As part of the final session of the crash tests carried out jointly by ADAC and its partners in October 2022, 20 new baby car seats have been tested in all size, weight and age categories. These crash tests, carried out twice a year, assess the various models on criteria such as safety, operation, ergonomics and pollutant content. Of these models, eleven were rated "Good" and eight "Satisfactory". One seat was rated "Unsatisfactory" due to heavy contamination with certain chemical substances.
In this, the final test session of the year, it is the baby cosy Bugaboo Turtle Air with its base Turtle Air Wingbase which achieves the best result. This result is not surprising, since this model simply takes on the features of the Nuna Pipa Next and its base Nuna Base Next.
Le Swandoo Curie and the Britax Römer Kidfix i-Size also achieved very good results in their respective age categories.
Conversely, ADAC does not recommend the use of the Jané Koos i-Size R1 + iPlatform Comfy because of the presence of naphthalene and TCPP, two substances suspected of being carcinogenic.
Manufacturers React to Crash Test Results
Following the poor results obtained by their models in previous crash-test sessions, two car seat manufacturers have reacted by improving their seats.
- Unlike the Lionelo Antoon RWF tested last spring, the Lionelo Antoon More contains no trace of harmful substances.
- Le Chiccos Kiros i-Size, which broke away from its base during crash tests in spring 2021, has been upgraded to make way for the Chicco Kiros Evo i-Size + Kiros Evo i-Size Base. This new model and its new base are now performing well in this test session.
The manufacturers offer to replace the Chicco Kiros i-Size + Kiros i-Size Base or the fabric covering of the Lionelo Antoon RWF free of charge.
From birth to 78 cm (approx. 12/15 months)
Chicco Kiros Evo i-Size + Kiros Evo i-Size Base
From birth to 83 cm (approx. 15/18 months)
Bugaboo Turtle Air + Turtle Air Wingbase
Bugaboo Turtle Air
From birth to 83 cm (approx. 18/24 months)
Cybex Cloud Z2 i-Size + Base Z2
Cybex Cloud Z2 i-Size
Jané iMatrix + iPlatform Comfy
Jané Koos i-Size R1 + iPlatform Comfy
From birth to 105 cm (4 years approx.)
Cybex Sirona Z2 + Base Z2
Lionelo Antoon More
From birth to around 7 years old
Chicco Seat3Fit i-Size
Chicco Seat3Fit i-Size Air
From birth to around 10 years old
Silver Cross Motion All Size 360
From 61 to 105 cm (approx. 12 months to 4 years)
Avova Sperber-Fix 61
From 61 to 125 cm (approx. 12 months to 12 years)
Axkid Minikid 3
From 76 to 150 cm (approx. 15 months to 12 years)
Maxi-Cosi Titan Pro i-Size
Recaro Toria Elite
From 100 to 150 cm (4 to 12 years approx.)
Britax Römer Kidfix i-Size
Avionaut MaxSpace Comfort System +
Our Selection Of The Best Crash-Tested Car Seats (October 2022)
Your child's safety is an absolute priority when travelling by car. To help you choose the best car seat for your child, we have selected the models with the best results in the ADAC crash tests. These seats have been rigorously tested for their ability to protect your child in the event of a collision. We hope this selection will help you find the perfect car seat for your child.
1. Cosy Bébé (from birth to around 24 months)
The baby cosy is an essential accessory for parents concerned about their baby's safety when travelling by car. The cosy is a car seat suitable for babies from birth to around 24 months. It has a reducer to keep your baby in a comfortable position and side protection in the event of an impact. All baby cosy seats are also compatible with many pushchairs, so you can go for a walk without waking your baby.
Bugaboo Turtle Air (with or without Turtle Air Wingbase)
The Bugaboo Turtle Air by Nuna seat is designed for children from birth to around 15 months (from 40 to 83 cm, max. 13 kg). This ultra-light model (only 3 kg) is easy to carry, lift and take everywhere with you. It has a seven-position adjustable headrest that allows the seat to grow with your child.
The seat canopy has UPF 50+ sun protection and a window so you can keep an eye on your child. The Turtle Air Wingbase (sold separately) has new protective wings that activate automatically to provide extra side impact protection.
The Bugaboo Turtle Air by Nuna seat can also be used with a safety belt if you don't have an ISOFIX base. It also fits perfectly on all Bugaboo pushchairs (adapters sold separately).
Cybex Cloud Z2 i-Size (with or without Base Z2)
The Cybex Cloud Z2 i-Size is a car seat designed for children from 45 to 87 cm, i.e. from birth to around 24 months (maximum 13 kg). It has a 12-position adjustable headrest, a large UPF 50+ canopy and side protection (L.S.P.) to ensure your child's safety. The main innovation of this model is the ability to recline the backrest flat in the car thanks to the Z2 Base, making it an ideal choice for long car journeys. However, when the seat is installed in the vehicle with the safety belt, this position is not possible.
The Z2 Base is equipped with a rotating mechanism that makes it easy to swivel the baby cosy towards the door so you can put your child in and take them out with ease. This base is also compatible with the Cybex car seat Sirona Z2 i-Size for complete protection up to the age of 4.
To use the Cloud Z2 i-Size outside the vehicle, the seat is compatible with the majority of Cybex and gb pushchairs, on which it can be reclined to the reclined position.
2. Children's car seats (from 12 months to 4 years approx.)
Children's car seats are designed to protect children when travelling in the car after using a baby cosy. In general, it is advisable to keep babies and toddlers facing away from the road for as long as possible, until they reach the right age and size to move on to booster seats.
The Swandoo Curie car seat is designed for children from birth to 4 years of age, i.e. from 40 cm to 105 cm (up to a maximum of 18 kg). This model complies with the European i-Size standard and can only be installed in a rear-facing position on the ISOFIX attachment of the car.
The seat features installation indicators, magnetic harness clips to make it easier to put your child in, a memory foam headrest for comfortable support, a 5-point harness and padded non-slip shoulder pads. It also features a Side Impact Buddy to absorb side impact and a height-adjustable headrest with eleven positions to suit your child's needs. The seat fabric is fully removable for machine washing.
Cybex Sirona Z2 i-Size + Base Z2
The Sirona Z2 i-Size car seat is designed for children aged from 45 cm to 105 cm, i.e. from birth to around 4 years, or up to a weight of 18 kg. When installed with the Z2 base, the seat can rotate 360° with just one hand, making it even easier to get your child settled from an early age. The seat base rotation mechanism also makes it easy to switch between forward-facing and rear-facing positions.
From a safety point of view, the Cybex Sirona Z2 features a 5-point harness, Linear Side Impact Protection (L.S.P.) and energy reduction technology to ensure your child's safety in the event of a collision. The seat also has 5 recline positions, a 12-position height-adjustable headrest, a newborn insert to reduce the risk of the head tilting forward and a magnetic harness holder for effortless installation.
3. Child booster seat (from 4 to 12 years approx.)
A child booster seat is an accessory that raises a child in the back seat of a car to the height of the safety belt. Child booster seats are designed for use by children aged 4 and over who are too big to remain in a car seat.
Britax Kidfix i-Size
The Britax Kidfix i-Size booster seat is designed for children aged 4 to 12, i.e. from 100 to 150 cm (formerly Group 2/3). It's an essential travel accessory to ensure your child's safety when travelling by car.
This car booster seat is designed to be installed facing the road in the car, to ensure your child's safety in the event of a collision. It has a wide, deep seat with extra soft padding to give your child maximum comfort, and a one-hand adjustable headrest to keep their head in a comfortable position during the journey.
The Britax Kidfix i-Size is equipped with an XP-Pad for optimum protection in the event of a collision, as well as Isofix attachment in the car for quick and easy installation. It also has upper and lower strap guides to keep the child correctly in place, as well as SICT technology for extra protection in the event of a side impact.