This year’s ADAC Stiftung Warentest

Every year in May ADAC and Stiftung Warentest together with ICRT, International Consumer Research Organization publish Europe’s largest test of car seats. Some of the newest car seat models on the market will be tested, and rated. Which car seats that are included in the test are confidential until the test becomes public in late May. ADAC Stiftung Warentest announces in addition a supplement to the same test in Autumn of the same year.

In 2016 Spring edition of ADAC Stiftungwarentest, BeSafe has three products included. Firstly our updated, iZi Kid X2 I-Size which was launched in late 2015. And second our new car seat concept iZi Modular which were launched during Autumn 2015. iZi Modular is not tested as a concept but as two separate products; the infant seat iZi Go Modular i-Size with iZi Modular i-Size base and the car seat iZi Modular i-Size with iZi Modular i-Size base.

What is ICRT, ADAC and Stiftung Warentest?

ICRT, the International Consumer Research Organization, is the world-leading organization that performs joint testing and provides frameworks for testing of different product Groups.  For example ICRT is a founder member of Euro NCAP, one of the world’s biggest car tests. ICRT implement and perform their car seat tests together with Stiftung Warentest.
The results of the test are then published by national organizations in each country, for example. “Råd och Rön” in Sweden and “Which?” in the United Kingdom.

Stiftung Warentest is an independent company and Germany’s leading consumer testing organization. They do not accept any advertising and is partly public founded. This ensures their independence.
Every year they perform car seats test together with ADAC.

ADAC is an organization representing the interests of car owners in Germany which organizes tests of child car seats. With over 16 million members and a magazine of 14 000 000 copies, this is Europe’s biggest automobile organization. ADAC is known as one of the most important testers of child car seats in Europe.

Criteria and assessments

The test that are performed by ADAC could be defined as an extreme test. The speed and the loads exceed that of the European Standards approval system and is almost on the same level as EuroNCAP tests for cars. The core of the test is two different types of crash test, one frontal impact and one side impact.

The test is also done in a real car body to make the test as realistic as possible. The body that was used in this year test was the new Golf. The crash test dummies that are used are from the latest generation of Q-dummies and they give very detailed feedback/information.

However, the test also has a part in which they focus on more subjective evaluations. They evaluate aspects such as, user friendliness, risk of misuse, comfort for the child, quality of the cover,  craftsmanship, space in the car, the user manual, how easy it is to clean and so on.

These are of course also important aspectsof a child seat however for time to time we see that the two different parts contradict each other and even if both ADAC and Stiftung gives the same value on both parts of their tests – our choices is clear… Safety is always most important for BeSafe.

The last part of the test is that they also check the seats for hazardous substances. A test that is important and one we quite often see can be a challenge for some seats.

Top safety results for BeSafe car seats

The Spring edition of the Stiftung Warentest and ADAC car seat test was published the 24th of May and we are very proud to announce that BeSafe iZi Kid X2 i-Size has been awarded both a fantastic result and is a Test Winner.

The ‘PLUS’ Tested BeSafe iZi Kid X2 i-Size achieved the remarkable safety result of 1.1 which is by far the best result ever amongst the 66 seats tested for children 1-4 years listed in the current ADAC archive.

Also, our new innovative Modular concept was part of the test and here too we see that BeSafe seats have achieved excellent safety results with the grades “Very Good” and Good”, and an overall score for all elements of the concept of ”Good".