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Thread: Isofix car seats - any safer than non-isofix equivalent

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    Isofix car seats - any safer than non-isofix equivalent

    Whenever I've looked for info on kids car seats either in stores or online I could never find an answer to this


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    Re: Isofix car seats - any safer than non-isofix equivalent

    It's not about being safer, the isofix system is made so it is easier to fit as some car seats confuse people with wrapping the belt this way and that way etc... where as the isofix is simply plug and play


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    Re: Isofix car seats - any safer than non-isofix equivalent

    Makes sense, and also makes me feel a better for not shelling out the extra for the isofix fitments

    Cheers Dan

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    Re: Isofix car seats - any safer than non-isofix equivalent

    If it's for a newborn Deffo go for something with an ISO fix base as it means you can just clip the seat in and out in seconds with baby still in fast asleep, if it's 9 months + chances are you will rarely take the seat out the car

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    If it's for a newborn Deffo go for something with an ISO fix base as it means you can just clip the seat in and out in seconds with baby still in fast asleep, if it's 9 months + chances are you will rarely take the seat out the car

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    Re: Isofix car seats - any safer than non-isofix equivalent

    Isofix is a MILLION times better, without a doubt. When you compare the two types of seat fitted in most cars, isofix ALWAYS comes out better, its easier to fit and its more secure.
    Most isofix seats have a built in idiots guide to check that the seats connected properly, whereas seat belt fixing can have several pitfalls that you have to make sure you dont miss when you fit the seat, That they dont tell you in the instructions. Buckle crunch and twisting the seatbelt to name a few, get these wrong and the whole fixture is defunct.

    The actual latch is that secure, you would be breaking weld's of your actual vehicle before the latch on the seat fails. Your basically comparing a fabric belt against a weld, and if u have an older car, a slight tear in the belt (which ofc fails an mot) but would also basically make the seat useless.

    Isofix just have a red icon or light, that turns green when the clamps are engaged. Simple as that. I have never seen a Seat-belt seat, that fits better than a isofix in any car. in 5 years of fitting seats to customers cars.

    Without a doubt, isofix is worth the extra money, just for the piece of mind, and really, its not even that much extra. You can get some Britax/maxicosi seats that are around £150 or more, and some recaro's etc that break 200 for isofix.

    Group 0 - (essentially baby carriers) are really bad as seat belt options, the awkward shape that most have, as a built in rocker, never sits properly in seats.
    group 1-2 - most of the time you can get a semi stable seat as a seat-belt fixing, but isofix, again, is always more secure.
    Group 2-3 - once your in the group 3-4 range, isofix, although is better, isnt all that neccessary, since the childs own weight holds the seat in place, and you normally buckle them in with the actual car belt, rather than a 5 point harness.

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