Seven new child car seat reviews onlineLatest tests of Britax, Maxi Cosi and Chicco seats
09 December 2010
The Which? child car seat test is recognised as the most in-depth, consumer-minded child and baby car seat test in the country. We test the full range of child car seats, and this week we’ve added new test results for seven more child and baby car seats.
Included in the latest batch of newly tested child car seats are two group 0+ seats for babies from birth up to 13kg (around a year old), four tests of group 2/3 seats - aimed at children from 15-36kg (about four to 12 years), and finally we have one review of a group one seat designed for children 9-18kg (about one to four years old).
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Which child car seats have we tested?
Included in this week’s new test results are two infant carriers for newborns up to 13kg (about one year old).
The Chicco Autofix Fast is a rearward-facing infant carrier which fits onto a base, secured into the car using the adult seat belt. Using the base means it suits cars with relatively short seat belts.
The Emmaljunga First Class is also a rearward-facing infant carrier, which we have results for without its base, secured using the adult seat belt.
For children between nine and 18kg (about one to four years old), we have a full test review of the Group 1 Kiddy Energy Pro seat. It’s a forward-facing seat which is fitted using the adult seat belt, and uses an impact shield to help spread the crash load.
Out of our seven new child car seat tests, four are group 2/3 seats for children from 15 to 36kg (around four to 12 years old).
The Britax Adventure secures both the child and the seat in the car using the adult seat belt. This is Britax’s entry-level child car seat for this group.
Also tested this week are the Chicco Key 2/3 Ultrafix belted and Isofix versions, and a full test review of the Maxi Cosi Rodi Air Protect, all of which are forward facing child car seats for children 15 to 36kg (about four to 12 years old).
Members can find out how they, and all the other child car seats tested by Which?, scored by clicking here. Non members can try Which? today for just £1.
How do we test child car seats?
Which? tests the child car seats in two crash simulations: a front crash, equivalent to a head-on collision at around 40mph, and a side crash.
The side crash reproduces what would happen if someone were to drive into the side of your car, simulating an impact speed of around 17.5mph.
Both tests use crash forces taken from EuroNCAP car crash tests, which give an accurate indication of a 'real-life' accident. We measure the effect of these crashes on the child, including an assessment of the support offered to the child’s head.
Which? also tests for ease of use, clearly informing our consumers about the ease of fitting the child car seat as well as the safety benefits or shortfalls.
Below is a video of the difference between a good and a bad child car seat.
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