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My Ex has just picked the kids up and I saw the car seats he is using. They are old but in good condition but they don't have 5 point harnesses? The kids are 2 and 3 and both small for their age and are both using a stage 1 car seat with me. The label on his seats say from 9kg so they are the right stage but I have never seen this stage car seat without a 5 point harness? It just uses the normal car seat belt, similar to how a stage 2 one would?
They are Britax I think. I tried looking at car seat laws etc online but couldn't find an answer to this particular question. I just worry they are so old that they are not legal/safe nowadays?
His Mum uses them for childminding so if they arn't legal then this is really bad!
Oh dear! I questioned it and he bit my head off about it and I know his Mum (the one using the car seats 5 days a week for childminded children!) would do the same (the whole family are a bit bonkers and all hate me and everything I say/do is always wrong - long story).
I don't know what to do. He said I can get new ones if I want and he will leave them in his car but to be honest, as he doesn't pay any maintenance, I can't really afford it. But they are not going in those seats again!
Send a text or email saying you have looked at info online. The seat belt can only be used at 15kg. The children are x and x weight. (Weigh on scales) so these are suitable. I'm sure you appreciate that our childrens safety is of upmost importance so please can you make arrangements for them to have correct car seat.
If he refuses then I would actually suspend contact
I don't know the age of current ones, although I know she has definatly had ones from 1year in them and these are what she feels are suitable to give him to use for our DDs. These aren't the sort of people who always do things by the book. One reason they don't like me and the way I bring them up is because I breastfed when they were babies Just as an example of what they are like.
Britax used to make a high back booster that was sold as suitable from 9 months that just used the car seat belt. It has a sliding head rest that the seat belt slips into. My mum had one in her car for ds1 who's now 14 and she does use it very occasionally for dd1 who is 5.5.
Are the seats he is using ones like the evolva where you can remove the harness when they get to 15kg and his mother has taken out harness to use for older mindees? Or as you stated tha they look quite old are they like these? If it is these seats then supposedly they are ment to be from 9-25kg but i would NEVER put my 2 or 3yr old in one. We were offerd one of these about 3 yrs ago by a friend but we politley declined as her daughter was 11 at the time, so it would have been very old. They dont look at all safe and have no side impact. Im sure i serched the seat on line after the offer and read somwhere that Britax had fazed them out as they were totaly slated by 'Which' and were classed well and truly as a 'dont buy'.
sorry Try this it should work[hopefull emoticon]. Its only an ebay listing but should be able to tell by the pics if its the same. If it is ten its pretty much made entirly of polystyrene(sp?) except the plastic bit the belt threds through.
I dont think they were made illegal, Britax just phased them out as they no meet their own high standards. Britax have decided to no longer produce the backless booster as well. As they believe higbacks to be much safer. So any you see for sale in Halfords/ mothercare ect are just what is left from current stock and once gone will no longer be available as Britax no longer make them.