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. It's also Australia's first low-weight infant carrier designed to accommodate smaller babies such as premmies from birth up to 12-months of age.
The Platinum ISOFIX is for children up to four-years of age and has dual layer head and torso side impact cushion technology (RRP $659). It'll have flexible ISOFIX connectors and can still be used with a lap-sash as well.
The Trufix will feature rigid ISOFIX arms meaning it's an ISOFIX only seat - as Britax says 'it's for the ISOFIX purists'. This seat is suitable for children aged six-months to four-years.
Britax Australia managing director Jeff Darmanin said: "We are delighted to offer Australian and New Zealand families ISOFIX restraints. ISOFIX restraints provide parents an alternative mode of installation which many will find easier to use".
The ISOFIX system makes it easier for parents to fit their child restraint.
Britax Australia technical director Mike Lumley said: "The 2013 revision of the Australian and New Zealand child restraint systems provides high levels of safety equal or better to that of products globally. The main expected benefit from ISOFIX compatible child restraints is an improvement in fitment to the vehicle. Some parents are likely to find these new style child restraints easier to fit to vehicles, reducing the potential risk of incorrect instalment."
Britax is urging parents to remember that all child restraints that meet the Australian Standard have the 'five tick' standards mark. If it doesn't, then it's not compliant.