Winter Sale at CarSeat.se

February 22, 2017 by  
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Starting February 23 we will have a Winter Sale at CarSeat.se with nice discounts on Britax HiWay, Axkid Minikid and Besafe Izi Plus.  Quantities will be generous but limited. Please come and visit us at shop.carseat.se for some good winter savings.

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Britax HiWay 2:  The extremely popular HiWay 2 will be on sale.  This rear facing seat is light weight, comfortable, approved to 25 kg (55 lbs), has passed the ultra strict Swedish Plus Test to 25 kg, has good sleep position and will fit well in pretty much any car small to large.  It will usually last rear facing to around age four or a height of 110 cm.  It’s definitely the best all-round seat in the world.  Those who prefer a bit more support for the little one can add the optional head support.

Also included will be the popular wedge from Britax which provide a bit more angle for those with vehicle seats sloping more than usual.

HiWay 2 in color “Cosmos black” + wedge retails for 275 Euros. 

Winter Sale price for HiWay + wedge  will be 220 Euros

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Axkid Minikid: Another very compact seat on sale is Axkid Minikid.  Famous for its extremely tall seat shell, good sleep position, self adjusting head support and self tightening tether straps.  Minikid is like HiWay 2 approved to 25 kg (55 lbs) and has also passed the ultra strict Swedish Plus Test to 25 kg. Minikid has one of the tallest seat shells of any rear facing seat in the world despite its compact size. It will usually last rear facing to around  age six or a height of 125 cm.

Axkid Minikid retails for 330 Euros.  Minikid will be available in colours “Grey” , “Red” and ‘Petrol blue”

Winter Sale price for Axkid Minikid will be 280 Euros.

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BeSafe Izi Plus: The “Best in test” Izi plus will be available at a rare and nice discount.  Long rear facing time, great and adjustable leg space, adjustable sleep position while driving and Plus Test to 25 kg (55 lbs) makes Izi Plus a favourite seat.  Among the seats approved to 25 kg it’s only Izi Plus and Maxi Cosi Mobi which have adjustable sleep position while driving.  A very popular feature among parents.

One should be very hesitant to any seat which is certified as “best in test”.  But Izi Plus has twice in three years received this award  by Folksam, the Swedish insurance company known worldwide for it’s amazing dedication to car seat safety.  Being “best in test” at Folksam with Helena Stigson in charge should be highly respected.  A nice contrast to the ridiculous, inexperienced and highly biased testing at Which!, ADAC and Stiftung Warentest who on a daily basis mislead parents on what car seats are safest for our children.

BeSafe Izi Plus retails for 450 Euros.  Izi Plus will be available in color “Black cab”

Winter Sale price for BeSafe Izi Plus Be will be 390 Euros.

Christmas Sale at CarSeat.se

December 23, 2016 by  
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Starting December 25 we will have a Christmas Sale at CarSeat.se with nice discounts on Britax HiWay and Axkid Minikid.  Quantities will be generous but limited. Please come and visit us at shop.carseat.se for some great Christmas savings.

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Britax HiWay 2:  The extremely popular HiWay 2 will be on sale.  This rear facing seat is light weight, comfortable, approved to 25 kg (40 lb), has passed the ultra strict Swedish Plus Test to 25 kg, has good sleep position and will fit well in pretty much any car small to large.  It will usually last rear facing to around age four or a height of 110 cm.

Also included in the package will be the popular wedge from Britax which provide a bit more angle for those with vehicle seats sloping more than usual.

HiWay 2 in color “Flame red” + wedge retails for 275 Euros. 

Christmas Sale price for HiWay + wedge  will be 220 Euros

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Axkid Minikid: Another very compact seat on sale is Axkid Minikid.  Famous for its extremely tall seat shell, good sleep position, self adjusting head support and self tightening tether straps.  Minikid is like HiWay 2 approved to 25 kg (40 lbs) and has also passed the ultra strict Swedish Plus Test to 25 kg. Minikid has one of the tallest seat shells of any rear facing seat in the world despite its compact size. It will usually last rear facing to around  age six or a height of 125 cm.

Included in the Minikid package will also be a seat protector from Axkid.

Axkid Minikid and a seat protector retails for 358 Euros.  Minikid will be available in colours “Grey” and “Red”

Christmas Sale price for Axkid Minikid and a seat protector  will be 290 Euros.

Black Friday Sale November 25 – CarSeat.se

November 22, 2016 by  
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On Friday this week, November 25, we will have a huge Black Friday Sale at CarSeat.se with prices  never seen before.  The sale will start one minute after midnight, 00:01 on November 25, and continue for 24 hours.  Quantities will be generous but limited.  Three seats will be featured during the Black Friday sale of 2016.  Please come and visit us at shop.carseat.se for some great Black Friday savings.

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Britax HiWay 2:  The extremely popular HiWay 2 will be on sale.  This rear facing seat is light weight, comfortable, approved to 25 kg (40 lb), has passed the ultra strict Swedish Plus Test to 25 kg, has good sleep position and will fit well in pretty much any car small to large.  It will usually last rear facing to around age four or a height of 110 cm.

Also included in the package will be the popular wedge from Britax which provide a bit more angle for those with vehicle seats sloping more than usual

HiWay 2 in color “Flame red” + wedge retails for 275 Euros.

Black Friday price for HiWay + wedge  will be 195 Euros

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Axkid Minikid: Another very compact seat on sale is Axkid Minikid.  Famous for its very compact size, good sleep position, extremely tall seat shell, self adjusting head support and self tightening tether straps.  Minikid is like HiWay 2 approved to 25 kg (40 lbs) and has also passed the ultra strict Swedish Plus Test to 25 kg. Minikid has one of the tallest seat shells of any rear facing seat in the world despite its compact size. It will usually last rear facing to around  age six or a height of 125 cm.

Included in the Minikid package will also be a seat protector from Axkid and a styrofoam wedge.

Our regular price for Minikid is 330 Euros, seat protector is 28 Euros and the wedge is 16 Euros.  Usual package price is 374 Euros.  Minikid will be available in color “Black” and “Grey”

Minikid + seat protector + wedge will be on sale for incredible 260 Euros during Black Friday

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Klippan Triofix Recline: Our third Black Friday seat is the very versatile Triofix Recline.  Extremely compact, good sleep position, installation with Isofix or seat belt and it can be used rear or forward facing.  The seat is not only compact but also quite narrow and a favourite  for those who need to fit three across in the back seat.

Installation is done in seconds regardless if using Isofix or seat belt.  Triofix also has a tall seat shell and will usually last to at least age five or 120 cm rear facing.  The seat is approved 9-36 kg, up to 18 kg (40 lbs) rear facing, which means it can also be used forward facing for a very long time. As your child grows the seat can be used as a high back booster usually lasting until the child is old enough to sit without a car seat.

Regular price for Triofix Recline including the Isofix base is 450 Euros.  

Klippan Triofix Recline including Isofix base will be on sale during Black Friday for 320 Euros.

New rear facing car seats at Kind & Jugend 2014

September 23, 2014 by  
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The annual Kind und Jugend convention in Cologne took place this past weekend. This is a huge fair where manufacturers show their new models and ideas. Clothing, toys, furniture, strollers and of course car seats. CarSeat.se was of course there to check out the new rear facing seats.

We have some minor updates from Maxi Cosi, Britax, Axkid and Klippan. Besafe has done a nice redesign of their Izi Kid i-Size model. Fairgo has a new i-Size seat. Diono has a very interesting project trying to bring their US Radian model to the Swedish market. Finally we have a brand new and fantastic rear facing i-Size seat from Condord. The Concord Reverso is a huge step forward for the i-Size seats and will have a large impact on the market. Read on for more details

We’ll start with the upgraded seats and finish with Diono Radian and Concord Reverso, the two most interesting items

Britax: The rear facing models remain the same at Britax for the next year with the same colors. Why change such a great lineup of superb rear facing seats. The largest change was actually the new logo. The new logo comes with new “values”. Lots of photos of kids and parents being “free”, playing in the grass and enjoying nature.

An interesting new feature is now included in the forward facing King model which is of course not sold in Sweden since it’s meant for young children who should sit rear facing. There is an indicator light which show when the harness is tightened enough. Indication will then change from red to a green light. An audible signal will also sound to alert if harness is unbuckled.

The new feature also has a smart function which will tighen the harness when needed. Lets say a child is placed in the seat properly and the green light is on. While driving the child moves around a lot and the harness is starting to loosen. The harness will then automatically tighten and keep the child secure. Nice!!

This feature can be useful and will be implemented in the Max-Way model. The only other rear facing seat with any kind of buckle indicator is Klippan Triofix/Triofix Recline which has an audible signal. This feature will likely be in place during next year according to Britax.

Maxi Cosi: No new rear facing seats. The infant seat Pebble Plus was shown at the fair. It’s the first infant seat which is approved for the i-Size standard. Parents might wonder why this is different? The new i-Size standard include side impact testing which makes it difficult for infant seats to pass. Pebble Plus is strenghened and will pass i-Size testing. Infant seats are smaller and not as strong as our larger rear facing seats. We would prefer to make side impact testing far more violent but the infant seats would then not pass.

Klippan: Same seats as previous year. Both Kiss 2 and Triofix Recline were shown in a beautiful leather fabric which can be custom ordered. We had some discussions about a new base for Triofix with adjustable foot brace and angle. Next year?

There were some very nice and fancy stands but Klippans simple poster of their previous car seats was likely the best. Low tech but effective. Showing off their first rear facing seat from 1967!! That is quite a few years ago. Even nicer is that my father purchased one of these seats and I sat rear facing for almost four years before my sister got the seat. Cool!!

Fairgo: Showed a new i-Size seat which is used extensively by Fiat for their car seat testing. Used rear facing, with adjustable head support and a smart base were the foot brace and leg space can be adjusted. Some changes still to be made for the final production version.

Axkid: No new rear facing seats but a new infant seat which has been designed by Axkid. Some new colors for next year, the Tetris pattern will be standard. The mechanism for manually locking the head support on Minikid and Duofix has been improved.

Besafe: Had a large beautiful stand this year with the second best bar after Concord:-) The popular Izi Plus seat was shown in some new colors. It’s still the only seat installed with seat belt and the higher 25 kg rear facing weight limit with adjustable recline while driving. It has of course also passed the Swedish Plus Test.

The current Izi Kid i-Size has been redesigned and Besafe have done a great job. The new design is sleek, beautiful and has great recline. The head support is easier to move and the seat can now be used both rear and forward facing.

The seats sold in Sweden will be blocked from being used forward facing. Why? In Sweden car seats used forward facing for young children are not sold for safety reasons. I’m sure Besafe will continue to honor the Swedish gentlemens agreement on this important issue. The new i-Size seat will be available next year.

Diono: A very interesting project with the US Radian model. This model has had great success in US for many years. It can be used from birth, has a fairly tall seat shell, is built around a steel cage and can also be used forward facing with a harness up to 36 kg in later years. Using a forward facing seat with harness for older kids is not any safer but some parents still prefer to do so.

Diono now want to bring Radian to the Swedish and European market. This is interesting since Diono is trying to have the seat approved rear facing to 25 kg (55 lbs for the Americans) without a support leg and also without tether straps. This is something no other seat has managed to do.

There are some issues which need to be solved. One is the lockoffs on the side which were not in place on the demo seat. Another one is to handle the large rebound forces without tether straps. Certifying a seat up to 18 kg (40 lbs for the Americans) is no big deal with rebound forces and can be handled with a foot brace. Approving the seat to 25 kg with the much heaver Q6 dummy instead of a Q3 is very different.

The US FMVSS 213 standard allow more forward movement than the European ECE R44 standard so it will be interesting to see how this is handled. We had a long and interesting conversation with Jim and the others regarding possible issues and possibilities. Internal testing is apparently finished and things are moving forward. Being able to sell a rear facing car seat with tall seat shell, 25 kg rear facing weight limit and without tether straps is definately an advantage. It could possibly be a very large advantage. We are looking forward to hear more during the fall regarding a firm date for approval. Exciting!

Concord: The new Reverso seat is a breakthough for the new i-Size standard. The seat has some smart solutions but the main advantage is the very low weight. Reverso weigh an incredibly low 10 kg.

Why is this important? Seats approved for i-Size have a maximum weight of 33 kg which include both the seat and the child. Isofix seats are in general very heavy and most weigh around 15 kg. That means maximum weight for a child in an i-Size seat is 18 kg. Maxi Cosi Pearl XP is an exception and is approved to 18.5 kg.

Those who have larger and heavier kids rarely use seats with Isofix since the 18 kg weight limit easily can be reached after a couple of years. Reverso is approved to 23 kg thanks to its low weight. Parents can now use Isofix even for heavier kids and this is something no other seat can offer.

The design to keep the weight down is simple. The seat consist of a very strong frame surrounded by EPP and EPS. There are lots of ventilation holes to keep your child cool. Head support is adjusted by twisting a knob with smooth function. Angle is adjusted the same way with the seat actually moving up and down on the support leg which height is adjusted with one hand.

The Isofix connectors have an indicator for correct installation and there is an additional indicator on the support leg. Isofix release is done by pulling a short strap on each side of the seat. The strap can only be pulled sideways to release the Isofix, not upwards since a child then possible could manage. Smart! The foot brace has automatic spring loaded adjustment and is easy to use. Reverso is approved from birth to 105 cm although it will like the other i-Size seats last longer height wise. Infants use an included baby insert the first few months.

There are two items which can be improved which will likey be done in the next version. None of them are safety related. The straps for the harness are 25 mm wide and look narrow. These will of course easily handle any collision forces but they look narrow. The buckles are already prepared for the standard 40 mm width so this is easy to fix. The harness is also a 3-point, not a 5-point. This does not affect safety but many parents might believe so. A good upgrade would be to use a 5-point harness to make parents feel calmer.

It looks like Reverso will be the first i-Size seat to pass the ultra strict Swedish Plus Test. It will be done in the coming weeks at VTI in Sweden and CarSeat.se will be there. What about the price? Concorde will cost just under 400 EUR which is significantly cheaper than other i-Size seats. High rear facing weight limit with Isofix, i-Size approved, Plus Test approved and also low cost. Well done!

Reverso will be available for pre-ordering at CarSeat.se in november with arrival in December. See short video below of Reverso features.

 

New i-Size rear facing car seats

April 13, 2014 by  
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Some new rear facing car seats are arriving. Two brand new seats and two upgraded models. The two new seats are approved for i-Size, also called UN 129, which is the new European car seat standard.

The current ECE R44 European standard will continute to be valid for many years to come. A detailed explanation of the new i-Size standard will follow shortly. In summary we can say that i-Size will in the long run make it easier for parents to find a good and safe car seat for their child. In the short term, during the next few years, it will unfortunately be more difficult than ever to find a suitable seat for your child. One major difference with i-Size is that seats are approved for height and age with less focus on weight.

Besafe Izikid i-Size: A nice i-Size seat similar to the current Izi Plus model but more compact in size. It has adjustable angle while driving and provide a very nice and comfortable sleep position. Leg space can be limited on some i-Size seats but Besafe has “cheated” a bit and is using the same anti-rebound bar as Izi Plus.

That means size of the seat is compact enough to be certified as an i-Size seat but leg space can be increased by adjusting the anti-rebound bar and pushing the car seat further back. This smart construction create lots of leg space for your child.

Seat shell is very similar to Izi Plus with the easy adjustable head support. The base has an audible indicator letting you know when the support leg is in correct position. Just like with Izi Plus there are magnets in the fabric which holds the harness away when entering and exiting with your child.

Izikid i-Size is approved from 61-105 cm, is used rear facing and will last to around age 4. Approved weight limit is 18 kg. This is one of the first i-Size seats to arrive and Besafe has done a nice job.

Besafe Izikid i-Size is available for pre-order from April 16 at Carseat.se with seats scheduled to arrive next week. Click here to pre-order the Besafe Izikid i-Size

Maxi-Cosi Pearl XP: A beatifully designed new seat which is approved for the new i-Size standard. A major advantage of Pearl XP is the use of a separate base. That means very fast and easy installation and also that the base can be used for other seats. Maxi Cosi Cabriofix and Pebble are the most popular infant seats in Europe. They can now be used with the 2WayFix base for an infant and the same base is then used with Pearl XP. A very nice Isofix package for your child.

Recline angle is nice and very smooth to adjust which means a great sleep position for your child. Installation is ultra quick by first attaching the 2Way base and then the Pearl XP seat. Done in seconds. The new 2WayFix base has an audible signal letting you know when the support leg is correctly placed. A LED light also provide visual confirmation that installation is correct.

Maxi-Cosi Pearl XP is approved 67-105 cm, is used rear facing and will last to around age 4. It can be used for kids 18.5 kg.

Pearl XP is available for pre-order at CarSeat.se with arrival towards end of April. Click here to pre-order the Pearl XP with start April 16.

Britax Max-Fix 2: This seat arrived last year and provide rear facing use from birth to around age 4-5 years. This model has now been upgraded with a newly designed Isofix mechanism, removable and washable cover for the anti-rebound bar and also a spacer to add some extra leg room.

The upgraded Max-Fix 2 can be ordered here.

Axkid Duofix: This is a new seat but in reality an upgrade of the Kidzofix model. Main difference is that Duofix has a regular head support with manual adjustment. The Kidzofix model had a head support with automatic adjustment which was liked by many and disliked by some.

The Duofix does provide some interesting functions since it can be used from 9-25 kg rear or forward facing and is installed with Isofix or seat belt. It can be used rear facing to 18 kg with Isofix and up to 25 kg with seat belt. Seat shell is quite tall and will last to around age 5.

Duofix can pre-ordered at CarSeat.se with arrival towards end of April. Click here to pre-order Duofix with start April 16.

 

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