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Questions relating to the law

Q What is the legal standpoint during the period of change from R44.04 to i-Size?
We are still awaiting confirmation on this issue. It will probably be considered during the six-month adoption period and as such we hope for clarification before January 2014.

Q Do the new regulations still apply if you put an i-Size seat in a non i-Size car? Or does it only apply when the two i-Sizes are compatible?
Road Safety GB and its in-car safety specialists are seeking clarification on the Road Traffic Law regarding this issue. That is, once the i-Size standard is adopted in the UK will an “appropriate restraint” refer to R44.03, R44.04 and i-Size?  And, for example, if a child is in an i-Size seat will they have to be in it until they reach 15 months, compared to a child in a R44.03/04 seat being able to ‘turn around’ at 9kgs?

As soon as more details are available on any of these issues we will update these pages.


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About the i-Size campaign

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.

This i-Size campaign has been developed by Stennik in consultation with Child Seat Safety. For more information please contact Sally Bartrum on 01379 650112.

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