Test winner Gr. 0+:
Infant car seat Cloud Q
The belted infant car seat Cloud Q emerged winner in Group 0+ in the test 06/2015 by independent German consumer testing organization Stiftung Warentest, achieving excellent results from the most prominent European testing institutes. What's more, the belted infant car seat Cloud Q is the only car seat in the test that was awarded a "very good" in the "safety" category. The Cloud Q in combination with the ISOFIX base Base Q-fix received an excellent 2.0 (GOOD) in the test.
- Reclining backrest
- Telescopic L.S.P. system
- Travel system with pushchairs
- XXL Foldaway Sun Canopy
- Optional: Base Q-fix
Cloud Q - the benefits of the infant car seat
Infant car seat test: Cloud Q
A new function of the Cloud Q is that it can be changed to a horizontal position outside of the car. With a longer legrest and a nearly flat lying position, the child can lie comfortably and in an ergonomically correct position. The angle can be adjusted easily with one hand without having to take the child out of the carrier, and the handle remains in the carrying position for easier mobility. In combination with the CYBEX pushchairs, the Cloud Q can be used as a visually harmonious travel system.
11-position height adjustable headrest
Extra wide Y-harness
Integrated XXL foldaway sun canopy
Telescopic L.S.P. system
Energy absorbing shell
Stability and safety: Base Q-fix
The Base Q-fix is installed in the car with the ISOFIX connectors, providing extra stability and safety. Alternatively it can be secured with the car seat belt in vehicles that do not have the ISOFIX system. The infant car seat can be easily snapped into the base and used without having to additionally secure it with the car seat belt. An indicator confirms that it has been installed correctly.
Quick belt tensioning device
Height-adjustable load leg
Testing infant car seats
Even though parents around the world are all so different, they have one thing in common. They all share the same concern for the safety of their children. Particularly in the car, this is a topic where compromise simply is not an option. To help parents choose the right car seat or infant carrier for their children, standards have been implemented across the world. In Europe, seat manufacturers currently have to comply with the standards ECE R 44/04 or ECE R-129. In addition to the legal requirements, infant carriers and car seats are also checked and tested by independent testing institutes such as German automobile club (ADAC) and Stiftung Warentest. To emerge as the winner of such a test, products must meet stringent requirements in a variety of different categories
Example ADAC: How are infant car seats tested?
Once or twice a year, German automobile club ADAC tests the latest car seats and infant carriers from each group in specially simulated head-on and side-impact collisions. The head-on collision takes place at a speed of 64 km/h whereas the side-impact collision impacts at a speed of 50 km/h. Depending on the weight category, dummies of varying sizes are used in various crash situations in an attempt to simulate as accurately as possible the effects of an accident on children of differing ages and weights. Besides the extensive safety tests, other criteria are factored into the test results for each car seat and infant carrier, such as handling, ergonomic design, cleaning properties, workmanship and the presence of harmful substances. The safety tests are carried out using professional equipment that accurately simulates what happens in a collision. The car seats are also tested in everyday use with real children and parents. The final rating derives from the average of all test results for each category.
Why is testing an infant car seat so important?
The test criteria of e.g. the ADAC test are far stricter than the requirements of the ECE-R 44 standard and are constantly being tightened. Accordingly, the acceptable critical values and categories are under constant review. 2011, for example, saw the implementation of tests for harmful substances in car seats. Therefore, tests of this kind make a significant contribution to enhancing the safety of car seats and infant carriers over time.