Britax DualFix Car Seat Review
Britax DualFix Car Seat Review
A top of the range, both rearward and forward car seat suitable from birth to 18kg (approximately 4 years). With 360 degree rotation, the Britax DualFix Car Seat is for parents and relatives that want ease when placing their child into a car seat and the best possible safety protection.
It has deep, softly padded sides which provides optimum SIP (Side Impact Protection) along the entire seat. Optimum comfort and protection makes this car seat stand out from the rest. It’s most noticeable feature is that the seat swivels. A click of a grey button and the recline handle and you’ll have your child facing in the opposite direction, we love the DualFix. It’s especially good for parents or relatives with bad backs or even mothers that have just given birth. Due to the fact that the seat turns to the side means that you will not have to hunch over to place them in a seat or do up a seat belt.
The seat unit has a 5-point safety harness with a one-hand pull adjustment to tighten and release. There is a grey loop-like lever at the top of the head cushion that adjusts the headrest and harness height simultaneously. Which means no worries about re-threading as your child grows.
This seat unit can either be forward or rearward facing, it’s recommended that a newborn stays rearward facing for as long as possible (at least until 9kg) so this car seat works perfectly as a first seat up until the age of 3-4.
In either seat position there are recline positions, for newborns the lowest of the rear-facing options is what you’ll need and as they grown the seat will too. A one-hand recline is easy, we love how fast this seat transforms.
The cover is completely washable so any stains can easily be quickly removed. Performance chest pads and a newborn insert is also included, the chest pads will reduce the forward movement in the event of a collision and the newborn insert adds extra comfort and support for your little one.
The Britax DualFix can take a child from birth (with use of the newborn insert, included) all the way to 18kg which is approximately 4 years old. It’s ideal as a first car seat that will take you all the way until you need a group 2-3 car seat (more commonly known as a high back booster). This means your child will only ever need two car seats throughout their lifetime, ideal for parents wanting one easy purchase.
Rotating the seat between forward and rear facing is easy. Simply change which weight size you will be placing into the seat ( 0 – 13kg or 9 – 18kg) then place the child in from the side. To spin, just push the grey circular button. It will then spin in either a left or right direction! The clever thing is – when in the 0 – 18kg mode, it will not let you turn forward facing, preventing misuse and wrong direction when having a newborn in the seat. We love just how easy it made getting a child in and out as trying to manoeuvre them ‘up and over’ isn’t often easy.
The Britax DualFix is fitted using ISOfix with Pivot Link which is optimum anti-rotation protection. This unique system combines the ISOfix attachment system with a special mechanism. It reduces forward rotation and channels the energy down into the vehicles seat. The ISOfix system also allows direct connection to the car’s ISOfix anchorage points for a simple and safe installation. Green indicators on both the ISOfix points and support leg will ensure for correct installation.
The performance chest pads reduce your child’s forward movement and energy that occurs in the event of an impact, along with the 5-point safety harness that distributes the impact forces out across the strong bones of the body and into the seat this car seat is one of the safest car seats currently on the market.
When in the 0 – 13kg mode (suitable from newborn) the seat does allow itself to be turned forward facing. This is a great safety protection tool that will stop anyone using the car seat incorrectly for a small child. We love this feature, as for people who do not often use the seat may get this wrong and cause the child’s safety to be minimised.
This car seat only uses ISOfix points in your vehicle, along with a foot on the ground (so do make sure there are no under floor storage compartments). The great thing is you only need to install this car seat once. No matter if it’s for rearward or forward travel, it’s the seat unit that spins not the base. We love this feature as neither the seat or base has to be turned in order to face a different direction.
To install, release the ISOfix arms at the back of the seat and locate the ISOfix points in your vehicle. Guides are included to help keep these points showing and can stay on throughout fitting. Then, push the ISOfix arms into the ISOfix points in your car until they “click” into place. This noise plus green indicators lets you know that they are correctly connected.
Then, push the car seat into the vehicle seat so that the rebound bar is compressed into the seat back.
After this, extend the leg to the car floor until this turns green. It’s simple as that and your car seat is fitted.
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