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#1 Starry's Mummy

Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:53 PM

Hi all

Just wanting some advice on seating for my DD2, who is 5yo but only weighs a bit over 15kg.  I'm not really across the new standard and what it means for lightweight kids, and want to ensure she is safe after looking at the new CREP results.

She is currently in a Cargo Marathon in DH's car, and a MaxiRider AHR (not the latest one, the older one) in my car - both being used with 5pt harness.  My car is the main car that she travels in.

Both these seats rate as only 3 stars now, so I am wondering whether to upgrade her to a new HiLiner which is 5 stars.

She is also starting FYOS and it would be easier to be in a booster with her dress etc, but this is only a minor consideration.

DD1 is currently in a 2004 model HiLiner, and she would get an upgrade to the new HiLiner too.

I'm not concerned about cost - I've survived a nasty accident myself due in part to my seatbelt/airbag, so I will pay what it costs to ensure they are safe.

Many thanks!

#2 VeritasVinum

Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:14 PM

The HiLiner gets its rating with using the Anti Sub Clip, so there is still something between the legs.

I have moved my 5.5yo who is starting school to a booster seat, but that is partially that his 3yo sister needed his seat.

If she is happy in her current seats I would continue to use them. They do test the seats differently so to can't say seats from different categories perform against eachother. The longer you can leave your child at each level the safer they are.



#3 Starry's Mummy

Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:32 PM

Thanks IsolaBella for the reply - you are very helpful in here!  So would it be better to leave her in the current seats until she outgrows them height-wise?  Or maybe get a better 5pt seat?

And yes, sorry, we do use the HiLiner with the ASC always, but it is still a bit easier to manage than the full 5pt harness (but as I said that is a minor issue).

#4 VeritasVinum

Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:37 PM

Leave in current seat until outgrown height wise is the best. At 5.5-6yrs though I am happy for my kids to move to booster seats even if they may still fit in 5pt harness seat. They won't be out if a booster though until they can pass the five step test.



#5 Starry's Mummy

Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:46 PM

Thanks!  And I agree about the 5 step test.  My kids already know I don't care what other parents do, my job is to keep them safe wink.gif  I'll be watching to see how the Encore10 tests too.




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