I'm about to buy a forward facing car seat. I got a temporary Which subscription, and the one that comes out best is the Kiddy Infinity Pro with 78%, but that's not isofix; second is MaxiCosi Priorifix which is Isofix with 75%. There's not much in it - I'd looked at Maxi Cosi because I knew the name of the brand . My car is a VW Golf with Isofix points.
What are the advantages - if I have Isofix, should I use it? Or go for the better rated (and cheaper ) Kiddy one?
Someone help! I have a PhD, but this car seat business is rocket science!
Go for a rear facing car seat! Much safer up until age 4. www.rearfacing.co.uk
I was always very keen on isofix, but on the advise of an in car safety expert they said that a properly fitted non isofix seat is safer than an isofix. The reason for this is isofix seats are anchored so stiffly to the car that in the event of an accident all the forces go straight to the carseat harness which of course has no give, these forces are then directly 'given' to the child. The argument for non-isofix (properly fitted) are that the car seat belt takes a substantial amount of the force from an impact first.
I think the safety statistics are heavily in favour of isofix because so many people don't fit non-isofix seats properly.
I hope that helps you and hasn't confused you more!!!! Have a look at the link above, the in car safety centre in Milton Keynes is only 1 of a few in car safety centres in the UK and they really do know their stuff. Please feel free to phone them for current and up to date advise, just in case things have changed since I visited them.
i too would recommend a rf seat, they are 5 times safer then ff and also recommend the in car safety centre. i went to the one in belfast and they were really helpful. they have a section of rf seats on their website now and have both isofix and non isofix ones. i spent months deciding on ds car seat and bought the britax 2 way elite. hth
Essie3 - I too have a Ph.D but the car seat business is quite easy really!
I would recommend deciding on FF or RF after looking into both options (if not done already). The advice given by Heinz is spot on. I have been to the In Car Safety Centre in Essex and can not recommend them highly enough for impartial advice.
(I chose RF as anything else was not an option on safety grounds).
You take Isofix. Isofix seats score consistently highly, as do Maxi Cosi. The fixing is easier than with belts, less likely to get it wrong, no struggles tightening.
Isofix seats generally need 3 fixing points, the clips only provide 2. You will probably need either a leg prop in the footwell or a top tether over the back of the seat into the boot space. Our's has a top tether, which makes it a bit of a faff moving the carseat. I don't know what the leg prop is like, but we didn't take it because (a) we have underfloor storage in the footwells, and (b) two older children getting in and out of the car past that seat.
If we had isofix points, I think I'd have gone for the isofix base.
We have a maxicosi cabrio car seat for the forthcoming DC - I just bought an easybase because its our only alternative to getting the seat out quickly. But the 'extra' safety aspect is missing with the easybase. I always felt when we used the cabrio for DS when he was tiny, that it was a bit 'wobbly' all on its own.
We also have the maxicosi priori for DS, which is a beast of a seat, but feels very safe all on its own to be honest. Far more sturdy and protective than the Britax first class we have in the other car. Again, had we had the isofix fittings, I would have probably bought the isofix base for this too as an extra precaution (although not for ease of removal - we never take the priori out) But I'm pretty happy with the priori as standalone.
Thanks, everyone - this is all really helpful! I'm in no rush because my DS is very little for his age and I reckon we can manage up to 18 months in his Group 0 car seat (RF). But might as well look into it now! Am seriously considering a visit to a safety centre - but I don't know if there are any my way (north Wales...)
the in car saftey centre is really good over the phone too and they do next day delivery. i would say they would be able to advise you over the phone. most of the rf seats on the site are shown in a golf, so a member of staff must have one or they have access to one. hth