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Is my daughters car seat safe?

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mummyloveslucy Mon 29-Jun-09 20:24:53

Hi, I saw on the news that they now recommend rear facing up to 4 years old. I thought, where would a 4 year olds legs go? would they have to be cross legged for the whole journey?
I looked in to it and now I've seen how much safer it is to be rear facing, and also have a 5 point harness.
My daughter is 4 years and 4 months and is in a Britax evolva 2-3. It uses an adult seat belt. I'd prefere her to be in a 5 point harness, but she is too heavy for her old seat. She is 3.5 stone and very tall for her age.
She has possible dyspraxia, as she's not very well co-ordinated. i'm not sure if this would make her more at risk in a crash?
I chose her car seat, as it did very well in crash tests. I'm just a bit concerned now, especially after watching crash tests on utube. sad

LIZS Mon 29-Jun-09 20:30:12

It's fine for its class and she'd now be beyond the age/size for which there is a suggested advantage. ds is 11 ( & dyspraxic)and still in a highback as he finds it more comfy on longer trips

mummyloveslucy Mon 29-Jun-09 20:34:28

This seat goes up to 11 too. She finds it easy to sleep in. smile
Some people have their 6 year olds in a 5 point harness, I'm not sure if it's a lot safer?

MatNanPlus Mon 29-Jun-09 20:34:44

The upper weight limit is 25kgs on rear facing seats so your daughter would only have 2-3kgs before out growing it.

mummyloveslucy Mon 29-Jun-09 20:39:59

That definatly wouldn't be worth it then.
I'll know if I have another baby to keep them rear facing for as long as possible. With my daughter, as soon as she turned the minimum weight to be forward facing about 6 months I turned her around. I thought it'd be better for her to see where she's going.
I wouldn't do that again.

popsycal Mon 29-Jun-09 20:41:58

is there a page recommending rear facing seats for my 9kg, 10 month old??

MatNanPlus Mon 29-Jun-09 20:45:22

here popsycal

Sidge Mon 29-Jun-09 20:45:22

I imagine she is quite safe in that seat.

However if you do want to get a seat with an integral harness we have the Britax Junior Traveller which is suitable up to 25kg. (Or if you're really flush they do the Traveller Plus which goes up to 36kg but that's about 500 quid...) They were designed for children with special needs hence why we have the Junior Traveller for DD2 as I wouldn't be happy having her in a seat that needs only the adult seatbelt, but DD3 (not SN) uses it too quite comfortably.

mummyloveslucy Mon 29-Jun-09 20:52:32

The smaller one wouldn't fit her for very long at all, and £500 is just shocking.

CurryMaid Mon 29-Jun-09 20:54:21

Popsycal we've got the two way elite for my 9kilo+ 10mo DD.

sleepyeyes Mon 29-Jun-09 20:59:39

Popsycal this website has a decent range and some tell you what cars will fit.

popsycal Tue 30-Jun-09 09:42:04

the 2 way elite looks good
we have a picasso....

popsycal Tue 30-Jun-09 09:43:28

now i need to find a safety report on the 2 way britax
i like britax car seats generally - it is all we have ever bought

popsycal Tue 30-Jun-09 09:46:37

2 way is 225 euros plus 30 eyros delivery from sweden - thats 216 to see if it is cheaper over here

popsycal Tue 30-Jun-09 09:47:48

quick question (sorry for multiple posts)
how easy is it to transfer from car to car....

CurryMaid Tue 30-Jun-09 10:38:23

It's pretty easy to transfer - we got a tethering kit for both cars (was an extra £16) which makes it really easy, no more difficult than transferring any other car seat from car to car I would say.

DO you live anywhere near Milton Keynes or Belfast? Incarsafety charged around £185 for it iirc plus also fit it and talked us through it etc which was v helpful.

whereeverIlaymyhat Tue 30-Jun-09 10:40:40

If you have a car where the actual seats turn around is that safer ?
Our Galaxy can have the seats on the third row rear facing, would that work ?

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