The ‘BeSafe Izi Plus’ – A Toddler’s Point of View!

Following on from my previous post on the BeSafe Izi Plus here comes my complete review of it , with pictures, from a Toddler’s point of view. 🙂

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Nania Trio Review (Reblogged)

Nania Trio Review.

My fellow car seat expert Kat, has written a review on the Nania Trio, the car seat available for ÂŁ25 at A.S.D.A and Kiddicare to name a couple of retailers.

As a small ‘sum it up’ this is the same car seat that went viral on Facebook a few weeks ago now. You might have seen it? It was a little boy who then at 2yo, broke both he’s legs sitting in this very seat.
It is also the same seat to be recalled by Which? for it’s poor performance. Report <<HERE>>

Have a look at this video, the car seat is not compatible (but correctly installed in the car! ) with the car it’s installed in, a Rover 75, and this is what happens:

To me, this is scary to watch!

Have you ever come across this? Would you buy the car seat if after seeing this?

“ThumbsUP! THURSDAY” #2

thumb-up-for-ThursdayI mentioned in my last Thursday post that I was going to start doing this every week. I would like to introduce to you “ThumbsUP! Thursday” which is what the Thursday retailer post is going to be called. It might also be a “ThumbsDOWN” at some point… we’ll see how we get on. 😉
This week’s Thursday is a few day’s late because of the Joie Stages precautionary recall of a few of their seats, but better late then never right?

This weeks retailer was unknown to me until yesterday, and I am happy to announce to you….

7651558My precious cargo .. is a retailer who are specialists in extended rear facing car seats for children up to 18 kg (approx. 4  years) or 25kg (approx 6 years).
They are based in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

This retailer can offer you car seats from BeSafe, Klippan & Axxkid, expert advice (one of their staff is ” a qualified and practicing physiotherapist with experience of assessing posture and seating for disabled children and also of working with people with spinal cord injuries.”) and their website is full of excellent factual links and information!
And photos! You know how I love photos! 😉

A quote for their website that made me huggle them some more:

“Rear facing is 5x safer for young children, so why aren’t more UK parents choosing this option?
From our experience, it’s because awareness of rear facing in the UK is low, and because availability of these seats is limited. We created My Precious Cargo to fill this gap. We provide expert knowledge to assist you in choosing a rear facing seat that is correct for your vehicle and for your child, and we aim to increase awareness of the safety benefits of keeping your toddler rear facing.
We offer viewings and demonstrations of our range of rear facing seats on an appointment basis, and are also here to answer any questions you may have about rear facing.  Contact us, we’d love to hear from you.”

Congratulations My Precious Cargo Limited!!!

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Recall Announcement! Joie Stages – Midnight

The Joie Stages has had a recall announcement from Toys R Us.
You can find it here: http://www.toysrus.co.uk/info/general/trubw-productrecalls.jsf

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This is what you will see when you click the .pdf

JOIE STAGES
Colour: Midnight

It’s been recalled in Toys R Us:

Products Affected:
Product SKN 717665

Car seats with the date code: 130524 are not affected.

The Date code sticker is located on the back of your seat.
Contact your local retailer (phone nr is on Toys R Us website under “find retailer”) and quote your date code to see if the car seat you own is of the ones recalled.

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This is what the sticker looks like.

Now I want to highlight that there’s no need to panic!
Just check your date, if it’s not got 130524 on it you need to return it and they will give you the choice of exchanging it for a new seat, or your money back. 🙂
This does not make Joie Stages a “bad” seat!! There was discovered a fault with the harness tensioning lock screw, that may make it come loose. This is the reason for the recall. 🙂

I want to therefore also mention that the car seats “Chicco Synthesis” and the “Chicco Auto-Fix” have been found to maybe have a faulty buckle, so if you are an owner of one of these you should go to:
http://www.chicco.com OR http://www.qualitycontrol.sabelt.com
This will assist any owner to check if their model is involved and to get instructions on safe use of the product.

Note: Only models with this specific buckle (in the picture) are involved.
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UPDATE 23/08:

Joie has now posted the info on their facebook page. 🙂

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Thursday – Online Retailer Recommendation!

I’ve decided to start a weekly recommendation of retailers!

Every Thursday I will make a post on a retailer I have either just found and want to recommend, or it can be an old one I already have on my list. 🙂
I’ll be pondering about a name for this tradition as well, feel free to post a comment with a name you think would be awesome for this tradition! Something like…. “Awesome Thursday” as an example. Anything you can think of that you think would have a nice ring to it. 🙂 It would need to have Thursday in it, that’s all I have as a rule. :)You can either e-mail me your best names or you can post it in the comment section below.

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Group 1 seats!

“IS there a difference in testing and quality?”
A reblogg of a friend of mine’s exelent information post on Group 1 seats and the difference between ALL the testing that we do here in Europe. She also brilliantly explains why, in car seats as with a lot of other products, you really do get what you pay for, and cheap is not necessarily good. 🙂

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Weight: 9-18kg

Height: Top of ears level with top of seat

Direction of travel: Front or rear facing

Fitment: Seat belt or ISOfix

Other options: Impact shield

Introduction

A group 1 car seat is designed to restrain a child in the event of an impact.  They normally have a 5-point harness and are designed to hold the child in the seat and spread the force through the shoulder straps, hip and crotch straps.  It is law for every child to be restrained in the car in a suitable child restraint and there are very few exceptions.

Exceptions:

Taxi

Emergency journey (not shops or school!)

In both cases the child must the wear the adult seat belt, if available.

Why are there such big price differences?

This is such a common question and a valid one too.  Why would you pay £200 for a seat when you can get one…

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And Then There Was i-Size!

I must apologize for not posting too much these days, I have so much I want to write about. 
Thinking of it I should really try putting up more drafts when I have time, and then have them publish then and then! hehe
It’s just the summer time isn’t it? We don’t have time to sit much inside in this nice warm weather, but I still feel bad for not posting in a while. 🙂
Buuut..what can you do when the sun is shining and your melting away in 30C? ^^

As you all (who follow me anyway hehe) know, I went to the Maxi Cosi iSize event. 🙂
It was FUN. I learned a great deal, had a nice chat to people and I got a sneak peak on iSize. Super exited!

So what is iSize and what does it mean?

The following pictures and information is taken from the i-Size brochure I was given at the meeting: (Text in bold are my own.)

iSize is a new legislation that increases the safety level of children in cars and will extend rearward facing travel and promote the use of IsoFix as a new European standard. It wad enforced on 9th July 2013, while the current standard ECE R44/04 will remain in effect for all other child car seats until 2018.

This legislation makes rearward facing travelling mandatory up to 15 months old for i-Size products. The standard ensures a better protection at higher forces in the case of frontal and side collisions and a better protecttion of head and neck. i-Size also moves to a length classification for choosing the right car seat instead of weight.
i-Size also promotes IsoFix, which has less chance of being incorrectly used than belted car seats.

Why do we need new rules?

Child safety has been evolving over time. The number of child fatalities has decreased but car accidents are still the leading cause of child deaths.

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Many parents move their baby to the next stage car seat at around 9 months because either their child is too heavy to carry in a group 0+ car seat or the baby’s feet stick out of the seat shell. Also, the current law accepts 9kg for group 1, but this is not the safest way of travelling!

The head and neck are the most vulnerable during a crash.

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A child’s spine does not begin to fuse until approx 3 years of age, and is not done fusing until approx 6 years old, one of the main reasons to RF as long as possible. The head in proportion to the body is quite heavy and large, accounting for 25% of their body weight, while an adult’s head only takes up 6%.
The developmental rate of the skeleton is the same in any child no matter how heavy or tall they are, meaning your one year old may look 2 years old or be the size of a two year old, but inside, he’s skeletal build is no where near. 

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The human spine is made up of 24 vertebrae, seven cervical (neck), 12 thoracic (upper back) and five lumbar (lower back) vertebrae.
The photo shows the vertebrae of a one year-old on the left, and those of a six year-old on the right. In a one year-old each vertebra consists of three pieces of bone which are connected by cartilage.
The picture on the left shows where in the body these bones are located.
The bones in the neck of a small child are not developed enough to protect the spinal cord. When they are involved in a car crash in a forward facing car seat, the weight of the head combined with the immature skeleton, can cause the spinal cord to stretch up to two inches. If it stretches just half an inch it will snap. This is known as internal decapitation and causes paralysis or death.
Phto and text credit: http://www.rearfacingtoddlers.com

In Conclution…

It is safer to travel rearward facing longer and to use IsoFix (make no mistake, belted is just as safe as long as it is correctly installed, but to make things easier i-Size has, as mentioned, decided to focus on IsoFix as this is simpler) Maxi – Cosi’s involvement on the i-Size legislation will improve the compatibility between car seats and cars with the support leg. It will be supporting all regulating organisations such as GRSP and CLEPA. Plus, Maxi-Cosi have been involved in measuring and defining new sizing classifications (3D child project).

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What do  the numbers say?

People hate the numbers. How many times haven’t you heard the line; “Back in the day…” or “When I was young..” “…and I’m FINE!”?
I imagine that if more people knew the actual numbers maybe they wouldn’t use these phrases. Fact of the matter is that we didn’t know as much  then as we do know, or…we did some places (see Sweden), but the rest of the world I imagine had a hard time thinking that just ‘Søta Bror’ would know more then a fair share of other excellent researchers right?

Well, let me show you the numbers dated from 1999 to 2008:

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Another important thing, and one of the reasons why i-Size is choosing to focus on IsoFix is as I stated previously, that it’s simpler to install. Though it ofc. happens that they are wrongly installed! BUT it IS simpler.

Have a look at this cake that shows fatalities related to the car seat use: (this is not based on RF, but car seat use in general):

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As we can see, the head and neck have the highest percentage of injury in a frontal collision.
We can also see that in a side impact collision, the head injury is still on the highest percentage followed by chest.
I am therefore very glad the new i-Size makes side impact testing mandatory!
Some car seats are in fact side impact tested, but this is not something covered in ECE R44/04 ‘s testing to get approved.

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I have now tried to cover everything on i-Size, but if  you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to write it in a comment below, or on my face book page  –> https://www.facebook.com/ErfMission if you like this blog, I would love for you to hit the “Like” button on the page. 🙂

And as a quick “sum it up” :

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Have a wonderful weekend and I shall see you all later! 🙂