No obligation to upgrade
The i-Size regulation does not replace the older ECER44/04 regulation, so you do not need to upgrade your existing child car seat. If you currently use a rearward facing child car seat that is fixed to the car by the seat belt, you can continue. The introduction of i-Size simply means that you now have an extra option when buying a car seat for your baby/toddler – an option that complies to the new i-Size safety regulation.
But it is safer
Child car seats that comply with the new i-Size regulation provide up to twice as much protection as conventional child car seats. For example, i-Size seats provide better head and neck protection, thanks to the longer rearward facing of 15 months. i-Size also provides better side-impact protection because, for the first time ever in a child car seat regulation, it includes a set of minimum performance criteria for this type of collision.
i-Size seats are also much less likely to be installed incorrectly, because they have a simple place-and-click fitting procedure that does not involve the car’s seat belt. In addition, the i-Size regulation will help prevent up-sizing too soon, from a rearward facing seat to a larger forward facing one. That’s because it has the clearly specified requirement of 15 months old instead of 9 to 12 months. The chance of up-sizing too soon is also minimized because the child’s length is used in the deciding factor and parents will not mistakenly conclude that their child has outgrown the first seat because the top of his head is sticking out, or because his feet are outside the seat.
And finally, i-Size means more peace of mind. Not all current child car seats fit all car models securely. However, all i-Size car seats do fit all cars equipped with the ISOFIX system.