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I’ve been asked to share with you news of Britax’s new car seat launch. This post isn’t a sponsored post and unfortunately they wouldn’t send me one to review (Boooo! )but I’m sharing the news anyway as the PR company asked me very nicely and I happen to be a big fan of Britax having written about their products before and been a Mumbassador.
Britax, leader in car seat safety, has launched their latest, safest and most beautifully engineered Group 1 car seat, the Britax TRIFIX. The new sleekly designed TRIFIX seat is universally approved for use in any car with ISOFIX and Top Tether anchorage points. TRIFIX is the first seat to feature a revolutionary ISOFIX + installation system providing complete and unrivalled protection for your little one.
TRIFIX dramatically reduces forward and rotational movement by combining three unique Britax technologies;
- The patented and proven pivot link ISOFIX system reduces the seats forward rotation
- V-Tether controls and absorbs frontal forces by adding a third anchorage point
- New, wider, ISOFIX fixings further improve side impact protection
The original ISOFIX (which connects child car seats rigidly to the vehicle chassis) now an international standard for child seats in vehicles, was born by Britax in co-operation with VW in 1997 to combat the problems of poorly fitted car seats and improve child safety. Research shows that only 30% of car seats installed using an adult seat belt are installed correctly, compared to 96% when using the ISOFIX system* – which obviously has serious implications in the event of a crash. Now, with the advent of ISOFIX + technologies used in the TRIFIX seat, parents can have the ultimate peace of mind knowing their child could not be any safer.
The seat has deep, softly padded side wings, which are incorporated with uniquely, designed SI-PADS, which are made of energy absorbing material protecting precious cargo from any side impact collisions by moving them away from the accident. The performance chest pads and the five-point safety harness absorb forces felt by the child and further reduce forward movement by the child.
As well as being Britax’s safest child car seat for this age category, TRIFIX is simple to use. The ISOFIX system anchors the seat directly to the car’s ISOFIX connection points, while the V-Tether clicks into the third anchorage point in the rear of the car. Special indicators show parents that the ISOFIX catch arm hooks are properly engaged and that the V-Tether is pulled tight.
In addition to this, there are some more practical, parent friendly enhancements; the seat cover is quick and easy to remove and wash, the buckle stays in the forward position so it is easy to sit your child in the seat, there are multiple recline positions for when your little one is sleeping and the ISOFIX arms retract neatly for easy storage.
The TRIFIX seat is suitable from 9 months to 4 years (or 9-18kgs), retails at £319.99 and is available in a number of vibrant fabrics.
So there you have it! I can’t tell you from personal experience what the car seat is like I’m afraid but it looks good!
As you may know, we’ve been looking for a Group 1+ car seat for MasterB for a while now as he was fast becoming too small for his infant car seat. With thanks to my lovely sister over at Mummy Loves who is a Graco Ambassador, I received a Graco Nautilus car seat to review. The Nautilus is great as it is Group 1, 2 and 3 (9-36kgs) – so this is the only car seat that we will ever need for him now!
Graco Nautilus – The Details
Side impact protection
5 point harness
Group 1 Stage: 9 to 18 kilos with in-built harness and harness protect
Group 2, 3 Stage: 15 to 36 kilos – please remove harness and use with a seat belt
Direct-access recline handle
Intuitive belt routing
One-hand adjustable head support
Height adjustment (grows with child)
Machine washable cover- Integrated cup holder
My first impressions on receiving the Nautilus was that it looked lovely and spacious and extremely sturdy looking.
MasterB certainly seemed very happy in his new seat though he was a little perplexed with suddenly being able to see forwards.
When it came to fastening the car seat into the car (we use it in a Kia Sorento) I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to install. With all the media going on about how so many car seats aren’t correctly fitted, it is nice to find a car seat which really is easy to fit and doesn’t move an inch when I test it.
I also like the fact that it has a drinks holder and a couple of handy storage compartments in the arm rests. Now MasterB is a little young for having drinks in the car yet but I know from experience with MissB how annoying it is trying to pass drinks back to a toddler and trying to reach for dropped cups.
I have to admit I’ve not quite figured out the recline feature yet as it doesn’t recline quite as much as I like but at least it has one, the seat we have for MissB doesn’t have a recline and I always feel sorry for her when she falls asleep bolt upright. MasterB at least has a little recline to make his snoozing easier.
The Graco Naultius can be bought from various places, the cheapest I’ve found this morning was on Amazon for around £125 here >> Graco Nautilus Group 1/2/3 Car Seat
which although it seems expensive at first, considering it will be the only car seat I need from now on, it’s not a bad investment.
The Graco Nautilus also comes with a FREE childrens play centre – as you can see from the following photos, the box provided hours of entertainment for both MissB and MasterB lol