Safe Car Seats - Safe n Sound - NRMA Report
During March 2008 Choice reviewed the Safe Car Seat booster Report from the NRMA. The review brings together Booster seats, Child seats and Infant restraints all under the one review, covering
brands such as Safe N Sound, Infa, Hipod, Babylove, IGC, BabyCraft and Vita, With Safe and Sound representing the bulk of the Car Seats/Boosters/Infant Restrainers tested by NRMA.
Though the list of seats tested is very perplexing as there are discontinued models in the list.
Discontinued Car Seats
The first noticable item which one notices about the list of Car Seats/ Booster Seats etc is that "Choice" have decided to list discontinued Car Seats etc, rather than editing the discontinued items out of the report.
The first problem is listing discontinued car seats is that they may not conform to the latest safety standards being laid down by the government and the ACCC. Should a mum decide purchase one of these discontinued car seats/booster seats from a Baby Store which has slow moving stock, then this could endanger the life of the baby/Child, due to the item not conforming to the current safety standards;
Secondly listing the discontinued items; mean that people may try to seek out an item which is no longer made or supported, wasting the time of the parent and potentially seeking out the second hand item just to get that particular brand/make. regardless the Discontinued items should be removed immediately.
Safe Booster Seats ?
Strangely the Safe N Sound Maxirider and other "Safe and Sound" car seats / booster seats did not rate/rank very well for the child booster seats, yet one of the lower priced Booster seats (the Infa Vario Kid) has achieved the highest protection (rated "a" by the NRMA = Exceptional Crash protection, and well above the AS requirements), yet the Safe and Sound Maxirider only managed to rate a "c" (According to the NRMA this means Above-average crash protection, and above the AS requirement), which is the second lowest safety standard.
This I find extremely puzzling as firstly the Safe n Sound Maxi rider can function both as a Child Seat and as a booster seat, suitable for a child from 8 kg through to 26 kg, meaning parents only have to purchase one item and not two.
As can be seen by the video at the end of this post, then safe n sound safety is nothing short if extremely intensive, ensuring your child's safety is of the highest standard.
The last and more puzzling aspect is that I have heard reports that Victorian car seat installers are refusing to install the Infa Vario kid dues to safety concerns, Firstly I would like feedback from any car seat installers as to the veracity of this claim / rumor, secondly how do the "Safe n Sound" products compare and lastly user feedback on any of the car seats / Booster seats tested in the report.
- Cheap (Discounted) Safe and Sound Car Seats
- Cheap (Discounted) Safe n Sound Maxi-Rider Car Seats
- Cheap (Discounted) Infa Vario Kid Car Seats and More
- Choice report on Safety Seats