The Norwegian brand BeSafe has more than 20 years of experience in the field of mobility for young families. It started with the development, design, testing and manufacture of car seats for children. This was followed by designing and perfecting an ergonomic baby carrier. This has provided BeSafe with the expertise needed to be the safest mobility brand on the market. BeSafe distinguishes itself by going the extra mile:
BeSafe has been making rear-facing car seats for more than 20 years.
In Belgium children under 1m35 must be transported in a car seat that is adapted to their weight or height. From around 1 year you should use a group 1 car seat. Usually you can continue using it until your child is 4, but how do you know for sure that it's time to switch to a car seat for older children?
Babies are extremely sensitive to high temperatures. This is because they cannot regulate their body temperature yet, which means that mums and dads have to be extra vigilant. These tips can help you keep your baby cool on hot summer days!
For more than 30 years, the BeSafe car seat brand has been manufacturing rear-facing car seats, which have been shown to be 5 times safer than those that face forwards. BeSafe has drawn on its years of experience and expertise to develop a brand new, innovative car seat: the iZi Turn-B i-Size!
Are you expecting a baby in autumn? Then it's high time to wrap up your baby registry or newborn essentials list and gather all the necessary items. We have rounded up five products that are must-haves for your autumn baby!
Recently, the BeSafe i-Size baby car seats became available in the airy 3D Peak Mesh fabric. Now the Norwegian brand's ergonomic baby carrier, the Haven, also comes in Peak Mesh! Perfect for your next outing with your little one. Would you like to learn more about the Haven baby carrier and the breathable Peak Mesh fabric? Then keep on reading!
Are you having your baby in the summer? Then you'll definitely need baby things that protect against the sun and heat! Think i-Size car seats in breathable fabric, sun hats and lightweight baby blankets. We've put together some tips that will definitely come in handy for your summer baby. We've also added a few essentials for taking your baby out on summer trips.
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.
The additional side impact protection SIP+ can be placed onto the side of the iZi Flex Fix i-Size facing the vehicle door to further enhance the side impact protection, yet the iZi Flex Fix i-Size has already passed the demanding crash test criteria of the UN R129-02 regulation without the SIP+. Its main function is to reduce the distance between the seat and the vehicle door, thereby enabling an earlier contact in a side impact that leads to less movement.
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.