THERE’S A NEW TEST
FOR CAR SEAT SAFETY

Meet i-Size
The New ECE R129 Standard

INTRODUCING i-SIZE:
THE NEW ECE R129 STANDARD

There’s a safer way to get your little one from here-to-there and it’s called i-Size. i-Size (also known as ECE R129/00) is the new standard for child seat safety and will run parallel to the current regulation (ECE R44/04) until approximately 2018.

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MORE INTEL ON i-SIZE

The current ECE R44 child car seat regulation has been in place since the early 1980s, but since that time the cars we drive have changed dramatically. We also have a better understanding of what happens during an accident. i-Size takes this into account and is designed to make child car seats safer, as well as easier to buy, fit and use. — TRL Press Release 11/7/2013

i-SIZE IS THE LATEST, GREATEST, SAFEST WAY

Side Impact Certified

Better head, neck and all over protection due to first-ever standardised side impact testing.

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Rearward Facing Longer

Mandatory rearward-facing travel to 15 months allows baby’s neck to develop and strengthen for forward-facing travel.

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Smartest Dummies

All new, advanced technology crash test dummies simulate a child’s fragile body with much more accuracy.

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Safest Install

Required ISOFIX means less room for installation error and ensures i-Size car seats will fit most current ISOFIX vehicles.

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Better Fit Formula

Seat usage is now classified based on a child’s height instead of weight — ensuring a more accurate fit for growing children.

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Side Impact Certified

Better head, neck and all over protection due to first-ever standardised side impact testing.

Facing the facts:

While many car seats have tested to side impact over the years, prior to i-Size, side impact testing was not a requirement to pass the current standard.

It is known that side impact can be the most harmful to a child and is most damaging to a baby’s head versus any other part of their body.

For this reason, the new i-Size standard is enforcing mandatory side-impact performance criteria industry-wide.

Reinforced by research:

“...side impacts are nearly twice as likely to result in a child fatality as frontal impacts…”
Source: Umtri Research Review

“Side impact crashes account for one-third of all highway deaths among children under thirteen years old.”
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Head injuries are the target for injury prevention for children ... in side impact crashes.”
Source: US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Rearward Facing Longer

Mandatory rearward-facing travel to 15 months allows baby’s neck to develop and strengthen for forward-facing travel.

Facing the facts:

The most crashes and the most severe crashes happen at the front of the vehicle.

When forward facing, children move forward during a crash — causing strain on the neck.

Facing rearward manages the force of a crash, protecting developing little necks and spines up to 5 times more than forward facing.

Reinforced by research:

“Research has shown rear facing to be 500% safer up to two years of age. It also shows rearward facing is always safer even for grown ups.”
Source: carseat.se http://www.carseat.se/ rearfacing/safety-benefits/

“A rear-facing child seat reduces the risk of injury in a head-on collision by more than 80% when compared to a conventional forward-facing seat with harness system, as the force of an impact is distributed evenly over a large area.”
Source: Research by VTI – Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (Rapport 489A, 2003)

“…children are less likely to suffer severe crash injuries when sitting in a rear-facing seat than in a front-facing seat.” It is “estimated that children were around 75% less likely to suffer severe injuries in rear-facing seats.”
Source: http://www.nhs.uk/news/2009/ 06June/Pages/CarSeatWarning.aspx citing research published in the British Medical Journal

Smartest Dummies

All new, advanced technology crash test dummies simulate a child’s fragile body with much more accuracy.

Facing the facts:

i-Size makes use of the most high-tech crash test dummies available, called “Q” dummies.

Not only has the sensory technology improved to test for greater sensitivity, the dummies also feature more sensors on fragile areas of the body.

This equals a better understanding of what happens multi-directionally during a crash, allowing improved design of car seats.

The older “newborn” dummies were made only of fabric and had no sensors. The new “Q” newborn dummies now feature 4 sensors in critical locations: the head, neck, thorax and pelvis. These sensors are extremely delicate, designed to simulate the fragility of a newborn body.

Joie’s i-Anchor is the only child seat that passes i-Size certification for newborns. This is the result of the delicate balance Joie achieved in designing one seat that meets the rigid needs of an older child and the softer needs of a newborn.

Reinforced by research:

The ECE R44/04 dummies were developed in the “late 1970s and early 1980s.”

The “Q” dummy series is very different and much more “advanced in terms of its biomechanical and anthropometric characteristics, it is also developed to be used in both front and side impact testing, making it the first ‘multi-directional’ (child) dummy.”
Source: Humanetics® Innovative Solutions

Safest Install

Required ISOFIX means less room for installation error and ensures i-Size car seats will fit most current ISOFIX vehicles.

Facing the facts:

It is well known that using ISOFIX to install a child seat makes life easier and less daunting for parents. However, ISOFIX has also been found to significantly increase the chance of proper installation.

During crash testing, all testing results are based on proper and accurate installation of the child seat into the vehicle. When an improperly restrained child seat is used, the potential for injury increases substantially.

This is why one of the major requirements with the new i-Size standard is ISOFIX as the only installation method. This creates a safe, secure and proper attachment to the car.

Wondering if your car seat is i-Size compatible? Yes. It likely is — as the majority of ISOFIX equipped cars will accept i-Size child seats.

Reinforced by research:

“Reality is that a large percentage of parents, 40-80% depending on country, drive around with car seats incorrectly installed... If we look at all data, crash test, real life usage, and habits, Isofix is far safer than installing a car seat with seat belt. With Isofix, virtually no mistakes are made, something which can not be said about seat belt installs.”
Source: carseat.se

Better Fit Formula

Seat usage is now classified based on a child’s height instead of weight — ensuring a more accurate fit for growing children.

Facing the facts:

It is often challenging for parents to easily understand which child seat best fits their child and when the time has come to begin using the next child seat.

A huge objective of i-Size is to make the car seat recommended usage and progression clear and intuitive — making parents’ lives easier and little riders safer.

Now parents can easily just measure their child — giving them security their child is in the right seat, facing the right way — all along the way.

ANSWERS TO YOUR i-SIZE QUESTIONS

What is i-Size?

i-Size (ECE R129/00) is the new EU standard for car seat safety that was ratified in July 2013. i-Size will run parallel with the current regulation (ECE R44/04) until approximately 2018.

Who created i-Size?

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which promotes pan-European economic integration of policy and regulation.

When will i-Size be mandatory?

The “i-Size” standard will become a mandatory testing requirement for the manufacturers of child seats in 2018.

Where will i-Size be mandated?

All EU countries will require i-Size.

How will i-Size keep my child safer?

i-Size regulations will reduce improper installation and require rearward facing travel up to 15 months. Additionally, i-Size has introduced the first-ever side impact testing standards, which will improve protection of the child’s head and neck. While Joie always took the initiative to test for side impact, the new standards will ensure standards are met industry-wide.

i-Size makes use of the most high-tech crash test dummies available, called “Q” dummies. Not only has the sensory technology improved to test for greater sensitivity, it also features more sensors on fragile areas of the body. This means we have a better understanding of what happens during a crash, allowing us to improve the design of our car seats.

The previous “newborn” dummies (“P” dummies) were made only of fabric and did not have sensors. The new “Q” newborn dummies now feature 4 sensors in critical locations: the head, neck, thorax and pelvis. These sensors are extremely delicate, designed to simulate the fragility of a newborn body.

Today car seats are required to adhere to ECE R44/04 standards, which were established in the early 1980’s. But since that time the cars we drive have changed dramatically, and so has our knowledge about what happens during an accident. i-Size is the newest, safest standard for testing car seats. It introduces a more accurate fit for child, side-impact standards, rearward-facing longer options and guaranteed vehicle compatibility. i-Size also makes use of the latest dummy sensory technology designed to more accurately simulate a child’s fragile body. This means i-Size car seats are designed better, safer and stronger.

What vehicle features does i-Size require?

Vehicles must be equipped with ISOFIX and adhere to stricter space-to-seat ratio requirements. Check your vehicle manual to ensure that your vehicle meets i-Size regulations. In most cases, if your vehicle is equipped with ISOFIX, it may be i-Size compatible already.

Why is rearward-facing up to 15 months safer?

Recent research proved that a baby’s neck is not yet strong enough to support a baby’s heavy head until at least 15 months. i-Size requires rearward-facing travel to a minimum of 15 months to ensure the child’s neck has developed the strength needed to support an average forward collision. Due to the increased security of travelling rearward for as long as possible, many Joie car seats exceed the i-Size regulation and promote rearward facing up to approximately 4 years.

Why is side-impact testing and standardisation so important?

Current standards do not include side-impact testing, though we all know that accidents happen from all sides. While Joie has always maintained the strictest criteria for side-impact protection, the new i-Size standard will enforce mandatory side-impact performance criteria industry-wide.

Why should I look for i-Size now if it will not be mandated until 2018?

Today car seats are required to adhere to ECE R44/04 standards, which were established in the early 1980’s. But since that time the cars we drive have changed dramatically, and so has our knowledge about what happens during an accident. i-Size is the newest, safest standard for testing car seats. It introduces a more accurate fit for child, side-impact standards, rearward-facing longer options and guaranteed vehicle compatibility. i-Size also makes use of the latest dummy sensory technology designed to more accurately simulate a child’s fragile body. This means i-Size car seats are designed better, safer and stronger.