As you may already know, Britax Isofix car seats are safe and secure if correctly fitted and this is much easier to do with the Isofix system. However, although these seats are rigorously tested by Britax themselves, they are put through equally challenging tests by other independent organisations to verify the claims made by the company.
When looking at the Britax Duo Plus in particular, it received a ‘good’ rating in the ADAC Motorwelt magazine in 2007, the European NCAP test recommended/good award in 2007 and Stiftung Warentest also rated the seat ‘good’ in 2007. The most prestigious award in the UK has to come from the Which magazine who awarded the Britax Duo Plus a ‘Best Buy’ in June 2009.
For your information, ADAC is Europe’s largest motoring club and has been in existence for over 100 years. ADAC’s publication, the Motorwelt magazine has the largest circulation in Germany and some of the tests it carries out include products related to motoring such as child car seats.
Euro NCAP publishes safety reports for new cars, including crash test performance for the vehicles including front, side and pole impacts, and impacts with pedestrians. Of interest in Euro NCAP reports is that Britax was the preferred car seat in over ¾ of vehicle tests carried out by them.
Stiftung Warentest is a German consumer safety group with over 40 years experience in testing products. Findings are published in two magazines and often on TV. As with most of these groups, the findings it publishes affect consumer behaviour and any ratings a product receives are proudly displayed alongside any advertising.
The Which magazine speaks for itself in the UK and it’s first publication was in October 1957. Formerly the Consumers Association, Which Ltd now runs this product-testing and campaigning charity. It has a strong reputation for consumer protection as well as being involved in advocacy campaigns on behalf of its members.
In brief, these particular Britax Isofix car seats offer two modes of installation, Isofix or a 3-point method. The unique Pivot Link system helps stop forward movement and the 5-point safety harness is easy and fast to fit. The Britax Duo has side impact protection, indicators to confirm your seat is correctly latched onto the Isofix hooks and a ratchet system for a secure installation. The performance chest pads help protect the child and the seat has 3 reclining positions for comfort. If you want to secure the seat further, you can choose to add the top tether and a 3-point seat belt. The seat is height adjustable for when baby grows and the covers are well padded and washable.
All-in-all, the Britax Duo Plus Isofix car seat is one you should consider for your child. It has received several safety awards from independent bodies and continues to be a popular consumer choice.