This week I have been doing some research on car seats for my dear children. Eeny meeny mini moe…. Which car seat to choose?? So many out there!
We all know how important a good, safe & well functioning car seat is when it comes to even the most minuscule of road traffic collisions.
German independent Consumer Watchdog “Stiftung Warentest” has tested over 270 different car seats for babies and toddlers over the past 7 years.
The good news is, that most of the tested car seats were of an acceptable quality. However, there are a few brands, that stand out due to their high quality & a few that have a notable lack of quality.
“Stiftung Warentest's” test was based on 3 main criteria:
2.Harmful Substances in fabric and seat belts
3.Handling & Ergonomics
Here are some of the results! I focused on high- & low- flyers!
Newborn up to 13 kg- test winners:
Recaro Privia with Isofix (1.3).
Römer Baby Safe Plus with Isofix (1,4)
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SL with Isofix (1,5).
Cybex Aton 2 with Isofix (1,6)
Newborn up to 18kg – test winners:
BeSafe iZi Kid X3 Isofix. (2,0).
Concord Ultimax.2 Isofix.(2,0).
Cybex Sirona Isofix. (2,0).
Toddlers & older children (15-36kg)
Römer Kidfix XP Sict Isofix. (1,7).
Cybex Solution X2-fix Isofix (1,7).
Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro Isofix. (1,7).
Römer Kidfix Sict Isofix. (1,7).
Smaller and older children (9-36kg)
Kiddy Guardian Pro 2 (1,8)
Cybex Pallas 2-fix Isofix (1,9)
Recaro Monza Nova IS IsofixGUT (2,0).
Great to know, that none of the tested car seats had too much of a presence of harmful substances in the fabrics etc.
The very popular brand Maxi Cosi car seats all appear with good- to mid-table results:
Maxi Cosi Cabriofix with Isofix (1.4)
Maxi Cosi Pebble with Isofix(1.6)
Maxi Cosi Pebble (2.3)
Maxi Cosi Milofix with Isofix (2.3)
Maxi Cosi Priori XP (2.9)
Maxi Cosi Rubi (2.9)
Maxi Cosi Pearl with Isofix (1.8)
Maxi Cosi Priorifix Isofix (1.8)
Maxi Cosi Tobi (2.1)
Whilst the popular brand Graco has a couple of seats that failed the test,
they also have some good and satisfactory models:
Graco Junior Baby (2.4)
Graco Logico S HP (1.6)
Graco Duologic II Isofix (2.6)
Akta Graco Duologic Isofix (3.1)
Unfortunately the following car seats failed the test due to safety issues.
Graco Junior Max (5.5)
Graco Logico L (5.5)
Nania Baby Ride (4.8)
Osann Baby Ride (4.8)
ABC Design – Risus with Isofix (5.5)
Peg Perego Viaggio convertibile (5.4)
Nania Safety Paris SP (5.5)
Römer Xtensafix (4.6)
Axkid Kidzofix (5.5)
Kiddy Guardianfix Pro (5.5)
Tiggo Bebehut (5.5)
United-Kids Alpha Deluxe (5.5)
United-Kids – Kid Comfort (5.5)
United-Kids – Kidstar (5.5)
Easycarseat Inflatable (5.5)
L’coo C-Care (4.7)
IWH – Babymax with Isofix (5.5)
Michelin Cockpit (5.2)
Chicco – Neptun (5.5)
IWH – Megamax with Isofix (5.5)
IWH – Trade Max (5.5)
Teamtex – Newfix SP (5.5)
Sypo 01/02 (5.5)