Car seats can still be improved, according to the latest ANWB test. Of the 26 car seats examined, 18 seats received the designation 'good'. Another four scored sufficiently in the test. Four car seats were judged badly. Although safety was in order for three of them, it turned out that there were too many harmful substances in the seats. The Besafe iZi Go Modular X1 i-Size car seat (with and without i-Size base) contains too high a concentration of Naphthalene, which is suspected to be carcinogenic. The manufacturer has now taken measures for this. The Osann Oreo 360 ° contained too high a concentration of the plasticizer DPHP. This substance can damage the thyroid and pituitary gland. Manufacturer Osann has already responded to the research results and offered potential buyers to replace the belt pads contaminated with DPHP free of charge.
The ANWB previously warned in a pre-publication for the Chicco Kiros i-Size in combination with the Kiros i-Size Base. The car seat can become detached from the chassis in both a frontal and a side impact collision, causing the child with the seat to be thrown through the car. Manufacturer Chicco has now offered buyers to exchange the i-Size chassis for a proper one. The ANWB has been testing several car seats every year for more than 20 years. This involves looking at safety, ease of use, the ergonomics of the seat and harmful substances. Because it is not possible to see whether a car seat is safe from the outside of a child seat, the ANWB advises to consult test results before purchasing a car seat. The car seat test is a collaboration of ANWB with European test partners. The purchase of the test car seats is done anonymously by various test partners at specialist shops or via the internet. In this way it is clear that the seats that are tested are also sold to the consumer. All test results, also from previous years, can be found on the website of the ANWB.