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HELP! Cabriofix and easy fix -what car do they fit?

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EmpressMatilda Fri 01-Mar-13 15:45:53

I need to ask advice. I have discovered that baby car seats are the most stupidly stressful and complicated thingS. I bought a maxi-cosi cabriofix seat and a family fix base. I naively thought they would fit into any car. They don't fit my husband's Toyota Celica at all. Some things on the Internet suggest they do but in reality they don't. He doesn't even have the right kind of seat belts for fitting it in that way.

So... I need to get a car anyway so I'm not stranded on maternity leave and have resolved to get one that fits the above mentioned seat and base and also has 4-5 doors and a large boot. Have found some decent looking ones secondhand online but there is massive confusion about what is and isn't compatible with this car seat. I am thinking of getting a 2001 Nissan Almera Tino. About three quarters of those currently for sale claim to have isofix points which is a good sign,I need to ask advice. I have discovered that baby car seats are the most stupidly stressful and complicated thing. I bought a maxi-cosi cabriofix seat and a family fix base. I naively thought they would fit into any car. They don't fit my husband's Toyota Celica at all. Some things on the Internet suggest they do but in reality they don't. He doesn't even have the right kind of seat belts for fitting it in that way.

So... I need to get a car anyway so I'm not stranded on maternity leave and have resolved to get one that fits the above mentioned seat and base and also has 4-5 doors and a large boot. Have found some decent looking ones secondhand online but there is massive confusion about what is and isn't compatible with this car seat but when I looked at the maxi-cosi website it said that even 2003 models of this car are not compatible with the cabriofix+easy fix.

Has anyone else got this car seat/base combination who can let me know what cars are compatible with them? Can't be anything too new as I will be buying secondhand.

openerofjars Fri 01-Mar-13 22:51:46

We have the cabriofix and it has been fine in the following cars:
ancient Skoda Felicia
Fiat Punto
Ford Focus CMax
Vauxhall Corsa
Skoda Fabia
Land rover something or other

We were very kindly given an isofix base by a dear friend <waves in case she's here> and it's in the Corsa, but in any other vehicle we just strap it in using the three point seat belt in the back.

EmpressMatilda Sat 02-Mar-13 23:46:11

Thanks all.

Today I bought a 2001 Nissan Almira Tino. The maxi cosi site seemed to think it was too old to have isofix points but this is not the case. It DOES have the points and so we can fix the seat in. It's also a good spacious car and I got it for a bargain!

So my conclusion in all this is that the maxi cosi site is pretty useless and you can only know for sure when you see the car.

lagoonhaze Sun 03-Mar-13 16:26:31

I'd return the family base anyway unless you are planning on using it for the next stage (which I wouldnt as rearfacing is 5 times safer www.rearfacing.co.uk and https://www.facebook.com/#!/RearFacingTheWayForward?fref=ts)
and get the cheaper isofix base or even the belted version. All are equally as safe if fitted properly.

The thing to watch for with bases is to make sure you do not have storage boxes as the leg prop can not rest on these. It either needs to miss or extend into the storage box and reach the bottom.

EmpressMatilda Mon 04-Mar-13 09:14:30

Thanks lagoon. That's really interesting. I knew little ones had to be rear facing but thought they could be turned to front safely when bigger. Just goes to show.

I have an easyfix not a familyfix. Will see whether this is different.

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