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Five exciting new car seats for 2016

Britax, Baby Jogger and Graco launch new car seats

Britax Kidfix II XP SICT

Britax Kidfix II XP SICT car seat with Secure Guard

If you need to buy child car seat in the next 12 months, keep an eye out for a new seat belt safety innovation from Britax and the first ever car seat from popular pushchairs brand Baby Jogger.

But that’s not all. Our Which? car seats experts trawled Kind und Jugend – Europe’s biggest baby and child products trade fair – to round up their pick of what to look for if you’re going to be in the market for a car seat in 2016.

Read on for more on how you’ll be keeping your baby safe in your car next year and our first impressions.

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1. Britax SecureGuard child car seat

Not actually a new seat but an innovation you will soon be able to find on some of the Britax range of child car seats. 

It’s essentially a positioner to stop the lap belt of the adult seat belt slipping out of position when your child wriggles around or slouches and aims to keep the belt optimally placed over the pelvic bones. 

The Advansafix II, Britax Kidfix XP and Britax Kidfix XP SICT will all have SecureGuard.

Which? expert view: Any feature which helps ensure a child is secured safely in their car seat is great, but we will have to wait until we have tested these seats to see whether the SecureGuard makes a difference to crash test performance. See our existing Britax child car seats reviews in the meantime.

2. Recaro Optiafix

We’ve been waiting for the Recaro Optiafix for a while now, ever since the brand launched its first seat with the HERO safety system, the Group 0+ Privia.

Recaro Optia Fix

Recaro Optiafix – The seat attaches to the Isofix base

The Optiafix is a Group 1 seat, meaning it can be used from 9-18 kgs – though we’d recommend you don’t start using a Group1 until your child has outgrown their infant carrier which is normally when they reach 13 kgs. 

The Optiafix uses the same Isofix base as the Recaro Privia. It also has the HERO system, which is where the shoulder supports, shoulder belts and headrest form a single unit which moves together when adjusted.

Which? expert view: The HERO system makes adjusting the harness height and straps really easy, which can only be a good thing. We look forward to seeing how this seat compares to other toddler seats that we’ve tested, and other Recaro child car seats.
November 2015

3. Graco Milestone

We’ve seen child car seats that span across multiple groups before but this is the first one from such a big brand that goes from birth all the way through to 12 years old. 

Graco is planning a big advertising campaign for the Milestone when it is released at the beginning of 2016. 

Which? expert view: Historically, seats that try to do too much compromise somewhere, so we are keen to see how the Graco Milestone does in our tests. See how other Graco seats have performed in our Graco child car seat reviews.
Jan 2016

4. Baby Jogger City Go

The US brand famed for its easy-to-fold pushchairs has entered the car seats market with an infant carrier called the City Go.

The City Go is a Group 0+ that can be belted into the car using the adult seatbelt or can be clicked on to an Isofix base. It’s designed to click onto Baby Jogger travel systems.

Which? expert view: It’s always interesting to see a new brand in the car seat market. But until we’ve tested it, if you have your heart set on a Baby Jogger travel system, you can also pair your pushchair with lots of popular car seats that we have tested such as the Maxi-Cosi Pebble and Cybex Aton Q.
November 2015

5. Joie Transcend

Joie Transcend car seat

The Joie Transcend is a Group 1/2/3 car seat

The Joie affordable range of products has made it a popular choice and the brand can now be found it all high street retailers. 

A whole new wave of Joie car seats will be in the shops over the next year with the multigroup Transcend one of the first on shelves.

This Group 1/2/3 seat uses an impact shield/cushion in Group 1 and gets wider as well as longer when you pull up the headrest. This means that older children should continue to sit comfortably as they grow.

Which? expert view: The Joie Transcend has lots of useful, adjustable features so we look forward to seeing how it does in our testing and how it compares to other Joie child car seats.
November 2015

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