Your guide on what car seat is best for your child, and suitable for your vehicle.
It’s not easy to know what car seat your child should be in, which way they should be facing or which type of installation to get for your vehicle. So here’s our answer to: what car seat fits in my car?
Some companies offer an online ‘fit finder’ (these are sometimes labelled under different names) which helps you find out which car seat has already been trialled and tested in your vehicle. Two brands that off this service include:
If you know which car seat you need/prefer, then this finder is ideal. However, for parents or grandparents that aren’t so sure on what car seat their child needs to currently be in – these aren’t so useful.
Use these as a rough guide when buying a car seat. You may get told to miss out a stage or not, this all depends on the individual child. The difference groups include…
The easiest way to judge whether or not your child has out grown their car seat is check their height or weight. Their age often becomes irrelevant, as no child grows at exactly the same speed or to the same end result. You need to judge the harness height by the child’s individual height and the weight limits of the seat (this may also change which way round the seat has to face), by weighing your child.
If a car seat is iSize, it means that it has been tested to higher levels of safety and crash testing. Where possible, this also recommended rearward travel for a child up until the age of 4. Not many brands have yet started bringing our iSize products, Maxi-Cosi seem to currently be the big leaders of this market with the Pebble Plus, 2wayFix Base and 2wayPearl Car Seat.
Any vehicle with a 3-point safety harness that is able to deactivate airbags can have the following car seats installed.
Safety level: 1/3
Group 0+ / 0 – 13kg: Maxi-Cosi Pebble (from £134.95)
Group 0+ & 1 / 0 – 18kg: Maxi-Cosi Opal (from £174.99)
Group 1 / 9 – 18kg: Britax King II Everyday (from £149)
Group 1-2-3 / 9 – 36kg: Cosatto Hug (from £197.95)
Group 2-3 / 15 – 36kg: Maxi-Cosi Rodi AirProtect (from £123.95)
In most cars ISOfix points are usually noticeable, however a manual or quick internet search may be needed. Some cars ISOfix points aren’t so easy to find and are located right inside the seat unit, a bit of digging around may also be worthwhile. Your airbags will also need to be able to be disabled.
Safety level: 2/3
Group 0+ / 0 – 13kg: Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus and 2wayFix Base (i-Size) (from £365)
Group 0+ & 1 / 0 – 18kg: Britax Dual-Fix (from £314.50)
Group 1 / 9 – 18kg: Maxi-Cosi 2wayPearl and 2wayFix Base (i-Size) (from £375)
Group 1-2-3 / 9 – 36kg: N/A
Group 2-3 / 15 – 36kg: Maxi-Cosi RodiFix (from £169.97)
This is a new feature that not all brands of car seat nor car have, so do double check before purchasing a car seat using a top tether and ISOfix. By using a normal seat belt, ISOfix points and a top tether, this is by far the safest form of installation for a car seat.
Safety level: 3/3
Group 0+ / 0 – 13kg: N/A
Group 0+ & 1 / 0 – 18kg: Maxi-Cosi MiloFix (from £225)
Group 1 / 9 – 18kg: N/A
Group 1-2-3 / 9 – 36kg: Britax Advansafix (from £210)
Group 2-3 / 15 – 36kg: N/A
We hope this helps when needing to know which car seat your child needs next.