In Italy there are very strict rules when children are in the car. Could the regulations serve as a model for German drivers? And what does that mean for vacationers?
Despite uniform requirements within the EU, different regulations apply in Italy, because: In the popular holiday destination, Children up to four years only child seats equipped with an alarm system (“Salva Bebè”) can be used. The alarm inside – and outside the vehicle – must warn by means of suitable optical and acoustic or optical and haptic signals that someone is still in the child seat. This is to prevent the parents from forgetting their child in the daily stress due to inattention in the car and the toddlers from suffering from heat stroke in the car, for example.
Anyone caught in Italy without a proper child seat risks a fine of between 81 and 326 euros. In addition, according to the automobile club, the driver would be subject to the Italian penalty point system 5 points deducted and in the event of a further violation within two years, a Driving ban for at least 15 days to be imposed.
Does that also apply to holidaymakers?
The alarm regulation only applies to vehicles registered in Italy. This means that German vacationers who are not domiciled in Italy and whose vehicle is not registered there do not have to fear any penalty for non-compliance. But be careful: If you are on holiday in Italy, you should have one approved there Rental car you need a child seat with an alarm signal – so it is best to pay attention to it when you rent it.
What is the situation like in Germany?
No corresponding regulation is planned in Germany so far. Nevertheless, there are a few things to consider here as well, as we will show in detail below.
Child seat abroad: These special rules apply
But not only Italy plays by rules when it comes to child seats. Our tip: If you travel abroad with your child and your car, it is best to find out which regulations apply in your holiday destination before you start your journey. Otherwise you risk a more or less hefty fine if you violate the local rules.
In general, the following applies: Within the EU, a suitable child seat, more precisely: a child restraint system (baby seat, child seat, booster seat) – is mandatory for children up to a certain age or height. So in Germany the little ones up to End of the twelfth year of life or up to one Height of 1.50 m ride in a child seat that is suitable for your weight and size. In Austria for example, the age limit is 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, child seats are compulsory regardless of age for all children under 1.35 m tall.
And special requirements are also placed on 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 one The R 44/04 standard is based on various weight classes that range in five levels from 0 to 36 kg. For example, the weight class “O” up to 10 kg and refers to baby seats that are used horizontally or backwards. The newer i-size standard, on the other hand, aims, among other things, at body size, which is determined by the children’s manufacturers themselves. In addition, unlike the approval according to R 44/04, the child seats must pass a side impact test.
Child seats in the test: Not recommended despite compliance with standards
But even if a child seat meets the standard, that does not mean that it is recommended for your child. So the ADAC published in a at the end of May 2021 Test a total of 26 models tested for their safety. The sobering result: five child seats received only one “unsatisfactory” in the test. The reason? During the test, the ADAC discovered naphthalene and plasticizers in the cover 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 the iZi Modular i-Size Base, for 260 to 500 euros. However, Swandoo and Osann have already announced that they will rectify the deficiencies.
The Chicco Kiros i-Size with the Kiros i-Size Base for and 420 euros received a “poor” rating. In the frontal impact test, the seat detached from its base. The manufacturer therefore offers its customers an exchange.
For children up to one year of age, 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 Maxi-Cosi Tinca with Tinca Base for around 330 euros and the Stokke iZi Go Modular X1 i-Size by Besafe with iZi Modular i-Size Base for around 520 euros.
For children up to 1.5 years of age, two models top the list: The Peg Perego Primo Vaggio Lounge with i-Size Base for around 420 euros and the Silver Cross Simplicity Plus with Simplifix Isofix Base for around 440 euros.