The Norwegian family company BeSafe stands for 'Scandinavian safety' and is strongly committed to protecting children in the car.
"Besafe is the best safety & comfort choice when buying a car seat for your child."
BeSafe has 25 years of experience in manufacturing rear facing car seats and uses this expertise to respond to current trends in an ever-changing market. The company has developed 2 designs that can be used for both rear and front facing: the iZi Modular i-Size Family, one base with 2 car seats, and the rotating seats, which can turn 180° or 360°, like the iZi Turn B i-Size.
In 2021 BeSafe introduced car seats and baby carriers made entirely of breathable mesh. This fabric is up to 8 times more breathable than traditional fabrics and provides even more comfort.
baby carrier Newborn haven & Haven
And BeSafe takes things even further, by offering parents a solution for also transporting their children safely outside of the car. Together with die Trageschule BeSafe has developed the BeSafe Haven baby carrier and the Newborn Haven baby carrier. It's ergonomic, extremely comfortable for both baby and parent and made of super soft Tencel.
Pioneer for i-Size car seats from 0 to 12 years
i-Size rotating car seats from birth
Best protection from pregnancy up until 12 years
Extra side impact protection
Baby carrier developed together with die Trageschule
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The Scandinavian family company BeSafe launched a brand new line of car seats and baby carriers in 2021 featuring a breathable fabric. This mesh fabric consists of three different layers that increase air flow, making car journeys and babywearing more comfortable. We are happy to explain exactly how this works.
If you are changing the recline angle frequently, we recommend to install the seat in the 2nd front brace position. This way the seat is still compact in its installation but accessing the recline handle is easier.
When installing this seat on the passenger seat, please check the following aspects:
1. As with all child seats on the passenger seat, you should still be able to see the side mirror of your car
2. You should have a minimum distance of 5 cm between the highest point of the seat or child's head and the front window
This seat already offers a very good recline. But if you have extremely steep vehicle seats and want to install the child seat a bit less upright, you can do this by having a small gap between front brace and sitting area of the vehicle seat - as long as these conditions are fulfilled:
1. the front of the base (near the support leg) has to rest on the vehicle seat (so the seat is not fully hovering)
2. the support leg is maximum vertical, and not at a negative angle (i.e. not pointing towards the vehicle seat that the child seat is on)
3. the overall installation is very sturdy
If you want to remove the front brace from this seat, for example for storing or shipping the seat, you can do this with the right tools. Turn the seat upside down. On the bottom side of the seat base you see two small holes. When you pull the front brace out as much as you can, you can see a grey hook showing in the hole, which stops the front brace from being pulled out completely. Take a tool, for example a flat-headed screwdriver, and push the hooks down while pulling the front brace further out (while pulling the handle on the front brace).
In the most extended position you can get up to 26 cm leg space. This leg space is independent of how deep your vehicle seat is, as this seat is equipped with a front brace that extends to give your child the large leg space.
The EXO frame is part of the seat's safety concept where in the event of a frontal collision the child pushes into the seat shell, which has a rigid spine on its inside. This spine then transfers the forces to the EXO frame, which surrounds the seat on the outside. This frame then transfers the forces to the car belt and the car floor via the support leg. This construction makes the seat extremely sturdy and able to take very high forces, even from children/dummies weighing up to 36 kg.
You must stop using this seat and change to the next suitable seat when ONE of these conditions is met, whichever comes first:
1) The child is taller than 125 cm;
2) The child incl. clothes weighs more than 36 kg;
3) The shoulder height exceeds the highest position of the shoulder belts;
4) The top of the ears is above the highest point of the headrest in the highest position.
ISOfix-installed seats with an internal harness have the “standard calculation” of 33 kg minus seat weight = maximum child weight. This is based on the car’s ISOfix anchorages being approved till a maximum weight of 33 kg.
For belt-installed seats like this one, this ISOfix limitation and calculation does not apply. Instead, the manufacturer defines the maximum weight themselves.
This seat is approved in the new R129-03 regulation, but not in the i-Size category within this regulation. That is because the i-Size category requires a seat to be installed with ISOfix and does not allow for it to be installed with lower tethers.
However, there is no disadvantage of having a seat that is approved as specific vehicle instead of i-Size, you just don't have the "plug and play" system with i-Size approved vehicle positions. We recommend (for all child seats) to always test-install the seat in your car before purchase, so that you can be sure that it fits and suits your space requirements.
For BeSafe it was important that this seat can accommodate as many children as possible to travel rear facing for longer and does not limit them by weight, which is why they chose for it to be belt-installed. With a belt-installed seat it is up to the manufacturer to determine the allowed maximum weight of the child.
During development they crash-tested the seat with a Q10 dummy which weighs 36 kg and achieved good crash test performance. In addition, they also crash-tested with a Q6 dummy (which weighs 23 kg) with added weight of 13 kg to have a total weight of 36 kg inside the seat, also resulting in a good crash test performance.
Therefore they know that the seat can very well support children up to a maximum weight of 36 kg.
It is good to note however that the maximum stature height of 125 cm also still applies, i.e. if a child has reached 125 cm, it must stop using this seat, even if it does not weigh 36 kg yet.
Based on average size values, it is recommended to remove the cushion in the back of this seat when the child is over 2 years old. But you can also remove the cushion earlier if your child sits better in the seat and has an improved belt fit without the cushion.
No, the seat must always be pushed fully against the vehicle seat until the front brace is touching it. If one would leave the ISOfix arms further extended, the seat could not be installed tightly and would have too much side movement.
Unlike many other 'inserts' that allow using a toddler seat from birth, the BeSafe Baby Shell™ is not just a set of cushions that is placed inside the big seat shell, but is a whole unit with an outer wall by itself. This way, it truly resembles the position and protection of a baby car seat that is placed inside the seat shell. The side walls of the Baby Shell™ are adding an extra layer of side impact protection and are also featuring the innovative Dynamic Force Absorber™ construction just like the seat's headrest.
The Universal Level Technology™ has a special seat-and-base design that is constructed to always have the child seat on a horizontal level, no matter how steep the vehicle seat is. This allows for an optimal sitting angle for the child in almost any car.The Universal Level Technology™ has a special seat-and-base design that is constructed to always have the child seat on a horizontal level, no matter how steep the vehicle seat is. This allows for an optimal sitting angle for the child in almost any car.
To ensure that the baby insert [Baby Shell™] will stay in place and not become a loose object in an accident when no child is sitting in the seat, we have put great development efforts into constructing the harness guiding through the baby insert [Baby Shell™] in a way that it stays in place even if the harness is open and the seat is rotated to the side. We have confirmed this by crash-testing the seat rotated to the side and the harness being open when no child is sitting in it.
No, the baby insert [Baby Shell™] is only allowed to be used if the specific seat is approved together with it. iZi Twist and iZi Turn are approved from 61 cm on only, so it must not be used before and thus is only to be used with the included Two-Fit™ cushions.
We would recommend not to remove the baby insert [Baby Shell™] before the child is at least 61 cm tall and can sit by himself/herself, and would in general advise to use the baby insert [Baby Shell™] as long as possible (max. stature height 87 cm).
If you want to remove the baby insert [Baby Shell™] earlier than 87 cm, please first try out if your child already sits well in the seat without the baby insert [Baby Shell™]- especially check the side stability, fit of the shoulder- and hip belts and the headrest position on top of the shoulders.
The baby insert [Baby Shell™] can be used until a maximum stature height of 87 cm. You can also remove the baby insert [Baby Shell™] a bit earlier but we would recommend using it all the way to 87 cm when it still fits the baby.
The UN regulation 129 does not require a child seat to rest on the vehicle seat cushion. Instead, the regulation specifies that the installation of the ISOfix anchorages has to be combined with either a support leg or a top tether to prevent frontal displacement of the seat in a frontal accident. This seat is equipped with a support leg for distributing the forces to the vehicle floor and preventing frontal displacement.
Due to being constructed for the worst-case scenarios of the most sloping vehicle seat angles, a gap beneath the base becomes visible in vehicles that have flatter seat angles. This gap might be unfamiliar and could give the assumption that the construction is less stable, as other child seats are typically resting on the vehicle seat cushion. However, this gap beneath the base is not a safety concern.
A vehicle seat cushion is not solid but made of soft materials. In a frontal impact - which is the most common source of serious injury for children - the vehicle seat cushion would compress anyway if pressure was on it, thus giving no stability or support to a child seat. Hence, even for child seats that are resting on the vehicle seat, forces are distributed through the support leg to the vehicle floor and/or through the ISOfix anchorages to the car body, and rotation is prevented through a support leg or top tether.
No, if a child is sitting in the seat, then the seat must always be in the locked rear facing or forward facing driving position. Never drive with a child in the seat if the seat is rotated to the side. Please note that the earliest the forward facing driving position may be used is when the child is taller than 88 cm and older than 15 months. BeSafe strongly recommends you though to keep your child rear facing throughout the whole time that you are using the seat.
Yes, this seat can be used forward facing on turned vehicle seats if it can be installed correctly according to its user manual. However, please check your vehicle user manual to see if child car seats in general are permitted to be used on the turned vehicle seats.
Only the BeSafe iZi Turn B i-Size and BeSafe iZi Go Modular X1 i-Size feature the same Newborn Hugger™ and have been tested and approved with it. For all other seats it is not allowed to use the Newborn Hugger™ in them.
No, it is not allowed to add something to the sides of the child, as the seat is not tested and approved this way. The seat has been tested thoroughly with various dummy sizes representing babies' measurements and has passed all tests successfully, so that adding more to the side is not needed for safety.
All three materials help in protecting a child in a side impact, yet their level of protection and way of working differ. Imagine falling from a great height. If you get to land on a trampoline that is perfectly adjusted to give you a gentle and controlled landing, this equals the Dynamic Force Absorber™.
If you land on a mattress, this equals soft foam. It also helps gently decelerating the fall but the deceleration is not as controlled as it can be on a adjusted trampoline.
If you land on a stack of cardboard boxes, this equals EPS. They deform a little bit, yet do not bend as much as the other materials do to break the fall and stay deformed after the impact. This way, cardboard boxes also have a shorter “distance of travel” during the deformation, which leads to a comparatively more abrupt halt.
This seat has already passed the demanding crash test criteria of the UN R129 regulation without the SIP+, so that the SIP+ is not required to be used. If it is possible to fit it in-between the seat and vehicle door, we however recommend you to use it for even better side impact protection.
If there is not enough space in your vehicle to fit the SIP+ in-between the seat and the vehicle door, you do not need to use the SIP+. As the main function of the SIP+ is to reduce the distance between the seat and the vehicle door, you have no safety disadvantage by not being able to fit the SIP+, as you already have a reduced distance in your situation.
Children are significantly more pliable than adults, so just because something might look uncomfortable to us adults it does not have to be uncomfortable for children.
In fact, many children find it more comfortable in rear facing seats, as they can rest their legs against the back of the vehicle seat. When sitting forward facing, the child's legs would be dangling down, resulting in strain on the joints and bones.
It is five times safer to sit in a rear facing position than in a forward facing position and we recommend that your child sits in the absolute safest position – in a rear facing child car seat – as long as possible.
SIP+ reduces the distance between the seat and the door of the vehicle. In this way the seat and the door will meet each other earlier in a side impact, resulting in less acceleration and absorption of the energy over a longer distance and earlier during the impact. SIP+ can lead to a reduction of 20% of the head acceleration values.
When a rear facing child car seat is in touch with the car interior, it will be supported by the car interior during an impact, which gives an optimal crash performance. When this is not feasible, it's best to create significant distance between the interior and the child car seat to avoid an impact with the car interior when the child car seat will move during the crash. However, please note that these are recommendations for the ideal positions. If these cannot be achieved in your car, it is also fine to install it with getting as close to the ideal positions as possible.When a rear facing child car seat is in touch with the car interior, it will be supported by the car interior during an impact, which gives an optimal crash performance. When this is not feasible, it's best to create significant distance between the interior and the child car seat to avoid an impact with the car interior when the child car seat will move during the crash. However, please note that these are recommendations for the ideal positions. If these cannot be achieved in your car, it is also fine to install it with getting as close to the ideal positions as possible.
You should not turn your child outward facing before the age of 5 months. You should also make sure that you only do it for a limited time in the beginning and in calm surroundings. Also always keep contact with your baby by holding their hand or feet. It is good for babies to explore the world in a safe way with their parents close and without too many distractions around them.
If the airflow is better with the head support folded down, it is not necessarily required to always close the head support part, as a younger baby naturally rests their head sideways against the parent's chest.
When the zipper at the top of the carrier is closed, the top part of the carrier supports the head on the outside. It is not necessarily required though to always close the head support part, as a younger baby naturally rests their head sideways against the parent's chest.
I-size offers a more complete and up-to-date set of safety criteria, which gives a better guarantee that i-size car seats are safe (for example side-impact criteria and measurement of head acceleration). The safety level of ECE r44 04 child safety seat can be at the same level when these criteria (amongst them: side-impact protection) have been taken into account with the design of these seats. To comply with i-size the child safety seat has to offer for example also long floor supports and special labels BeSafe child safety seat have been designed with side impact protection and to a high safety level and do offer a comparable safety level to i-size child safety seat.
In some cars, the Isofix brackets are fitted very deep. In such cases, it may be advantageous to hold the base at an angle of around 45 degrees as it slots in. This will provide better access to the brackets. It should be noted that Isofix brackets that have been fitted deeply may give the base an improper angle. In extreme cases, it may be better to install the seat without the base.
Once it has been installed, the angle of the child seat varies according to its angle and shape. It is generally advisable for the child to be sitting as upright as possible in the event of a collision (because the collision forces are then dissipated more evenly throughout the body). However, if the child is sitting too upright, its head will roll forwards. This problem may be resolved by installing the seat so tightly that some of the air in the padding – and thus, the improper angle/shape – is removed: Remove the locking bolt on the support leg. Place one hand on top of the seat and press firmly so that the support leg is shortened by a notch or two. Tighten with a ratchet (and anchor belts, if it is a belt-installed seat) so that the support leg is resting firmly on the floor and the seat is completely rigid. Replace the locking bolt. Start the installation from scratch, if necessary.
ISOfix is a system for fitting child seats in cars. The system comprises two rigid metal anchor points located in the gap between the back and sitting section of the car seat. Child seats with ISOfix contain two ISOfix arms that slot into these metal anchor points. The child seat also has a third point of support, usually in the form of a support leg that rests against the car floor. Child seats with ISOfix are generally very easy to install, significantly minimizing the risk of incorrect use. Experience would suggest that a high proportion of traditional child seats are incorrectly installed and an incorrectly installed child seat can create a false sense of security. The ISOfix system offers a heightened level of safety as the risk of a child seat being incorrectly installed is minimal.
A loose internal harness can be extremely dangerous, particularly with forward-facing seats. The harness must be securely tightened and a belt guard may be used to hold the harness together, where necessary.
Only front airbags are hazardous to child car seats, as they are thrust into the passenger compartment. All types of side airbags and side curtain airbags are restricted from entering the passenger compartment and therefore do not negatively affect the child car seat. Thus, they should stay activated.
Children are significantly more flexible than adults, so just because something might look uncomfortable to us adults does not mean that it is uncomfortable for children. In fact, many children find it more comfortable in rear-facing seats, as they can rest their legs against the back of the vehicle seat. When sitting forward-facing, the child’s legs would be dangling down, resulting in strain on the joints and bones. Similarly, imagine sitting on a bar chair without putting your feet on the foot support but having your legs dangling – this typically also becomes uncomfortable for adults after a while. It is five times safer to sit in a rear-facing position than in a forward-facing position and we recommend that your child sits in the absolute safest position – in a rear-facing child car seat – as long as possible.
Our recommendation is to remove the body hugger when the child is approx. 2 years old, but for some children, it can also be removed earlier or can stay in for longer. If you are unsure if you should continue using the body hugger, we recommend you to have your child sit in the seat with and without, and compare in which variant there is a better fit of the internal harness over the child’s body.
The ‘i-Size’ regulations are a set of child restraint seat regulations, developed by the United Nations. These are the newest, most comprehensive regulations for child seats, that are meant to make it easier and safer to buy the correct car seat for your child. The i-Size regulations are stricter than older regulations, and are also designed to make it easier for consumers to find a car seat that will fit in their cars.
Yes, the BeSafe iZi Flex Fix i-Size can absolutely be used without the ISOfix installed. But when ISOfix is available, you can use the ISOfix for securing the booster seat perfectly, even without a child sitting in it.
The lapbelt guider is optional to use as it only indirectly impacts the child’s safety. A child who is correctly placed in the seat travels safely with or without using it. However BeSafe’s recommendation is to always use it as we always recommend to use all precautions to minimize any safety risks.
The iZi Flex Fix i-Size offers generous possibilities for adjustments, to fit children from 100 to 150 cm in height. The booster seat is also easily adjusted to the child’s height by use of one of the handles – there is one handle on each side so you can adjust it from any side. This can be done with the child sitting in the seat, so you can adjust it accurately and quickly. The headrest should be adjusted so the vehicle seat belt is guided 90 degrees through the shoulder belt guiders, over the child’s shoulders. You can also adjust the reclining feature of the iZi Flex Fix i-Size for a perfect sitting position – this must be done before you put on the seat belt, in order to avoid slack in the seat belt. The seat belt should be tightened properly, and the lap belt guider will put the seat belt in the right position over the child’s body.
In BeSafe, we always look for the best solutions and we design our car seats for real-life situations – not only for pre-defined tests in a laboratory. Our experiences and tests have shown that the SIPs and the SIP+ give the child improved safety because they significantly reduce the load on the child if a side impact should occur. Although the BeSafe iZi Flex Fix i-Size is approved without them, you should always aim for the best safety for yourself and for your child. Therefore, we recommend that you always use the removable SIPs and SIP+ on the iZi Flex Fix i-Size towards the car door, as long as there is space available.
The iZi Flex Fix i-Size is approved in UN R129-02 without any additional SIP+ or SIP bumpers (at the inside of the vehicle). The SIP bumpers and the SIP+ improve the side impact performance and should always be used at the door side of the vehicle. Only when a third CRS is used in the middle position of the vehicle, may the SIP bumper be taken off, but only at the inside of the vehicle and not at the door-side. The possibility to install three iZi Flex Fix i-Size seats in a row depends mainly on the car, and where the ISOfix anchorages are mounted in the seat of the car. If possible, use ISOfix for all three of the seats; this is normally only feasible in a vehicle with three separate vehicle seats in the second row. If there is less space, or if there are only two ISOfix anchorages placed a bit out of line, you can use the BeSafe iZi Flex Fix i-Size seats in combination with the vehicle belts only.
When installing an iZi Flex Fix i-Size on an outer vehicle seat, you can take the inner SIP bumper off in order to be able to fit several seats/people next to each other. When installing an iZi Flex Fix i-Size in the middle position in the vehicle, both SIP bumpers can be taken off if you would like to place other seats/people next to the iZi Flex Fix i-Size on both sides. When installing an iZi Flex Fix i-Size in the middle position in the vehicle but are only placing another seat/person next to it on one side, we recommend you to keep the other SIP bumper on the iZi Flex Fix i-Size.
In the UN R129 regulation, the classification has changed from kilograms to centimetres, since parents often know more accurately how tall their child is. This makes it easier to choose the right (and safest) seat.
Yes, in order to be able to facilitate several seats or people next to each other in a vehicle, the SIP bumpers of iZi Flex (S) Fix can be detached. However, we recommend you to always keep the outer SIP bumper facing the vehicle door attached when having iZi Flex (S) Fix installed on an outer vehicle seat position for an optimal safety performance. In addition, we recommend you to also attach the SIP+ onto the SIP bumper facing the vehicle door if there is space available for additional side impact protection.
The iZi Flex S Fix is a slightly scaled-down version of the premium iZi Flex Fix i-Size that was launched in March 2018. iZi Flex Fix i-Size has 4 features that iZi Flex S Fix does not have: the SIP+, PAD+, adjustable recline positions and the lap belt guider. All other aspects, e.g. the space-adjustability or the seat dimensions, are identical between both seats.
The BeSafe iZi Flex FIX i-Size is certified with and without the usage of the ISOfix anchorage. If available, it’s always better to use the ISOfix anchorage since it secures the seat better when there is no child in the seat (and the vehicle belt is not used to secure the seat without child). The safety performance is almost the same with or without the usage of the ISOfix anchorage.
When children are buckled up with the vehicle seat belt, they often feel that the shoulder belt is ‘uncomfortable’, leading to a risk of positioning the shoulder belt incorrectly to avoid discomfort, e.g. by placing it underneath their arm. To avoid this risk of misuse and to increase comfort, the PAD+ softens the edge of the vehicle seat belt, padding it. Additionally, it also actively increases safety by acting as a cushioning bumper between the child’s chin and chest.
After a rear-facing child seat has been installed, slide the front seat back so that it makes contact with the child seat, in order to prevent the child seat from striking the front seat in the event of a collision. If it is not possible to make contact between the front seat and the child seat, the minimum distance should be 25 cm.