Britax is launching new child car seats for 2014, which it revealed at the Kind und Jugend baby trade fair in Cologne.
The new child car seats include the Dualfix which allows you to have your child rear-facing for longer and new child car seats in the King Plus range, one of Britax’s best selling ranges. It’s also updated its booster seats with a feature it claims will offer better protection to the necks of older children.
To find out which Britax child car seats we’ve already tested visit our Britax car seat reviews.
Britax Dualfix isofix child car seat
The new Dualfix child car seat (pictured above right) is an isofix car seat for Group 0+/1, so it’s suitable from birth to around four years old. It can be rotated 360 degrees to face forwards and backwards, but also sideways to help you get your child in and out of the car.
It lets parents choose whether their child faces forwards or backwards up until 18kg (approximately four years).
The seat has several different recline positions, as well as a height-adjustable headrest and harness which move together as you pull the headrest up.
The Dualfix child car seat has deeply padded side wings to protect your child’s head and wide chest pads to firmly hold the baby in place in the event of a crash.
The Dualfix is expected to hit the shops soon and will cost £340.
Britax King Plus child car seats updated
The King Plus Group 1 car seat has been redesigned to create the King II child car seat range which will be released in several versions. We have tested the Group 1 car seat – read our review to find out how it performed in our tests.
The new King II child car seat will be sold as a bundle with a summer cover, normal cover or seat organiser. The new King II LS (light system) child car seat has a feedback light above the harness tightening strap to show parents when the harness is tight enough.
Both of these child car seats are expected to arrive in shops in the first quarter of 2014.
Expanded Britax Kid car seat range
Britax has also expanded its Kid range of Group 2/3 booster car seats (for children aged around three and half to 12 years old) with three new models.
The Kidfix XP SICT and Kidfix XP booster seats both have a new energy absorbing seatbelt pad (pictured right). This is designed to reduce strain on a child’s neck in a crash. The Kidfix XP SICT child car seat also has adjustable side impact protection, which grows with your child.
Britax is offering a different version of isofix on the Kidfix SL, which uses a fabric latch and hooks instead of rigid metal connectors. This child car seat, which will retail for £150, could make isofix boosters a more affordable option for parents.
The seat belt guides of all Kid seats have also been changed to stop children from buckling themselves into the seat incorrectly.