i-Size car seats
i-Size is the new European standard for child car seats. i-Size seats will fit every i-Size approved vehicle and cars will need to be i-Size compliant to achieve the maximum Euro NCAP rating.
The i-Size regulations are designed to provide children with additional protection and safety in the car. i-Size does not replace the existing R44/04 legislation, but runs alongside it. The key differences are increased support for the child’s head and neck and better protection in the event of both frontal and side-impact. The seat’s five-point harness ensures that the child stays in the seat even in a roll-over accident.
i-Size also helps parents choose the right seat more easily by classifying seats by the child’s length/height rather than weight. It can be used in most cars that have IsoFix fittings, which have been standard in the majority of cars since 2007, and which make the seat easy to install correctly. The legislation also states that the child must travel rearward-facing up to a minimum of 15 months old.
Child Seat Safety provides training and advice for anyone responsible for the fitting of child restraints. Child Seat Safety provides the only nationally accredited training course which has been licenced by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
Euro NCAP provides independent safety assessment of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The ratings are based on child and adult occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist.
This website explains the importance of a correctly-fitted child restraint and provides advice on how to find the best seat for your child.