The 2016 ADAC/Stiftung Warentest child car seat test

Each year in May ADAC and Stiftung Warentest together with ICRT (International Consumer Research Organisation) publish Europe’s largest test of child car seats. Some of the newest car seat models on the market are tested and rated. Which car seats are included in the test is confidential until the test is published. In addition, ADAC and Stiftung Warentest publish a supplement to the same test in Autumn of the same year.

In the 2016 Spring edition of the ADAC/Stiftung Warentest child car seat test, three BeSafe products were included. Firstly our updated iZi Kid X2 i-Size launched in late 2015 and secondly our new car seat concept iZi Modular, consisting of the BeSafe iZi Go Modular i-Size, the iZi Modular i-Size and the iZi Modular i-Size base, which were all launched in Autumn 2015. As the BeSafe iZi Go Modular i-Size can be installed both with and without the base, it was tested in both settings. The iZi Modular i-Size was tested with the iZi Modular i-Size base, as it cannot be installed alone.

What are ICRT, ADAC and Stiftung Warentest?

ICRT, the International Consumer Research Organization, is the world-leading organization that performs joint testing and provides frameworks for testing of different product groups. ICRT is for instance a founding member of Euro NCAP, one of the world’s largest car tests. ICRT implements and performs its car seat tests together with Stiftung Warentest.
The results of the test are then published by national organizations in each country, for example “Råd och Rön” in Sweden and “Which?” in the United Kingdom.

Stiftung Warentest is an independent company and Germany’s leading consumer testing organization. It does not accept any advertising and is partly public funded to ensure its independence. Each year Stiftung Warentest performs child car seat tests together with ADAC.

ADAC is an organization representing the interests of car owners in Germany, which organizes tests of child car seats. With over 16 million members and a magazine of 14 000 000 copies, this is Europe’s biggest automobile organisation. ADAC is known as one of the most important testers of child car seats in Europe.

Criteria and assessments

The tests that are performed by ADAC could be defined as an extreme test. The speed and loads exceed those of the European Standards approval system and are almost on the same level as EuroNCAP for cars. The core of the test are two different types of crash tests: one frontal impact and one side impact.

The test is executed using a real car body to make it as realistic as possible. The car body used in the 2016 test was of the latest Volkswagen Golf model. The latest generation of Q-dummies used in the 2016 ADAC/Stiftung Warentest child car seat test also provide more detailed performance information than previously.

However, the test also consists of a part that focusses on more subjective evaluations. Aspects such as user-friendliness, risk of misuse, comfort for the child, quality of the cover, craftsmanship, space in the car, the user manual, how easy cleaning is etc. are also evaluated.

These are of course important aspects of a child car seat, however from time to time we see that the two different parts contradict each other and even if both ADAC and Stiftung Warentest put the same 50/50 emphasis to both parts, our choice at BeSafe is clear: safety is always most important for us.

Top safety results for BeSafe car seats

We are proud to announce that the BeSafe iZi Kid X2 i-Size achieved fantastic results and was presented as test winner in its category (approx. 1-4 years) by ADAC. This i-Size approved toddler seat that already successfully passed the Swedish Plus Test achieved the remarkable safety result of 1.1 – the best result amongst the 65 previously tested seats for children of 1-4 years, listed in the ADAC archive.

Our new and innovative iZi Modular concept has also been tested by ADAC/Stiftung Warentest and achieved the great results of “Very Good” and “Good” safety scores and an overall result for all elements of the concept of “Good”.