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.
With the Maxi Cosi i-size car seats you would buy the 3wayfix isofix base. This base will take your infant car seat and will also take the follow on car seat, either the Pearl Pro or Pearl Smart . These are suitable from 6 months (67cm) up to 4 years (105cm) max weight 18.5kg. These seats can be rearward facing up to 4 years of age.
Group 0,1 i-Size Car Seats
These are car seats suitable from birth up to 4 years of age. The Maxi Cosi Axissfix Plus is attached to the isofix base. It can go rearward facing from birth up to 2 years of age and then forward facing from 2-4years. It also has a 360° swivel which helps getting your child in and out of the car.
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.