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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.

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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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