Chosing a car seat can be a complete minefield. With so many different styles and features to choose from I really didn’t know where to start. I began really researching the whole car seat market when my son was 9 months. He’d always been awful in the car, screaming blue murder during every journey longer than 10 minutes and my dream of days out and about some turned into the reality of staying with the confides of my small village.
But for the sanity of myself and anyone else unlucky enough to join us in the car, I needed to find a way to stop my baby crying in the car, one of which was to change car seats. This was when I stumbled upon impact shield car seats. I thought maybe not feeling so restricted might help him but I was apprehensive about switching to a forward facing seat at a times when the advise was to keep rear facing as long as possible
The difference with this style car seat is that the force of a head-on collision is distributed over the impact shield and absorbed by its impact-absorbing materials. This system resembles an inflated airbag and helps to significantly reduce the force of impact in the event of an accident. The harness does not injure the child, while at the same time the sensitive head, neck shoulders and inner organs are protected.
It offers more freedom of movement of the upper body as well as maximum safety especially in frontal impacts when compared to conventional five-point harness systems. In most you use the car’s fitted seatbelt and as my son does have a tendency to pull his arms out of his straps, this certainly seems like a safer option.
I thought I’d share the list which I narrowed it down to save anyone else the time effort if you’re thinking of switching to this style seat.
- One-hand adjustable safety cushion (Gr. 1)
- Can be used for up to 11 years
- Individually adjustable Linear Side-impact Protection (L.S.P. System Plus)
- Comfortable one-hand recline function (Gr. 1)
- Patented reclining headrest
- ISOFIX Connect for extra stability and safety
- Already complies with the new ECE R-44/04 addition Supplement 7
Why Would you Choose this one?
The new generation of the award-winning Pallas series offers optimised safety and comfort including a 3-position reclining headrest cleverly prevents the child’s head from falling forward while asleep. Choose this one if your child tends to nap in the car.
Kiddy Guardian Pro 2
rrp £264 (cheapest price I’ve found is £139 )
- Forward facing Group 1-2-3 IsoFix Car Seat suitable for use from 9-36kg (approx 9 months to 12 years)
- Comfortable Lateral Head & Shoulder Rests with Impact Shield & Shock Absorber
- One-Hand Adjustment Of The Head & Shoulder Rests
- High Performance Absorbing Material (Honey Comb V2)
- Adjustable Seat Height & Recline
Why Would you Choose this one?
Kiddy car seats are approved by TÜV Rheinland and the Federal Aviation Authority for use in aircraft. After the flight and on holiday, you can also use the child seat in a rental car and so there is no compromise on safety for your child. Choose this one if your travel regularly and prefer to take your own car seat.
Recaro Monza Nova IS
£175 (cheapest I found was £164)
- Group 1/2/3 / 9 – 36kg / 9 months – 11 years (approx.)
- Forward facing car seat
- Quick & simple installation to ISOFIX anchorage points
- 11 adjustable height positions
- Side-impact protection system
- Impact shield
- Removable, washable covers
- Adjustable head rest depth
- Integrated speakers in headrest
- Mp3 side pocket
- Ergonomic foam padded seat
- Air Circulation System for breathability
- Weight 7.7kg
What makes this one special?
An integrated speaker system in the headrest and an mp3 side pocket allows your little one to listen to music on the go. Perfect if you don’t want to listen to Frozen on repeat.
Jane Montecarlo R1 Xtend
rrp £210 (found it cheapest at £149)
- Aluminium structure improves protection by 70% compared to traditional systems
- Reclining backrest and adjustable armrests
- Height and width of the sides of the headrest and the backrest areas are independently adjustable
- Maximum protection thanks to the improved large wrap around headrest and side shock absorption
- Seat belt route means the cars diagonal belt adapts perfectly to the height of the child’s shoulder
- Ergonomic design and ventilation maximises comfort
- Smartphone QR barcode for in car fitting videos
- Indicators confirm the ISOFIX hooks are engaged
Joie Transcend Group 1 2 3 Car Seat
rrp £180 found it cheapest at £149
- Group 1/2/3 car seat
- Suitable forward facing from 9-36kg
- Adjustable side impact protection expands or folds into seat
- 3 position adjustable seat depth
- 11 position mechanical headrest adjustment
- Seat widens as headrest raises
- 4 position front cushion with ventilation
- Plush, deluxe cushioning and fabrics
- Cosy infant insert
- Removable and washable seat cover
- Breathable fabrics for ventilation
- 10 position retractable ISOFIX connectors
- Easy ISOFIX release button”
Why Would you choose this one?
The cheapest of the bunch this one is great if you’re on a budget but still want to convenience of an impact shield
Do you use an impact shield car seat? I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these yourself.