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italian carseats - please inform a concerned mum!

(13 Posts)
janek Thu 08-Oct-09 10:32:59

hi, we are just about to go to italy and need my in-laws to buy a carseat for my 30lb DD (3.5). ideally they would get a britax evolva 123, but presumably because they are an english make they seem v pricey in italy.

is there a 'standard' italian brand that one relies on, like britax? do you know of a 123 carseat that would meet my stringent safety standards? and is there some 'standard' shop, like mothercare/halfords where you could purchase such a thing?

please help, i'm neurotic about this!!!

peanutbutterkid Thu 08-Oct-09 12:39:19

From what I've read and heard, car seat safety attitudes in Italy are generally not that good -- many many people don't believe in using them, anyway. If you are that worried about it right now, I suggest you specify exactly what your inlaws should buy -- buying something you trust. And they can come back and tell you what's available locally -- if they won't buy online -- so you can research and choose what they can manage to buy.

Might be easier just to bring your own seat with you!

Will bump for you, anyway.

janek Thu 08-Oct-09 14:28:48

thanks, i generally do specify, they just said to bear in mind that they are in italy, so an italian make might be cheaper. also they think all things italian are brilliant. and generally they are right of course.

we can't take our own one cos we're going on the train and we can barely transport our stuff and two children. actually that's an exageration, we can easily transport our stuff and children, but could not manage an extra carseat grin

Ixia Sat 17-Oct-09 09:18:47

We had an Italian carseat, a v. safe one at that. We chose it over a Britax.

Just re-read and realised the above seat might be too small for your DD, but there is a larger seat in the same brand, haven't tried it, but it seems to get good marks in tests.

ZippysMum Sat 17-Oct-09 09:30:57

Could you order from uk and get delivered to Italy?

Amazon sell car seats.

janek Sat 17-Oct-09 10:08:49

do amazon deliver to italy? I know kiddicare don't because i asked them, before the last time we went.

ixia - thanks, i'll look into that. the thing is, while i don't want to compromise safety, it's not going to be used that much. and ironically, while we're there we like to travel around by train, but it's a 3 mile journey to the nearest railway station.

ZippysMum Sat 17-Oct-09 10:14:21

hmmm.. don't know
but they are v helpful - maybe call and ask.
sorry for typing -bf

janek Sat 17-Oct-09 10:19:52

ixia - that's really weird - their 123 seat looks strikingly similar to their 23 seat. i thought the point of the 123 was an integral seatbelt. i am confused.

sazm Sat 17-Oct-09 11:54:59

some seats use seatbelts from 9m, the recaro start,the fisherprice/britax supercruiser,
personally i wouldnt use one for a lo under 3y,which also doesnt reccommend them,

janek Tue 20-Oct-09 10:24:13

yeah sazm, i've seen them, and also what which say about them...

it's confusing, because i don't want to spend money on something excessive (if you can be excessive about something as important as car safety), but although she's 3.6 she is less than 15kg and she hasn't outgrown the integral straps of her carseat here. the prob is that the evolva 123 is 200 euros, which is nearly double what it is here, so we'd be paying so much more for something that would hardly be used.

any more advice people? mil wants to buy something and we're going on thursday...

sazm Tue 20-Oct-09 11:17:40

these seats are tested from 9 months though,so she wouldn't be too light for them,

i think the main reason these fail so badly with which, is from the view of having a 9mo in them?

pinkgill Thu 22-Oct-09 10:21:21

Tell them to buy a Chicco then you know its safe however a carseat is only safe if it fits the car however expensive.

AitchTwoToTangOh Thu 22-Oct-09 10:24:54

can't you just take one over and leave it there?

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