Check that your Isofix seat is approved for use in your particular vehicle. Isofix seats will not fit in every car with Isofix points. As with any child car seat, follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
Do car seat bases fit all car seats?
Are All Car Seat Bases Universal? No, not all car seat bases are universal. When choosing a car seat base, it is vital to check and double-check that the base is compatible with your car seat make and model.
Are ISOFIX base Universal?
Are all ISOfix bases the same? The ISOfix bases look similar in style but are all different. They all have the ISOfix points to attach to the car’s ISOfix anchorage points.
Is an Isofix base safer?
Is Isofix safer? Independent tests show that Isofix mounted seats are extremely safe. Rather than relying on a belt, the car seat is fixed directly to the child seat base. That means there’s less movement in the seat in the event of an accident, particularly a side on impact.
Do you have to use the base for an infant car seat?
Typically, you don’t need the base to properly use your car seat — it’s just a convenience. To install without the base, just thread the seat belt through the grooves on the side of the seat and tighten in the same manner as above. It should look something like this (for American car seats).
What can you do if your car doesn’t have Isofix?
If your car is not Isofix compatible, you will still be able to install your car seat using the seat belt installation method. The seat belt method is a universal method for installing car seats into any car.
Do you need an Isofix base if your car has Isofix?
For baby car seats, you will need an additional car seat base to use ISOFIX. Most first-time parents install our baby car seats correctly thanks to the easy-to-use ISOFIX base. For toddler car seats, you can either choose for a car seat that is installed with your car’s seat belt or with ISOFIX.
Is Isofix better than seatbelt?
If we look at all data, crash test, real life usage, and habits, Isofix is far safer than installing a car seat with seat belt. With Isofix, virtually no mistakes are made, something which can not be said about seat belt installs.
Can you use ISOFIX and seat belt together?
Although it might seem logical that two installation methods holding your car seat in place is safer than one, this is not correct in the majority of cases. There is no evidence from the studies done that indicate any benefit from using both ISOfix and the seat belt simultaneously.
Is ISOFIX a legal requirement?
Children weighing more than 22kg and taller than 125cm can use a backless booster seat. Children of 12 years old or taller than 135cm do not need to use a child seat. Before this age or height they must do by law. Child seats must be fitted either using ISOFIX mountings or a diagonal seat belt strap.
Is ISOFIX mandatory UK?
It works on R44 seats, which can also be secured by a seatbelt if the car has no ISOFIX attachments. All UK-sold i-Size seats integrate with the ISOFIX system as well as with seatbelts. ISOFIX is safer, though, with ISOFIX mounting points being a mandatory requirement in all new cars sold since early 2013.
Can you put infant car seat in the middle?
If you’re placing only one car seat in the back seat, install it in the center of the seat — if a good fit is possible. Placing the car seat in the center minimizes the risk of injury during a crash.