Maxi-Cosi, the UK’s biggest child car seat manufacturer, has launched the first child car seat in Europe that complies with the new, safer i-Size regulations.
The Maxi-Cosi 2wayPearl car seat and 2wayFix Base, which enable children to sit rear-facing up to four years of age, was launched at The Baby Show at Olympia on 25 October and will go on sale to the public in November.
The i-Size regulations, introduced by the European Union in July 2013, are designed to provide children with additional protection and safety in the car; Maxi-Cosi has been involved in the development of the legislation.
i-Size does not replace the existing ECE R44/04 legislation, but will run alongside it. The key differences are increased support for the child’s head and neck and better protection in the event of both frontal and side-impact. The seat’s five-point harness ensures that the child stays in the seat even in a roll-over accident.
i-Size also helps parents choose the right seat more easily by classifying seats by the child’s length/height rather than weight. It can be used in most cars that have IsoFix fittings, which have been standard in the majority of cars since 2007, and which make the seat easy to install correctly. The legislation also states that the child must travel rearward-facing up to a minimum of 15 months old.
Andrew Ratcliffe, managing director of Dorel UK, which owns Maxi-Cosi, says: “The Maxi-Cosi 2wayPearl is the first car seat in Europe to comply with the new i-Size regulations. It’s a step forward in safety for children travelling in cars and will become the benchmark for the future development of child car seats.”