Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We've gone over everything from the basics to the complicated current legislations, but do you still have some questions or still a little confused? Don't worry, you're not alone! We've gathered together some of the questions we get asked the most and answered them all for you. Take a look at our frequently asked questions to help...


Is a shield better than a harness or vice versa?

Both systems are capable of fulfilling the safety and performance requirements of R44 and R129 and there is no evidence that one is better than another.

What if I buy an older car seat?

Legally, car seats do not have expiry dates. It is still legal to use seats that were approved to R44/03, some of which date back to the mid '90s. Every car seat currently sold by retailers has to meet current legislation. However, by using an older car seat, you will not benefit from the improvements in technology or innovation that a new seat may provide.

Is an ISOFIX car seat safer than a belted car seat?

ISOFIX car seats are more likely to be fitted correctly with a reduced risk of user error, therefore making them safer, however, well fitted belted car seats (in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions) can be equally safe.

How long should my child travel rearward-facing?

We say as long as possible! The R129 Regulation stipulates that your child should be rearward facing until at least 15 months old. However, many car seats allow children to rear-face for longer and we recommend keeping your child rear-facing at least until the limit of your car seat is reached.

How can I tell if my car seat is approved to the latest requirements?

It will carry a label that confirms that it meets the requirements of the relevant regulation (either R44 or R129).

Is R129 better than R44?

R129 (often referred to as i-Size) raises the minimum safety standard. It aims to improve the compatibility of the car seat to the child's development, and the compatibility of the car seat to the car itself. The regulation also stipulates that side-impact testing has to be carried out, which is not a requirement of R44. This does not mean R44 is not safe, it simply means R129 takes extra steps to increase the already high level of safety further.

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