mifold car seat labels explained

mifold car seat labels explained

When you are buying a new car seat, understanding its level of safety is the number one priority for every parent or caregiver. It is important to take careful consideration of the approval labels as these will differ from car seat to car seat.

Although they can appear complicated, we are here to help you decipher your mifold car seat labels so that you can understand their importance and so that you are able to refer to this information as and when you require it.

 

What am I looking for? 

Great question! All car seats bought in the UK will have a safety label on it so keep your eyes peeled for an orange sticker that can be found on the back of your car seat. This orange sticker guarantees that the car seat complies with the safety requirements as set out in the European safety standards ECE R44 or ECE R129 (i-Size). 

 

First, make sure your car seat fits in your car

Before we get into it, it is not only important to know about the safety standards of your mifold car seat, but also to check if your car seat will fit in your car. There are three types of approval labelling on a car seat manufactured in the UK.

  • Universal – approved for installation in all cars, although it is recommended that you check that the car seat fits well in your vehicle. This is relevant for mifold car seat owners as all mifold car seats have ‘universal’ approval.
  • Semi-universal – approved for installation in most cars, the same recommendations for Universal car seats apply.
  • Vehicle specific – approved only for installation in certain cars.

 

What type of car seats are mifold car seats? 

For any newbies reading, all mifold and hifold car seats are:

  • Universal – as mentioned above, mifold car seats are approved for installation in all cars, although it is recommended that you check that the car seat fits well in your vehicle;
  • Group 2/3 forward facing car seats, suitable for children ages 4-12, weighing between 15-36kg, and up to 150cm tall;
  • Weight-based car seats - have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘ECE R44’;
  • Safe. All mifold car seats meet or exceed the latest UK and European Safety Standard ECE R44/04. Moreover, our hifold, the fit-and-fold booster seats also have received a very satisfactory rating during the stringent German ADAC Automobile Association testing (more info below).

mifold Comfort car seat
mifold Comfort car seats not only meet the standard UK and EU ECE R44/04 safety regulations but also comply or exceed the following safety standards: NHTSA FMVSS 213 in the US, the CCC in China and the RSSR in Canada. This means you can legally use the UK version of mifold Comfort everywhere in the world! (except Australia and Taiwan).
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hifold car seat
Just like mifold Comfort, hifold not only meets the UK and EU ECE R44/04 safety standard but also complies or exceeds the following safety standards: NHTSA FMVSS 213 in the US, the CCC in China and the RSSR in Canada. This also means you can legally use the UK version of hifold everywhere in the world! (except Australia and Taiwan).

Safety is our #1 priority, and we are proud that hifold car seats not only meet the standard car seat safety but have also received a very satisfactory rating during the stringent German ADAC Automobile Association testing!

Note! 
The standard tests simulate collisions at 50km/h where ADAC tests frontal collisions at 64km/h and side collisions at 50km/h to really put the car seats through their paces. ADAC uses the chassis of a real car for their testing, rather than a test-sled to make it more accurate, and they also utilise advanced Q series test dummies which have far more sensors than the ones used in the regulation tests. These dummies are able to collect more data for optimal analysis of the tested seats.
In addition to testing the safety features, the car seat materials themselves are scrutinised to check that they don't contain any harmful substances.

 

If you do decide to use a weight-based car seat like mifold and hifold car seats, you may want to know the meaning of the safety labels displayed on the back of the car seats. We'll start with the orange ECE R44/04 approval label which guarantees that the car seat complies with the safety requirements as set out in the European safety standard ECE R44.

 

ECE R44/04 safety label explained

All car seats sold in the UK carry an orange safety label, mifold & hifold car seats are no exception! To meet ECE R44/04 approval car seats are tested in frontal collisions at 50km/h using crash test P-dummies and advanced measuring instruments designed to assess the levels of protection each seat offers. 

If you did not know already, both mifold Original and mifold Comfort are compact and portable car seats, suitable for children aged 4-12, weighing between 15kg – 36kg and up to 150cm tall.

If you are a proud owner of a mifold car seat, then when you are ready, grab your mifold from out of your handbag and turn it over. You will find the orange approval label on the back of the product that we will walk you through:

 

mifold safety label
  • (A) Name of product manufacturer
  • (B) Your seat meets the European Safety Standard ECE R44. Note the last two digits: these should end in 04 (this is the latest version)
  • (C) As mentioned previously, there are three types of car seat approval: universal, semi-universal and vehicle specific.
  • (D) Approval for weight (group)
  • (E) Group indicator: Group 2/3 are forward-facing booster seats that work with a 3-point static or retractable adult seat belt restraint
  • (F) European approval authority
  • (G) The number indicates the country in which the approval was obtained
  • (H) Homologation number. The first two numbers (04) show to which version the child car seat has been approved, in this case ECE R44/04
  • (I) Unique serial number allocated to your specific seat

 


My mifold car seat has other labels too… what do they mean?

If you own a mifold Comfort or hifold car seat, you may also notice other labels on the back of your car seats apart from the orange label explained earlier, ECE R44/04. That’s because both mifold Comfort and hifold are globally approved and these extra safety labels will help local authorities to recognise that your car seat is approved for use in their country. 

  • ECE R44.04 - as explained above, this approval label guarantees that the car seat complies with the safety requirements as set out in the UK and European Union safety standard ECE R44;
  • NHTSA FMVSS 213 - this label confirms that hifold can be used in the United States of America and also guarantees that the car seat meets or exceeds the performance criteria established by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 (FMVSS 213). FMVSS 213 governs the performance and some design criteria for child restraint systems made for children who weigh up to 80 pounds;
  • CCC - this label guarantees that hifold can be used in China;
  • RSSR - this label confirms that hifold can be used in Canada and also guarantees that the car seat meets or exceeds the RSSR regulations. RSSR governs the performance and some design criteria for child restraint systems made for children who weigh up to 65 pounds.

This also gives parents peace of mind when travelling abroad - if you have purchased a foldable booster like mifold Comfort or hifold in the UK, you are able to take it with you on your travels across the world (except for Australia and Taiwan).

mifold labels explained

As we mentioned before, as well as meeting the standard car seat safety, hifold car seats have been put to the ultimate test during the stringent German ADAC Automobile Association testing, which test frontal collisions at 40 mph (64km/h) and side collisions at 50km/h. 

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What are the similarities and/or differences between the labels? 

As you can see there are many similarities between the mifold range of foldable car seat labels. The main difference between the fold away car seats and their labels are the differing weight groups – hifold can carry up to 45kg of weight, and mifold Original and mifold Comfort can carry up to 36kg.

You may be interested to know that when purchased in the UK, mifold Original is approved for use across the whole of the UK and Europe, however mifold Comfort and hifold car seats are both globally approved.



We hope that you now feel informed and confident about safely using your mifold car seats, regardless of how long or short your journey may be! Enjoy the convenience and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

The mifold UK team.

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