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The Mutsy Safe2go car seat is a compact, sporty number that delivers on looks and design but is tricky to install and could offer a comfier ride and more protection.
On looks alone, the Mutsy Safe2go car seat is a winner. Going beyond its pretty face, you’ll find it is competitively priced and well designed, and can be used with all Mutsy chassis’ (and some pushchairs from other manufacturers) to create a stylish travel system. When attached to a buggy, the Mutsy Safe2go car seat can recline so that your baby lies flatter, which is thought to be beneficial for a newborn’s spine.
The Mutsy Safe2go car seat is a Group 0+ car seat is designed for babies weighing up to 13kg (around 12 months). Installed using the adult seat belt, the Safe2go is a rear-facing seat with a 3-point, one-pull safety harness. The carry handle has four positions, although the seat can only be transported in the upright carrying position. A loop-shaped handle, positioned at an angle on top of the carry handle, makes it easy to lug around one-handed.
The removable head support wraps snuggly around very-little ones and the strap length is easily adjusted using the harness adjuster set into the kick pad. Two storage compartments are integrated into the plastic shell – useful for a stash of emergency wipes, snacks or what floats your boat…
The removable sun canopy, which attaches with poppers to the headrest and to the carry handle, is included in the price, as are the chassis adaptors. Optional accessories include a foot muff (£40) and raincover (£15).
The Mutsy Safe2go doesn’t attach to an ISOFIX base and doesn’t have its own base system.
What we love
There’s no doubt that the Mutsy Safe2go car seat looks lovely, the head hugger is beautifully soft and the textured material gives the impression of durability – think sporty, outdoor mountain life. Minnie, 8 months, looked very snug and secure.
Style wise, there’s a definite nod to the Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix here but a major plus is that the seat cover is removable and machine washable. So, there’s less need to worry about dirty wellies and ‘food incidents’. The Safe2go is available in an incredible 37 colours and looks especially stunning in College Red.
At £119 the price is fair (RRP for the Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix is £115) but this seat has the advantage of being able to recline when attached to a buggy.
What to look out for
Installing the Safe2go is not an easy task. Fitting instructions are clearly displayed on the seat and look easy to follow. However, the material of the seat cover hides the seat belt slots. It required a fair amount of excavating to find them and a lot of fiddling to get the belt in. As a consequence it’s very easy to fit this seat incorrectly. And, when you have a car seat-phobic child (Minnie tends to arch her back and randomly scream when placed in the car) fiddling for 10 minutes to ensure a car seat is fitted correctly is not on your list of things to do.
Interestingly, a report published in February 2009 by the AA, in association with car seat manufacturer Britax, stated that in one four-day roadside check a third of car seats were found the be fitted incorrectly.
The sun canopy is a real problem. It offers good protection when fitted correctly but is difficult to keep attached to the seat. It gapes at the point where it meets the headrest and I found it an added headache when trying to fit the seat into the car.
Who is the Mutsy Safe2Go car seat best for?
Sporty mums who already own a Mutsy chassis and want to maintain the Mutsy look.
As a car seat, in a hugely competitive mid-range market, you would expect the Mutsy Safe2go to be flawless. It’s a flexible option, with the ability to recline when on a chassis, and is simple to keep clean. However, for the price you’d expect better protection and the seat could be much easier to fit.
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|Model||Safe2go car seat|
|Child age (approx)||Birth to 12 months|
Dimensions & Weight
|Travel system compatible||Yes|
|Positions of carry handle||4|
|Removeable cover for washing||Yes|
|Optional extras||Footmuff (£40),raincover (£15)|