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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.

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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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