Child seat test 2014: the 200 euro seat fails the ADAC test


The 200 euro seat fails the ADAC test

Child seat test 2014: the 200 euro seat fails the ADAC test-test

After its test run for 2014, the ADAC can make a recommendation in each category

Source: ADAC

In the child seat check by ADAC and Stiftung Warentest, two thirds of the seats performed well. Only one seat received a “very good” rating and one failed. A new i-size seat was also tested for the first time.

I.In the current child seat test by ADAC and Stiftung Warentest, 18 out of 28 child seats received an overall rating of “good” – the testers can recommend at least one seat for each age group. The Recaro Privia & Recaro Fix baby seat was awarded “very good”, and it is well above the minimum legal requirements, especially when it comes to safety.

The testers found that the pollution of the seats has generally decreased, 23 products were rated “very good” in this category. On this point, the long-term demands of the Club and Stiftung Warentest have apparently had an effect.

That’s the good news. However, there are losers again this year: The seat ABC Design Risus & Risus Isofix Base was rated “poor”. After all, it costs over 200 euros, but fails due to the safety requirements in the frontal and side impact test.

Two thirds harmless

In the test, 28 child seats cut two-thirds good or better. The seat with the best rating, the Recaro Privia & Recaro Fix for children up to around 13 kilograms (up to 1.5 years), is light and at the same time has very good safety values. The testers were also impressed by the operation, ergonomics and the absence of harmful substances.

Anyone who is allowed to install an Isofix base for a baby seat in their car is very well advised to do so. Received a “good” in this weight class: Bebe Confort Pebble, Bebe Confort Pebble & 2wayFix, Concord Air.Safe, Concord Air.Safe & Airfix, Cybex Aton, Cybex Aton Q & Aton Q Base-fix, BeSafe iZi Go X1, BeSafe iZi Go X1 Isofix, Kiddy Evolution Pro 2 & Isofix-Base 2, Kiddy Evolution Pro 2 and Recaro Privia.

For children up to around 18 kilograms (up to 4 years of age) the Concord Ultimax.2, the Romer Max-Fix II and the seats Chicco Oasys 1 Isofix, Migo Saturn & Solar and Migo Saturn achieve an overall rating of “good”. In the 15 to 36 kilogram class (4-12 years) the Romer Kidfix XP convinced with "good".

Side impact protection is becoming more and more important

For the first time, the testers took into account the new test norm ECE-R129, a standard for side impact protection in which the minimum requirements are laid down. The new EU standard UN ECE will be developed from this.

The so-called i-size seat Maxi Cosi 2wayPearl & 2wayFix, built according to the new standard, was also found to be “good”. According to the new standard, the categories for child seats are based the height and maximum weight of the children. It is also stipulated that children under 15 months must be transported against the direction of travel

The new regulation will not change anything for parents who already have a child seat. The existing child seats can still be used. According to ADAC information, there are currently no plans to ban the use of child seats that have been approved under the previous regulation.

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