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Questions relating to vehicle design
Q Will i-Size products fit into cars currently fitted with ISOFix?
Anecdotally, yes. Some cars already comply with i-Size but parents and carers will need to check the car seat manufacturer’s compatibility list to ensure their car can accommodate an i-Size seat. This is the same as we would recommend for any belted or ISOfix seat.
Q Can you fix i-Size seats in non i-Size cars?
In some cases, yes - but again you must check the car seat manufacturer’s compatibility list to confirm the seat fits your car. If you're not sure you should contact the car seat manufacturer and/or car dealer.
Q When will i-Size vehicles be produced?
Vehicle manufacturers can start identifying their vehicles as i-Size compatible from 9 July 2013. It’s already known that many ISOFix vehicles are i-Size compliant but they can’t currently be labeled retrospectively.
Q Will car manufacturers be obliged to produce i-Size cars by a certain date?
The car industry has played a key role in developing i-Size. There will be incentives for manufacturers to have i-Size cars through the Euro NCAP rating system for child occupant protection. Vehicles that are not ‘i-Size ready’ won’t achieve the maximum star rating.
Q Will there be more anchor/ISOFix points introduced to i-Size cars?
i-Size cars will have to have a minimum of two i-Size fixing points (for two seats). This will be based on the capacity to hold a ‘support leg’, ISOFix points and a tether strap for the seat. Some vehicles may have the capacity to have additional i-Size fixing points in the front passenger seat and in the future seven-seater vehicles may also have them in the back two seats.
Q Will manufacturers stop making car seats that fit only with a seat belt?
In time yes, but this is likely to be some years away. Modern cars are designed and built to last a long time and it is is very likely that, for example, in 15 years’ time we will still have vehicles on the roads that will not have i-Size fixing points.
Q If I need a new seat, will I have to buy a new car if I don't have ISOfix or i-Size?
No. Car seat manufacturers will continue to produce belt-installed seats to high safety standards for some time to come. However, when you buy your next car or child car seat you should consider i-Size.
Q What about cars without ISOFix
i-Size seats are not compatible with these cars. Eventually, manufacturers are likely to stop producing seats that rely on being fitted via a seatbelt because of the improved safety levels offered by i-Size sets.