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As Mia and Lily were growing out of their baby Group 0 car seats, like most of us, I thought I should buy a forward-facing Group 1 seat. But there are also rear-facing car seats for older babies and kids and the Securatot Axkid Kidzofix is one to consider.
In Scandinavian countries it’s common practice to keep children rear facing until they are 4 or 5. In the event of an impact, a forward-facing child’s head travels forward – rear facing car seats can help prevent this happening.
The Securatot Axkid Kidzofix Group 1 & 2 is designed for children to remain rear facing until they are 25kg in weight or around 6-years-old. It can be fixed using Isofix or a seatbelt rear facing and also forward facing with a seatbelt and tether straps for added security.
I was impressed with the sturdy feeling and simple clean design (there are six colours to choose from). I immediately noticed there was a three-recline position, which is a real bonus because Lily still naps in the car and isn’t ready to sit bolt upright. I was pleased to find that Mia, my very tall 5-year-old, fits forward-facing comfortably.
One particularly nifty feature is that the harness and headrest are connected so when you tighten the harness, it automatically adjusts the headrest to the correct height.
What we love
This is a car seat that feels safe, it has high side wings and is very robust, able to withstand the demands of my children who seem capable of destroying anything. I love the very simple design with a small flash of colour, as well as being washable, the covers wipe clean.
Once we’d got the seat installed with Isofix and tether straps, it didn’t budge an inch, and the safety clever features mean the more you shake it the more it tightens up in the car. The same applies to the five-point harness which self-tightens as you drive along (you might hear a slight clicking noise).
What to watch out for
I wanted to love this car seat, but there were a few problems. Lily has been forward-facing until now and eyed the seat suspiciously. She was not keen on rear-facing but this mightn’t be an issue if you continued rear-facing after Group 0.
It’s expensive at £360. The price reflects the quality, but it’s a big bill to swallow.
One of the biggest issues was the weight and bulk of the seat. It’s very heavy and I would have struggled alone to get it into my Nissan Qashqai. Not for frequently swapping between vehicles, particularly since it has no handle to carry it.
It took two of us an hour, an instruction book, a car manual and Youtube videos to fit it.The Isofix fitting is remarkably simple but the instruction book needs rewriting with photos added. It might be tricky finding a local rear-facing installer. If you want the seat rear-facing with Isofix, the car seats need to be quite far forward. I’m 5ft 3 with short legs and the seat was almost touching the back of my seat. You can avoid this somewhat if you use seatbelt installation.
There were two other small niggles – the buckle that you click the straps into sits quite far back in the seat and I’m constantly having to fish to get it out from under Lil’s backside. The five point harness, in common with most car seats, has two plastic bits that sit over each other before they go into the buckle. They don’t sit snugly and it’s a struggle to get them into the buckle.
Who is the Securatot Axkid Kidzofix best for?
Best for mums and dads with a reasonable budget to spend on a sturdy and safe rear-facing car seat beyond the baby stage.
If you want to protect your child’s neck in the event of a crash, rear-facing car seats are the way to go. The Securatot Axkid Kidzofix is a sturdy and stylish car seat that’s worth considering if you have the money.
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|Child age (approx)||9 months to 6 years|
|Child weight||9kg to 25kg|
|Removeable cover for washing||Yes|
|Height adjustible headrest||Yes|