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A Few Questions re Britax MT and TWE.

(6 Posts)
TribbleWithoutACause Sun 03-Jul-11 22:15:02


So I think I have my choices narrowed down to either the Multi Tech or the Two Way Elite. I know the TWE is very light and easy to move around, but whenever i look at it I feel like it looks very basic. Is it like this in real life? Also with regards to side impact protection, does it have it? The seat looks quite shallow when compared to the multi tech?

Also what is buckle crunch? Would this affect the multi tech at all?

Can anyone help?


nicm Mon 04-Jul-11 21:05:24


i have no experience of the mt other than it was very upright in my car due to the angle of the seats.

i have had the twe for ds since he was 9 months and he is now 3.4yrs. it was the only seat i could get at the time as i had underfloor storage in my car. i was concerned about the side impact protection but apparently it got 9/10in side impact tests in finland possibly? (can't remember where i found this out-it was so long ago!) and the side is the same depth as the besafe but it looks smaller as the twe is a big seat iykwim. it is very light and easy to move around. i would get a set of tether straps for each car you use it in. we have a set for dps car and the gps cars too, so all we have to do is strap it in.


lenats31 Thu 07-Jul-11 18:27:26

The Multi-tech is a very safe seat regarding buckle crunch. The reason is that if buckle stalks in your car are too long, the seatbelt cannot be pulled tight at all because the beltpath is too narrow for the buckle to even come across the frame of the seat and into the beltpath. You will have a massive movement in the seat as a result, that leaves very little doubt about incorrect fitment.

Buckle Crunch is when the buckle comes into the seat´s beltpath and across it´s frame. car seats without exception are supposed to be held in place by the seatbelt webbing. If the buckle comes into the beltpath in the carseat, it will be the buckle that i holding the seat in place.

The scary thing is that you will be able to get a firm installation with many car seats on the market. So if you don´t know what buckle crunch is, you have a serious safety problem with your child´s safety.

the massive:

Buckle crunch and it´s effect on the safety of your child in a crash can be best described like this: Try to hold a pencil between your thumb and your index finger, then squeeze it with the next finger. It breaks.

No buckle crunch can be best described like this: Hold a pencil with both your hands one hand in each end of the pencil. Now pull it. The chance that you´ll break it now is ...welll.. out of the question.

The buckle WILL touch the car seat frame on the side. this is fine.

TribbleTrelawney Fri 08-Jul-11 20:35:51

Len Do you mean that if the buckle touches the side of the car seat it's fine, but if it goes across the seat then that is a problem and will impair the safety of my child. Have I got what you're saying correctly?

aswellasyou Fri 08-Jul-11 21:59:28

I was quite confused too. The pictures here show it well.

lenats31 Sat 09-Jul-11 16:28:59

YEP thats correct!

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