ADAC Car Seat Test Results Spring 2022

ADAC Car Seat Test Results Spring 2022

Looking for the best car seat to keep your little one safe? We've translated the results of this year's rigorous ADAC test to help you decide your perfect car seat.

ADAC Car Seat Test Results Spring 2022

Looking for the best car seat to keep your little one safe? We've translated the results of this year's rigorous ADAC test to help you decide your perfect car seat.

Looking for a new car seat this upcoming summer? Well luckily for you we have the latest news from the ADAC's Spring car seat test results. For the car seat newbies amongst us, ADAC is a vehicle insurance company that tests the safety of car seats to standards that far exceed the standard EU regulations. So, if a car seat is recommended by ADAC, it’s definitely worth your attention.

The ADAC test results are released in German, but don't you worry, we've done the hard work so you don't have to. No need to deal with the terror that is Google Translate, we've summarised everything in English right here for you.

Which car seats are tested by ADAC?

 

ADAC does not test every car seat made, but rather they carefully select the seats based on their popularity and those with special features, such as swivel seats, for example. ADAC purchase these seats independently and keep their selection a secret until the release of the results, so you can rely on the results of the tests to be completely unbiased and uninfluenced by any manufacturers. These results are then released to bodies such as Which? to help diligent parents make informed choices in regard to their child’s safety.

How do ADAC test these car seats?

 

In general, all car seats made are tested to either ECE R44 or ECE R129 (i-Size) regulations, however ADAC test their seats even more rigorously than these standards, so you, as a consumer, can see which car seats have really gone above and beyond to ensure your child’s safety.

The standard tests simulate collisions at 50km/h where ADAC tests frontal collisions at 64km/h and side collisions at 50km/h to really put the car seats through their paces. ADAC uses the chassis of a real car (VW Golf) for their testing, rather than a test-sled to make it more accurate, and they also utilise advanced Q series test dummies which have far more sensors than the ones used in the regulation tests. These dummies are able to collect more data for optimal analysis of the tested seats.

In addition to testing the safety features, the car seat materials themselves are scrutinised to check that they don't contain any harmful substances.

The 3 main criteria for the tests are:

Safety (50%), Operations (40%) and Ergonomics (10%)

So, not only is the safety of the seat taken into account but also the ease of use and fitting, how comfortable the seat is for the child and how accessible the user’s manual is etc. encouraging manufacturers, in turn, to focus on these aspects for your benefit.

What do the ratings mean?

The ratings are grouped into five categories, as pictured. As you can see, the lower the score, the better, so bear this in mind when shopping for your little one’s new car seat.

ADAC scores are a great indicator of the quality of the seat, although as mentioned before, not all seats are tested by ADAC. These tests are extremely scrupulous so if a seat doesn’t have an ADAC score, or if it isn’t within the top ADAC category, this does not mean that the seat is not safe.

ADAC'S reflection on this season's testing

After each test, the ADAC includes their reflection on the findings and advice on what is the best step forward for the car seat industry. Out of the 30 car seats, the overall ratings conlcuded the following results; 4 received the ‘Inadequate’ rating, 6 received ‘Satisfactory’ ratings, 19 received ‘Good’ and only 1 received the ‘Very Good’ rating.

This result of just one ‘Very Good’ rating meant the season's reflection focused on the company’s thoughts on the seat that received this score; the Cybex Anoris T i-size. A score of 1.5 is one of the highest results to receive and is one that is not given out frequently as an overall score, the ADAC explains that it was the only seat to receive such a high rating due to the integrated frontal protection. The Cybex Anoris T i-Size’s airbag has been designed to reduce the impact on the child’s neck, head and chest.

Overall, the ADAC were pleased with the high amount of 'Good' results and believed that many of those seats were going over and beyond the legal limits to provide extra safety for children - a direction welcomed by both the ADAC and parents alike.

ADAC Test Score Ratings Explained

We’ve compiled a list of some of the front runners from this year’s ADAC testing for you to peruse, some of which are available at Baby&Co.

Keep scrolling for more information, and to what ADAC had to say about some of your favourite seats!

Cybex Anoris T i-Size

Suitability: 15 months to approx. 6 years/ 76- 115cm

Features:

  • Protection in crash with intergrated airbag system
  • Maximum comfort for your growing child
  • Reduces impact forces by 20% in the event of a side collision**
  • An intuitive buckle system means no more struggling with seatbelts
  • One-click impact shield is a fast, reliable way to secure your little one
  • Recline the seat so your little one can enjoy a restful sleep on the road
  • ISOFIX + a load leg provide stability + optimum positioning for the car seat
  • Central LED indicators to check the seat is installed + your little one is secure

What ADAC had to say:

Safety 1.2

ADAC tested the Cybex Anoris T i-Size and found that there is a very low risk of injury to a child in a frontal crash and a very low risk of injury in a side-on collision, so parents considering this seat can be certain that it will keep little one protected.

They commended the belt system for having a good belt routing and concluded that the seat is stable when within the vehicle. In terms of security, ADAC couldn’t fault this car seat.

 

Service 1.8

ADAC concluded that there is a low risk of misuse with the Cybex Anoris T i-Size and that the seat is very easy to install, with simple operating instructions and warnings. This is ideal for parents who worry about making a mistake with the installation, and thus putting their children at risk.

Their only complaint was the heigh weight of the seat which could make installing the seat more taxing on the parent's body.

 

Ergonomics 1.9

ADAC praised the leg rest on the seat as well as the cushioned padding of the seat.

They also found the seating position to be convenient for comfort with lots of room for the child to feel comfortable.

Their notes in terms of weaknesses with this seat were that it took up a larger footprint in the car than would be ideal, and also they felt that the child’s view outside the vehicle was obstructed somewhat by the side of the seat, impacting the child's overall experience in the seat.

We feel it’s worth noting that the side of the seat is larger in order to optimise its effectiveness in a side collision, so it’s really a matter of personal preference which aspect is more important to you.

 

Additional notes

After testing the materials, ADAC found that there is little to no risk of pollutants within the fabrics and comended the seat for its good craftmenship. However, they also noted that the cover was difficult easy to remove for cleaning but still gave poitns due to the fact that the cover is machine washable.

 

Besafe izi Modular RF X1 with Base

Suitability: 6 months to approx. 4 years

Features:

  • R129 i-Size safety
  • One-action adjustment of headrest and belts
  • Optical + audio indicators for installation feedback
  • 10-step adjustable headrest to grow with the child
  • Adjustable recline positions even after installation
  • Built-in side impact protection (SIP) in the seat shell
  • Great air flow through ventilation system in the back
  • 1-click-installation with the iZi Modular i-Size base
  • 2-Fit Cushions for an individual adjustment to the child
  • 3-step adjustable leg room for extra space on longer journeys
  • Magnetic Belt Assistants make getting in and out of the seat easy
  • Protective and soft headrest with innovative Dynamic Force Absorber
  • Allows children to travel rear facing until approx. 4 years of age

 

What ADAC had to say:

Safety 1.2

In terms of security, ADAC found that there is a very low risk of injury in both a side-on and frontal collision. Furthermore, ADAC commended the belt system and again, confirmed that the seat is stable within the vehicle. So you can rest assured that your child will be safe, stable and secure in the Besafe izi Modular RF X1. The company found no faults in the seat's safety, hence the high score for its safety portion of the testing!

 

Service 2.4

ADAC concluded that there is a low risk of mis-installation with the Besafe izi Modular RF X1, with instructions that are clear and easy to understand. That being said, they did highlight that buckling the child into the seat was a bit more complex, so if this is the car seat for you, you might want to put a little time aside for learning how to secure your child into the seat safetly and correctly.

 

Ergonomics 1.9

ADAC praised the leg rest of the Besafe izi Modular RF X1 i-size and liked the soft padding used for the seat. Their criticisms of this seat were that it required a lot of room in the vehicle and that it impaired the child’s view of the outside so this is something to bear in mind if you have a smaller vehicle.

 

Additional notes

The materials used in the seat were concluded to contain very low pollution. Additionally, ADAC points out that removing the cover for cleaning was abit complicated, but gave points to the fact it could be machine washed.

 

Britax Römer Kidfix M i-Size

Suitability: From 3.5 to 12 years

Features:

  • Suitable from 3 to 12 years
  • Highback booster protection
  • Designed to be comfortable for both younger and older children
  • Redesigned seating are for optimun protection in an event of a crash
  • Adjustable and ergonomic headrest
  • Air ventilation
  • Slim and compact design to allow 3 seats in the back row of a vehical

What ADAC had to say:

Safety 2.4

For the Britax Römer Kidfix M i-Size car seat, the ADAC found that there was a low risk of injury in a frontal crash and an average risk of injury in a side crash. Do not fret at that term "average risk", an average risk of injury in a 64km/h collision is a good statistic when you consider that studies show most frontal collisions occur at a much lower speed than this, hence the EU testing standard speed being lower to reflect this.

The ADAC also praised the seats ‘optimal’ belt routing and confirmed that the seat was very stable within the test vehicle.

 

Service 1.6

ADAC confirmed that there is a very low risk of misuse with the Britax Römer Kidfix M i-Size and applauded the ease in which the child can be buckled in, how simple the seat is to install and how straightforward the instructions are.

They also commended how lightweight the seat is, so this is definitely a hot product for parents looking for a seat which can be moved between cars.

 

Ergonomics 1.9

ADAC highlighted that the Britax Römer Kidfix M i-Size has a good leg rest, soft, good space for little passengers to feel comfortable, a convient seating position and gives great views of window for the child when they are seated. ADAC applauded how little space the seat takes up, which is ideal for parents pressed for room in their vehicles. Their only complaint was that they felt that the padding was a little on the thin side.

 

Additional notes

The material tests on the Britax Römer Kidfix M i-Size deduced that there was very low pollution in the fabrics. The cover is machine washable so you can keep it nice and fresh for baby but the ADAC did find the cover diffuclt to remove.

 

Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix i-Size

Suitability: Birth to 12 months

Features:

  • Lightweight at 3.2kg
  • Memory release buttons
  • Machine washable cover
  • UV protective sun canopy
  • i-Size safety
  • Newborn inlay for extra safety and comfort
  • Pairs with CabrioFix i-Size Base (sold separately)

What ADAC had to say:

Safety 1.3

The ADAC test found that a child seated in the Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix i-size would have a very low risk of injury in a frontal crash and a low risk of injury in a side crash. They also commended the good belt routing but did comment that the seat was not particulary stable in the vehicle.

 

Service 2.5

In terms of serviceability, ADAC complimented the easy to read instructions which helped with ease of seat installation. They also highlighted how it was easy to buckle up the child. The ADAC did however find that there was a slight increased risk of incorrect operatian due to the seat installation being a bit more complex than others, so it is advisable to set time aside to ensure you understand the instructors before installing. Our store offers installation tutorials when you purchase a seat in-store, to find out more information call 0117 986 8184 to talk to our customer service team.

 

Ergonomics 1.6

Ergonomics-wise, the Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix i-Size performed well in the ADAC testing with no critisims! They praised the leg rest, good padding, the convenient seating position, the good view for the child to the outside and liked that the seat did not need a lot of space in the back of the vehicle.

 

Additional notes

The ADAC material tests concured that there was very low pollution levels and also gave praise to the seat's workmanship. The test found removing and cleaning the cover was easy, however, it can only be washed by hand.

 

Maxi-Cosi Mica Pro Eco i-Size

Suitability: Birth to 4 years

Features:

  • One-handed 360˚ FlexiSpin
  • 5-point safety harness
  • Multiple recline positions and angles
  • Extra padded seat
  • Newborn inlay
  • ClimaFlow Temperature Regulation
  • G-CELL 2.0 Integrated Side Protection
  • Integrated ISOFIX base
  • Rear-facing from birth to 4 years
  • EcoCare 100% recycled fabrics
  • Maxi-Cosi's first sustainable car seat
  • Machine washable

What ADAC had to say:

Safety 1.9

The Maxi-Cosi Mica Pro Eco i-Size passed with flying colours in the safety tests, with very low risk of injury in a frontal crash and low risk of injury in a side crash. The seat was comended for having 'optimum' belt routing but was giving critisim for not being particulary stable in the vehicle.

 

Service 2.4

The ADAC praised the low risk of incorrect operation, ease of buckling up the child and the layout of the operation instructions but marked down the score due to installation of the seat being a little complex and weighing heavier than other seats in the test, something to keep in mind when purchasing.

 

Ergonomics 1.8

The test pointed out the great leg rest option, 'very good' padding, the convient seating position and how the seat does not require much space in the back of the vehical; making it a great choice for parents with limited car space. The ADAC's only critisims on the seat was that the seat impaired view for the child to the outside.

 

Additional notes

The Maxi-Cosi Mica Pro Eco i-Size was praised for it's good workmanship and that the cover was machine washable, however the ADAC did note that the cover was difficult to remove.

 

Nuna Pipa Next i-Size

Suitability: birth to 13kg/ 40 to 83 cm

Features:

  • Lightweight and versatile
  • Luxe leatherette carry handle
  • ISOFIX or belted installation
  • i-Size safety
  • Side Impact Protection
  • Patented Tailor tech memory foam in newborn insert
  • No re-thread 3 point harness
  • 7 position adjustable headrest
  • Full-coverage, removable sun canopy
  • Mesh peekaboo panels in canopy for optimal ventilation
  • Dream drape with silent magnets
  • TUV aircraft certified
  • Compatible with all Nuna strollers

What ADAC had to say:

Safety 1.6

The ADAC tests showed that the Nuna Pipa Next i-Size posed a very low risk of injury in a frontal collusion and low risk in an event of a side on collision. They also praised the good belt course of the seat and how stable it was once installed in the vehicle.

 

Service 2.4

The test showed that the seat was easy to install with the instructions and warnings remaining clear and simple. The only critisims towards the seat was that there was a slight increased risk of incorrect operation and the ADAC felt a longer strap length is needed when installing.

 

Ergonomics 2.0

ADAC had no criticisms regarding the ergonomics of the Nuna Pipa Next i-Size, praising the ‘good’ leg rest, the ‘good’ padding, its very small footprint within the car itself and also commended that the child has a good view of the outside when sat in the seat.

ADAC was satisfied with the seating position of the child within the Nuna Pipa Next i-Size and noted the child had a good amount of space.

 

Additional notes

ADAC noted that there was low pollution within the materials used for the Nuna Pipa Next i-Size. The covers are easy to remove and machine washable for your convenience.

 

And that's it for our selection of this Spring's ADAC forerunners! Hopefully you'll have seen something to pique your interest. With such a selection spanning from birth right up until 12 years old, you may have even found two seats to last your little one! Which car seats have you got your eye on?

MORE ON THE BLOG

If you can't find your seat on the list fear not, all seats rated very good, good and satisfactory since 2015 can still be recommended.

Want to know which seats made it to previous year's ADAC tests? Check out our previous blog posts on ADAC:

ADAC Car Seat Test Results Spring 2021

ADAC Car Seat Test Results Summer 2019

ADAC Car Seat Test Results Summer 2018

Ready to start prepping for your new arrival? Check out our Newborn Buying Guide for our ultimate checklist of items to prepare before baby arrives.


MORE ON THE BLOG

If you can't find your seat on the list fear not, all seats rated very good, good and satisfactory since 2015 can still be recommended.

Want to know which seats made it to previous year's ADAC tests? Check out our previous blog posts on ADAC:
ADAC Car Seat Test Results Autumn 2021
ADAC Car Seat Test Results Spring 2021

ADAC Car Seat Test Results Summer 2019

ADAC Car Seat Test Results Summer 2018

 

Ready to start prepping for your new arrival? Check out our Newborn Buying Guide for our ultimate checklist of items to prepare before baby arrives.

 

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