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Test of car seats for kids reveals flaws in several models

Crash tests of car seats performed by the Swedish consumer magazine Råd & Rön in May found large differences between different models and manufacturers. The crash tests were performed in a slightly higher speed than usual (64 km/h instead of 50 km/h, approximately 40 mph instead of 31). In this speed, the models Emmaljunga First Class 0+ and First Class 0+ bas were torn loose from the installation at impact and thus received a low score.

The seats that performed best were (with the highest score first):

  1. Maxi Cosi Cabriofix + Easyfix base
  2. Britax Römer Babysafe Plus + Isofixbas
  3. Volvo Baby seat, Isofix
  4. Acta Graco Logico S
  5. Brio Primo + bas installed with Isofix
  6. Britax Römer BabySafe Plus + bas
  7. Recaro Young Profi Plus + Isofix bas
  8. Britax Römer BabySafe Sleeper
  9. Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Tri-Fix
  10. Akta Graco Logico S + bas

The worst performers were these (with the lowest score first):

  1. Recaro Start
  2. Emmaljunga First Class 0+ bas
  3. Emmaljunga First Class 0+ isofixbas
  4. Brio Zento
  5. Recaro Polaric

Videos of the Emmaljunga tests can be viewed here (page in swedish). This shows the importance of making sure the car seat is properly installed. In the first video you can see how the seat and child is thrown forward.

After the test was performed the manufacturer of the Emmaljunga seats have improved he construction and offered consumers a free upgrade of older seats.

1 Comment to Test of car seats for kids reveals flaws in several models

  1. Martin's Gravatar Martin
    June 29, 2009 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Sounds pretty bad for the manufacturer of the failing seat. Great to see that the one we got a couple of weeks ago scored well!

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