"Everything you need to know when choosing a chair for your baby." This is how a news in the newspaper on children's car seats, precisely in the "Shopping" section.
We start the reading and at first we see it "correct", moderately responsible: recommendation to reverse gear, mention of the ECE R44 / 04 and ECE R129 or i-Size law, to take into account reclining the chair to avoid being the head falls to the baby when sleeping ... We understand that it is not a technical article and we turn a blind eye to some nuances that from our point of view we would correct.
Now, the surprise comes when they offer us several options that are currently on the market and that, According to them, they have obtained some of the highest scores in the tests. You already know our opinion on the ADAC tests (published by the RACE and the OCU) where winning chairs are blatantly dangerous.
Wrong criteria in car seat recommendations
First option: Römer Dualfix i-Size. It is not a bad option, like many others. The problem is that the chair model does not correspond to the link to Amazon. In their article they tell us that it is from birth and that the newborn reducer is included. Yes the Römer Dualfix i-Size comes with the included reducer, complies with the ECE R129 standard and costs around € 594. The link they have put on that cheap chair for € 322.79 is the Dualfix2 R, what it does not have a newborn reducer and it is not i-Size, basically because it complies with ECE R44 / 04. It comes from the old Dualfix, somewhat smaller and limits its use to reverse gear.
Second, we have the Star Ibaby for € 149, a group 0/1/2/3. We have searched for its approval and its instruction manual, and have only found commercial information from its distributors. It is for this reason that we will limit ourselves to making you participants of the doubts that this car seat generates with the little information that we have.
For what the Carrefour and Amazon page says, its countermarking approval is limited to group 0, more or less up to 13 kg (approximately 1.5 years). That is infinitely far from the recommendation of the DGT of a reverse gear up to 4 years; as they say in this ad you can hear here published by acontramarcha.com.
We do not see any anti-tip system in the chair, especially in the case of an installation with isofix. We suppose that the top tether that the dealer says it will be installed in favor of the march; at least we cannot distinguish it in the image (perhaps it is an advertising license, such as not tying the harnesses well or not putting the head at its height ... without comments). Apart from the doubts in security; In terms of comfort, as it does not have a rebound anti-tip system, the chair must be stuck against the backrest of the rear bench seat of the car; therefore limiting the legroom of the child. Finally, we do not know the recline angle and the head height; It should always be tested in a physical store.
It seems to us a highly reckless recommendation, considering that there are inexpensive alternatives for car seats in the opposite direction to the march up to 4 years for € 200 as the Wob Uno; with all the minimum security systems and fulfilling the Plus Test.
In summary, if »your child's safety is at stake, little joke» as he says at the beginning of his article (we agree 100%), it seems irresponsible that the recommendations are based on simple opinions without any technical or professional criteria, I attach the literal paragraph:
«These offers have been selected by an El Periódico team independently based on their criteria and experience. El Periódico gets a sales commission from the links on this page »The newspaper
Simplifying, our recommendation
- Always test child restraint systems, prior to purchase in specialized stores. Buying online is not a good option for this type of item. We detail it better in this post.
- Go in the opposite direction of the march as long as possible and minimum up to 4 years
- Make sure that among the different options on the market, we take into account the angle, size of the occupants, available space in the vehicle and family planning (if there may be more children in the coming years)
Go to a specialized store, that they advise you, that they test the chair in your car and that they teach you how to install it. There are no safer chairs, but a safer position and a more suitable chair.