When undertaking product reviews it's vital to be honest and not just say what companies want to hear so as to send you more products. We can only effect the efficacy and quality of products we test if we give honest accounts of our experiences with them. So why am I telling you this? Well last August, just before William turned one we bought his first forward facing car seat. He previously had a Maxi Cosi Cabriofix and we loved it, so had no reservations trusting the brand again for his next stage seat.
After much deliberation and countless hours trawling internet reviews, we settled on the Maxi Cosi Tobi. We liked the special features it offered; mainly the stay open harness system, the base which positions the seat higher up in the car so the child can get a better view out of the window and the colour indicator showing the seat is properly secured.
|Maxi Cosi Tobi|
We paid £140 for the car seat and considered it reasonable for a product from a well renowned and trusted brand. Some of the reviews we read highlighted a problem with children being able to slip their arms out of the harness, but naively we thought it was due to incorrect use or that the reviews were written by the small percentage of people who you can never please and love to moan.
The first time we used the seat without William wearing a coat it became apparant there was an issue with the straps. No matter how tight we pulled them, they did not sit flush on his chest and his little shoulders kept slipping out. As it was getting colder he mainly wore coats so it was not an immediate issue and we thought as he grew it would resolve.
The seat had many good points, mainly the height in relation to the window and the ease of stripping and washing the covers but the safety of the straps remained a bit of a worry. We persevered thinking William would grow into it and took extra care to ensure we pulled it as tight as possible over his shoulders. We often checked the seat was adjusted to the right height and always ensured the green indicator was highlighted but somehow the straps still did not safely secure over his shoulder. Instead they slid down which allowed him to wiggle his little arm free. "Mummy arms out" are not the words you want to hear when cruising down the M25 and was the incident that prompted us to take action and replace the seat.
After deciding to write this review, I once again read other peoples reviews of the seat and was horrified to hear so many people having the same problem as us. There are mentions in some reports of trading standards being involved and that the seat may have been withdrawn in America due to safety concerns. I can not confirm the credibility of these comments but will certainly be investigating further and would be very keen to hear your experiences, so if you have time please leave me a comment.
I will link Maxi Cosi into this post, as like I said earlier, it's important to highlight our concerns especially in relation to child safety. This is not to in anyway discredit them as Like I said previously I was very happy with my cabriofix but if this is a common problem then I'm sure they will want to know about it as child safety is as important to them as it is to us.
I look forward to hearing your coments