We appreciate that it can be tricky to understand everything there is no know about a car seat, especially when you’re under pressure to make sure everything is as safe as possible for your new arrival. But we’re here to tell you not to worry because we’ve created this handy guide to tell you about Cybex car seats, their standout features and instructions on how to fit them without an ISOFIX base.
About Cybex car seats
Cybex car seats have excellent safety features, outstanding quality, and intelligent functionality, making them a great choice for your precious little passenger. Cybex takes a fresh approach to car seats that adapt perfectly to the urban lifestyle, and they’re constantly evolving to meet the demands of the modern parent.
Cybex is also well known as a fashion brand because of the fresh, unique, and beautiful look of its baby products. Cybex car seats are stunning and available in various colours, so there’s something to suit everyone’s style.
Can a Cybex car seat be used without a base?
Yes, Cybex car seats can be used without the ISOFIX base by securing the seat to your vehicle using the seatbelt, or in some cases, the Cybex car seat may have built-in ISOFIX points without the need for a base. To find out more, keep reading, and it’ll all become crystal clear so you have the confidence to travel in a vehicle with your little bundle of joy.
What is ISOFIX?
ISOFIX is an international standardised car seat fitting system that reduces the risk of fitting a car seat incorrectly. It automatically locks your car seat or car seat base into the two ISOFIX points built within the seat of your vehicle. It makes installing a car seat quick and easy with a simple click-and-go.
Some car seats have ISOFIX points built into them, which means you don’t need an ISOFIX base to attach them to the ISOFIX points in your car. For car seats that don’t have this built-in, you will need to use a base if you want to attach your car seat to the ISOFIX points in your vehicle.
Does my car have ISOFIX?
ISOFIX points were first used in cars in 1997; by 2001, most cars had them, and by 2013 it was a legal requirement that all new cars were fitted with ISOFIX points. The chances are your car probably has ISOFIX points, but if you’re not sure, check the date of your car or look for the ISOFIX labels between the base and back of your car seats and have a feel around for them; they feel like two metal hooks hidden behind your seat.
How to secure a Cybex car seat into a vehicle without a base
It’s always best to use ISOFIX to install your car seat, but if your car doesn’t have ISOFIX points or if you’re travelling in someone else’s car and don’t want to lug the base around, here are some simple steps to secure a Cybex i-Size car seat to a vehicle using the seat belt.
- Place the car seat on the seat of the vehicle, remembering to keep your baby rearward facing until at least 15 months old.
- Thread the car seat belt through the two seat belt slots around the middle of the car seat
- When pulling the car seat, make sure it doesn’t have any twists in it
- Put the seat belt into the buckle as you normally would
- Pull on the longer part of the seat belt tightly to create tension
- Take the long part of the seat belt around the back of the seat and thread it through the slot
- Pull the seat belt again to take out all the slack
- Always remember to pull out the side protection wing on your Cybex car seat on the side facing the door for extra protection.
Cybex car seats that can be installed without a base
Here are examples of Cybex’s popular i-Size car seats that can be fitted either with or without a base. We have provided information on each one so you can make an informed decision for your little one and choose whether to use a base or a seatbelt to fit it. Choosing to use a base provides additional features to your car seat as well as added safety, such as the rotation mechanism.
Cybex Aton B2 i-Size
The Cybex Aton B2 i-Size car seat bundle is designed with advanced safety and protective features for your newborn up to the age of around 15-24 months. The innovative Linear Side Impact Protection System (LSP) absorbs the force of impact and channels it into the car seat’s shell, making it a superior safety system for your baby.
The bundle comes with the ISOFIX base, which is easy and quick to install using the indicators, and you can be confident that your car seat is in place correctly. Cybex i-Size car seats are compatible with Cybex strollers, and it is super lightweight, making them easy to lift in and out of the car and onto your stroller.
Cybex Cloud Z2 i-Size
The Cybex Cloud Z2 i-Size car seat, suitable from birth to around 15-24 months, is a popular Cybex car seat, and it’s compatible with the Cybex stroller frames. It even has a full lie-flat feature when used with a Cybex stroller frame, making the transition from car to pushchair a breeze while keeping your little cherub comfortable.
The car seat has a useful 180-degree rotation mechanism when used with a Cybex Z base that allows the seat to face sideways for effortless ins and outs without straining your back. The Cybex Cloud is designed for safe and comfortable travelling, with integrated LSP technology, a height-adjustable headrest, and a removable newborn inlay.
Cybex Sirona Z2 i-Size
The Cybex Sirona Z2 i-Size car seat has all the safety, comfort, and style of other Cybex i-Size car seats but lasts even longer as it’s suitable from birth to around 4 years. This Cybex 360 car seat fully rotates, so your precious passenger can remain in a rear-facing position until approximately 15 months old and can be easily spun around to forward-facing.
This mechanism also makes getting your baby in and out of the car seat quick and easy. Your baby is guaranteed a comfortable and joyful journey in this car seat with the easy one-hand seat reclining feature and adjustable headrest.
To conclude, you can install an i-Size Cybex car seat into a vehicle without using an ISOFIX base. However, the base is there to make the car seat even safer and provides added features for convenience and comfort too. If you can, it’s always best to use ISOFIX, but if you can’t, follow the seat belt installation instructions in this post to keep your little one smiling during every journey.