“i-Size” is the name of a new European safety regulation that affects car seats for children under 15 months of age. It came into effect in July 2013 and provides extra protection in several ways, most notably by providing rearward facing travel for children up to 15 months instead of 9 to 12 months, which the previous EU regulation advised. In recent years, the safety of children in cars has improved. But unfortunately car accidents are still the leading cause of child fatalities in Europe. Therefore changes in regulations to improve child safety in cars are always useful. Recent research has confirmed that babies are safer in a rearward facing seat up to the age of at least 15 months.
As a long-time and leading manufacturer of child car seats, Maxi-Cosi has established an advanced Technical Centre in France. This centre encompasses everything necessary to conceive, build and test car seats in one ultra-modern, state-of-the-art facility. This facility, along with Maxi-Cosi’s experience and expertise in child seat design and manufacturing, was deployed by the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) to help develop and define the new i-Size standard. In particular, Maxi-Cosi proposed and defined the ISOFIX support leg compatibility rules for car manufacturers. This support leg stops the child seat rotating forwards in the event of a collision. Maxi-Cosi also proposed a side-impact test procedure which has been accepted European-wide by other experts. We contributed to the new classification of products by child size (rather than weight) by supplying the results of a 3D measuring survey of more than 2000 children from birth to 12 years old.
And, in addition to preparing a complete portfolio of i-Size compliant car seats, we are preparing industry stakeholders for the new regulation and are sharing our knowledge in order to ensure that consumers better understand the reasons for and benefits of the new i-Size regulation.
You want to read more on i-Size, please visit our car seat safety section.