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THE NEW I-SIZE REGULATION
In Europe the leading cause of child fatalities are car accidents, therefore changes in regulations are necessary to improve child safety on the road.
i-Size or UN R129 is the latest car seat regulation (it came into effect in July 2013) and brings many great changes. Most notably, it sets a new size standard for rear-facing car seats by establishing rearward facing travel up to 15 months, instead of 9 to 12 months, as the previous EU regulation said. Research confirms that babies are much safer in rear facing car seats up to the age of at least 15 months old.
Because of this new rule, car seat manufacturers are obliged to make rear-facing car seats that provide safety for children until they are at least 15 months old. The 0+ car seats are not big enough for the larger kids to use as rear-facing car seat until this age, therefore the current group 0+ seat needs to be replaced by car seats that will enable this, or the manufacturer needs to offer bigger car seats in addition to the 0+ group.
For the first time ever in car regulations, the car seats are to have side-impact collision protection that meets the minimum performance criteria. Combine this with their better head and neck protection, and it is no wonder that child car seats, which comply with the new i-Size regulation, are almost twice as safe as conventional ones. Not only that, it is now much easier to find the appropriate car seat for your child, because the regulation provides a simplified classification, based on the stature of the child and not the weight. The i-Size regulation seats are also more compatible with cars and reduce misuse.