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ERF - is isofix safer?

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destinationanywhere Tue 15-Jan-13 21:28:44

Right I've read all the links that lagoonhaze posted on my previous thread and I've decided definitely to go for ERF (thanks for those).

With my previous children and car seats I've always gone for isofix as I thought it was safer and also easier to install. One of the websites linked did seem to suggest that this isn't the case with ERF and I wondered if this is true and if so why.

Obviously isofix limits choices but I can cope with that if it makes things easier and safer. I watched the video about fitting the britax maxway on its website and it seemed v v longwinded and complicated. I had been tempted by that seat as its only 7kg but now I'm not so sure.

I also can't work out why these seats are so much more expensive than their FF equivalents. There will be a lot of families that simply can't afford these prices.

lagoonhaze Wed 16-Jan-13 07:30:07

Short answer is no....... Not any safer.

Will be back later. Got an exam today!

Remind me how old child is etc. what car x

destinationanywhere Wed 16-Jan-13 19:28:17

He's a big 8 months at the moment.

Have a 7 sweater so space not an issue.

destinationanywhere Wed 16-Jan-13 19:34:09

And hope the exam went ok!

lagoonhaze Thu 17-Jan-13 21:46:44

Isofix is no safer than a correctly fitted belted version and limits weight to 18kg. Belted take it to 25kg.

Maxway not a massively large seat. If you have a large child look at the britax multi tech (or volvo multi tech for £250 which you can order direct from volvo dealer) or the axkid. Maxway is coming out in an isofix version in March 13 if you still prefer that seat.

Others like the Britax Two way elite for its large shell.

Seats take a little longer to install because of the tethers but if moving between cars regularly you can get spare set for £20 and this makes it so much quicker.

destinationanywhere Sat 19-Jan-13 09:42:44

Thanks really useful.

He is a big boy so I'm actually thinking the recaro polaric looks like a good long lasting seat and a reasonable price since we need 2.

Anomaly Sat 19-Jan-13 23:16:02

I worried a lot about this but eventually got a belted version. Was very glad I did when we ended up on a tow truck recently after the car decided to breakdown. So if you do go for an isofix I would suggest getting one that can be fitted with a belt too if necessary.

maker Tue 29-Jan-13 15:16:24

Isofix main selling point is it reduces the risk of incorrect installation.

A correctly fitted seat with the seat belt can be just as safe.

However there are advances in Isofix such as the Britax pivot link that does improve the results over and above other Isofix and belted seats.

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Tue 29-Jan-13 15:39:06

I've a kiddy infinity pro car seat it was rated safer then the isofix ones. Loved the bolster seatbelt idea. Easy to swap from car to car, you can't really fit it wrong.

Buba2012 Wed 30-Jan-13 22:40:38

Personally I wouldn't go for the Polaric. It won't gain you anything over the belted seats as it still uses tethers! I would get 2 twe's they will last much longer as he is a bigger baby smile one lady on here bought a besafe and it only lasted her to 18 months as he was 18kgs at this point, that is worse case but just saying....

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