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Although ISOFIX seat fixings have been in use since the early 2000’s, I still find that people ask me what ISOFIX actually is. Many people still have no idea how valuable an ISOFIX car system can be in terms of keep children safe whilst travelling in the back of a car.
Having purchased several child car seats for my two boys already, I can safely say that ISOFIX has revolutionised the way that car seats are utilised. Not only does it provide the safest mechanism with which to transport your children, it also makes life so much easier when it comes to fitting child seats into the car.
Read below for a comprehensive guide from the Trusted Dealers on the benefits of ISOFIX seat fixings:
What is ISOFIX?
ISOFIX stands for “International Standards Organisation FIX” and it is the standard for fitting child safety car seats into vehicles. Introduced in the early 2000s, ISOFIX is designed as a plug-in system which enables child car seats to be fitted safely, quickly and simply into vehicles.
Why was ISOFIX developed?
Many people find it extremely difficult to fit child car seats in their cars correctly which means that some motorists could be risking their child’s safety without even knowing it. In fact, surveys conducted in recent years have shown that a large proportion of car seats are not only fitted incorrectly but are not secure enough either. The ISOFIX system was therefore designed to help eliminate the chance of a seat being fitted incorrectly.
How does it work?
All new cars manufactured carry ISOFIX attachment points in standard locations within the rear seat points of vehicles. There are then a number of ISOFIX compatible car seats on the market which contain latches on the back designed to lock onto mounting points in the car using a simple push and click system.
What are the benefits?
Most child car seats on the market are designed to be fitted using a standard three point harness seatbelt, however the shape of cat seats and the length of seat belts and their anchorage points can vary quite a lot between different models of car making it difficult to produce a standard car seat which is compatible with every single car. ISOFIX was developed to solve this issue as well as improve the safety performance of child car seats in general by rigidly attaching the seat to the internal structure of the car.
Are there drawbacks to the system?
Unfortunately, to be safe in the knowledge that your kids are as secure as they can be comes at a price, and you will find that purchasing a child car seat with ISOFIX will cost you substantially more than many other car seats. With this in mind, it may seem like a good idea to purchase a second-hand car seat, but we would strongly advise against this unless you know for a fact that the car seat has definitely not been involved in an accident. This is due to the fact that even a small collision can damage the safety mechanism of a child car seat so that it is unable to work to its full potential.