We love Britax carseats in Chez Monkey. We’ve used them since Lil Sis first moved into a forward-facing seat, and I’ve always felt reassured by their dedication to constantly improving and updating their range to keep up with the latest research and technology.
We’ve just moved Big Sis to the brand-spanking new KIDFIX XP SICT and (as sad as it sounds) I get a buzz every time I look at it, because it just looks so safe!
It’s the cutting-edge features that set my mind at ease. The seat is an Isofit, which means it’s clipped to anchorage points installed into the car itself. So when your vehicle stops, so does the seat, reducing that dangerous forward jolt and the impact to your child’s head, neck and spine.
Added to that is the XP-PAD, the rectangular cushioning on the seatbelt you can see in the top photo, which diffuses the impact in the case of an accident and reduces the force directed onto your child’s neck.
But what really appealed to me was the new Side Impact Cushion Technology (SICT). You can just see it in the photo to the far right (Big Sis wasn’t much up for pics that day, so I had to grab what I could before she went on strike!).
It looks like a big white disc, which you literally unscrew so that it juts out of the side of the seat nearest the door. This cushion absorbs some of the impact in the case you’re hit on the side of the car (one of the most common — and dangerous — types of collisions).
Hopefully we’ll never have to put the features into practice, but it’s reassuring to know they’re there, keeping the girls as safe as possible.
BRITAX KIDFIX XP SICT, RRP: £165
• car seat was provided for the purpose of review