The new standard means that Child Restraint Systems are significantly safer than under the terms of the R-44 regulation, which dates back to the 90s. The i-Size standard aims to improve protection and safety based on 6 specific points:
UNIVERSAL INTEGRAL ISOFIX
The i-Size standard states that the safety seat can only be installed in the car using Isofix anchors + an anti-rotation system (top tether or support leg).
CLASSIFICATION BY HEIGHT
I-Size abandons the previous classification of safety seats grouped by weight in favour of a new classification that is easier to understand: by height in cm.
SAFETY SEAT AND CAR COMPATIBILITY
The i-Size standard has been developed together with car manufacturers to guarantee complete compatibility between the safety seats and cars.
REAR FACING UNTIL THE CHILD IS AT LEAST 15 MONTHS OLD
Under the terms of the i-Size standard, car safety seats may only be used in the forward facing position when the child is at least 15 months old, although the recommendation is for the child to travel in the rear facing position for as long as possible.
The new i-Size standard adds side impact to the front and rear crash tests.
Q SERIES DUMMIES, NEW CRITERIA
The new dummies (Q series) are designed based on the size of the current population, with materials that reproduce human behaviour better and they are also fitted with new sensors that detect the force applied to the most sensitive parts of the human body.
If you would like to find out more about the i-Size standard you can see more information here.