What is ISOFIX and how does it work?
ISOFIX stands for the International Standards Organisation FIX. It is a brand new standard for car seat producers and car manufacturers. The system is also known as LATCH (“Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children”) in the United States and LUAS (“Lower Universal Anchorage System”) or Canfix in Canada Basically, cars and cars seats are produced with ISOFIX fittings which click together to make a very strong and sound connection between the seat and car.
Is it safer than regular car seats?
Using ISOFIX fittings eliminates the need to use a seat belt to fasten the car seat to the car. And this is the most essential element. Up to 80% of car seats are fitted incorrectly. An incorrectly fitted car seat is a serious danger to a child’s safety. Not only is it safer to use, the ISOFIX system lets you plug your car seat in quickly and easily.
Do all cars have ISOFIX fittings?
There are a number of ways to check. Contact your manufacturer, or check their website. Ask your retailer. Or look in your cars manual. A trained fitter would also be able to tell you.
How do I know the seat will fit my car?
The ISOFIX standard came into effect in 2002, but not all cars built since then have ISOFIX fittings. However, ISOFIXIN is now the industry standard and all cars built since 2006 should have ISOFIX fittings. ISOFIX aims to be a universal system, but it is not quite the case for every vehicle. Every vehicle is different and certain seats will not fit certain models. A manufacturers’ website will have compatibility information and the dealership will also be able to check this directly.
Buying an ISOFIX seat
ISOFIX seats are becoming more and more available and should ultimately become the international standard. All good baby care shops will have a choice of ISOFIX seats and they will be able to tell you compatibility and give advice on how to fit them.