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I am this >< close to turning ds ff after 2.6 years rf

(11 Posts)
Moonstorm Mon 06-May-13 17:18:09

S-max with underfloor storage. I know I can fill the storage, and it has been, but I won't go against manufacturer's guidelines. I had a TWE that I had behind the driver seat (me, so quite far forward). I put it behind the passenger seat in the reclined position amd it sort of fit, but I have never really liked this seat... Now in the upright position, I CANNOT get a tight fit with the passenger seat in a safe position and when I do, the top of the seat rests against the headrest of the seat in front, not the back of the seat which does not seem safe for the passenger.

I can't find an alternative, so am thing better forwards facing ina safe and correctly fitted seat than rf inan incorrectly (possibly) fitted seat that offers little side impact protection.

All the experts seem to disagree and I can't get a straight answer from them, so am at a loss. Don't know why im posting here, just in case I've missed something, I suppose...

Thanks for listening.

Moonstorm Mon 06-May-13 19:09:14


WeOnlyPlannedTheFirst Mon 06-May-13 20:56:16

I don't know how similar the smax is inside to the cmax but we have a klippan triofix in our cmax and the support leg comes down almost flush with the back seat and so totally avoids the underfloor storage. Although it's an expensive seat and only rf to 18kg, when that limit is reached you can turn it ff and it lasts until age 12/36lb as a high backed booster. So less rf time than your twe but a nice secure and safe fit and longevity too.
If you are not happy with your rf installation of the twe then you could turn it ff whilst looking for something else.
How heavy is ds? This would determine whether the triofix is cost effective for you because obviously he can ff in the twe to 25kg and then you could buy a much cheaper hbb.

Moonstorm Mon 06-May-13 21:05:59

I don't like the TWE enough to turn it ff, for me the only reason to have it was as the only seat I could get to fit. I have heard about the klippan, but am nervous about buying without trying and I don't know anywhere that stocks one.

If I knew when the new Besafe seat was coming out, I would wait for that...

I have been looking at the Britax trifix... Turning ff makes me nervous, though. But what's the alternative...

Moonstorm Mon 06-May-13 21:11:04

Also, I can't find any crash test info, other than videos, to compare seats. When I bought the Besafe, there was info that showed it to be the best of the other rf seat regarding neck impact.

WeOnlyPlannedTheFirst Wed 08-May-13 21:13:21

Was thinking about ff in the twe. I have heard that people use the fair g 0/1 head rest with the twe for additional support. Think it's about £20 from (not looked recently) & could be an economical way to continue using that seat. It's a hard headrest as opposed to the cushion one britax do.

Moonstorm Wed 08-May-13 22:13:13

But how does it fasten? I don't want something hard around his head if it's only strapped on like the cushion. The heard rest like that one on the Besafe Izi ir rock solid and integral to the seat.

(Sorry, am getting stressed about the whole process and did look,into it a while ago)

I think, if I were ff, I would buy a modern seat.

WeOnlyPlannedTheFirst Wed 08-May-13 23:50:45

No idea how it fits, sorry.

At the end of the day if you have to ff then that's what you must do. A 2.6 yo's head is already getting more in proportion with his body and you've successfully rf'ed for over 18m longer than most people do.
With ff I think the important thing is to fit the seat properly, observe the minimum distance to the seat in front and buy a harnessed seat not an impact cushion.
Don't feel bad about doing what you have to do.

Incidentally though have you spoken to ICSC or Securatot to see what erf they have fitted in the smax? Hakan at is super helpful too.

Moonstorm Wed 08-May-13 23:58:27

Thank you for your replies. I'm sorry if my last post was a bit sharp. There are few things that stress me out as much as car seats.

WeOnlyPlannedTheFirst Thu 09-May-13 23:37:27

Not sharp at all!
God yes I get totally stressed by car seats but seem to really enjoy researching them despite having more than I need already!

lenats31 Mon 20-May-13 19:04:56


The passenger seat moves in the same direction as the car seat does.

I have never ever heard of or read about people who got hit in the back of the head or neck by a car seat.

TWE MUST lean on whatever is behind it. It relies on it for stability and more controlled movement in a crash.

I have installed seats that require more space in your car and still had good space in the front seat.

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