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28/05/2013 at 17:41
Hi ladies, my diddy nearly 16 month old is still in her baby car seat but we've finally started looking at the next stage car seats. What we want is an extended rearfacing car seat (to be rearfacing to at least 4 years) & with an Isofix fit. We went to the specialist rear facing car seat centre - incarsafety, in milton keynes. There were only 3 that fit the bill & of those only 2 fitted (apparently our isofix points are quite far back & the klippen kiss couldn't be fitted) which left us with 2 choices the Britax Max fit & the besafe izi kid x3 isofix. Then, as I was looking for better prices for the 2 I came across a link to the Recaro - Polaric Isofix car seat that at £200 is over £100 cheaper. I've heard of this car seat. Does anyone know anything about it or have experience of it?
28/05/2013 at 17:43
Our friends have it in a Golf. We had the BeSafe Izi Combifix in our Golf.
28/05/2013 at 17:46
I haven't actually heard of that one, although we did a lot of rear facing research. I know a lot of people rave about the Besafe Izi. Some of the rearfacers get very low side impact safety ratings so make sure you look carefully at how it rates.
28/05/2013 at 17:58
Thanks, I'll continue researching. I think we'd decided to get the besafe & I found it online for £295 with 2% cashback (cheaper than anywhere else) but I'd never heard of this 1 so not sure where to look. We don't have a which subscription is there anywhere else I can see the ratings AR? I think we've still got another few months in her baby seat but then I've been saying that since Christmas!
28/05/2013 at 18:04
We went to Securatot at the weekend. They had the Recaro, but it isn't one we looked at. I definitely wouldn't buy without testing it in the car. We've gone for the Axkid Kidzofix, it should arrive tomorrow!
Is there any reason you're after Isofix specifically? Because the belted seats are generally £50 cheaper than their Isofix counterparts. Isofix isn't actually safer, it just removes the margin for error in installation. So if you're not going to move the seat between cars (iirc you only have one car?) you could get a belted one and just have it fitted by whoever you buy it from to make sure it's properly installed. Belted seats also have a higher weight limit, up to 25kg whereas Isofix only go to 18kg, though that may not be such a concern as I is a littley!
28/05/2013 at 19:41
I am pretty sure that John Lewis sell the Recaro, although it may only be in store rather than online. I noticed that Kiddicare Peterborough had a fairly decent selection (well 4) rear facing stage 1 seats when I was in at the weekend and yet they don't have them on their website.
28/05/2013 at 20:39
John Lewis do sell it, but I'm pretty sure you have to make an appointment in-store for a ftting. You'd probably be able to buy under the NKU policy too. So benefiting from the cheapest price, and having an expert who could fit it too.
28/05/2013 at 21:00
Don't worry I wouldn't buy a car seat without trying it 1st, as I said our Isofix clips are far back & the seltbelt was in the way to fit 1 make that we tried.
Stripey: I thought I'd read that rear facing seats were notiriously hard to fit with a seat belt so weren't as secure. But you're right we'd probably never move it once fitted so if we got it fitted correctly when we bought it & then we'd probably never have reason to move it. & you're right about them lasting longer at 25 kg, I will probably be a teenager by then!! (just looked at the red book & if she continues on her current percentile line - which she's followed pretty much from birth - she'll only be 14kg at 4 years old). ok, might have to keep a more open mind & look at seat belted options too. Thanks
Thanks also jelly baby, I don't think we've got a kiddicare local to us though
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