Eta: many cars in the UK don't even have a place for the tether.
Last edited by HollyGolightly81; 14-02-2016 at 19:13.
Back onto the original topic, I'm all for extended RF. I make large children and made it to 18m rear facing in a neon. I contemplated purchasing a new seat that could extend longer, but i honestly couldn't get her INTO the car RF. Even with the tether strap slackened off, it's a small space. Not sure if it's just my car design? (A Volvo XC60). I was shoving her in and always bumping her head. Is there a trick to getting them in?
We kept both our kids rear facing till nearly 12mths much to the merriment of most of our friends. But even when they turned forward facing we still had to use the tether strap and i made sure I picked a car where it was behind the seat not on the roof as that bugged me. They both stayed in them till they reached the top markers which was a bit sooner as the laws changed and our seats didn't extend as much as the new ones so they went into hi liner boosters which DS 9 is now out of as he grew past the makers and I couldn't extend the top any further because of the roof of the car. I would have loved isofix as my car has the points but obviously we can't.
We got all our car seats fitted and DH got given a lesson on how to do it. We didn't move seats unless we absolutely had to.
For those who do get theirs seats fitted by a professional I think it wise to also read manual to double check themselves and also be familiar with the general use of the seat by reading the manual.
In regards to seats being incorrectly installed and HG comments regarding her seat being straight forward using isofix, here's a link to a study showing that isofix does reduce the likelihood of the seat being incorrectly installed.
Whilst other studies may show the safety of isofix seats are the same as a properly fitted seat with a seat belt, the error associated with incorrect fitting is reduced.
For those who don't want to read the whole article (it is 12 pages) the take home message for me was that when they asked people to install an isofix seat 97% installed it correctly.
Last edited by nh2489; 15-02-2016 at 07:43.
I did a bit of googling about the actual statistic of 70% of seats being installed incorrectly. The racv and ses had a day in metro Melbourne at some of the major shopping centres and advertised free checking of child restraints. So it's 70% of people who turned up to that event. I am suspecting it's not a true reflection correct usage rates due the demographics of surrounding areas being different compared to all of Victoria.
Some seats are easier to install correctly than others, and have features that promote safety. The new infa grandeur sounds great as it's got high rf markers, covers can be taken off when still installed I think, doesn't need to be taken out to change strap height, and has straps that are less likely to twist. Hopefully these features will start being in demand and become more common, and also the appeal of not having to shop for another seat for a long time is very appealing for many that don't consider a lot of the safety features
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