What Is i-Size Regulation?
i-Size is a new European car seat safety standard that came into force in July 2013 and forms part of the R129 regulations.
R129 aims to increase the safety of children in cars by bringing the safety performance of the car seats to a new, higher level.
i-Size is the name of the first phase of the new R129 legislation ensuring enhanced performance criteria for car seats for children from birth to 105cm (approx. 4 years) which are installed with ISOFIX. R129 was developed using the very latest research into child safety in cars and is therefore the future of car seat safety legislation, but will continue to run side-by-side with ECE R44/04 in the years to come.
Why was i-Size (R129) introduced?
Latest figures from Good Egg Safety, one of the UK’s largest in-car safety campaigners, reveal that 71% of child car seats are either fitted incorrectly or are incompatible to the child or car.
These figures, collected from just under 3,000 child car seat checks throughout Britain in 2015, prove that child seat safety remains a significant problem, with many parents being unaware of how to correctly choose or fit a car seat.
In addition to incorrect car seat selection and installation, many parents move their baby to the next stage, forward-facing car seat at approx. 9 months because:
They appear to have outgrown the car seat as their feet stick out of the seat shell.
The current law (ECE R44/04) allows a baby to move to a forward facing Group 1 car seat at 9kg
However, 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. 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.
What makes i-Size travel safer?
- Improved protection of the head and neck at higher forces for side and front impact
- Rearward-facing travel is mandatory up to 15 months old
- i-Size requires ISOFIX, which has less chance of being incorrectly used than belted car seats
- i-Size car seats will fit almost all cars with ISOFIX
- Length classification making it easier to choose the correct car seat for each child
Differences between R44/04 and R129 (i-Size)
Are R44/04 car seats still safe?
With the introduction of the i-Size (ECE R129) regulation in 2013, there has been much confusion as to whether R44/04 car seats are still safe. Watch the video below to find out…
Discover Maxi-Cosi’s i-Size car seats: Pebble Plus
The Pebble Plus is a baby car seat with an excellent safety performance and includes a comfortable baby-hugg inlay for enhanced protection and better fit and lying position for the newborn. For the comfort of bigger babies and safety in case of side impact collisions, impact-absorbing material is added to the top side wings. Maxi-Cosi recommends using the Pebble Plus with the 2wayFix base up to approx. 12 months, providing the safest ISOFIX installation and a highly convenient click-and-go system.
The Maxi-Cosi 2wayPearl is used in combination with the 2wayFix Base, as a part of the 2wayFamily. The 2wayPearl offers rearward-facing travel up to 105 cm (approx. 4 years) or forward-facing travel from 15months. The 2wayPearl provides optimal ease of use with an stay open harness, a very easy switch from rearward to forward facing, and full recline options in both directions. The 2wayFix base will provide visual and audible confirmation when the connection is secure.
Safety turns easy, now from birth, with the Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus. This baby and toddler car seat combines state-of-the-art safety performance and a 360° swivelling seat to offer the best ease of use. The AxissFix Plus can now be used from birth – thanks to its cozy enveloping inlay up to the approximate age of 4 years (105cm). The ISOFIX system enables an easy and safe car seat installation, and the seat offers rear-facing travel up to approximately 2years (87cm) for enhance head & neck protection.
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