We divide our car seats into 3 safety groups:
- Good safety
- Very good safety
- Excellent safety
The rankings are based on:
Regulations and installation
- the regulation the car seat complies with
- the type of installation it uses
i-Size (R129) versus R44 compliant car seats
Car seats that comply with the R44/04 safety regulations are safe and legal. But car seats that comply with the new i-Size regulation are far safer. This is because i-Size:
- provides improved head and neck protection
- provides better side-impact protection
- minimises the chance of parents putting their children in forward-facing seats too early
- reduces the chance of incorrect installation
ISOFIX versus car seat belt installation
ISOFIX is an international standardised fitting system that provides the safest, easiest and quickest way to install a child car seat. There’s a higher risk of incorrect installation and use with child car seats that use car seat belts. With ISOFIX the risk of incorrect installation is minimised.
Crash test scores
Of course at Maxi-Cosi we test our car seats to the highest possible standards in crash and dynamic tests. But these tests are not just to provide Maxi-Cosi safety rankings. They also give us an independent score from the European Test Centre (ETC) that is focussed mainly on crash and user tests. The ETC, which is made up of independent consumer organisations, tests all sorts of car seats annually. Find out more about the ETC http://www.international-testing.org/ The ETC crash test score is based on 2 tests:
This car seat safety rating is based on a frontal impact and side-impact crash test. A dummy is placed in a car seat with advanced sensors to measure the impact of forces on its body. ADAC, together with other partners, then calculates the final score based on these measurements.
Ease of use
This tests 5 steps ranging from placing the car seat in the car to tightening the belts around the dummy. The test looks at the risk of misuse and installing the car seat incorrectly.
The combination of these tests provides a score, which is translated into a star rating with 5 stars being the best and 0 stars being the worst.