FAQ

Here you will find answers to common questions

  • The PAD+ is a part of the safety system of the booster seat, and should always be used as an ‘integrated’ part of the BeSafe iZi Flex FIX i-Size. Without the PAD+, the safety performance will be lessened.

  • In BeSafe, we always look for the best solutions and we design our car seats for real life situations – not only for pre-defined tests in a laboratory. Our experiences and tests have shown that the SIPs and the SIP+ gives the child improved safety, because they significally reduce the load on the child if a side impact should occur. Although the BeSafe iZi Flex FIX i-Size is approved without them, you should always aim for the best safety for yourself and for your child. Therefore, we recommend that you always use the removable SIPs and SIP+ on the iZi Flex FIX i-Size towards the car door, as long as there is space available.

  • The shape of the PAD+ is carefully designed for the child’s safety and comfort. Comfort is improved by positioning a soft pad between the neck and the sharp edge of the shoulder belt. Safety is improved by positioning a soft pad between the chin and the chest to ‘soften’ the impact of the chin on the chest during a frontal impact.

  • In the UN r129 (‘i-Size’) regulations, the classification of car seats has changed from kilograms to centimetres, since parents often know more accurately how tall their child is. This makes it easier to choose the right (and safest) seat. The iZi Flex FIX i-Size is designed to secure a child in a great way through the entire height range, independent from the ISOfix related weight limitation.

  • BeSafe iZi Flex FIX i-Size is constructed to offer optimal side impact performance by offering energy absortion through a combination of EPS foam, SIP bumpers and SIP+. The construction doesn’t need any SIR to perform in an optimal way in the side impact.

  • The PAD+ is an additional feature to improve comfort and safety, and should always be used with the iZi Flex FIX i-Size. One PAD+ is comes with the seat, and must be positioned on the vehicle´s shoulder belt. Comfort is improved by positioning a soft pad between the neck and the sharp edge of the shoulder belt. Safety is improved by positioning a soft pad between the chin and the chest to ‘soften’ the impact of the chin on the chest during a frontal impact. If you move the iZi Flex FIX i-Size from one vehicle to another, or from one side of the car to the other, you must also move the PAD+ with the seat.

  • The PAD+ is installed around the vehicle´s shoulderbelt, as high as possible – so it touches the headrest.

  • The child should be secured in a booster seat for as long as possible, until their height reaches 150 cm. Please also check the official traffic regulations in your country, since some countries limit the usage up to 135 cm in height and some countries demand usage until a height of 150 cm.

  • The ‘i-Size’ regulations are a set of child restraint seat regulations, developed by the United Nations. These are the newest, most comprehensive regulations for child seats, that are meant to make it easier and safer to buy the correct car seat for your child. The i-Size regulations are stricter than older regulations, and are also designed to make it easier for consumers to find a car seat that will fit in their cars.

  • The BeSafe iZi Flex FIX i-Size is certified in the category ‘i-Size Booster seat’ under the UN R129-02 regulations, with a size limitation on width of 44 cm. This is meant to guarantee that the child seat fits in any i-Size marked vehicle seat and even in every ISOfix marked vehicle seat. The height to be used with the booster seat in the ‘i-Size booster’ category is limited to 135 cm. The BeSafe iZi Flex FIX i-Size is also certified in the UN R129-02, in the category ‘Specific vehicle Booster seat’ for a height from 135 to 150 cm. In some vehicles the usage above 135 cm can be incompatible, where the headrest of the booster seat can touch some sections of the car interior. This is typical the case with sports car models and normally never with family cars. BeSafe recommends to install the seat in all vehicle seat positions which are intended to be used and check installation, available space in the vehicle and position of the child, to verify if the seat is suitable for your situation.

  • The iZi Flex FIX i-Size is approved in UN R129-02 without any additional SIP+ or SIP bumpers (at the inside of the vehicle). The SIP bumpers and the SIP+ improve the side impact performance and should always be used at the door side of the vehicle. Only when a third CRS is used in the middle position of the vehicle, may the SIP bumper be taken off, but only at the inside of the vehicle and not at the doorside.

    The possibility to install three iZi Flex FIX i-Size seats in a row depends mainly on the car, and where the ISOfix anchorages are mounted in the seat of the car. If possible, use ISOfix for all three of the seats; this is normally only feasible in a vehicle with three seperate vehicle seats in the second row. If there is less space, or if there are only two ISOfix anchorages placed a bit out of line, you can use the BeSafe iZi Flex i-Size seats in combination with the vehicle belts only.

  • The PAD+ should always be positioned around the vehicle’s belt between the chest and the chin of the child. This gives the best safety performance.

  • In BeSafe, we always look for the best solutions and we design our car seats for real life situations – not only for pre-defined tests in a laboratory. Our experiences and tests have shown that the SIPs and the SIP+ gives the child improved safety, because they significally reduce the load on the child if a side impact should occur. Although the BeSafe iZi Flex FIX i-Size is approved without them, you should always aim for the best safety for yourself and for your child. Therefore, we recommend that you always use the removable SIPs and SIP+ on the iZi Flex FIX i-Size towards the car door, as long as there is space available.

  • The iZi Flex FIX i-Size offers generous possibilities for adjustments, to fit children from 100 to 150 cm in height. The booster seat is also easily adjusted to the child’s height by use of one of the handles – there is one handle on each side so you can adjust it from any side. This can be done with the child sitting in the seat, so you can adjust it accurately and quickly. The headrest should be adjusted so the vehicle seat belt is guided 90 degrees through the shoulder belt guiders, over the child’s shoulders. You can also adjust the reclining feature of the iZi Flex FIX i-Size for a perfect sitting position – this mus be done before you put on the seat belt, in order to avoid slack in the seat belt. The seat belt should be tightened properly, and the lap belt guider will put the seat belt in the right position over the child’s body.

  • The BeSafe iZi Flex FIX i-Size is certified with and without the usage of the ISOfix anchorage. If available, it’s always better to use the ISOfix anchorage since it secures the seat better when there is no child in the seat (and the vehicle belt is not used to secure the seat without child). The safety performance is almost the same with or without the usage of the ISOfix anchorage.

  • Yes, the lap belt guider will position the lap belt correctly over the child’s body. This will provide the safest solution possible. It will prevent submarining (when the child slips under the vehicle seat belt and out of the booster seat if an accident should occur), and it gives the child an optimal sitting position that allows the seat shell to work perfectly. By using the iZi Flex FIX i-Size with the lap belt guider, the vehicle’s lap belt will be positioned over the hardest and strongest parts of the body – instead of over the soft belly.

  • BeSafe iZi Flex FIX i-Size offers two lapbelt guiders which act as load-bearing points for the lap belt. This is an improvement compared with the BeSafe iZi Up FIX.

  • Yes, the BeSafe iZi Flex FIX i-Size can absolutely be used without the ISOfix installed. But when ISOfix is available, you can use the ISOfix for securing the booster seat perfectly, even without a child sitting in it.

  • Yes, we have designed the PAD+ so it can be perfectly installed both on left and right sides.

  • A mirror for rear-facing car seats ensures better contact with your child and a car seat cover and activity cover protect the car’s interior. Read more about accessories.

  • An active airbag in front of a child seat may have fatal consequences.

  • Never be tempted into saving money by purchasing a used product. A used seat may offer a poor level of safety, either due to wear and tear or involvement in an accident. A used seat may compromise safety as it is not possible to know what type of treatment it has been subject to. Think of safety before cost.

  • A seat that has been involved in an accident must not be used again.  In the event of an accident, the seat’s components may weaken, thus compromising safety.

  • Look for ECE R44-04 approved child car seats.

  • Carry out research before you visit any shops. Read a little about the various groups of car seats and try to identify your own needs.

  • Consumer tests are only intended to help the consumer make the right choice. It is important to take into consideration your own requirements and usage when selecting a child seat.

  • When you visit your dealer, it is important that you receive proper advice. A child seat that has been incorrectly installed can have fatal consequences. You should therefore visit your dealer and read the user guide carefully. The user guide may be found on the product pages.

  • We know that as a customer it is important for you to receive advice and guidance on buying a child seat, not simply to identify the most appropriate seat but also to receive guidance in the correct use of the seat. The correct use of the seat is vital to safety. Locate your nearest dealer on our dealer pages. 

  • This has been proven after many years of testing. Read more about this in the separate chapter on rear-facing child seats. 

  • Thick winter clothes should not be worn under the harness. In case of an impact, the textile will be compressed causing a distance between the harness and the body. This means that the harness won’t have a good grip on the child, which could be dangerous especially on forward facing seats.

  • In some cars, the Isofix brackets are fitted very deep. In such cases, it may be advantageous to hold the base at an angle of around 45 degrees as it slots in. This will provide better access to the brackets. It should be noted that Isofix brackets that have been fitted deeply may give the base an improper angle. In extreme cases, it may be better to install the seat without the base. 

  • The internal harness should be as tight as possible and no more than two fingers should fit between the child’s body and the internal harness. It is vital that the internal harness is as tight as possible, particularly with forward-facing child car seats.

  • After a rear-facing child seat has been installed, slide the front seat back so that it makes contact with the child seat, in order to prevent the child seat from striking the front seat in the event of a collision. If it is not possible to make contact between the front seat and the child seat, the minimum distance should be 25 cm.

  • A loose internal harness can be extremely dangerous, particularly with forward-facing seats. The harness must be securely tightened and a belt guard may be used to hold the harness together, where necessary.

  • ISOfix is a system for fitting child seats in cars. The system comprises two rigid metal anchor points located in the gap between the back and sitting section of the car seat. Child seats with ISOfix contain two ISOfix arms that slot into these metal anchor points. The child seat also has a third point of support, usually in the form of a support leg that rests against the car floor.

    Child seats with ISOfix are generally very easy to install, significantly minimizing the risk of incorrect use. Experience would suggest that a high proportion of traditional child seats are incorrectly installed and an incorrectly installed child seat can create a false sense of security. The ISOfix system offers a heightened level of safety as the risk of a child seat being incorrectly installed is minimal.

  • Once it has been installed, the angle of the child seat varies according to its angle and shape. It is generally advisable for the child to be sitting as upright as possible in the event of a collision (because the collision forces are then dissipated more evenly throughout the body).

    However, if the child is sitting too upright, its head will roll forwards. This problem may be resolved by installing the seat so tightly that some of the air in the padding – and thus, the improper angle/shape – is removed: Remove the locking bolt on the support leg. Place one hand on top of the seat and press firmly so that the support leg is shortened by a notch or two. Tighten with a ratchet (and anchor belts, if it is a belt-installed seat) so that the support leg is resting firmly on the floor and the seat is completely rigid. Replace the locking bolt. Start the installation from scratch, if necessary.

  • Children are considerably more soft and pliable than adults and do not experience discomfort while sitting with their legs bent. The most important thing is to protect the child’s head and neck. A child should therefore sit rear-facing for as long as possible.

  • In i-size it is mandatory to transport the child rear facing till 15 months. So you have to purchase a rear facing child safety seat to facilitate till at least 15 months (so min. 83 cm.) stature height.

  • As long as ECE R44 04 is allowed by National legislation you can use both ECE r 44 04 and i-size products in your car. This will be at least till 2017. ECE r44 04 products with isofix do have a car list to explain in which vehicle (seat position) the child safety seat can be used.

  • No the stature height range can be defined by the child safety seat manufacturer. The range is defined by the inside dimensions of the child safety seat and the dummies which are used to test the child safety seat. The stature height limit of 105 cm. will be used a lot in practice, since this is the upper stature height which is tested with a Q3 dummy.

  • In i-size it is mandatory to transport the child rear facing till 15 months. A child safety seat has to facilitate a stature height till 83 cm. which is representative for 15 months. A child safety seat with stature height of min. 83 cm. guarantees the usage till 15 months. When a child safety seat offers only a max. stature height of 75 cm. (very normal for an infant seat), the parent has to use another rear facing child safety seat which offers a stature height till at least 83 cm.

  • No, you can use ECE r44 04 seats as long as the National legislation will allow this, which will be at least till 2017 and depending on National legislation of each country. So for many years ECE r44 04 child safety seat and i-size child safety seat will be both available and are allowed to be used (at least till 2017).

  • I-size offers a more complete and up to date set of safety criteria, which gives a better guarantee that i-size child safety seat are safe. (For example: side impact criteria, measurement of head acceleration). The safety level of ECE r44 04 child safety seat can be at the same level when these criteria (amongst them: side impact protection) have been taken into account with the design of these seats. To comply with i-size the child safety seat have to offer for example also long floor supports and special labels BeSafe child safety seat have been designed with side impact protection and to a high safety level and do offer a comparable safety level to i-size child safety seat.

  • No, it’s mandatory for i-size child safety seat only and will be communicated by the Rear facing label on all forward facing and convertible i-size child safety seat. As long as ECE r44 04 seat are allowed to use, it will not be mandatory to transport your child rear facing till 15 months.

  • As long as ECE R44 04 is allowed by National legislation you can use both ECE r 44 04 and i-size products in your car. This will be at least till 2017. ECE r44 04 products with isofix do have a car list to explain in which vehicle (seat position) the child safety seat can be used.

  • The maximum weight of child safety seat and child in i-size is 33 kg. The child safety seat will be marked with the max. weight for the child (which is max. 33 kg. – the weight of the child safety seat). The maximum weight of the child is including clothes and shoes.

  • When the vehicle seat is marked with an i-size label you can use any i-size marked child safety seat on this vehicle seat. When the vehicle seat is marked with an isofix label, you have to check the car list of the i-size child safety seat if the specific vehicle (seat position) is mentioned in this list. If yes, then you use the child safety seat. If not, consult BeSafe

  • When the vehicle seat is marked with an i-size label you can use any i-size marked child safety seat on this vehicle seat. When the vehicle seat is marked with an isofix label, you have to check the car list of the i-size child safety seat if the specific vehicle (seat position) is mentioned in this list. If yes, then you use the child safety seat. If not, consult BeSafe.