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Safest child seats also the easiest to use everyday

Tristan Honeywill

Buying the safest possible child seat for your car isn’t just about peace of mind. The extra thought that goes into making them safer also involves making them easier to use, fit, remove and carry with you. So which are the best?

The list isn’t definitive, but car safety organisation Euro NCAP has published the names of the child seats that it will include in its assessments in future. These are child seats that are widely available throughout Europe and which have been rated highly in independent assessments. It’s a useful recommendation given the current lack of freely available safety ratings for child seats.

 

Infants birth-13kg 

Maxi Cosi Cabriofix and EasyFix

Britax/Römer BabySafe + ISOFIX Base

 

Infants and toddlers birth-18kg

BeSafe iZi Kid X3 ISOFIX

 

Toddlers from 9 to 18 kg

Britax/Römer King Plus (Seatbelt)

Britax/Römer Duo Plus with ISOFIX

Maxi Cosi Pearl and Familyfix with ISOFIX

 

Children 15kg+

Britax/Römer KidFix 

 

It’s good to see the rear-facing BeSafe model included in the assessment. It’s how they do it in Scandinavia because it’s something like five times safer.

It’s also worth pointing out that the ISOFIX versions of these seats are the ones to go for, providing your car has an ISOFIX mount. The seats cost more because there’s an additional base but it’s worth it. The seats slot easily into the base, so there’s no fumbling with the seatbelts. Less fuss, less rain on your back and you know the seat is properly secured.

You will need to make sure that your car is compatible with the car seat.

For Britax, you can check this here

For Maxi-Cosi, you can check this here

For the BeSafe seat, you can check this here

We’re in the process of interviewing the technical experts at the main child seat manufacturers to get a better understanding of the products available. We’ll start to publish these in the next few weeks. To stay up to date on car safety for families, please like us on Facebook or sign up to our free newsletter

 

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