ISOFIX – what is it exactly?

isofix britax ISOFIX   what is it exactly?

I’ll be the first to put my hand up and admit when it comes to ISOFIX car restraints, I really have little idea about what it is or how it works. Click through to join me on the nitty gritty of ISOFIX!

You might hear the word ISOFIX thrown about when there is talk of children’s car restraints and that’s because ISOFIX is an international standardised fitting system for car seats that uses fixed anchorage points instead of an adult seat belt, creating a rigid connection between the seat and car. It’s said to be the fastest, easiest and safest system, leaving little room for error when installing your child’s car seat.

All ISOFIX car restraints have two arms on the back of the seat which lock into the ISOFIX anchorage points fitted in your car and may also include a rigid foot prop or top tether. Not all cars have ISOFIX anchorage points so it’s important to check your vehicle manual to see if they’re hiding.

Fitting an ISOFIX base isn’t difficult and personally, I think it’s this element that’s absolutely the best thing about ISOFIX.  It’s easy to tell if you’ve fitted the seat correctly or not by indicators on the seat that change colour tab if it is fitted correctly, which is both simple and reassuring!

Now it’s not our intention to confuse you, but there are different types of ISOFIX – Universal, Vehicle Specific and Semi Universal so it’s important to check that your chosen seat is compatible with your vehicle. It’s important to also note that while ISOFIX is not yet legal in Australia, it is hoped that it will be soon! For more information, I found Maxi-Cosi and Halfords to be great sources for further reading.

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10 Comments

  1. My Chrysler has it and I didn’t even know! I always wondered what those little metal bar things were and what they could possibly be used for now I know. Pity I have just brought my capsule for number 2 :(

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  2. For those ALREADY using ISOFIX, what are the legal implications of using a non-approved carseat if you had an accident – anyone know?

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  3. All those currently using ISOFIX – you’re not covered by insurance you know.

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  4. Yep, it’s currently illegal to use isofix here. You are jeopardizing your insurance, not to mention the legal ramifications if something was to happen to your babies whilst using it.
    The reason isofix hasn’t been approved here is that Australia is starting at a much greater safety standard than the rest of the world when other countries were introducing isofix. Rather than being slow off the mark, the standrards committee here is trying ro ensure that by introducing isofix, Australia is not going backwards.
    Simple solution until isofix is legalized? Get your car seat fitted correctly!!

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  5. I think the best insurance is having the safest seat you can get for your child rather than how much money you can get back. It’s a risk I’m taking and I’m very happy with it.

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  6. We purchased a brand new Honda Civic mid last year – no isofix points!!! Highly irritated! Does anyone know if they can be retrofitted in Aus? I know they can in the States – and quite cheaply too.

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  7. For those of you scaremongering about insurance and especially the bogus claim that Australia is at a higher standard than the rest of the world I use isofix and my children’s safety comes way before any govt red tape. The real reason it isn’t adopted is local car manufacturers are behind international standards so it’s a monetary issue not a safety one.
    If it wasn’t any good then why would every other country bar Australia use it?
    Incidentally virtually all safety aspects from seat-belts to ABS brakess have all come from Europe (including isofix), NOT Australia !

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  8. Isofix rules – you dont know what youre talking about! Holden produce vehicles with isofix points in the rear seats and have done so for a long time. Isofix arent safer than using tje adult seatbelts except in the case where a parent doesnt correctly fit thep capsule using the seatbelts (something you cant do with the isofix system).
    However, the govt never adopted the systrm in Australia for reasons known only to them. Most (but not all) modern domrstic cars are isofix capable and the system is neant to be legalised this month.

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  9. Please see our updated post here http://babyology.com.au/out-and-about/important-details-for-australian-isofix-child-restraints-from-britax.html – it goes on to talk about ISOFIX specific to Australia :) ~ LK

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  10. I find australia very lacking in car seats having lived in uk and America also. I love Greco but not here they have two points that secure your child in the seat so there is no way that if your child undoes one point can’t undone the second as it needs an adult!

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