Maxi Cosi seat swap

This week my husband shared a post that he found online about the Maxi Cosi car seat accident seat swap scheme.  In a nutshell it is an advisory service that you can go to if you have been involved in an accident and you are worried about whether your car seat has been damaged.

Maxi Cosi will the work with you and your insurer to ensure that your seat is in working order and if its not (and your insurance doesn’t cover your car seat) they will replace it free of charge.

We own the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix Group 0 seat for our baby (as this fits nicely on our Uppababy Vista with the supplied adaptors). We fix it into the car with the Maxi Cosi Easyfix base. The base is IsoFix and you just clip the seat into the base (rather than have to seatbelt it in every time you use it). For our 3 year old we have the Maxi Cosi 2-way Pearl Group 1 seat. This seat has to be used with the Maxi Cosi FamilyFix base but can be used rear or front facing. Knowing what I do now about the Maxi Cosi accident service I will definitely be buying my Group 2 carseat from them. I just hope that we don’t ever have to use the service! If you have used this service please get in touch to let us know how easy it was and what the process was, we’d love to hear from you.

If you are yet to buy your car seat then take a look at the rules on the government website here. Car seats are a must have item for any parent with a child under the age of 12 (or under 135cm – whichever comes first). Its the law and there are very few situations where you do not legally have to use one in a vehicle in the UK.

You have the choice to buy either a height-based seat (also known as I-size) or weight-based. Many of the big names combine both to give you an idea of the height and weight that the child should be for each seat.

Height-based seats

Height-based seats are known as ‘i-Size’ seats. They must be rear-facing until your child is over 15 months old. Your child can use a forward-facing child car seat when they’re over 15 months old.

You must check the seat to make sure it’s suitable for the height of your child.

Only EU-approved height-based child car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘R129’.

Weight-based seats

The seat your child can use (and the way they must be restrained in it) depends on their weight.

Only EU-approved weight-based child car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘ECE R44’.

You may be able to choose from more than one type of seat in the group for your child’s weight.

Child’s weight Group Seats
0kg to 10kg 0 Lie-flat or ‘lateral’ baby carrier, rear-facing baby carrier, or rear-facing baby seat using a harness
0kg to 13kg 0+ Rear-facing baby carrier or rear-facing baby seat using a harness
9kg to 18kg 1 Rear- or forward-facing baby seat using a harness or safety shield
15kg to 25kg 2 Rear- or forward-facing child car seat (high-backed booster seat or booster cushion) using a seat belt, harness or safety shield
22kg to 36kg 3 Rear- or forward-facing child car seat (high-backed booster seat or booster cushion) using a seat belt, harness or safety shield

 


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