Do imported Japanese cars have isofix?

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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