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Safety includes front- and side-impact scores as well as scores for belt-routing and stability on the car seat.
Ease of use and ergonomics assesses child comfort and space as well as ease of securing and adjusting the seat within the vehicle, avoiding incorrect use, fastening the buckle, and using the instruction manual.
Harmful substances measures the level of substances (such as phthalates, heavy metals and flame retardants) on seat components that come in contact with the child. Harmful substances only affect the final score if the levels found exceed the test criteria.
Weight range shows the different weights the seat can carry in its different modes. The European standard takes 36kg as the maximum weight for a booster.
Price is the recommended retail price or is from an online retailer.
Convertible rear/forward-facing seats and forward-facing/booster seats can be used in different modes which offer different levels of impact protection. To simplify matters, we’ve given scores for each seat in its weakest mode.
The European tests are carried out by ICRT, the international consumer testing organisation. ICRT puts the seats through front- and side-impact tests at 71 and 28km/h respectively. The seats are also assessed for ease of use and ergonomics. Seat parts that come in contact with the child are screened for substances such as phthalates, heavy metals and flame retardants. The overall score is determined by safety as well as ease of use and ergonomics. The score for harmful substances only affects the overall score if a harmful substance is present above test limits. ICRT rates seats on a five point scale: "poor", "bare minimum", "satisfactory", "good" and "very good".
The Australian tests are performed by the Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP). The programme puts the seats through a front-impact test at 56km/h, and side- and oblique-impact tests at 32km/h. Each seat is also assessed for ease of correct use. The Australian test results are freely available on the CREP website. Child seats are rated on a five-point scale: "meets the Australian/New Zealand standard", "average", "above average", "good" and "excellent".
25 May 2016, Jacqui W.
Product use: 6 months or more
Easy to transfer from different vehicles, nice having my daughter sitting high in our SUV she has great visibility. My daughter will be 4 in August and still fits the seat comfortably although she is rather on the short side. Love the magnets that hold the straps out of the way when taking bubs out of the car seat. Fits perfectly in most of our vehicles and doesn't take up much room.
One major downside I feel in this car seat is when my daughter is asleep her head always tilts forward, there is a recline position on the seat but it's not enough.This problem has been since we purchased the seat when she was very young.i have even tried to tie wide soft elastic around the head area and attached a cushion to it so that the cushion pushes her forehead back, but this has been unsuccessful.Because of this problem I would never recommend this seat.i purchased the seat from global baby and they were terrible to deal with they did not want to take the seat back.
Maybe, it depends on what you're after.
24 Jul 2014, Dayahn C.
Product use: 6 months or more
Our son will be 3 in November 2014 and he still comfortably sits rear facing even on long journeys.
It is easy to install and its great crash test results give us piece of mind. There is a lot of poor information out there, even from supposed experts on what is a safe seat. This seat still out classes many others in tests and is rear facing for longer than most.
It is a little heavy if you have to move it from car to car bt this is a small price to pay for the safety it offers.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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