Which? experts are always on the lookout for new child car seat innovations – here we reveal five new car seats to look out for in 2015.
We’ve been hunting out the newest car seats in development to bring you a taste of what’s to come in the UK car seat market.
Child safety is high on the agenda and many of the big car seat manufacturers are keen to make improvements to their car seat ranges.
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1. Britax King ATS child car seat
The Britax King ATS Group 1 car seat has an innovative harness system, with lights and sounds to guide you when securing the harness around your child. The seat can detect the weight of a child and a light on the front of the seat will stay red until you secure the harness safely, at which point it will turn green.
Even more impressive is the automatic adjustment the harness makes if the child wriggles or moves backwards into the seat – the harness will adjust with the child to make sure they stay secured properly even after moving.
Which? expert view: Any features which help ensure a child is secured into a car seat properly are always welcome, as are clear indicators of safe fitting for the parents.
Available: End of 2014
2. Cybex Cloud Q child car seat
This eye-catching Group 0+ infant carrier is part of the Cybex Platinum range and features a large canopy hood and Isofix connectors.
It can be used as part of a travel system and, when attached to a pushchair chassis, it can easily be transformed into a lie-flat position – without removing your baby. This should make transporting a small baby much easier and gets around the issue of your baby being cramped up in their car seat for too long.
Which? expert view: Looks great and the lie-flat position when on a pushchair is a very useful feature to add.
Available: November 2014
3. Diono Radian V child car seat
The Diono Radian V is a multi-group car seat covering Groups 0+, 1, 2, 3. Diono says it can be used from birth up until your child is 12 years old and it can be used rear-facing until your child is five years old.
It’s seat-belt installation only, not Isofix, and features seat sides that adjust as your child grows. It’s a big and heavy seat at over 12kg, thanks to the steel frame.
Which? expert view: Multi-group seats haven’t, generally, done that well in our crash tests, so it will be interesting to see how well this model does.
Available: March 2015
4. Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus iSize car seat
The Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus will be one of the first iSize compatible infant carriers when it is launched at the end of the year. It features a ‘baby hugger’ insert, which is designed to give extra protection for smaller babies.
There’s also extra protection in the car seat casing to protect babies’ delicate heads. This car seat is suitable to be used from birth up until your baby reaches 75cm, at which point you can move to the 2WayPearl, as both seats use the same base.
Which? expert view: It’s smart-looking, the fabrics are pleasing and it can be used on the same base as the 2WayPearl seat. See how the Maxi-Cosi 2WayPearl did in our crash tests.
Available: End of 2014
5. Recaro Optia child car seat
Hot on the heels of the Recaro Privia infant carrier comes the brand new Recaro Optia Group 1 car seat. It’s due for launch in spring 2015 and this forward-facing seat can be used on the same base as the Privia infant carrier. The Optia comes with added side impact protection and the Recaro Hero harness system.
Which? expert view: Being able to use the same base as the infant carrier reduces the cost for parents.
Available: March 2015
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All prices are approximate costs, as at 12 September 2014, and could change once the car seats finally reach the shops. We will test these seats as soon as we can.