ISOFIX is not a new term anymore but how many of us are aware of what ISOFIX is and the importance of ISOFIX? Some would think that ISOFIX is just a dressing on a dish but ISOFIX could actually save lives in the event of car accidents. Here are some facts you need to know about ISOFIX.
What is ISOFIX?
ISOFIX was brought in as an ‘International Standards Organisation FIX’ - a standard helps to solve the problem of child safety fixing for all vehicles. The ISOFIX system uses latches at the back of the car seat which attach to fix anchorage points in the car, effectively creating a rigid link between the two. It offers a much simpler and safer way of installing car seats to ensure best possible protection during a crash.
Seat Belts vs ISOFIX
Some might ask, is it safer to use a seat belt or rely on ISOFIX? Many crash tests were done onto both components to test their reliability and they concluded ISOFIX child seat is able to hold the child and minimize movement during a car collision. An ISOFIX child seat mount tightly onto the anchorage point in the car provides more protection during a crash especially when the impact comes from the side. Seat belt child seat is safe if it is installed properly, however ISOFIX provides an easier and more convenient way to mount the child seat to maximize your child safety. Furthermore, seat belt often reacts slower compare to ISOFIX.
The recommended installation of child seat would be at the rear seat as it could minimize the forward movement and keep the child securely in place.
Read instruction before purchase
Sometimes the ISOFIX mounting points and the operation of the child seat varies from one to another. Some child seats can only be installed in certain cars. Child seats are divided into few age groups to ensure the toddler sit comfortably in the car. According to JNCAP, the rear facing type is suitable for infant that aged up to 1 year old; the forward facing seat is suitable for infant aged 1 to 4 years old while the booster seat is suitable for kids from 4 to 12 years old.
Rear facing ISOFIX child seat for infant aged up to 1 year old.
Forward facing ISOFIX child seat for child aged 1 to 4 years old.
Booster ISOFIX child seat for child from 4 to 12 years old.
There are 3 types of ISOFIX car seats,
1. Universal: Universal ISOFIX anchorage points for forward facing car seats.
2. Semi-Universal: These car seats have 2 ISOFIX anchorage points with supportive leg prop or top tether. Rear facing car seat is semi universal.
3. Car Specific: These car seats have only been crashed tested in certain vehicle brands.
Most parents are still oblivious to the fact that holding your child in the car is the safest way to protect them. Some might say that their children are not fond of sitting on a child seat. However, it would be the responsibility of the parents to cultivate their child to sit on it. Parents may find a way to distract their attention and comfort them when the children feel agitated.
All in all, all new cars must be fitted with ISOFIX points but not all ISOFIX child seat fits in every car. Thus, parents should conduct their research adequately before proceeding to checkout and avoid splurging money on the child seat that does not fit onto their car. Parents can always refer to ISOFIX car installation guide in order to fit the child seats perfectly before starting the journey. A great car with child safety feature is your number ONE priority. Do not settle in for low price child seat that has no certified tested result. Always remember that your child safety is your responsibility.