car seat safety technology

Car seat ranking

Maxi-Cosi Safety Ranking - Explanation

Maxi-Cosi has developed a safety ranking for all its car seats in order to provide a clear overview of the safety performance. All car seats are divided into four groups, going from excellent safety to good safety.

Results obtained by crash tests of an external and independent organization ADAC, combined with the regulation that the car seat complies to, and type of installation form the basis of the ranking of the car seats.

The categories are:

1. Excellent Safety

  • 5 or 4 stars ADAC rating
  • Comply with i-Size regulation
  • ISOFIX installation  
 Excellent Safety medal 

2. Top Safety 

  • 5 or 4 stars ADAC rating
  • Comply with R44 regulation
  • ISOFIX installation
 Top Safety medal

3. High Safety 

  • 4 stars ADAC rating
  • Comply with R44 regulation
  • Car seat belt installation
 High Safety medal

4. Good Safety 

  • 3 stars ADAC rating
  • Comply with R44 regulation
  • Car seat belt installation
 Good Safety Medal

ADAC crash test scores
ADAC is an independent German automobile association that organizes safety tests of child car seats two times each year (spring and autumn edition). The ADAC crash test score is obtained by two main tests: dynamic safety and ease of use. The dynamic rating consists of a frontal impact and side impact crash test. A dummy in the car seat with advanced sensors measures the forces that are applied at its body. ADAC then calculates the final score based on these measurements. The ease of use test consists of 5 steps going from placing the product in the car to tightening the belts of the dummy inside. In all these steps, the engineers of ADAC especially pay attention to the risk of misuse, the risk to installing the car seat incorrectly. The combination of these tests provide a score that ranges from 0.5 (best) to 5.5 (worst). This score is than detracted by 6 to obtain the score in stars, ranging from 5 stars (best) to 0 stars (worst).

i-Size versus R44
All car seats in Europe have to comply with rules that are defined in car seat legislation. i-Size is the new legislation for car seats that has been developed to further increase the safety level for children in cars. i-Size has become effective as of the 9th of July 2013. It can be claimed that car seats that comply with the i-Size standard are significantly safer because i-Size leads to: a better head and neck protection, a better side impact protection, a minimization of premature up-sizing to forward facing and a reduction of incorrect installations.

R44/04 car seats are safe while new car seats that comply with i-Size are even safer.

ISOFIX versus car seat belt installation
ISOFIX is an international standardized fitting system which provides the safest, easiest and quickest way to install a child car seat. Child car seats that use car seat belts have a higher risk of incorrect installation and use, while with ISOFIX the risk of incorrect installation is very small.

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