Child seat test: adac test winner and purchase advice

The new thing about the MAXI-COSI Jade is that it is placed on the side of the car. So it offers special protection and can be easily removed again – takes but also two full seats. It’s great that babies lie flat in the carrycot and can sleep better. As always, the carrycot is compatible with MAXI-COSI strollers, you can buy an adapter for all other brands. The jade is allowed up to a height of 70 cm. Disadvantages are the weight and the impairment of the outside view for your little one. The MAXI-COSI Jade is here for around € 215 about Baby Walz available. * The Isofix base station is available separately, also here at Baby Walz for € 190 *.

Test winner baby car seats: Avionaut Pixel (birth up to approx. 1 ½ years)

Your baby can ride in the baby seat until his head grows over the top edge, up to about 86 cm in height. The installation is also done here with Isofix base. The great thing: The baby car seat is particularly light at 2.5 kg! A disadvantage is the somewhat complex attachment, in which the bracket always has to be folded down. The pixel is e.g. B. available for just under € 200 at Amazon *.

Test winner child seats up to 4 years: BESAFE iZi Kid X3 i-Size (Isofix)

So far the only child seat that can be used up to 4 years ago (and only) facing backwards. Both Stiftung Warentest and ADAC recommend driving backwards up to this age, because this provides optimal protection for the neck and spine in the event of an impact. Other models in this age group can and must be aligned from the age of 2 to 3 years at the latest. Although it takes up a lot of space in the car, the width can be adjusted using the Isofix adapter. The BESAFE iZi Kid X2 i-Size (Isofix) is available here at Babymarkt for just under € 550 *.

Test winner child seats up to approx. 12 years: Britax Römer Advansafix IV R

The Advansafix is ​​suitable for ages 1 to 12 – and is therefore one of the few child seats that can be used almost all the time and are still safe. Buckling up is, according to the child seat test, super easy and the seating position very cheap. In front crash, however, it only performs on average – and only a forward-facing installation is possible. The Advansafix is ​​available for around € 300 at the baby market *.

Child seat test: the losers

Shockingly, not all child seats scored “enough” or better in the safety section, and so far there have always been some models that failed. The good news for parents: only one of the baby car seats in the test failed due to poor safety – the Chicco Oasys i-Size Bebecare, which also failed in the crash test in previous tests by the Stiftung Warentest. A major problem with many products was the more than marginal pollution, such as the Hauck iPro Baby + iPro Base (up to 1.5 years) and the MAXI-COSI TobiFix (up to 4 years).

Interestingly enough, child seats up to 12 years of age were completely free of pollutants and none of the products failed with “poor”. Not so great: six out of eleven products in this category were only “satisfactory” when it came to safety, one was only “sufficient”. purchase advice: The most important purchase criteria

ADAC and Stiftung Warentest have made it easy for us parents with their tests: the most important purchase criteria in addition to safety are operation, ergonomics, pollution and cleaning and care. But what if it all fits? Small details are also important for child seats: size and dimensions (does the seat fit in our car), installation (do we want an Isofix or is the belt attachment sufficient) and weight (maybe the car is changed more often, the baby seat often removed?). The first question is always which group comes into question.

Child seats: groups and sizes

All child seats offered in the EU must comply with a standard. The R44 / 04 standard specifies which products are safe for which body measurements of children. Child seats are divided into different groups. Important to know: A new standard has been in effect since 2013, which runs in parallel: the R129-02, which no longer categorizes child seats according to body size, but only according to the child’s height and includes more extensive test measures. Products that comply with this standard are labeled with the i-Size label.


To make it easier for parents to buy, these child seats are only categorized by height, not by age and weight. Because: Based on the size of the clothes, we can determine relatively quickly whether our child needs a new child seat. Since it is an ongoing categorization, only child seats up to 150 cm tall have been classified according to i-Size. The great thing: while groups often confuse parents, i-size child seats always grow with you. Here it is important to observe the manufacturer’s instructions.

Group 0 +:
Weight: 0 – 13 kg, age approx. 0 – 15 months, height 0 – 90 cm
Group 0 + / 1
Weight 0 – 18 kg, age 0 – 4, height 0 – 100 cm
Group 1/2
Weight: 9 – 25 kg, ages 1 – 7, height 72 – 125 cm
Group 1/2/3
Weight 9 – 36 kg, age 1 – 12, height 75 – 150 cm
Group 2/3
Weight 15 – 36 kg, age 2.5 to 12, height 95 – 150 cm

Child seat: facing forward or backward?

At least until children can walk, but preferably until they are 4 years old, they should drive backwards. The development of the neck muscles that support the head and spine has only just started four Years completely. In the event of an impact, these are exposed to extreme loads in the forward direction. Long backward driving also has a few disadvantages: It is harder to look out of the window and the legs quickly have little space. Thanks to ever stricter standards, manufacturers are offering more and more products that make longer reversing more pleasant. Some children can get bad when reversing. A mirror attached to the back seat is ideal for communicating and serving snacks and drinks.

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