i-Size a new EU standard for increased child safety:

- Improved protection at higher forces for side &front impact and a much better protection of head and neck

- Rearward faced travelling mandatory up to 15 months old

- i-Size also requires Isofix, which has less chance of being incorrectly used than belted car seats

- i-Size car seats will fit all Isofix cars

- Length classification for easier choosing the right car seat, similar like clothing sizes

The importance of using and installing a car seat correctly

Number of deaths related to use of car seat (Casimir study)

Injuries

Infant - Group 0

0-10kg
birth to approx. 6 months

 
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Baby - Group 0+

0-13kg
birth to approx. 12 months

 
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Toddler - Group 1

9-18kg
9 months to 3½ years

 
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Child - Group 2 & 3

15-36kg
3½ years to 12 years

 


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2WayFamily Concept
- Group 0+ & 1

0 - 18kg
birth to 3½ years

 

Why is a new standard necessary?

1. To minimize incorrect, dangerous installation
From 2000, some car manufacturers started including Isofix anchorage points in their new vehicles; since 2012 it is mandatory for all new vehicles. This means that currently about 60% of all cars on the road have these anchorage points. However, there are plenty of people who still use the seat belt fixation system, and thus incorrect, dangerous installation continues. Even worse, there are still a large number of parents who still don't know what the real benefits of ISOFIX are, even if they own a car which is equipped with this system. A recent UK survey found that 52% of all seat belt-fixed child seats were incorrectly installed, with 27% containing major faults*. We can therefore use the introduction of a new standard to create a preference for the simpler ISOFIX place-and-click system - by showing that it is simpler and safer. This will minimize the chance of incorrect and dangerous seat belt-type installation. (*SOURCE: www.protectchildgb.org.uk)

2. To protect against head/neck injuries up to at least 15 months
The existing ECER44/04 regulation allows a forward-facing child seat when the baby is 9 kg. However, recent research confirm that babies are safer in a rearward-facing seat up to the ageof at least 15 months. Only then is the child's neck strong enough to withstand the impulsive force of an average forward collision. That's why the new i-Size regulation clearly requires using rearward-facing seats for all babies up to the age of 15 months.

3. To protect against side-impact collisions
Currently there are no performance criteria that must be fulfilled for side impact collisions in the ECE regulation. i.e. a child car seat does not need to offer any protection against side impact by law. But since a quarter of all collisions are side-impact this issue clearly needs to be addressed. Of course, some car seats, including our own range, are tested on more demanding criteria, including the side impact (testing by consumer and automotive groups by Dorel), but it's still something that is not mandatory by the ECER44/04 law.

4. To prevent up-sizing too early
Many parents move their baby to a bigger forward-facing seat too early - typically at around 9 months (Gr 1 from 9kg to 18kg). This is because the current regulation uses a weight-based categorisation that can be mistakenly understood to allow up-sizing at 9 months. The new regulation clearly states that parents can switch from Rearward Facing to Forward Facing only when the child is at least 15 months Only then is the child's neck strong enough to withstand the impulsive force of an average forward collision.

5. To encourage the use of safer ISOFIX child seats
ISOFIX child seats are safer than current Gr 0+ and Gr 1 seats that use the adult seat belt. That's because the ISOFIX system makes it easier to install a child seat correctly, requiring only a place-and-click procedure, whereas the traditional seat belt fixation requires the correct routing of the seat belt webbing, with the associated chances of misuse.

6. It's our duty
It is socially, politically and ethically necessary to continually evolve higher safety regulation in all areas of life - especially when technical advances make it possible to do so. It has been almost a decade since the last major step forward in child car seats (i.e. ISOFIX), so it is now time to take the next major step forward.

Why doesn't the new regulation replace the old one?

The two regulations will run side by side for the foreseeable future. The "i-Size" regulation is exclusive to ISOFIX child seats. And the "ECER44" regulation will remain a norm for seatbelt-fixed seats and ISOFIX seats for a while. At this moment the EU is encouraging a preference for ISOFIX-based, i-Size seats for children up to about 105 cm (about 4 years). In the future (about 5 years from now) we can expect that all newly introduced car seats will conform to the requirements of the new i-Size regulation. This evolution is similar to that for adult seatbelts. Firstly, around 1980, all new cars had to be manufactured with seatbelts. Only when these cars became common on the road, did it become the law for passengers and drivers to wear those seatbelts.

How much will it improve the safety of child car seats?

It could be claimed that car seats according to the new standard provide five times as much safety as before. That's because the i-Size standard provides:

1. Better head and neck protection
Thanks to prescribed rearward-facing of 15 months instead of 9 kg.

2. Better side impact protection
Thanks to new specifications and testing criteria.

3. Minimised premature up-sizing
Thanks to the stricter requirement of 15 months old instead of 9kg, and also thanks to the use of length as the decision metric, i.e. parents will not mistakenly conclude that the child has outgrown its first child seat because the top of his head is sticking out of the seat, or because it's feet are outside of the seat.

4. Dramatically fewer incorrect installations
Thanks to the simple place-and-click procedure of ISOFIX child seats, compared to the weaving procedure of seat belt installed child seats.