The First Class Plus combines the benefits of an infant carrier and a forward-facing car seat that grows with your child. In rearward-facing mode, it is suitable for children from birth until 13 kg in weight (approximately 12 to 15 months old), and in forward-facing can be used with infants between 9 and 18 kg in weight (approximately 9 months to 4 years old).
The First Class Plus car seat is ideal for parents or grandparents who want to buy one seat that will be suitable for several years, or for people who transport children of varying ages on a regular basis.
Rearward-facing seats are the safest way for babies to travel, as their bodies are entirely cocooned by the shell of the car seat in this position. In the event of a frontal collision, the risk of injury is greatly reduced as the forces caused by the impact are distributed more evenly over the child's back, and the cervical spine is put under considerable less strain.
In rearward-facing mode, the Britax First Class Plus offers an extended recline position so your baby can lie flat, while a cotton newborn insert with headrest creates a more comfortable sleeping position.
You should only move to using the forward-facing option once your child is able to sit upright unaided with confidence – don't rush to move your baby into this position, as they can remain rearward-facing up to 13 kg. When they are ready to face forwards, the Britax First Class Plus will provide a safe and comfortable seat for your toddler, with five recline positions that can be adjusted without disturbing them.
One out of four car accidents is a side collision, and side collisions are responsible for 20% of child car crash fatalities, so all Britax car seats provide side impact protection. The deeply padded side wings of the Britax First Class Plus offer optimum body protection and full head containment. During sleep and rest, they support your child from the sides and help keep them in the correct position. In the event of a side collision, the side wings absorb the crash energy, reducing the impact on your child.
Britax advocates children remaining in a properly positioned five-point harness for as long as possible. The First Class Plus has an integral harness with five attachment points – two at the shoulder, two at the hips, and one between the legs – ensuring your child remains securely in the seat. The harness can be adjusted with one pull.
The First Class Plus is fitted with softly padded covers designed for comfort, practicality, and style. The car seat is available in a choice of several covers, and the cover is removable and machine-washable, making it easy to clean.
Spare covers are available separately for the First Class Plus, which you can use when the original is being washed or just to give the seat a new look. For car journeys in hotter weather, you may also want a Summer Cover or a Keep Cool Cover.
Multi-group car seats are adjustable and grow with the child. Britax has taken multi-group seats to high levels of safety and comfort, so they have become a good choice for many parents, grandparents, and those regularly driving children of varying ages.
For safety reasons, you should keep your child in each car seat stage for as long as possible, until they reach the weight limit or their head reaches the top of the seat. This is especially important for babies, as rearward-facing seats offer the safest way of travelling.
When you buy a Britax car seat, you can be reassured that you are benefitting from over 40 years of experience and innovation in child safety. Britax's products are tested to the highest standards, and it is one of very few brands to own in-house crash-test systems – the kind used in the automotive industry – ensuring it provides optimum protection and safety for children. Beyond this, Britax listens to its customers and feeds their experiences into future product developments, so that their car seats and travel systems meet real-life needs.