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Is this an impossible combination or can anyone recommend one?
DS is 16 mo, is tall and about 10kg. I would like to keep him rear-facing if possible. I don't have a car, so the seat will only be used in taxis and other people's cars - which means that it can't be one that takes an age to install or needs a complicated base.
We looked into a RF seat for DS as like you we don't drive but TBH the likely hood of them fitting in most cars is pretty slim which obviously defeats the safety element so we have found out that forward facing seats like the Kiddy pro with impact shield instead of straps is the next best thing.
The Kiddy seat also installs very easily with an adult seatbelt which means it will compatible in most if not all cars and is relatively lightweight for travelling.
I would use a britax babysafe infant carrier for as long as possible then a britax twoway elite. Look into whether the tether can fitted around the front seat but will need airbag off so not likely in a taxi.
just a word of warning from someone who used taxis and lifts not own car, a lot of britax type car seats are polystyrene based which is safer when left static in one car, but is more likely to crack and become without you noticing if its in and out of loads of taxis and lifts. A solid plastic design takes that kind of use better
the front and rear seats in that age which are quick to install, i.e. just seat belt, are not I find very secure rear facing. So its something you need to weight up. I've tried a few kinds
IMO best bet is getting a plastic not polystyrene based one that is easy to install safely forward facing. Its not what I'd choose if it was one staying static in my own car, I'd go for rear facing, but for PROPER secure rear facing you need things that are at odds with your usage IYKWIM
also some that say they are 2 way for that age group, when you read the details they are not tested for rear for the full lenght of their age group anyway, and their instructions are to use forward for the latter part of their age range
I've got a two way elite and it was the smallest of the rear facing car seats I tried. Having said that it still isn't small. You would get it in a really small car but I doubt there would be much room for the person in the seat in front.