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post #21 of 71
Yes, they are.

When we were buying a seat for my daughter, we did research and generated a list of all the safety features we were looking for. Only Britax had them all.

The seat has been extremely comfortable for Ramona and very easy for us to use.

We were given a seat for Efram. It's not a Britax.

It's NOT a Britax.

Namaste!
post #22 of 71
We also got the Triumpth because it was ranked second in safety for convertible seats, but much less money than the Britax. Johub, did you not find the Triumph difficult to tighten while rear-facing? In both of our cars the knob is nearly wedged in the seat and it is very difficult to tighten. We had one ff in each car for my toddler, and now that my baby is out of the infant seat (we had the Graco snugride and I liked it pretty well) and in the triumpth too, we have the two in one car. But I hate tightening it so much while it's rear-facing, I want to get another carseat for him. I can't afford it really, but I feel like it would be worth it anyway because I'm not always confident that it's tight enough, and he's going to be rear-facing for a long time yet.

Can I ask without hijacking the thread which convertible seat some of you would recommend for a baby who is in a convertible but is still just 20-21 pounds? Are the larger weight max seats as safe for smaller babies? I don't want to get the Roundabout or another seat that is just a 40 lb max, because I have that already, I just hate it. If I'm going to get another, I want it to last longer.
post #23 of 71
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Originally Posted by Hazelnut
We also got the Triumpth because it was ranked second in safety for convertible seats, but much less money than the Britax. Johub, did you not find the Triumph difficult to tighten while rear-facing? In both of our cars the knob is nearly wedged in the seat and it is very difficult to tighten. We had one ff in each car for my toddler, and now that my baby is out of the infant seat (we had the Graco snugride and I liked it pretty well) and in the triumpth too, we have the two in one car. But I hate tightening it so much while it's rear-facing, I want to get another carseat for him. I can't afford it really, but I feel like it would be worth it anyway because I'm not always confident that it's tight enough, and he's going to be rear-facing for a long time yet.

Can I ask without hijacking the thread which convertible seat some of you would recommend for a baby who is in a convertible but is still just 20-21 pounds? Are the larger weight max seats as safe for smaller babies? I don't want to get the Roundabout or another seat that is just a 40 lb max, because I have that already, I just hate it. If I'm going to get another, I want it to last longer.
i would get a marathon DD has been in hers from about 15 lbs... would have been fine in it from birth but I had an infant seat from older dd so we used it for convenience.
post #24 of 71
When I was pregnant, I joined babycenter's website with the extra features. One of them was access to consumer reports data about children's gear. They rated britax the most safe car seat by far. That is all I needed to hear and have been very pleased with both seats we've had so far. (dd outgrew the first). The only problem I had was in the beginning when dd was tiny and did not fit well in the roundabout because it was too big. That was when we used an infant seat, the baby bucket kind you can lift out. We used the roundabout from age 6 mos to about age 20 mos and then bought a marathon which our nearly three year old still uses and has room to grow. Britax now makes an infant carrier, the companion, which got very high ratings from consumer reports.

Here is a cheap place to buy britax:

http://www.babycatalog.com/
post #25 of 71
We bought two Britax Wizards (for dd2 and dd3). FABULOUS car seats!!!! Love the side impact protection - not just for what it was made for but also because it keeps their heads from hanging down when they fall asleep!!!!!!! Best thing ever!

I don't have any research links but have used other brands and now Britax. I'd never buy anything but Britax again. It is like slamming the door on a Geo Metro, then slamming the door on a Volvo. You just can feel the difference (no offense to Metro owners! My good friend had one that got us all over the place in college)

IMO Britax (I agree with previous poster on pronounciation - Br-eye-tax) is well worth the money. One of ours was a gift from MIL - she asked what to get the baby and we had so many toys and all the girl clothes (this was dd3) so I asked for the car seat. Much better than more toys to clutter up the place!
post #26 of 71
From what I understand Britax and Evenflo Triumph are both rated the same except the Evenflo was rated higher in one area and Britax a little higher in ease of use. We were in a terrible head on accident when ds2 was 6 months old. A suburban hit the driver side and his passenger side door when we were each going about 50mph. It knocked my dh unconscious. My ds was right behind him in the Triumph and was perfectly fine minus glass from the window scarring him and various bruises. Here is what it looked like.

After the accident we replaced the seats with 2 more Triumphs. I have seen first hand how great the seats are. They are rock solid seats. They too have the same motorcycle helmet cushion stuff that Britax does. All that said, I think Britax are great as well but I just do not have first hand experience with them. And, I do not think that they are the 'end all be all' of car seats.
post #27 of 71
We have a Marathon for DD and a Wizard for DS1. I've been extremely pleased with the seats. They are very easy to use and have gone into each and every car that we've transferred them around in (a lot with family and such!) They've even fit securely in an old 15 passenger van.

We were rear ended in an accident. The impact was so hard that it bent the frame of my van and I couldn't open the sliding door (the driver never even hit the brakes). Both of our kids were totally okay - in much better shape than me. We made the insurance company overnight us two new seats since you can't get them here and I've been confident with our Britax since then.

Our baby is in a Graco Snugride right now. We're moving him up into one of the Britax seats soon. We're getting our 4yo DD a Recaro Young Sport, which also get excellent ratings. She's very petite so she'll be able to harness in it for quite awhile before we use it as a belt positioning booster:

http://www.recarochildseats.com/index.html

I have also seen crash test videos with Britax seats, but I can't remember where.
post #28 of 71
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Originally Posted by Hazelnut
We also got the Triumpth because it was ranked second in safety for convertible seats, but much less money than the Britax. Johub, did you not find the Triumph difficult to tighten while rear-facing? In both of our cars the knob is nearly wedged in the seat and it is very difficult to tighten. We had one ff in each car for my toddler, and now that my baby is out of the infant seat (we had the Graco snugride and I liked it pretty well) and in the triumpth too, we have the two in one car. But I hate tightening it so much while it's rear-facing, I want to get another carseat for him. I can't afford it really, but I feel like it would be worth it anyway because I'm not always confident that it's tight enough, and he's going to be rear-facing for a long time yet.

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I didnt have this problem at all, but I think this is problem is related to the shape of the back of the seat the carseat rests against as well as the positioning of the knobs.
post #29 of 71

Great thread!

DH and I just went to check out a Britax yesterday, to make sure it would fit into our car. While we were at the store, though, we came across the Cosco and the SafetyFirst--both convertible carseats that go up to 100lbs max, instead of the Britax 65lb limit. AND they are far less expensive ($140-$160, vs. $300).

Anyone have any recommendations? I have no problem with spending the extra $$$ on a carseat IF it is worth it, but DH is now leaning towards one of the seats with a higher max weight limit.

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post #30 of 71
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Originally Posted by Birth Junky
DH and I just went to check out a Britax yesterday, to make sure it would fit into our car. While we were at the store, though, we came across the Cosco and the SafetyFirst--both convertible carseats that go up to 100lbs max, instead of the Britax 65lb limit. AND they are far less expensive ($140-$160, vs. $300).

Anyone have any recommendations? I have no problem with spending the extra $$$ on a carseat IF it is worth it, but DH is now leaning towards one of the seats with a higher max weight limit.

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Keep in mind that the Britax 65lbs limit is for the 5 point harness and not as a booster.
The chairs with the 100lb limit are boosters and this is for car seat belt probably from 40 lbs to 100 lbs.
The benefit of the Britax is that from 40-65 lbs kids can stay in a 5 pt harness, and only after 65 lbs to they use the car seat belt
post #31 of 71
Quote:
Originally Posted by Birth Junky
DH and I just went to check out a Britax yesterday, to make sure it would fit into our car. While we were at the store, though, we came across the Cosco and the SafetyFirst--both convertible carseats that go up to 100lbs max, instead of the Britax 65lb limit. AND they are far less expensive ($140-$160, vs. $300).

Anyone have any recommendations? I have no problem with spending the extra $$$ on a carseat IF it is worth it, but DH is now leaning towards one of the seats with a higher max weight limit.

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Neither the Cosco or Safety 1st seats harness to 100 lbs, they are used as harnessed seats to 40 lbs and then convert to boosters until 100 lbs. They have low harness slots and most children outgrow them way before they hit 40 lbs or 4 years old, when they are ready to use a booster. They don't have EPS foam, absolutely non-twist straps or built-in lock-offs. With car seats as with most things, you get what you pay for.

Also, the sale is for the SafeGuard seat, a FF only seat rated to 65 lbs.
post #32 of 71
many of the cosco seats also do not work well for tall children... The harness slots are too short I believe. I read something about not being able touse the highest harness position as a booster, I can't remember the specifics of it tho but I think its printed on the seat itself.
post #33 of 71
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post #34 of 71
At first glance I see that the only cosco seat I can find that goes up to 100lbs (Alpha Omega® Elite 5-Point) is only a BOOSTER after 30lbs. The higher limit britax seats remain full car-seats with 5 point harness until 65lbs. I can't find the safetyfirst seats at a quick google, but I expect it's the same story.

-Angela
post #35 of 71
Thanks for the info, mamas! Now I am armed with the necessary information to convince DH that the Britax IS the right carseat for us . . . which is what I've been thinking all along! (*grin*)
post #36 of 71
So is Britax the only brand of carseats that manufacturs harnesses for kids over 40 lbs? I'm driving a 1993 Honda Civic and it only has a lap belt in the rear center seat. When DS outgrows his current carseat, I'll need to either get him a carseat that doesn't require a shoulder strap, get a shoulder strap retrofitted into my vehicle, or replace my vehicle.
post #37 of 71
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruthla
So is Britax the only brand of carseats that manufacturs harnesses for kids over 40 lbs? I'm driving a 1993 Honda Civic and it only has a lap belt in the rear center seat. When DS outgrows his current carseat, I'll need to either get him a carseat that doesn't require a shoulder strap, get a shoulder strap retrofitted into my vehicle, or replace my vehicle.
I am interested to know this too as even if dd was ready for a seat belt at 4.5 I wouldnt do it cause I know the harness is safer, lol. I thought there was a new seat coming out that harnessed longer and wasnt a britax but I dont know the name. As much as I love my britax I am having a hard to spending another 200-300 on another one for my 4.5 year old LOL
post #38 of 71
hhm that evenflo knob thing was jammed up against the seat in our nissan sentra, subaru forester, and in bil's honda pilot. i asked the car tech at the time, but he couldn't make it any easier. Maybe I need to take another look or ask another tech if it works for you.
post #39 of 71
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hazelnut
hhm that evenflo knob thing was jammed up against the seat in our nissan sentra, subaru forester, and in bil's honda pilot. i asked the car tech at the time, but he couldn't make it any easier. Maybe I need to take another look or ask another tech if it works for you.
You know the seat in my van was tipped in such a way as we had to do the whole rolled up towel trick to get the seats to the right angle. This might have been the thing that made the difference in my van. I dont know.
Also my van seat is a bench seat with a flat back. It doesnt curve forwards at the sides like the front passenger seat does for instance.
post #40 of 71
I haven't read all the pp but, I have to say that Britax is all that.

We purchased a Britax Marathon for dd2 and we loved it! The straps never tangle and that seat does NOT move when installed. It is solid! I like the fact that it goes to 65 pounds so she will be in i for a while.

We liked it so much that when dd3 grew out of her SnugRide we purchased another Britax Marathon for her. This one was installed rear facing and I love it. It is easy to make tighter or more loose according to what dd is wearing. The straps never get tangled rear facing either. Her head doesn't bobble around when she falls asleep, and even rear facing the seat doesn't budge when installed. I can't say enough about these wonderful seats....well worth the money if you ask me.

We have a Nissan Quest minivan so space really wasn't an issue for us. The are really BIG seats. I really don'e see how we could fit two Marathons and a booster for dd1 in one row of seating if we had too. They are heavy too so I wouldn't plan on lugging it thru the airport or anything involving carring it too far. That sucker's heavy!
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