Child seat test 2015 (group I)

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Child seat test 2015 (group I)
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The tension rises when the K indersitz Multi-Tech II from Britax Römer is the turn. It is not the upcoming crash test that is worrying, but the installation in the crash body. Even when unpacking, the many straps and buckles that promise complicated handling catch your eye. At least the seat is a small all-rounder. Because it transports children between 9 and 25 kilograms, i.e. up to around six years of age - facing forward and backward. Although it is therefore also approved for seating group II, the test is limited to group I requirements.

Crash sled simulates an accident at 50 km /h

Waiting for the crash tests therefore a Q3 dummy on his missions, which corresponds to a three-year-old child. First of all, the Multi-Tech II proves its safety as a reboarder. Before the crash sled hits the obstacle at around 50 km /h, however, installation takes over an hour. Only with the help of instructions and online video is it possible to securely tension all belts and find the right angle for the support leg. Before buying, a trial installation should definitely clarify whether the seat also fits in your own car. A look at the type list also clarifies which seats can be installed on. Looking backwards, the Britax Römer convinces in a crash, all measured values ​​are in the green area. The second attempt, built in forwards, looks different. The belt guide, which does not seem entirely plausible, only holds the seat in the pelvic area; the head and upper body fold far forward in the event of an impact. The large forward displacement shows an increased risk of injury. In this installation position, the verdict is therefore: Only conditionally recommended.

The same applies to the Chicco Oasys 1 Isofix , whereby the result has other reasons. Since the seat shell may only be installed in conjunction with Isofix hooks and a top tether belt, it is very tightly connected to the vehicle and does not allow much forward movement. The strong restraint effect, however, leads to increased readings in the head area, which also suggest an increased risk of injury. Although the seat meets the requirements of the ECE R 44 standard, if the requirements are shifted upwards, the Chicco shows weaknesses.The settings chosen by auto motor und sport and TÜV Süd are only slightly above the norm and correspond to an accident scenario that often occurs in reality.

Phoenixfix pro 2 child seat with catching table

The Kiddy Phoenixfix pro 2 - all measured values ​​are in the green area. Its specialty is the catching table, which holds back the child safely and extensively in the area of ​​the upper body. The head moves far forward on impact and touches the catching table lightly, but without any measurable impact. This system can still be problematic.

Not all children accept the voluminous front structure in front of their stomach. But if you can convince the little passenger of the seat, he is a recommendation. The handling leaves little to be desired. The light and pleasantly padded child seat can be installed quickly and easily in any car, as it can be used with or without Isofix hooks. Thanks to the removable seat cushion and height-adjustable headrest, it quickly adapts to the size of the child. And something else speaks for the seat: It is the cheapest representative in the test.

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Which seat fits my child?

For children up to twelve years and 1.50 meters tall is in Germany a child seat is mandatory. The approval standard ECE R 44 divides the restraint systems into five groups according to the weight of the child: Group 0 for babies up to ten kilograms (age: around nine months), group 0+ for babies up to 13 kg (around 18 months), group I for children between 9 and 18 kg (nine months to four years), group II for children between 15 and 25 kg (three to seven years) and group III for children between 22 and 36 kg (six to twelve years). UNECE R 129, also known as i-size, has been in force since 2013, and body size is decisive. It is also important that the manufacturer has approved the desired seat for the respective car. There may be restrictions, especially with Isofix systems.

This is how we tested

auto motor und sport has been testing child seats together with TÜV Süd for over 20 years. To simulate a frontal collision, the crash body of a Golf V is braked from over 50 km /h at up to 31 times the acceleration of the earth. For comparison: The approval standard ECE R 44 only requires values ​​up to a maximum of 28 g. Mazda 2, Opel Zafira Tourer and Renault Grand Kangoo were ready for installation for the practical test. Handling, comfort for the child and how understandable the instructions are were evaluated.

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