Which? advice: Don't Buy Nania Baby Ride car seatBaby Ride offers poor protection from side impacts

09 November 2013

Nania Baby Ride child car seat

The Nania Baby Ride infant carrier is a Which? Don't Buy

Which? is recommending that parents do not buy the Nania Baby Ride Group 0+ child car seat after it achieved a poor score in our car seat tests.

Visit our guide to Best Buy child car seats to find out which child car seats have passed our tests with flying colours.

Nania Baby Ride – Don’t Buy

The Nania Baby Ride is a very cheap child car seat, often sold in supermarkets and online. It is a rearward-facing infant carrier designed to last children from birth to 13kg (approximately 12-18 months old). 

Although it has passed the legal safety standards for child car seats (ECE R44/04), it scored just 15% overall in our more demanding crash tests. These include a side impact crash that's not part of  ECE R44/04.

Read our full review of the Nania Baby Ride for more on why this car seat did so badly in our tests.

The Which? child car seats tests

We test child car seats in front and side impact crash simulations. Both tests are developed from Euro NCAP crash test loads, which are based on typical real-life crashes.

Nania Baby ride car seat in a side impact crash

In our side impact crash test the head hit the door panel leaving a visible dent behind

Our results indicate that a child using the Nania Baby Ride would be at risk of serious injury in the crashes we simulated. 

Other car seats that we've tested, particularly our Best Buys, do a better job of restraining a child and reducing the forces placed on a child's body in a crash.

Poor side impact protection

The Baby Ride provides good protection in a frontal impact. 

However, the low sides and lack of padding around the head meant that the head hit the car door in a side impact, resulting in unacceptably high injury sensor readings from our crash test dummy's head and neck.

Baby Ride installation problems too

The Baby Ride is also a bit complicated to install and our car seat fitting experts found that there is some chance of fitting it incorrectly. 

It requires the seat belt to be fed through four tight belt paths, increasing the risk of user errors, which could reduce how well it protects your child.

Because you need a seat that provides good protection in both a front and side impact - the most common types of crash - the overall Which? test score is limited to the lowest score that the seat achieved. So the overall score is limited to 15%.

Other Nania car seats on test

Which? has tested six Nania child car seats including the now discontinued Don't Buy the Nania Trio Plus.

Visit our child car seat reviews to find out how how other Nania car seats score in our crash tests. 

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