i-size car seats are the safest car seats as they comply with the latest regulations (ECE R129). They are usually easier to fit and keep children rearward facing for longer. i-size only applies to Isofix seats.
This is the biggest question we get about car seats. I-Size is the latest European standard regulation introduced in Ireland in September 2014. The key benefits of i-Size-standard seats are that they can be fitted to most ISOFIX systems and they provide increased support for the child’s head and neck. They also provide better side-impact protection in the event of collisions. An i-Size seat also allows your child to stay rear-facing for much longer (up to 15 months in a rearward-facing baby seat).It is recommended to keep your child rearward facing as long as possible, up to 4 years of age if possible. The categorisation of these seats is based on height and size rather than height and weight.
Both i-Size (Regulation 129) and Regulation R4403/04 (referred to earlier in the Law section) are both legal for use and will run alongside each other until the R4403/04 is phased out. However, this is expected to take several years to complete.
A lot of the time when you buy an i size baby car seat and isofix base you will keep the same isofix base and purchase the next stage car seat to go onto that base. For example if you had the Maxi Cosi Pebble 360 and Familyfix 360 isofix base. the next stage car seat to go onto this base is the Pearl 360. This i size car seat will last up to roughly 4 years. It can be rearward or forward facing. If you had the Cybex Cloud Z car seat with the base Z. The car seat you will need now is the Sirona Z i Size car seat.
Group 0,1 i-Size Car Seats
These are car seats suitable from birth up to 4 years of age. They can be a great investment as you are only buying one car seat instead of two. As these are bigger car seats they will not attach onto the frame of your buggy. Both the Maxi Cosi Pearl 360 and Cybex Sirona Z are suitable from birth. Another great option for an i size car seat is the Maxi Cosi Emerald car seat. this car seat is suitable from birth all the way up to 7 years!
We offer free car seat fitting with all car seats that we sell. If you are ever unsure if your car seat is fitted incorrectly call into one of our stores and a member of staff will be more than happy to check it for you.