Should I get Isofix car seat?

Is Isofix safer for car seats?

NEW Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) ratings have revealed that ISOFIX compatible child car seats compared with the traditional seatbelt-retaining system are not necessarily safer when choosing a vehicle child restraint. ISOFIX is an alternate car restraint attachment method that doesn’t use an adult seatbelt.

Do Isofix bases damage car seats?

Registered. Using the isofix does leave a dent in the seats but this seems to lift after a few days. I’ve two Isofix seats in place – one is just the base (with a ‘leg’ and rear brace) for a carry seat; the other is group1. Both seats are in & out regular without damage to the leather at all.

What is the point of Isofix?

Isofix provides a more secure and easier way of attaching child seats in cars. Basically, fitting points are built into both cars and child car seats when they are manufactured.

Is ISOFIX safer than belt?

Is ISOFIX safer than a seat belt? Independent tests show that ISOFIX mounted seats are extremely safe. Rather than relying on a belt, the car seat is fixed directly to the child seat base. That means there’s less movement in the seat in the event of an accident, particularly a side on impact.

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Do you need ISOFIX base by law?

Children of 12 years old or taller than 135cm do not need to use a child seat. Before this age or height they must do by law. Child seats must be fitted either using ISOFIX mountings or a diagonal seat belt strap.

Can I use ISOFIX in a non ISOFIX car?

While Isofix is a simpler method of installation because of the in-built indicators, not all cars are Isofix compatible so you won’t be able to use the Isofix method in cars that don’t have Isofix fittings.

Can you use ISOFIX and seat belt together?

Although it might seem logical that two installation methods holding your car seat in place is safer than one, this is not correct in the majority of cases. There is no evidence from the studies done that indicate any benefit from using both ISOfix and the seat belt simultaneously.

Does my car have ISOFIX Reg check?

You can check with the child seat manufacturer – many have a list on their website that shows which Isofix-fitted cars work with which Isofix-fitted seats. You can also check along the join in your back seat, you should find a tag with the Isofix logo on it – and feel the two attachment points.

Does ISOFIX have a weight limit?

Isofix is designed to secure a maximum combined weight (comprising both seat and child) of 33kg. The center-to-center distance between the anchors of Isofix (and also LATCH) systems is 280 mm.

What year was ISOFIX compulsory?

With the exception of two-seater cars, ISOFIX will be mandatory in all new models launched from November 2012, and in all vehicles manufactured after November 2014. Some ISOFIX car seats feature indicators that confirm when the seat is correctly fitted.

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What’s the difference between ISOFIX and Isofit?

Isofit seats still makes use of the vehicle’s Isofix anchor points but, unlike Isofix, uses the vehicle’s built-in three-point seatbelt to restrain the child rather than the five-point belt built in to Isofix seats.

Do ISOFIX bases fit all car seats?

Not all ISOFIX bases fit all car seats

The base stays firmly fixed onto the car and does not move with you. Ensure you get a compatible base!