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Which? Magazine on car seats - information & advice article

Which Best Buy

For Group 0+ seats, the Best Buys were Mothercare Meteor with base, the Jane Strata, the Mothercare Meteor (without base), the Chicco Auto-Fix Plus with base and the Hauck Zero Plus. The Britax Explorer Isofix and the Cybex Solution X were the Best Buys for Group 1 and Groups 2/3 respectively. The Mamas & Papas Teko got a Don’t Buy. Despite praise for many aspects of the seat, Which? criticised it because “for children over 25kg, Mamas & Papas recommends removing the backrest. This means the Teko fails to protect the child from high front and side crash loads. In a serious impact, this could lead to serious neck, chest and head injuries, or even death.” There was also some criticism over the instructions on the routing of the seat belt which made mis-fitting more likely.

The report gave a lot of useful advice for parents including ‘don’t buy on the internet' (despite telling us that many of the Best Buys are cheapest online!) and ‘get expert advice on fitting’. The report also praised schemes such as in Bromley and Essex where the council advises parents and retailers on installing car seats and also featured independent retailer Baby Baby in West Wickham.

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The complete results are:

Group 0+: Birth To 13kg Score
Mothercare Meteor with base 79
Jane Strata 77
Mothercare Meteor 74
Chicco Auto-Fix Plus 72
Hauck Zero Plus 71
Bebe Confort Babycoque Streety 70
Chicco Auto-Fix Plus with Base 70
Silver Cross Ventura 69
Mamas & Papas Pro-Sleep IP 66
Mamas & Papas Primo Viaggio with base 63
Mamas & Papas Primo Viaggio IP 57
Mutsy Safe 2 Go 51

Group 1: Children 9kg To 18kg Score
Britax Esplora Isofix 70
Mamas & Papas Pro Tec Isofix 69
Bebe Confort Axiss 59
Britax Explora 52
Mothercare Motion 42

Group 1, 2, 3: Children 9kg To 36kg Score
Nania Beline SP 51
Mamas & Papas Teko 16

Group 2, 3: Children 15kg To 36kg Score
Cybex Solution X 72
Silver Cross Navigator 69
Jane Indy Plus Team 52
Nania Dreamfix SP 51
Recaro Monza 48
Mamas & Papas Pro-Gro 46


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