car seat FAQs


Q: What do the car seat group categories mean?
A: There are five “groups” in which car seats are placed to indicate the correct usage. Many Joie seats span two or more of these groups.
GROUP 0: Birth to 10kg
GROUP 0+: Birth to 13kg
GROUP 1: 9-18kg
GROUP 2: 15-25kg
GROUP 3: 22-36kg


Q: Are Joie infant seats travel system compatible?
A: Joie infant seats are compatible with many Joie pushchairs, as well as other pushchairs using the Maxi-Cosi®

car seat adapter. To be sure if a seat pairs with your Joie pushchair, please refer to the compatible products section on its individual product information page.


Q: Can I use my car seat on an airplane?
A: The Joie Juva, Gemm and i-Gemm infant carriers are certified for aircraft use. If you own one of these seats, then yes! Your car seat can tagalong to make travelling with baby simpler.


Q: I’ve been in an accident – can I still use my car seat?
A: We recommend replacing any car seat that has been involved in a crash. Even if it looks fine, there could be internal damage that would make it unsafe. Just to be sure, replace the seat.


Q: Do car seats expire?
A: Car seats have a “best before” date, so although not a legal requirement it is best to replace harnessed seats after approximately 5-7 years and booster seat after 7-10 years.


Q: Why do car seats expire?
A: Plastic degrades over time, so after a number of years they will not perform as initially designed. At Joie, we do not use any recycled plastics in our seats to ensure the maximum safety and length of usage for parents. We also use metal within the structure of many of our seats for additional strength.


Q: What is the difference between ECE R44/04 and i-Size (ECE R129/00)?
A: ECE R44/04 is the current car seat testing regulation for Europe. i-Size is the new standard that was ratified in July 2013. i-Size is currently running parallel to R44/04, and has several significant differences from R44/04 regulations:

  • The first ever standardized side impact testing
  • Mandatory rearward facing travel to 15 months
  • New, advanced technology crash test dummies (called Q dummies) that simulate a child’s body with greater accuracy
  • Required ISOFIX installation
  • Seat usage classified based on a child’s height instead of weight

To learn more about i-Size, visit


Q: How long should my child stay rearward facing?
A: At Joie, our mission is to keep kids safer. For this reason, we consulted with doctors and child safety experts worldwide to better understand the effects of a car crash on a child’s growing body. They agree rearward facing as long as possible is the safest way to go. When a child is riding rearward facing, the car seat absorbs the impact, protecting the child’s head, neck and spine — even up to 73% more than forward facing. To learn more about rearward facing and our extensive range of seats that face rearward all the way up to 18kg, visit


Q: Can I use a rearward facing car seat in the front passenger seat?
A: Rearward facing seats may be used in the front passenger seat, provided the airbag is deactivated. However, when possible we recommend placing child seats in the rear vehicle seats.


Q: How do I know if Joie car seats fit in my vehicle?
A: Vehicle fitting lists for some Joie car seats can be found on our fit lists page. And of course the best way to know is to visit your local retailer and have the seat personally fitted in your vehicle.