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Questions relating to i-Size Standards
Q What is i-Size?
All car seats have to pass a series of rigorous tests before they can be sold in the UK, and i-Size is the new European standard for child car seats.
Q What’s the difference between the existing testing standards and i-Size?
i-Size seats have an additional side-impact test to assess protection if your vehicle is involved in such a collision. It also ensures that children under 15 months travel in the rearward facing position, which is proven to be five times safer than the forward facing position.
Q Does this mean I need to go out and buy a new child car seat now?
No, but when you buy your next car or child car seat you should consider i-Size.
Q Will i-Size seats be more expensive?
Brand new seats coming to the market are often slightly more expensive. This reflects the research, development and technology invested - but market competition should help to keep costs as low as possible. Some manufacturers have indicated that their ranges may be around £30 more than current ISOFix seats.
Q Will the introduction of i-Size mean that parents/carers will have to purchase more car seats/bases than before?
No. Parents/carers will buy the same number of seats as before, but they will be used at different stages in their child’s growth and development.
Q Will i-Size replace the existing R44.04 standard?
From 9 July 2013 i-Size and ECE R44.04 will run side by side but a date will eventually be set when i-Size is the ONLY standard. That date has not as yet been set.
Q Is i-Size a brand name given by individual manufacturers?
No, it’s the name given to the standard by the industry.
Q Why is rearward facing safer?
There's a good YouTube video produced by the car seat manufacturer Maxi-Cosi which explains this simply.
Q What is ‘homologation’?
It’s a technical term that you may have heard which relates to the certification a car seat requires to enable it it to be produced and manufactured under the current regulation. Every seat that is tested receives its own ‘homologation’ number as proof of the test. Prototype seats and restraints do not have a homologation certificate until they have completed all required testing.