ISOFIX Bases are the safest and simplest way to anchor your car seat into your vehicle. With ISOFIX anchors you can click the base straight into the vehicle, then you can simply click the car seat directly on top, making it quick and simple to install and remove the seat.
But which ISOFIX base is best for your car? With a huge range of ISOFIX bases out there, it can be confusing working out which car seat base you need to best fit your car seat.
In this article, we'll take you through a range of Maxi-Cosi's most reliable ISOFIX bases to help you determine which car seat base is right for you and your vehicle. You can also scroll to the bottom for a list of FAQs we've answered to help you navigate the confusing world of ISOFIX bases.
Maxi-Cosi EasyFix Base
The EasyFix Base is compatible with the Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix Infant Carrier and features a unique option to install the base with the vehicle seatbelt. This allows you to have the ease of the click and go system, even if your vehicle doesn't have ISOFIX. The Easy Fix base features an interactive system which ensures you install the base correctly with coloured feedback. The adjustable support leg also provides upmost stability within the car.
Maxi-Cosi FamilyFix Base
The FamilyFix Base is the pioneer of the modular system, meaning it can be used not only for infant carriers, but combination seats too. The FamilyFix is compatible with the Cabriofix, as the first step, then encourages you to move on to the Maxi-Cosi Pearl, as the natural next step for your toddler. It is also compatible with the Maxi-Cosi Pebble as an alternative. The FamilyFix requires ISOFIX connectors as this is the only option for installation. It also features interactive feedback with a lighting system to ensure correct installation. The adjustable support leg also provides stability within the vehicle for a universal ISOFIX solution.
Maxi-Cosi FamilyFix 2 Base
The FamilyFix 2 is similar to the original FamilyFix as it can be easily attached to your car's ISOFIX anchorage points to ensure high standards of safety. It is also able to be used with both infant carriers and combination seats, allowing your child to be rearward-facing from birth all the way up to 4 years. The FamilyFix 2 can also be used with a wider range of car seats, including the lightweight Maxi-Cosi Tinca i-Size car seat which conforms to the latest R129 i-Size safety standards for ultimate protection. The FamilyFix2 is also compatible with the Maxi-Cosi Pebble Pro car seat, as well as with the Maxi-Cosi Pearl Pro 2 and the Rock car seat
Maxi-Cosi FamilyFix 3 Base
The FamilyFix 3 is a step up from the FamilyFix 2 base as it features an even better visual indication system to help you ensure proper installation of your seat. It is also compatible with Maxi-Cosi's Jade R129 carrycot meaning that this car seat base can be used with both car seats and the Jade car cot for maximum flexibility. Alongside this amazing new feature, the FamilyFix 3 can also be used with the innovative Coral Modular i-Size car seat as well as the Pebble Pro and the Pearl Pro 2 car seats.
Maxi-Cosi 2WayFix Base
The 2WayFix Base similarly allows for extended use beyond the infant carrier and even extended rear-facing. It is part of the 2Way Family, meaning it is compatible with the Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus as well as the Maxi-Cosi Rock i-Size car seat. It also requires ISOFIX connectors to be installed and teams up with the adjustable support leg for a universal ISOFIX solution. The interactive light and sound feedback minimalise incorrect installation. The rebound bar adds an extra element of safety when in rear-facing mode, reducing over-rotation in the event of a collision. It is also compatible with the new Maxi-Cosi Rock, the latest infant carrier to join the i-Size family.
The advantage of the Tinca Base comes with it being extremely lightweight and quite a bit less expensive than other Maxi-Cosi base models.
Maxi Cosi FamilyFix 360 Base
The Maxi Cosi FamilyFix 360 base provides a simple and easy method of installing your Maxi Cosi 360 Car Seat (either Pebble 360, Pearl 360 or Coral 360) to cars with ISOFIX connections. It has visual indicators to prevent any risk of misuse, and this, with the anti-misuse rotation lock, gives you peace of mind that everything has been installed correctly. Your Maxi Cosi 360 Car Seat simply clicks onto the base using Click&Go technology. The Maxi Cosi FamilyFix 360 also boasts FlexiSpin technology which makes the seat rotate in any reclined position, and thanks to the handle on the base, this can be achieved using only one hand- ideal for busy parents who never have enough hands!
What is ISOFIX?
ISOFIX is an international standardized fitting system that has designed to provide a safe, easy, and quick solution to installing child car seats without the use of car seat belts. ISOFIX stands for International Standardization Organisation + Fixation and it makes use of two standard attachment points at the base of the car seat as well as an anti-rotation device, supported by either a support leg or top tether, for enhanced car seat safety.
How does ISOFIX work?
Since 2006, most newly produced cars have been equipped with ISOFIX anchorage points and some also feature a top tether anchorage point. The Maxi-Cosi ISOFIX bases work using the ISOFIX anchorage points in your car. These allow you to secure your ISOFIX base into the car, then you can simply attach your car seat using the ISOFIX points on the seat and check the indicators to ensure you've fitted the car seat correctly. ISOFIX helps to ensure a proper fit for your car seat each time as well as allowing you to easily remove your car seat from the car without the hassle of securing a seat belt every time. The ISOFIX base stays in the car so you only have to install it once, unless you want to use the car seat in another vehicle.
Where are the ISOFIX points in a car?
It's important to ensure that your car is ISOFIX compatible before purchasing an ISOFIX car seat or base. Most cars manufactured since 2006 have ISOFIX fittings but you check yourself if you aren't sure. Your car handbook should help you to determine whether your car has ISOFIX or you can locate them yourself by checking the rear seats. ISOFIX points are usually hidden in the joint between the back of the seat and the seat cushion and occasionally have helpful labels to help you find them. Some cars will also have a third ISOFIX point designed for use as a top tether.
How to remove an ISOFIX base
Removing an ISOFIX base varies depending on which base you have, but it usually involves pressing a button and disconnecting the base from the ISOFIX anchorage points. The base's user manual will usually contain a section that guides you through the installation and removal process so you can ensure you complete these steps safely and correctly.
Why choose ISOFIX?
ISOFIX offers a quick and easy installation solution which has been shown to provide unrivalled safety and protection in tests. ISOFIX has also been proven to dramatically reduce the risk of incorrect installation when compared to belted car seats of which up to 52% were found to be incorrectly installed in a survey conducted in the UK. While seat belted car seats are safe when installed correctly, many parents are now opting for ISOFIX due to its 94% correct installation rate.
Are Maxi-Cosi ISOFIX bases universal?
All Maxi-Cosi ISOFIX bases will fit in any car with ISOFIX anchorage points, so chances are a Maxi-Cosi ISOFIX base will fit into your car, but it's best to check first before you buy an ISOFIX base.
Maxi-Cosi Easy Base - is it ISOFIX?
The Maxi-Cosi Easy Base is ISOFIX however it also benefits from the addition of belted attachment, meaning that if you have one car with ISOFIX anchorage points, but another without, then the Easy Base gives you a versatile and secure way to fit your Maxi-Cosi car seat into both cars with ease.
Does every Maxi-Cosi ISOFIX base fit all Maxi-Cosi car seats?
No, not every Maxi-Cosi ISOFIX base fits every Maxi-Cosi car seat. There are different ISOFIX bases for different car seats, however there are some Maxi-Cosi ISOFIX bases that fit more car seats than others, such as the FamilyFix2 and FamilyFix3, which fit several Maxi-Cosi car seats. To work out which ISOFIX base you need to fit your Maxi-Cosi car seat, view our helpful infographic above.
You may notice that there are a few Maxi Cosi ISOFIX bases that we haven't mentioned here, such as the 3WayFix and the Babyfix. This is because these bases have been phased out by Maxi Cosi and replaced with newer models.
If you're looking for a Maxi Cosi ISOFIX Car Seat, our blog post on the Maxi Cosi 360 Family should definitely pique your interest!
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