BeSafe iZi Combi X3 Isofix Car Seat, Black/Alcantara
Not as good as I expected
The spring in the head rest broke after 2 days of use. Besafe repaired it within 2 days by sending a representative to my home address.
The head rest is awkward and stiff to move with the button and the button is quite low down in the back of the head rest so its not that easy to move.
The seat is big and leaves little leg room in the front passenger seat of my car. I have a fairly large Mazda 6 hatchback.
I find the harness strap really hard to pull tight which makes it almost impossible to pull straight, potentially causing future damage to the strap (as others have commented on).
The recline isn't that good and my baby (11 months) doesn't sleep that long in it compared to her old infant carrier which Ive only just stopped using. Incidentally this seat is supposed to be good to use from 6 months and at 6 months we tried it in my car so my husband could have the infant carrier to drive her to nursery but she looked uncomfortable and hunched and her head was not well enough supported. By this time she could sit unaided. We had to buy another infant carrier until i felt she was old enough for this seat hence us just using it again now at 11 months.
By all accounts this seat is supposed to be very good and I have no concerns with regards to the safety aspect of the chair, but I just don't gel with it. I also find it difficult to instal and get out of my car, but my husband does it in a couple of minutes so its probably just me.
There are easier and slightly smaller ERF seats on the market and the Maxi Cosi 2way Pearl that JL also stock is a breath of fresh air! Worth a look if you want a better recline and an easier to use seat. Its also Isofix forward facing too! I have reviewed that seat also.
19 March 2014
I agree with one star review of jan 2013
The seat is terrible and I will re-phrase what is written here, had to come back to John Lewis to purchase another car seat this year after 3 months of usage. Same issues found and reason for buying a new seat and spending more money is that "The seat is huge and needs a lot of space.
- The seat is very heavy so it is far too time consuming and bulky to move from car-to-car."
- the reclining position is cry difficult and cannot be done as from the driver seat if your child falls asleep while with maxi cosi this option is very easily done.
13 January 2014
Excellent car seat
A very good product, solid and high quality. The seat is relatively easy to fit, and is very secure and solid once installed. The removable washable protective pad which the child sits on is very useful if there is a little accident :-) . The magnetic holders for the shoulder straps is a very clever feature and holds back the straps while you put the chuld in the seat.
Dont under estimate how much space this seat takes up, we use our Mk3 renault scenic and it just fits in - if you want to still travel in the seat in front.
08 January 2013
Poor quality belts
We bought this seat because after lots of research we believed it would be the safest seat. However, it has major drawbacks and after less than 1 year we're throwing it away. Here are our issues:
- Out daughter (now 2 years old) can slip her shoulders out of the belts, no matter how tight they are. This is a serious safety issue. (This isn’t possible with the other seat we use for her.)
- The design of the belt mechanism means they often jam. The belt fabric has excessive wear and it is not always easy to faster her in. Worryingly, the belts are not covered by the warranty!
- The seat is huge and needs a lot of space. We have a large 7 seater and with the seat in the rear facing position there is very limited front seat legroom; this is an issue (in our car) for anyone over 6 foot as their knees will be touching the dashboard, which would be a major issue in a collision.
- If used forward facing, there is no isofix.
- The seat is very heavy so it is far too time consuming and bulky to move from car-to-car.
07 January 2013
im a nanny and have had this seat for 8 mths and the only niggle ive found is it doesnt recline as much as i would like although none of the babies and toddlers ive used it for have seemed fussed and have all slept happily in it. all in all a fab seat, easy to install in my renault scenic (and yes the car does have floor storage but the leg doesnt lie on the lid its further forward on the floor so its safe).
youngest ive had in the seat was 6 month and oldest was 3years 4 mths (he still had plenty of growing room).
all in all a really good seat with the added knowledge of being safer rearfacing for longer.
24 December 2012
GREAT SEAT!! 5 times safer
It tooks us few months to decide which seat to decided because it was so much choice out there but when my friend pass me this information, i new i´ll buy this one without thinking if is too much money or not!! who can put a price on your child´life??
BeSafe Rear facing car seats are 5 times safer
Back in the 1960s medical traffic researchers in Sweden discovered the advantages of having small children sitffting rear facing in a collision. Consequently there are no forward facing car seats for children under the age of 3 on the Swedish market and this reflects very well on Sweden which has the lowest accident statistics in Europe!
Forward facing child car seats - subjecting the neck and head to considerable strain.
Small children are not miniature versions of adults. Their heads are disproportionately heavy, their backs and neck vertebra are under-developed and their reflexes and ability to react are poor. If a child is sitting forward facing in a collision its head will be thrown violently forwards, subjecting the neck and head to considerable strain. The child also risks injuries from impact with the front seats or from fragments flying into the part of car where they are sitting.
So if you want the bes for your child, go for this car seat , IT´S FAB!!!
14 November 2012
Rather heavy but it looks and feels very safe. Very easy to install and use. It provides a good sitting position which allows my 22 month old to see out of the window. He is comfortable and is happier in this seat than he was in his previous seat. The manufacturer might consider a foot plate (rather than only the bar) which would be useful. I am really happy with the purchase and think it is money well spent.
04 September 2012
5 times safer in a frontal road accident.
Bought this following researching stage 1 car seats and the evidence proving that it's much safer for little one to continue facing rearwards for (with this seat) up to 4 years. In Scandinavia it's normal for children to rear face until 4 years. It's us that's behind the times in terms of safety! Like the face that it can be turned forward facing if required. The seat is fairly straight forward to fit, but it's heavy, so wouldn't recommend it for switching between cars to often. There are video guides on youtube to advise how to fit. Feels solidly built and my daughter looks comfortable in it. Reclines, although you will need to adjust the front passenger seat so that it remains in contact with the carseat as this is recommended for added stability. Fits in my Vauxhall Corsa and still space in passenger front seat for me (5ft7) without my knees being in the glove box! Wouldn't be comfortable for my 6ft husband to sit infront of it for a long journey though. Nice and high so baby happy to be looking out the window or rear screen so we have quieter journeys now as she's not bored when awake. There is a gap in between the carseat and the car's back rest for child's legs to drop down in to. Suitable from 6 months as baby needs head control and some sitting balance. If you're looking for highest safety possible rather than most convenient product, this is the one for you.
28 August 2012