The first one that meets child restraint Australian ISOFIX Standard, the Maxi-Cosi from Dorel, is already on the market. No doubt, other manufacturers are not far behind.
The ISOFIX system uses two metal clips in the base of the seat (or on flexible connectors on the base) that clip into metal loops in the joint between the back and base of the rear seat. It is claimed to reduce the incidence of incorrect installation of restraints. Parents and carers have to listen for the “click”, and tug the restraint after installation, to ensure the clips are properly engaged.
The Australian Standard includes the requirement for a top tether strap, which improves the restraint performance. This is not required in other countries, so it is illegal to use an imported restraint which does not comply with the Standard.
Experience overseas is that ISOFIX restraints are heavier, due to the metal frame incorporating the clips, and often more expensive than conventional restraints. Therefore, consumers should check these points before committing to a purchase.
Have you heard of ISOFIX? Are you interested in purchasing an ISOFIX restraint?