Do imported Japanese cars have isofix? 16


Reader question about isofix on imported Japanese cars

I was asked recently whether imported Japanese cars have isofix?  This post is the answer to that question.

What is isofix?

Isofix is an international standard attachment system for car seats for babies, infants and children.  It saves some of the guesswork and potential unsafe attachment associated with child car seats attached using the standard seat belts.

Do imported Japanese cars have isofix?

As is it an international standard, I’m pleased to tell you that the vast majority of imported Japanese cars do have isofix.

Where are the isofix points on imported Japanese cars?

Picture showing an example of an isofix seat label found on imported japanese carsSometimes you might see small fabric labels sewn into the seats with ‘latch’ or ‘isofix’ embroidered onto them, indicating the seats that have the anchoring points.  ‘Latch’ is the American equivalent of ‘isofix’ in Europe.  Latch stands for ‘lower anchors and tethers for children’ and features in my table of car acronyms.

Imported Japanese cars are less likely to have isofix points on the front passenger seat than European cars.  In general, imported Japanese cars will have 2 isofix points on the outer 2 seats in the back.  On cars with 3 rows of seats, the isofix points will usually be on the middle row of seats, again on the outermost seats.

Does everything on my shortlist of imported Japanese cars have isofix?

If you’d like to know for certain whether your preferred cars have isofix mounts, feel free to ask a question in the comments below and I’ll do my best to find out for you.

 

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16 thoughts on “Do imported Japanese cars have isofix?

  • Phillip Paget

    Just wondering if you can help us find out if our 2001 highway start Nissan elgrand has ISOFIX points or what the anchor point system is. We have four children in Car seats and currently know of the three “bolt” anchor points on the floor in the boot floor. However this doesn’t work very well because of the split in the (middle of the) back seat, the (middle) strap slips down between the seats. It just doesn’t seem right.

    • Andrew Post author

      Hi Phillip,

      Thanks for your question. I don’t have firsthand experience of the E50 but from what I’ve read, they do not have ISOFIX points. You could check by feeling for them with your hand, between the seat back and base. If the car has them, they will most likely be on the outer 2 seats on the middle row. I’ll take a picture of the ISOFIX points on the Alphard I’ve got for sale at the moment and send it to the email address you supplied.

      As for the bolt anchor points, hopefully this post on the Elgrand Australia forum will be of some help.

      Cheers,
      Andrew

  • David Cherrill

    Do you know whether any Honda Stepwagons come with or can be retro-fitted with ISO-Fix points? Struggling to find a definitive answer anywhere.

    • Andrew Post author

      Hi David,

      The more recent RG series Stepwagons from 2005 onwards do have ISOFIX points. The earlier RF series vehicles don’t have them. I haven’t encountered retro-fitting ISOFIX to the RF series Stepwagon before, so don’t know for certain whether this can be done.

      Cheers,
      Andrew

  • Danielle Molloy

    I hava a 2009 mitsubishi colt japenese import limited edition, does this have isofix? If ao where can i find them? Thanks so much for your website its really helpful!

    • Andrew Post author

      Hi Danielle

      Thank you for your positive comments about the site! I don’t know for certain whether your Colt will have ISOFIX. The online database I use is saying it doesn’t have it. Anyway, the way to check for certain is to look for the ISOFIX mounting bars. They are usually between the base and back of the rear seats. Put your hand between the back and base of the seat and feel for the mounting points. They look like this:
      Picture of an ISOFIX mounting point

      Cheers
      Andrew

  • Debra Sweeting

    Hi my daughter (living in Qatar) has a 2012 imported Juke and this has No isofix mountings fitted, do you know if these mountings are available to be fitted as an extra via nissan? As she has purchased a top of the range seat and is unable to use it for her newborn baby.
    Thank you

    • Andrew Post author

      Hi Debra

      Was it imported from the UK? If so I was under the impression that all Jukes had ISOFIX points as standard.

      Andrew

  • Chrystal smith

    I have a 55 plate e51 with no isofix. Can’t seem to get any help from Nissan U.K. 0r any Japanese parts people etc. Do u know of anywhere I can get a bracket please.

    • Andrew Post author

      Hi Chrystal

      Unfortunately I don’t know of anywhere you could buy an isofix bracket for your Elgrand. How about contacting a breaker and seeing if they’ve got a middle row of seats for sale in the same cloth / hide as yours but with isofix points…..or even just one seat if that is all you need? There are quite a few E51 Elgrands being broken up for parts on eBay at the moment.

      Andrew

  • Zee

    Does Hyundai Starex or Toyota Alphard have enough isofix points to fit 4 car seats? (2 for 4yo?, w 2 booster rats for 6 yo)

    Thanks!

    • Andrew Post author

      Hi Zee

      I don’t think so. Alphards (the Mk1 at least, which is what most people seem to import/buy) have 2 isofix points. I think the Hyundai Starex (i800 in the UK) also has 2.

      So it sounds like you may need to keep looking if you’re after a car with 4 isofix points – sorry!

      Andrew

    • Andrew Post author

      Hi Rachel

      I think you’ll struggle to find a Mazda Bongo (as sold in Japan) with isofix mounts. I know some of the rock and roll seats / beds fitted in the UK as part of a camper conversion can have isofix mounts included in the seat.

      Cheers
      Andrew

  • MEMO

    Hello. I have Nissan Tiida 2012 1.5 hatchback imported from Japan. Although I searched too much, I couldn’t find any ISOFIX points in the car. I am wondering if Nissan have installed it on all Tiida models or some of one. Also if all models have it, I really appreciate you for helping me to find it.

    Best Regards
    Memo

    • Andrew Post author

      Hello

      As far as I can tell, ISOFIX points were installed on some Tiida models but not all of them. So yours might have them and it might not. If you feel around in the gap between the back and base of the rear seats you’ll find them if they are fitted. Alternatively there may be cutouts in the lower part of the seat back to allow access to the mounting points.

      Hope you find them!
      Andrew