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CREP ratings and 5 point harness vs booster

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#1 swirlygirl

Posted 22 February 2015 - 03:43 PM

We are on the hunt for a new car seat for our almost 4 year old- average height, slim build. He has just outgrown the height on his meridian tilt n adjust in forward facing mode.

I've been trying to use the CREP website to work out which seat is most safe for him to move into, but I'm rapidly becoming confused!
Wondering if anyone can shed some light...
- Are the ratings (protection) comparable across catergories? Eg is a 5 star rated forward facing seat (5-point harness) equivalent in safety to a 5 star rated booster seat?
- Is a 5-point harness (inbuilt in the seat, not the add-on ones) always safer than a booster (assuming the child fits within relevant height markers)?
For example, I'm looking at the babylove ezy fit (5 star booster) vs mothers choice victory/whirl (5 star in booster mode, but only 3 star in FF harness mode). Does this mean that the dedicated booster/booster mode is safer than the FF harness mode?

Basically, I had thought that I should be keeping my son in 5-point harness as long as possible (and so was trying to purchase one with higher markers than our current seat), but the CREP ratings are now making me question if the booster might be safer depending on the seat?

I hope somebody is able to make some sense of that, I'm thoroughly confused. Thanks if anyone is able to help!

#2 fooiesmum

Posted 22 February 2015 - 03:54 PM


Not all seats are CREP tested - all seats on the market must conform to the minimum Australian standards.

I don't think any of the Type G seats (6 point harness until approx. 8 years old) now on the market have CREP ratings yet - but I'd be choosing them over booster seat any day.  

Your boy must be very long in the torso - my little lady was able to use her S&S Tilt & Adjust until she was 5.5years old and has always been on the 100% for height.

Infasecure option http://infasecure.com.au/products/13-

Britax option http://www.britax.co...at/maxi-guard-2

#3 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 22 February 2015 - 03:56 PM

No can't compare across categories, different testing done.

Inbuilt 5pt harness generally is safest..... That is why racing car drivers use a harness... It is safer than a three point lap sash seatbelt.

Check out the the harnessed seats to 8yrs... Totally new category.

Infa Evolve
Britax Maxi Guard

#4 TotesFeral

Posted 22 February 2015 - 03:58 PM

I don't pay attentio to CREP at all. They do not test all seats and there are some much better seats out on the market than what CREP have listed.

All seats are safe anyway, just some have more features than others which gives them more stars.

Staying in a 5 point harness is safer over a booster with a seatbelt any day. So I would either go the Infa Evolve or the SNS maxiguard.

We have the maxiguard for my DD who is 4.5 and love it. It's a little bit slimmer than the evolve and was a better fit in out car.

Edited by TotesFeral, 22 February 2015 - 03:59 PM.

#5 swirlygirl

Posted 22 February 2015 - 04:04 PM

Brilliant, that clears it up! Thank you both for your replies. I'll look into the seats you mentioned.

fooiesmum, I agree, I was suprised that he grew out of it when he's average height. He doesn't seem to be too long  in the torso for shirts or anything, it's a bit odd that he didn't fit in the car seat.

Thanks again!

#6 *~Sam*G~*

Posted 02 March 2015 - 11:16 AM

Also there is a Babylove Ezy Grow type G seat out aswell

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