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This is my third KIDFIX ISOFIT, after the second one worked well in a crash...,
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This review is from: Britax KIDFIX ISOFIT High Backed Booster Group 2/3 (Black Thunder) (Baby Product)
This is an update of my review of the previous version of this seat. The previous version was called 'Britax Max/Black' while this new version is called 'Black Thunder'. Which? magazine appears to regard them as the same seat and the only difference I can find is a change to the cover finish, which now has a stylised check pattern on the arms.
ISOFIX/ISOFIT child seats fix to metal anchor points built into the back of many car's seats and are ideal if you can leave the seat fixed in your car most of the time as they tend to be quite heavy. These ISOFIT seats are so much more secure than traditional belted versions it is amazing and they have the advantage that even when a child isn't belted into them they are still fixed in place and won't fly around the car in a crash. However, for flexibility the ISOFIT mounting 'arms' can be folded in underneath this seat and it can then be used in a traditional belted configuration if you need to use it in a car that doesn't have ISOFIT mounting points.
A clear pictorial guide to installing the seat is shown on the outside of seat itself so you don't need to refer to the manual, although it is very straightforward anyway. The manual and the list of approved vehicles is located in a slot in the base of the seat - which is a a nice touch to help ensure they say with the seat rather than getting lost in the back of a drawer.
We had some difficulty getting this installed in a 2010 Toyota Verso, but on Googling this appears to be an issue with Toyota's seat cover design and having manually stretched the covers a little and using the supplied plastic guides it fitted eventually. While previously these plastic guides were bright yellow, the ones that came with this are very dark grey so are not obvious if they have to be left in situ. When the seat is out of a vehicle it is relatively easy to unclip the seat cover and machine wash it on a gentle cycle should the need arise.
We selected this seat on the basis of the Which? crash testing and review which rates it a best buy (as of May 2013 there are 22 Best Buy car seats and you can currently get a trial membership for £1 if you want to see the others). We recently had the misfortune to be involved in an unavoidable head-on collision and put the seat to the test. The traffic police commented afterwards that this child seat was still 'rock solid' in the rear seat. Thankfully our child received only minor injuries from a massive impact that wrote the car off. As a result I can't recommend the ISOFIX concept in general and this seat in particular highly enough. Some of the best money we have ever spent. Get one of these, or one of the highly rated competitors, right now!
A NOTE ON SELECTING THE RIGHT SEAT FOR YOUR CHILD AND CAR:
In determining the right seat for the child it is their height and weight that are important, rather than their age. Also, not every seat will fit every car. Britax and many other manufacturers have 'tools' on their website to let you check vehicle compatibility.