Purchased our travel system last week with included a car seat. We picked it up yesterday and I'm so happy with it. Have been recommended the Isofix fitting by everyone including m mothercare. We've been told that the base is around Â£120 which isn't a problem and we are willing to pay that. However.. I was not told (and only found out myself through doing a little research) that my car ALSO has to have Isofix fittings in already?! What?!!! It is no where near being a new car which apparently have these Isofix points. I'm not sure what to do!! Can anyone help?
Hi. Yes, in order to use an isofix base you need to have the corresponding fittings in the car. I think it became a requirement in ,2009 iirc that new cars had to have them, so an older car may well not do. You can use the car seat with a seatbelt instead, but get advice on how to fit it with a seatbelt from where you got it from - I think the seat has to be flat rather than tilted at all but cannot remember the details of this and we are using the isofix system so I'm not au fait with the seatbelt method. Hope this makes sense!
Just Google does (model of my car) have isofix? Or shove your hand down the back seats near where the seat belt buckles are and you should feel little metal d rings. If it helps, me and Dp both drive 04 cars and we both have isofix that was already installed. Newer cars have to have them legally but they were popular in 04 so yours may have it!
Thanks everyone I'm going to have a look when I go out to my car! Will keep my fingers crossed. I didn't realise you could actually get the points fitted either. Really hoping they're already there but will leave an update when I have checked! Thanks again
Update - Had a quick check yesterday just before work as I had forgotten, and looks like I do have the Isofix points! I only checked the back passenger side and apparently that's the second best place for the car seat other than the middle? I'm clueless so any more advice would be great! Next is to actually purchase the Isofix base now
We had an isofix base but found it incredibly difficult to swap it between cars, my husband could do it after a lot of fiddling but I couldn't get it to clip in, luckily it also had the 'belt in' function so we used it that way instead. If you buy it from Mothercare or Babies r us they'll take it to your car and show you how to use it, make sure you have a go at it yourself while you're with them.