After a lot of research into travel systems we are fairly set on the Cosatto Wow. You can buy a car seat to go with it (Port 0+). However I have a few concerns and wondered if anyone else has experience of this:
My first question is about whether the Port 0+ car seat has a harness that can be undone by a child of the age that'd be using this seat?
The manual says 'The harness buckle has been designed to be released quickly in an emergency. It is not childproof. More inquisitive children may learn to undo the buckle. Children should be told never to play with the harness buckle'.
When I asked customer services about this, they told me; 'The harness is not child proof. This does not mean that a baby will be able to undo it, however the button has a quick release mechanism (in cases of emergencies) so it needs to be easy to find, easy to press and it needs to be able to be released by anyone regardless of age and physical abilities. This statement is more relevant in our Group 1,2,3 car seats as a toddler probably would be able to undo the button.'
My second question is - how likely is it that this seat would fit a wide range of taxis / hire cars / friends' cars? Has anyone had experience of this?
I have heard of people buying car seats then finding they're not compatible with their cars - we don't currently own a car but we need a car seat that is compatible with a wide range of cars, for when we're getting a taxi / going in a friend's car / hiring a car / buying one eventually.
Cosatto can't provide me with a list of cars the Port is compatible with - they say it is sold separately from the Isofix base and therefore a compatibility list isn't available. I think in reality we'd more often use it with a seatbelt. They tell me 'The port without base is classed as a universal fit, meaning it should fit most, but not all vehicles with a standard three point vehicle seat belt. We can't guarantee it will fit all vehicles though as all vehicles have different seat shapes etc.'