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Kids Embrace Friendship review

Product alert

The Kids Embrace Group 1/2/3 car seat has passed the regulatory tests required by the ECE R44/04 standard to be sold as suitable for children from 9kg to 36kg, that's from around 12 months up to 12 years old.

However, in our own more stringent tests, which include a tough side-impact crash test (something not included in R44.04), it scored so poorly in Group 3 mode (backless booster seat) that the score is automatically downgraded to just 20% and it's therefore a Don't Buy car seat.

Removing the backrest in this mode offers virtually no side-impact protection at all, so a good score in any of our other tests can't compensate for this poor result.

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Key features
  • Group 1/2/3
  • Multigroup
Expert review

This Kids Embrace Group 1/2/3 car seat is no doubt appealing to both parents and superhero-obsessed children due to its cheap price point and the caped crusader, but our crash tests uncovered something you need to know about before you buy. Will superhero Batman keep your little one safe in a car crash? No, read our safety alert to find out why it's a Don't Buy car seat.

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First reviewed by Which?

May 2016

Released

May 2016

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Best Buys and Don't Buys
We have tested 214 child car seats and found that there are 20 Don't Buys and 35 Best Buys.
Range of Child car seat scores
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  2. 65%
    Average score
  3. 82%
    Highest score
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