Going on holiday or travelling by car? Make sure to keep your younger passengers safe with the new i-Size compliant baby car seats.
What is i-Size?
‘i-Size’ (ECE R129) is the name of a new EU safety legislation that was ratifiedin July 2013 and increases the safety level of child car seats, most notably by stating that babies must travel rearward facing for at least the first 15 months( in i-Size car seats) instead of 9 to 12 months,as the previous EU regulation advised.
Introduced in July 2013 the i-Size regulation ensures that every i-Size car seat will fit any i-Size approved vehicle, with the maximum Euro NCAP rating.
If you are using a rearward facing car seat that is secured by the seat belt or IsoFix under the current legislation ECE R44/04, you can continue to use it. The new i-Size regulations simply mean that you have several options available to you when buying a new car seat for your baby or toddler.
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Why Are Rearward Facing Car Seats Safer?
Recent research has confirmed that babies are safer in a rearward facing seat up to the age of 15 months.Up until 15 months, a baby’s neck is not developed enough yet to withstand the forces of an average head-on collision because of their relatively heavy head. The excessive pressure on the neck of the baby might lead to serious neck injury. When travelling rearward facing, the forces of a head-on collision are better spread over a greater area of the body of the baby, which leads to less pressure on the head and neck.
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Why Is The New i-Size Legislation Necessary?
In recent years, the safety of children in cars has improved.Unfortunately however, car accidents are still the leading cause of child fatalities in Europe. It is therefore important that regulations evolve to improve child safety in cars and vehicles.
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Does The New i-Size Regulation Replace The Current ECE R44/04 Regulation?
Not yet. i-Size does not replace the current ECE R44/04 car seat legislation, but will run side by side with it for the foreseeable future. This means you do not need to upgrade your existing child car seat and car seats complying with ECE R44/04 may continue to be sold and usedsafely. The introduction of i-Size simply means that you now havean extra safer option when buying a car seat for your child.
The new i-Size regulation applies specifically to ISOFIX car seats, and the ECE R44/04 regulation for seat belt and ISOFIX installed seats will remain in place for a while.
It is proposed that in the future, only ISOFIX based child seats will conform to the EU i-Size safety regulations.
Find Out More About The i-Size Regulation
Did you know that Maxi-Cosi helped develop the new EU i-Size regulation? Long-time leading manufacturers of child car seats, Maxi-Cosi helped to develop and define the new i-Size regulation. Proposing ISOFIX support leg compatibility rules and side impact test procedures, Maxi-Cosi contributed to the new classification standards by supplying the results of a 3D measuring survey of more than 2,000 children.
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If you have any more questions about the i-Size regulations you can find our more in our FAQs section.
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