Recommended – The Britax Graphene is an easy to use (loosen and tightening the harness) ; and easy adjust harness in small increments. The Britax Graphene comes with both; isofix and seat belt installation options; with three recline positions; one for rear facing , one upright forward facing and one recline forward facing position.
The day has arrived; when you will be called Nana, Grandma or Poppy; but this will involve transporting your Grand-children. Here I explore the best baby car seats for grand children; and the benefits/ disadvantages of choosing that seat.
The best baby car seat for your grand children, will depend upon your lifestyle, frequency and budget. Do you drive your friends around, perhaps you play golf and need to fold down the back seats. Her we explore these issues and suggest possible car seat to handle these issues.
It was now legal to sell ISOFIX compatible child restraints in Australia; however some FACTS need to be clarified relating to ISOFIX, and the safety of the Australian ISOFIX compatible system.
Rigid ISOFIX compatible connectors
Rigid connectors are located at the base of the child restraint, which connect to the vehicle’s ISOFIX anchorages. The top tether strap must be anchored to the vehicle. The vehicle seat-belt will not be required when the rigid connectors are being used. Examples include; Britax Trufix (now discontinued) and the Nuna Pippa Klik capsule.
Flexible ISOFIX Compatible connectors
Flexible straps with connectors are located at the base of the child restraint which connect to the vehicle’s ISOFIX anchorages. The flexible connectors are then adjusted to secure the child restraint firmly to the vehicle. The top tether strap must be anchored to the vehicle. The vehicle seat-belt will not be required when the flexible isofix connectors are being used.
Within the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1754 child restraints are required to:
have a top tether strap
have a rebound prevention feature (to keep a rearward facing child restraint in the correct position in the event of a crash)
be tested in a side impact (in the event of a side impact crash)
To be tested in an inverted position to test for occupant ejection ensuring the child does not get ejected from their child restraint should the vehicle roll over
The European Standards do not require any of these measures; making the Australian ISOFIX Compatible system safer.
INFA ISOFIX Child Restraints
Infa Secure have only 1 ISOFIX Child restraint, which is the Kompressor II Luxury. The Kompressor II is re-designed for easier access to the ISOFIX anchor points. Ensure the ISOFIX straps are at the longest, then connect the ISOFIX connectors. Take out all the slack from both sides using the gap in base of the seat. This should not take any longer than 7 minutes.
Advantages of INFA Isofix Seats
Easy to install
Easy to dis-connect
Maxi Cosi ISOFIX Child restraints
At the time of writing Maxi Cosi have 2 ISOFIX child restraints; these being the HERA ISOGO and the Euro ISOGO. Both of these child car-seats are A/B type child restraints.
The Installation of the Maxi Cosi ISOGO child restraints is difficult and does not have a slot to pull up through. Pull the tensioning strap towards the centre to install maxi cosi isofix seats. These seats are difficult to install using isofix system.
The Maxi Cosi isofix system does NOT work effectively when the isofix connectors are close to the seat, resulting in a loose connection.
NOT RECOMMENDED – The Maxi Cosi system does not work effectively compared to the seat belt installation.Some parents may feel the installation is not secure.
Understanding ISOFIX; does not necessarily have to be a complex task left to Child Restraint Professionals. Understanding ISOFIX is a task every parent should see as their duty to understand and implement measures for the safe travel of their child.
What is ISOFIX
ISOFIX is the new standard for car seat installation. The Isofix system is being adopted by car seat manufacturers and vehicle manufacturers worldwide. The system operates through ISOFIX points on the back of the child car seat that plug onto ISOFIX fittings in the car.
In 1997, BRITAX launched ISOFIX together with VW in the Golf V. This safety system has become an international installation interface for standardised anchorage points between a child seat and a vehicle.