What is ISOFIX
Isofix (styled ISOFIX) is the international standard for attachment points for child safety seats in passenger cars…. It defines standard attachment points to be manufactured into cars, enabling compliant child safety seats to be quickly and safely secured. ISOFIX an alternative to securing the seat with seat belts.
Where to find ISOFIX child lock
To find out if your car has Isofix points, look for Isofix labels between the base and back of your car seats (the fitting points themselves may also be visible) or check your vehicle’s handbook or contact the manufacturer or dealer.
ISOFIX car seats have two arms or connectors on the back of the seat that hook, or anchor onto small metal bars fixed to the frame of your vehicle.
You’ll find the points where the back seat meets the seat cushion. By pushing the seat backwards onto these anchor points, the seat locks directly onto the chassis of your vehicle.
What’s the difference between ISOFIX and ISOFIT?
Both systems connect your child’s chair to the frame of your vehicle using metal connectors, but ISOFIX applies to all Group 0/0+ and Group 1 car seats, while ISOFIT applies to Group 2/3 chairs.
With ISOFIT you secure your little one in the seat using car’s 3-point seat belt instead of the chair’s 5-point harness.
The three approved forms of ISOFIX car seats:
- Universal – Uses either a top tether or foot prop, in addition to the connectors, to fix the seat to an additional anchorage point for forward-facing seats. Universal ISOFIX car seats should fit into most newer cars.
- Semi-Universal – Uses a top tether, foot prop and connectors but is not compatible with all cars. Can be used with forward and rearward-facing (i.e lie-flat) car seats.
- Vehicle Specific – Uses only the anchor point to secure the seat. This method is vehicle specific and is only compatible with certain vehicles. Always check the suitability of the make/model of the chair on the manufacturer’s website.
What to do if your car doesn’t have ISOFIX points
If you don’t have the Isofix points you can fit the car seat just by using the seat belt, or you can separately buy and fix Universal Car Seat ISOFIX Latch Interface Brackets, it’s easily available online
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