BeSafe products often come out on top when tested, and we think that this is fantastic. However, the most important thing for us is not the results of these simplified consumer tests; we ourselves need to know that we are making the safest seats that it is possible to produce. If we can’t do this, we will never be satisfied. BeSafe places top priority on safety. Our child safety seats are therefore subjected to extreme testing in order to ensure that children are provided with the best possible protection in the real world of car travel. We are also even more proud when BeSafe child car seats win such tests in which safety features as a priority.

International testing of child car seats

All BeSafe seats are tested by ADAC

Child car seat tests are conducted by International Consumer Research & Testing (ICRT) in conjunction with the ADAC, the German motoring organization. BeSafe would like consumer tests to be easier to understand for the consumer. All BeSafe seats are tested by the ADAC before entering the market. Tests conducted by the ADAC are more stringent than ordinary child car seat tests that all manufacturers are subject to. Below is an explanation of how the tests are conducted.

How are child car seat tests conducted by the ICRT?

Crash tests at the ADAC are tougher than the tests seats are subject to in order to obtain type approval in Europe (ECE R44). Front collision and side collision are the most important elements of the tests however, the seat’s construction is also a key factor.

The first test ascertains how easy it is to guide the seat belt through the different slots it has to pass through. Then the seat’s lateral stability is tested, once it is correctly installed. ISOfix seats often score higher than non-ISOfix seats on this later point.

User-friendliness and comfort

Since 2011, greater emphasis has been placed on child comfort. The sitting position and roominess of the seat are evaluated. An evaluation is also made of how much space the seat takes up in the car.

During this part of the test, the seats are installed in many different types of cars, both on the sides and in the middle seats. The test criteria is assessed by both experts and parents. Both test dummies and real children are used in these parts of the test.

Risk of incorrect use of a child car seat:

  • Seat incorrectly installed in the car
  • Child improperly secured in the seat

Securing and releasing the child from the car seat:

  • Is it easy/difficult to secure the child properly in the seat?
  • Is it easy/difficult to release and remove the child afterwards?

Installing the child car seat:

  • How difficult is it to install/adjust the seat correctly in the car?

Adjusting the seat to the child’s size:

  • How easy is it to adjust the seat as the child grows, or to adjust it to another child?

User guide:

  • How easy is the user guide to understand?

Space for the child in the car seat:

  • How much space does the child have when it is properly secured in the seat? (Head support, space in the seat)

Dimensions of the child car seat:

  • How much space does the seat actually take up in the car when it is correctly installed?

Sitting position:

  • How ergonomic is the sitting position, as well as any lying position, when the seat is correctly installed?

Comfort:

  • How much thigh and leg support does the child have?
  • How well padded is the seat?
  • How good is the child’s view from the seat when the seat is correctly installed and the child is properly secured?

Cleaning and finish:

  • How easy is the seat to clean?
  • How easy is it to remove and wash the seat cover?
  • What type of finish does the seat have and what is the overall impression of its quality?

Materials

The ICRT has tested the seats for harmful and undesirable materials. This criteria is of little significance. However, with a poor result, the seat’s total score will be affected.

Explaining tests and approvals

ECE R44 04

ECE R44 04 is a European approval standard. Child car seats are tested in frontal collisions at 50 km/h and rear collisions at 30 km/h using crash test dummies and measuring instruments designed to see how well the seats protect the test dummies.

All child car seats currently being sold in Europe, Middle East and most Asian countries must be ECE R44 04 approved. In most countries ECE R44 03 is not allowed anymore. All BeSafe seats are compliant with ECE R44 04.

ADAC

ADAC is an organization representing the interests of car owners in Germany which organizes tests of child car seats. The tests conducted are approx. 50% more stringent or stipulate stricter requirements than the ECE R4404 standards.

In these tests 50% of the emphasis is on collision results and 50% relates to user friendliness, comfort, instructions for use and installation methods, etc. The lowest results are the ones that apply. Frontal and side collisions are conducted. This is particularly important, because children can sustain much more serious injuries in side collisions than in frontal collisions.

Stiftung Warentest

Stiftung Warentest is the consumer council in Germany. It administers and conducts tests on behalf of the International Consumer Research and Testing organisation, ICRT. Stiftung Warentest conducts its own tests in collaboration with the ADAC. These tests are conducted using frontal collisions at a speed of 64 km per hour and side collisions, while ECE R44 only tests frontal and rear collisions.

Plus test

The VTI and NTF introduced the Plus Test in Sweden in 2009. This test provides a stamp of quality for seats that are so good that they are recommended in Sweden. The Plus Test has such strict requirements that forward facing child car seats would not be able to comply with them. The thinking behind the test is that no children sitting in a child car seat which is Plus Test approved would sustain any serious/life-threatening injuries in a collision.

ADAC

European consumer organizations are members of ICRT and do publish their own test report. However, these reports are copies of the Stiftung Warentest and ADAC Tests, but published in another lay-out. As example, WHICH in the UK.

Plus test

What is the Plus Test?

There are many things you as a parent need to consider when choosing a child car seat. Is it approved for my child? How long can he / she use it? Will it fit in our car? Is it simple and easy to install? These are some of the many relevant issues, you as a parent need to ask yourself before choosing a car seat. Important to remember is that a matter is more important than any other – Security!

 Plus test

All child car seats in the European and Scandinavian market must be approved according to ECE R44 or UN R129.

The Plus test is a voluntary approval that car seat manufacturers may choose to test their car seats for. A child safety seat approved according to the Plus test has passed the toughest crash test and get an additional marking as evidence.

  • The requirements for getting an approved car seat is too low
  • All child car seat tests, except the Plus test, measures the strain on the crash test dummy’s chest rather than the neck which says nothing about the risk factor

The Plus test measures the strain on the crash test dummy’s neck and the requirements for maximum strain are very tough.

The Plus Test has such strict requirements that forward facing child car seats would not be able to comply with them. The thinking behind the test is that no children sitting in a child car seat which is Plus Test approved would sustain any serious/life-threatening injuries in a collision.

BeSafe testresults

Child_Car_Safety_Test_StiftungWarentestStiftung Warentest

  • 06/2014 iZi Kid X3 ISOfix Top-ranked grp 0/1; Good
  • 05/2014 iZi Go X1 ISOfix Good
  • 06/2012 iZi Up X3 Fix Good
  • 06/2011 iZi Kid X3 ISOfix Test winner grp 0/1; Good
  • 06/2011 iZi Comfort X3 ISOfix Test winner grp 1; Good
  • 11/2011 iZi Go Test winner grp 0+; Good
  • 06/2009 iZi Kid X1 ISOfix Test winner grp 0/1; Good
  • 06/2009 iZi Up X2 Good
  • 06/2007 iZi Sleep Good
  • 06/2007 iZi Comfort X1 ISOfix Good

ADACChild_Car_Safety_Test_ADAC

  • 06/2012 iZi Up X3 Fix Good
  • 06/2011 iZi Comfort X3 ISOfix Test winner grp 1; Good
  • 11/2011 iZi Go Test winner grp 0+; Good

TCS (Swiss Automobile Club)

  • 05/2011 iZi Combi X3 ISOfix Recommended
  • 05/2011 iZi Comfort X3 ISOfix Highly Recomended
  • 05/2011 iZi Kid X3 ISOfix Highly Recomended
  • 05/2007 iZi Sleep Highly Recomended
  • 05/2007 iZi Comfort X1 ISOfix Highly Recomended
  • 05/2007 iZi Comfort X1 Recommended

Auto Motor and SportChild_Car_Safety_Test_Automotor

  • 05/2014 iZi Plus Recommended
  • 11/2011 iZi Go Recommended
  • 03/2010 iZi Combi X2 Recommended

WHICH?

  • Spring 2011 iZi Kid X3 ISOfix Best Buy
  • Spring 2011 iZi Combi X3 ISOfix Best Buy
  • Autumn 2011 iZi Go Best Buy
  • 2009 iZi Sleep Best Buy

Plus test

  • 2015 iZi Kid X2 i-Size Very high level of safety
  • 2014 iZi Kid X1 i-Size Very high level of safety
  • 2013 iZi Plus Very high level of safety
  • 2010 iZi Kid X3 Very high level of safety
  • 2010 iZi Kid X3 ISOfix Very high level of safety
  • 2009 iZi Kid X1 ISOfix Very high level of safety
  • 2009 iZi Kid X2 The first to be Plus test approvedChild_Car_Safety_Test_Which

EURO NCAP

  • 2013 iZi Kid X3 ISOfix Recommended
  • 2013 iZi Combi X3 ISOfix Recommended

Design awards

Baby innovation award

  • 2013 BeSafe Pregnant iZi Fix Test winner, category “Care”

IF Design award

  • 2008 iZi Sleep Test winner
  • 2008 iZi Up X2 Test winner

Red Dot Design awardChild_Car_safety_Test_RedDot

  • 2015 iZi Modular Test winner
  • 2010 iZi Comfort X3 Test winner
  • 2007 iZi Sleep Test winner

Award for Design Excellence

  • 2008 iZi Up X2 Test winner
  • 2007 iZi Sleep Test winner

BeSafe in combination with strollers

BeSafe iZi Go X1 can fit on a number of strollers, by using the Maxi Cosi adapters.

BeSafe chooses to test the BeSafe iZi Go X1 in combination with several strollers to judge if they are compliant with the European standard EN 1888*. Since strollers can be combined with carrycots, seat units or car seats for babies (group 0+ seats), all these combinations are also regulated in EN 1888. When a combination of a certain type of stroller with a certain car seat complies with EN 1888, the combination is confirmed as safe to use.

BeSafe test stability, strength of the connection and durability of both stroller and car seat.

BeSafe iZi Go X1 can fit on a number of strollers, by using the Maxi Cosi adapters. BeSafe chooses to test the BeSafe iZi Go X1 in combination with several strollers to judge if they are compliant with the European standard EN 1888*.

In the test program the combination is tested on stability, strength of the connection and durability of both stroller and car seat. It is not sufficient simply if the car seat fits on the stroller adapters because the stability or durability of the combination might not be sufficient.

Combinations of strollers and car seats

BeSafe publishes all combinations of strollers and car seats, which have been tested and approved, in the stroller list which can be found as a hang tag on the product. You will find the most recent stroller lists here.