In Italy, strict rules apply when children are in the car with them. Could regulations be a model for German drivers? And what does that mean for vacationers??
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Despite uniform requirements within the EU, different rules apply in Italy, because: In the popular vacation country, you are not allowed to drive for Children up to four years only child seats equipped with an alarm system can be used (“Salva Bebè”). The alarm in – and outside – the vehicle must warn that someone is still in the child seat by means of suitable visual and acoustic signals or by visual and haptic signals. This is to prevent parents from forgetting their child in the car due to carelessness in the stress of everyday life, and the small children in the car z.B. suffer a heat stroke.
Anyone caught in Italy without a child seat in compliance with regulations risks a fine of between 81 and 326 euros. In addition, according to the Automobile Club, drivers would, under the Italian penalty point system 5 points deducted and in case of a further violation within two years, a Driving ban for at least 15 days be imposed.
Does this also apply to holidaymakers?
The alarm regulation applies only to vehicles, which are registered in Italy. D.h. German vacationers who do not reside in Italy and whose vehicle is not registered there do not have to fear any penalty for non-compliance. But beware: if you are on vacation in Italy, you should use an approved there Car rental use, you in turn need a child seat with an alarm signal – so, it is best to pay attention to this already when renting.
What is the situation in Germany?
In Germany no corresponding regulation is planned so far. Nevertheless, there are also some things to consider here, as we show in detail below.
Child seat abroad: These special rules apply
But not only Italy plays by one rules on the subject of child seats. Our tip: If you are traveling abroad with your child and car, it is therefore best to find out before you start your trip which regulations apply in your vacation country. Otherwise, you risk a more or less steep fine if you violate the local rules.
Generally speaking, within the EU, a suitable child seat – or more precisely, a child restraint system (infant carrier, child seat, booster seat) – is mandatory for children up to a certain age or height. So must be in Germany the little ones until End of the twelfth year or up to one Height of 1.50 m ride in a child seat suitable for their respective weight and size. In Austria z.B. Is the age limit even 14 years – but only if the offspring is not taller than 1.35 m. In France, on the other hand, the age limit is ten years, and in the Netherlands, the child seat requirement applies to all children under 1.35 m in height, regardless of age.
And there are also special requirements for the child seats themselves. For use in Germany and within the EU, two standards currently still apply: the old EU directive UN ECE Reg. 44/04 or. /03 and the latest UN ECE Reg. 129 (also known as i-Size).The older R 44/04 standard is based on various weight classes, ranging in five stages from 0 to 36 kg. This is how z.B. the weight class”O” Up to 10 kg and refers to baby car seats that are used transversely or rearward facing. The newer i-Size standard, on the other hand, aims instead u.a. on the body size, which is set by the children’s manufacturers themselves. In addition, the child seats must pass a side impact test, unlike the approval according to R 44/04.
Child seats in the test: Despite standard fulfillment not to recommend
However, even if a child seat meets the standard, it does not mean that it is recommended for their child. For example, in a test published at the end of May 2021, the ADAC tested a total of 26 models for safety. The sobering result: Five child seats received only a “poor” in the test. The reason? During the test, the ADAC discovered naphthalene and plasticizers in the upholstery fabrics. These include the Swandoo Marie 2 for 500 euros, the Osann Oreo 360° for around 270 euros and the Besafe iZi Go Modular X1 i-Size, both with and without iZi Modular i-Size Base, for 260 to 500 euros. However, Swandoo and Osann have already announced that they will correct the deficiencies.
The Chicco Kiros i-Size with the Kiros i-Size Base for and 420 euros also received a “poor”. In the frontal impact test, the seat detached itself from its base. The manufacturer therefore offers its customers an exchange.
For children aged up to one year, the ADAC recommends the Babyzen Yoyo iZi Go Modular X1 i-Size by Besafe with the iZi Modular i-Size Base for around 500 euros, the For children up to 1.5 years, two models lead the list: The