What does ISOFIX mean?
ISOFIX is the international standard for fitting points built into your car when it’s manufactured – It stands for ‘International Standards Organisation Fix’. You use them to quickly and easily lock your child seat or car seat base safely and securely to your car.
How do I know if my car has ISOFIX?
ISOFIX points have been standard in cars since 2004 and more often than not they can be found in the rear seats of the car. Some manufacturers include them in the front passenger seat as well – check your car’s manual to be sure.
To find them, look for the ISOFIX labels between the base and back or your car seats. You might be able to spot them where the back of the seat meets the cushion but sometimes they’re covered by a plastic cover and more difficult to see. The points are welded to the back of the seat and your car manual will tell you where they are if you can’t find them.
Before you buy your car seat or seat base, you should check with the manufacturer to make sure it will fit.
How does ISOFIX work?
ISOFIX points are built into the car when they’re manufactured and match the points on the car seat or seat base. The alligator clips on the car seat simply click into place and you don’t need to use the seat belt to secure it.
When you want to remove the seat from the points, you press a button that will unlatch to set it free. Make sure to read the instructions that come with your car seat because the process might differ.