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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 19

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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Six features of new cars that make parenting easier
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Six features of new cars that make parenting easier

Children and cars can be a stressful combination - and it doesn't seem to matter whether you're heading off on a long-distance trip or ducking out for what should be a quick trip to the shops. Some days, being a parent is challenging and anything that makes your day a little easier is much appreciated...


BMW X3, X4: more than 17,000 SUVs recalled locally for ISOFIX fault
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BMW X3, X4: more than 17,000 SUVs recalled locally for ISOFIX fault

A total of 17,894 BMW X3 and X4 SUVs have been recalled locally due to a fault relating to brackets used for mounting ISOFIX-compatible child seats. Affecting 15,097 'F25' BMW X3s and 2797 'F26' BMW X4s built between December 2010 and April 2016 for the X3 and between May 2014 and April 2016 for the X4, the recall encompasses every second-generation X3 and first-generation X4 sold in Australia to date...


Australian CREP review finds ISOFIX child seats not always the safest option
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Australian CREP review finds ISOFIX child seats not always the safest option

The Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) has published safety ratings for 10 of the latest ISOFIX-compatible child rear seats, revealing the new restraint method isn’t necessarily safer than the traditional seat belt system...


ISOFIX-compatible child seats: your questions answered
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ISOFIX-compatible child seats: your questions answered

ISOFIX-compatible child seats have been legal to use on Australian roads since September 2014, yet there still seems to be a bit of confusion among parents. Are ISOFIX seats mandatory? Is the top-tether necessary? Is the old way still okay? We regularly field questions regarding ISOFIX, including this one from Catriona. Q: Hi CarAdvice...


ISOFIX Seats Australia: The benefits and how to fit correctly
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ISOFIX Seats Australia: The benefits and how to fit correctly

What is ISOFIX? And should you have queued up like a crazed Apple iPhone fan to buy one when they first hit the shelves? To answer the second question first, no. ISOFIX child restraints that are compliant under the Australian Standard can now be used legally, but the old way is still fine. For a number of reasons, however, parents are now being encouraged to make the move to ISOFIX...


Britax Safe-n-Sound unveils ISOFIX child seats
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Britax Safe-n-Sound unveils ISOFIX child seats

  Parents across Australia have been waiting, some with bated breath, for the approval and arrival of ISOFIX car seats. Now, Britax Safe-n-Sound has revealed its ISOFIX-compatible models which will hit the shelves in Australia from mid-October. Three seats will be available: The Unity Infant Carrier will now come with ISOFIX attachment arms...


First Australian ISOFIX child seat restraint on sale in days
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First Australian ISOFIX child seat restraint on sale in days

  Just hours after ISOFIX was given the official Australian tick of approval by the ACCC, Maxi-Cosi has announced it will be first to market locally with ISOFIX-compatible child car seats. Earlier today, the infant car seat maker unveiled two models that will be sold under the ISOGO label, Euro (above) and Hera (below) - and they'll be on the shelves in selected baby stores from 27 September 2014...


ISOFIX : Australian safety clicks belatedly into place
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ISOFIX : Australian safety clicks belatedly into place

Parents rejoice! The clever ISOFIX child seat restraint system will be available in Australia within days after the rubber stamp from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. It’s still worth asking the question why it has taken so long for ISOFIX to be approved for use in our country...


ISOFIX child seats legalised for Australia
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ISOFIX child seats legalised for Australia

After years of waiting, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has finally approved ISOFIX child seats for use on Australian roads. With 88 per cent of infant car seats said to be installed incorrectly in Australia, the introduction of ISOFIX seats (which are either plugged in or not) will be a leap for child safety for Australian motorists...


ISOFIX child restraint system approved for use in Australia
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ISOFIX child restraint system approved for use in Australia

The ISOFIX child restraint system has finally been officially approved for use in Australia. Standards Australia confirmed the revision to the joint Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1754:2013, allowing the use of child restraints featuring ISOFIX-compatible lower attachment connectors...


IIHS calls on manufacturers to make fitting car seats easier
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IIHS calls on manufacturers to make fitting car seats easier

A leading consumer safety authority in the US is calling on automotive manufacturers to make installing child seats in their vehicles easier after a study showed only one in five meets key ease-of-use criteria. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found just 21 of the 98 top-selling 2010-2011 model year passenger vehicles in the US had child seat anchorage designs that were easy to use...


Isofix child restraints to be legalised in 2013
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Isofix child restraints to be legalised in 2013

The federal government has finally paved the way for the Isofix child restraint system to be legalised in Australia, more than a decade after it was introduced in North America and Europe. Parliamentary secretary for Infrastructure and Transport Catherine King said the government has reacted to increasing calls from parents to be allowed to use the internationally approved Isofix system to protect their children while in the car...