofix and i-Size you can eliminate any worry of this and be assured that your baby is safe in their car seat at all times.
2. What is Isofix?
Isofix is a system used within vehicles and on car seats that will make installing your car seat quick and easy. This attachment system uses two metal connection points that are built into the chassis of your car and will connect to your car seat. These are found within your cars padding located in the back seats where the back of the seat meets the bottom and the fabric joins. Once the Isofix connection points are found you will be able to connect your car seat to these isofix points.
Isofix will be additional secured by a third connection point either a support leg, which will come connected onto the car seat or base or a top tether, which is a strap that attaches to a mount located behind the seat. Both of these work with the connection points to reduce the forward facing movement of a car seat and to stop it tipping forward in an accident.
3. Do all car seats have Isofix and will any car seat fit?
If only life was that easy! Not all cars have Isofix; however, since 2004 it has become much more obtainable and now all new cars will have Isofix connection points within them. You can always check your car manual to see if yours does have Isofix. In addition to this, not all cars with Isofix will fit particular car seats, therefore the best thing to do is check. Most car seat manufacturers will have a fitting guide and will let you know if your chosen car seat will fit.
4. Do all car seats have Isofix?
Not all car seats have Isofix as some still have the option to be fitted through the use of the vehicles seat belt. However, there are a lot of car seats that come with Isofix attached so that you can easily install them without any hassle!
However, with Group 0+ car seats that range from birth until 13kg, this will mean that you will have to purchase an Isofix base separately (unless included within a package deal). This particular group of car seat do not have Isofix attached and an additional base will need to be purchased if you wish to use Isofix.
5. What is I-size?
Before any car seat is sold, it must meet certain regulations and standards. A new European regulation has been introduced called i-Size, which runs alongside all current regulations. The main idea behind i-size is that it will fit in any seat that has Isofix connection points; however, we still advise that you check that your car seat will fit within your car.
The new i-Size regulation means that your child will remain rearward facing until they are at least 15 months old. Rearward facing travel is highly advisable due to the size of babies’ heads compared to their bodies and the lack of strength they hold within their neck muscles.
6. Why should I choose an I-size seat?
With i-Size heavily promoting and placing a large amount of focus upon rearward facing travel, this means your child is fully protected and as a result of this, much safer. In a frontal impact in a forward facing car seat, a large amount of force is placed upon your baby’s neck which can be too great for your baby to withstand. However, within a rearward facing seat, the child is pushed further into the seat and as a result of this protecting their head and back and limiting movement around their neck.
I-Size seats are not classified based upon the weight of your child, as this has been developed and it now is measured by the height and age of your child. With more variables being taken into account this means that you will be able to carefully select the right seat, fitting your car safely and fitting your little one perfectly. The height measures will vary from seat to seat so it is especially important that you check these depending on which car seat you look at.