The new i-Size regulations are set to radically change the car seat market but how much do you actually know about it? For many the answer is not much. With it being such a big game-changer for the car seat market, we have asked leading car seat manufacturer Maxi-Cosi to simply and easily explain these new rules. So, if you are expecting a baby or have a young child get clued up by reading the below and watching our video!
Here we talk to Nikki Bhogal, Head of Marketing UKI, from Maxi-Cosi on everything you need to know about i-Size.
The first phase of the latest car seat safety regulation, known as R129, that aims to bring the safety performance of car seats for children from birth to 105cm to a new, higher level.Ok, so can you explain simply the new i-Size regulations?
The table below highlights the main and most important differences between R44/04 and the newer i-Size (R129) regulation.
Most definitely! There are a number of key safety benefits of the i-Size (R129) regulation namely:
• i-Size car seats offer improved protection at higher forces for side and front impact and a much better protection of head and neck.
• Unlike the R44/04 regulation which allows a baby to move to a forward facing toddler car seat at 9kgs (approx. 9 months), under the i-Size regulation, rearward facing travel is mandatory up to 15 months. This means a baby's head and neck will be fully supported in a potential impact, for a much longer period of time. Many i-Size
• i-Size car seats require installation with an ISOFIX base. This greatly reduces the risk of
incorrect car seat installation. Maxi-Cosi bases all provide visual
and/or audio feedback when the base and car seat are installed
• Lastly, i-Size car seats are classified according to a child's height rather than weight, making it easier to select the correct car seat for each child.
What are the benefits of rearward facing a child for longer?
It is very important for a new born baby to remain rearward-facing for as long as possible. When a baby is born, it does not have a fully developed bone structure or adequate muscle strength and is therefore unable to prevent its relatively large and heavy head from being thrown forward in the event of an impact.
When a baby is rearward-facing, its head and neck is fully supported by the car seat, with the forces of an impact being spread over the whole back and not just the head and neck.
Are i-Size seats available to buy now? What ones should parents be looking at?
• Pebble Plus baby car seat (from birth to 75cm) used in combination with the 2wayFix Base
• 2wayPearl toddler car seat (from 67 to 105cm) used in combination with the 2wayFix Base
• AxissFix toddler car seat (from 61 to 105cm)
The Pebble Plus, 2wayPearl and 2wayFix Base make up our 2wayFamily collection and allow for extended rearward-facing travel from birth to approx. 4 years. The AxissFix is our 360° swivelling car seat that provides optimal ease of use.