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#1 jamdonut

Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:53 PM

I need to buy a new convertible car seat for my son. I was originally sold on the Meridian AHR as I was under the impression it was the safest.

Checking out the updated CREPS ratings tonight, I'm surprised.

Unless I'm reading it wrong, according to the ratings, the latest Meridian AHR has dropped from 4 to 3 stars in both RF and FF mode. Is this correct?

My second choice was the Compaq, which is 4 stars RF and 2 stars FF - however, this seems to be for the previous model. I'm wondering if this applies to the new model as well.

In my reading the Babylove Ezy Switch caught my eye - rating 3 stars in RF and 3 stars in FF. Safety-wise this appears to be the best choice, but to be honest I've never really considered Babylove to be 'up there' safety wise... also, it's less than half the price of the Meridian and Compaq. Is there a catch? I.e. is it a nightmare to install/use or something? Is the quality not as good?
Would love your opinions and preferences on whether I should go the Ezy Switch or Compaq.

Edited by jamdonut, 01 February 2013 - 07:15 AM.

#2 Justaduck

Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:19 PM

I am looking at the switch as well.

If you are worried about BabyLove Safety...have a look at the conv boosters (6mth-6yrs). BabyLove is up there, same rating as one of the SnS, and much better rated than some of the other SnS seats. Money doesn't always mean safety

#3 jamdonut

Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:30 PM

QUOTE (broncosbabe @ 31/01/2013, 08:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am looking at the switch as well.

If you are worried about BabyLove Safety...have a look at the conv boosters (6mth-6yrs). BabyLove is up there, same rating as one of the SnS, and much better rated than some of the other SnS seats. Money doesn't always mean safety

Yeah, you're right. I think I'm slightly brainwashed by the Britax marketing in magazines and the spiel you get from staff at the baby shops.

#4 HIH.GD.Isolabella

Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:36 AM

Compaq and Ezyswitch currently sold are not the seats with we're CREP tested. They were the previous models. The New Models are totally New Designs.

I will admit to surprise over the change in result for the Meridian TA as there was very little change from the 2004 to 2010 standard. What has changed is how CREP test and rate.

Don't forget the testing for FF is based on 22kg 6yo test dummies only. Personally I generally am not a fan of convertible boosters for those under 2yrs as often their heads slump forwards when asleep in these seats.

I have a New Compaq and like that. The slim base is great for having next to booster seats or making use of a slim middle seating position. The seatbelt lock off on the seat is also good. I have had other seats with similar base to the EzySwitch which I have found harder to install. Also the Babylove Ezyswitch is made in the Britax Factory wink.gif

Edited by lsolaBella, 01 February 2013 - 08:44 AM.

#5 jamdonut

Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:56 AM

Thanks IsolaBella original.gif
What does the seatbelt lock off do exactly and how is it a benefit? My husband installs our seats so I am fairly clueless! Our car seats never get moved so would that mean the base would be less of a factor for us?
Part of me is leaning to the EzySwitch brcause it rates better than the Compaq in FF - or at least the previous models. But I think maybe the Compaq has better usability? Anyone with an EzySwitch who can provide their thoughts on this?

#6 Futureself

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:09 AM

We have gone with the new Compaq - for both our car and my parents and love it. He uses it in my parents car now at 4 months and we will switch him from the capsule in our car in a month or so. It was very easy to install, is fantastic to adjust and has a good recline RF. My thinking is also this: The Compaq has such great height markers for RF, he'll be able to stay RF for a while and  by the time we have to turn him FF, another CREP round should have been done which hopefully includes this model and we'll be able to see its rating on FF mode then. Also, it's use by very knowledgeable EBers like IsolaBella also got it over the line for me - she knows her stuff  original.gif

Edited by futureself, 01 February 2013 - 09:10 AM.

#7 LeiLei

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:25 AM

QUOTE (jamdonut @ 01/02/2013, 08:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks IsolaBella original.gif
What does the seatbelt lock off do exactly and how is it a benefit? My husband installs our seats so I am fairly clueless! Our car seats never get moved so would that mean the base would be less of a factor for us?
Part of me is leaning to the EzySwitch brcause it rates better than the Compaq in FF - or at least the previous models. But I think maybe the Compaq has better usability? Anyone with an EzySwitch who can provide their thoughts on this?

You can't compare the previous CREP results at all - they are comparing completely different seats, under a new Standard with new testing practices.

I would go for an SnS Compaq or Infa Kompressor.  They have high RF and FF markers, easy to use and install.

#8 purple_daisy

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:41 AM

We have a 2011 model of the ezy switch and we were very happy with it for the first 18 months, but in the past 6 weeks we've noticed the buckle seems to frequently release one of the straps. At first we thought we were just not doing it up correctly, but a number of times we've securely buckled both straps but by the time we arrive at the shops (10 min drive) one of the straps has come out of the buckle. It is always the same strap coming out and I don't think it is DD because at 20 months she doesn't have the strength to push the button to unbuckle and besides only one strap seems to come loose.

So while I really liked the ezy switch for its safety features, I am disappointed in its quality long-term. We have now had to get DD a new chair and have to buy a new convertible for baby number two.
I'm in two minds whether we would trust another baby love.

#9 jamdonut

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:45 AM

Thank you! Very helpful. Think we will go the Compaq after all original.gif

#10 HIH.GD.Isolabella

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:41 PM

Purple Daisy Check you manual about taking out the buckle and rinsing it. Food caught in the buckle can affect the buckle.

#11 ednaboo

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:49 PM

If cleaning the buckle doesn't fix it call the manufacturer and they will send you a new one.

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