Beds and bedrooms are not the only things being shuffled in our house as we prepare for baby no.4 to arrive. The biggest change of them all is the upgrade from our much loved Subaru Outback to a big 8-seater car so that there is room for another car seat. As we tried different cars and different seat configurations we realised it was the perfect time to check that all the kids were sitting in a seat that is appropriate for their age and size. The conclusion was that our two 4-year olds were ready to move into a bigger seat, preferably one that will take them all the way to 8 years old (as per Australian laws).
Before I started the selection process I made sure to check the current state rules and regulations as they seem to change all the time, once I worked out what type of seat was required by law it was time to start comparing. It is easy to get confused when looking at car seats, there are just so many brands, styles, sizes and features to choose from. Of course above all our main focus is on safety (the same goes for other parents I am sure) which is exactly where Air Protect Technology comes in.
Obviously we all hope never to be involved in a car crash with our little ones, but sadly accidents happen and precious children get seriously injured or even killed every day. The innovative Air Protect Technology is all about protecting your child’s head, the most critical area of the body, from side impact collision through the precise release of air. By choosing a seat with Air Protect installed you can rest assured you are making a very safe choice, just take a look at these impressive test results:
Air Protect Technology has proven to be a very important safety feature for car seats, so it is not surprising that Maxi-Cosi and Safety 1st, two of the world’s best car seat manufacturers, have included Air Protect Technology in their car seat range. Both brands have a fantastic selection of seats on offer to suit different ages, from infant carriers for tiny little bundles all the way up to booster seats. After all, no matter how big or small your child is his/her safety is your number one priority.
For the twins we chose the Maxi-Cosi Goliath ($349), a convertible booster seat that is suitable for children aged 6 months up to 6-8 years old. This new addition to the Maxi-Cosi range is of course fitted with Air Protect Technology which goes beyond the testing required by the Australian Standards. At the moment the twins are both still using the built-in harness but as they get bigger the seats grow with them (headrest and straps are adjustable) and they can use the lap sash seat belt instead.
Aside from the safety features there are plenty of other reasons why the Maxi-Cosi Goliath is perfect for us. We especially love the narrow shape which allows three seats to be fitted in one row (in most modern cars) and the reclining backrest so they fit well on seats of different angles. One of the things we love most is that there is no need to question whether your child is ready to move to the next step, the handy height markers on the seat make it really easy for you: once their shoulders pass the line it is time to make adjustments.
With the school holidays coming up many families will be spending time on the road and the number of accidents rises significantly during the holiday season. Before you head off with your family please make sure your child is sitting in an appropriate seat, seats are installed correctly and seat belts are in good working order. If your child is ready to move up to another car seat don’t put it off, make the safe choice and get a new Air Protect seat installed so your precious cargo is well protected.
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