You’ve probably heard of ISOFIX if you’ve been shopping for a new vehicle or a child car seat. What is it, then, and how does it operate? It essentially provides consumers and their young children with a universal method of securely installing child seats in automobiles, making life simpler and safer.
At the bottom of the seat, there are two metal hoops known as ISOFIX that allow child car seats that are compatible to securely clip on. You can rest assured that the seat is locked in place to prevent movement in an accident thanks to the high standards for safety and strength that this ISOFIX system is designed to meet.
Is ISOFIX installed in my car?
Since 2006, many automobiles have been equipped with ISOFIX, and as of 2014, all models with rear seats must have two or more ISOFIX points. The older style of child seats that were fastened using the vehicle’s seatbelts have largely been replaced by ISOFIX.
In addition to having anchor points built right into the car’s frame, ISOFIX is a significant improvement because it makes it much simpler to determine whether a child seat has been installed securely. Even some child seats have indicators that only turn green if a strong connection has been made to the ISOFIX point.
The previous method, which involved fastening the car seat in place using the seatbelts, was much more difficult, took longer, and could easily go wrong, putting kids at risk from improper use.
How is ISOFIX put to use?
Observe the seat squab’s junction with the upright backrest at its back first. Two metal hoops should be found on older models, spaced 28 cm apart. Many more recent vehicles prominently display the ISOFIX logo on these, and some hide the hoop under a tidy plastic flap that can be lifted or removed entirely and stored safely.
Once your ISOFIX compatible child seat is mounted on the seat, make sure the metal anchors are extended prior to actually pushing them back into the ISOFIX loops. Once they connect properly, which should be obvious, most child seats need pushing back until they feel completely secure. When the seat is securely fastened, any safety indicators it may have should turn green.
Several child seats have an extra foot that extends to the footwell floor or a strap that clips to a top tether mounting point for those who need additional support for their children.