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Maxi-Cosi Opal Car Seat

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PRODUCT: Maxi-Cosi Opal Car Seat ( Opal Car Seat

DESCRIPTION: A Group 0+/1 rearward facing and forward facing car seat, suitable for use from birth through to approximately 4 years (18kg). Features include adjustable harness, height adjustable headrest (6 positions), 5 position recline (forward facing), belt tensioner, removable cover, support pillow, Side Protection System, adjustable width and height, and same belt routing for rear and forward facing positions. Dimensions are W40 to 55 cm, H60 to 76 cm, weight 9kg. Available in a variety of colours: Intense Red, Total Black, Steel Grey, Brown Earth, and Marble Pink.

INSTALLATION: As a Group 0+ car seat (for use with infants up to 13kg), the seat must be used in a rearward facing position, semi-reclined in the rear or front seats of the car (as long as front passenger seat is not fitted with a functioning airbag). As a Group 1 car seat (babies from 9 to 18kg), the seat must be fitted in a forward facing position in the rear of the car. Before fitting the seat into the car, it needs to be pivoted on its base into the desired position, which is done easily via pushing a button on the base itself and manually rotating the seat.

The seat is fairly straightforward to install and remove, and uses the car's own 3-point seat belt to secure it into position through various guides and locks around the base and shell. It is however essential to read the instructions provided, to ensure Maxi-Cosi Opal Car Seatyou are using the correct fastening technique dependent on the chosen seat orientation (installation instructions are also provided on the side of the seat itself). A seat belt tensioner on the back ensures that the base is held tightly against the rear seats.

GOOD POINTS: The Opal car seat is the perfect choice of seat if you are looking for something that will last your growing child a good few years. Reflected in the price, the seat is of excellent quality, with a wonderful finish and fine embroidery detailing. It also comes in a great choice of colour schemes to suit all tastes.

The fantastic feature of this car seat (which sets it aside from a lot of other car seats) is that it can be used as both a rearward and forward facing seat (note that the same belt routing system is used for either seat position). This means the seat will last your child from newborn baby through to around four years of age, and thereby eliminates the need to purchase another seat once they become toddlers.

The seat has a sturdy base, which it can be pivoted on into the desired front or rear position via an easy one-click mechanism (complete with helpful diagrams so that you can be sure of the position you are choosing). The base has a clever and uniqueMaxi-Cosi Opal Car Seat slanted design, so that in the rearward facing position the seat is semi reclined to suit young infants (this position should be used until your child is about 9kg). This angling also provides added legroom for extra comfort and longer usage, which is ideal for bigger babies. In the forward facing position, the angled base provides a more upright position to suit older babies and children, although the seat can still be handily, and easily, reclined for naps.

The car seat looks incredibly substantial and is very comfortable for your child to travel in, with lots of foam padding and a soft outer seat covering which can be removed for cleaning without having to remove the harness. The seat has a padded support pillow for young babies which can simply be removed once they are older. Your child can be securely strapped into the seat using the fully adjustable five-point harness, which comes complete with padded crotch and shoulder straps for maximum comfort. A button on the front of the seat enables the shoulder straps to be slackened off and tightened as necessary to ensure a quick, easy and snug fit. The seat is also fitted with Side Impact Protection to provide optimal protection in the unfortunate incidence of a side impact crash.

Maxi-Cosi Opal Car SeatThe car seat caters excellently for your child as they grow, and includes an adjustable height padded headrest with side wings, which handily adjusts the harness height at the same time. In addition, a wonderfully ingenious seat width adjuster enables the seat area to be widened to suit your child's age and size, operated by turning a knob on the front of the seat.

In our opinion, this is a wonderfully spacious and well thought out car seat, with some great innovative design features that enable it to last your child throughout the early years, as well as providing piece of mind as a safe and very comfortable mode of travel.

BAD POINTS: The car seat is quite bulky and heavy, and is at the top end of the price range for such seats, although the quality is excellent. Unlike some other Group 0+ baby seats, this seat cannot be removed for use as a baby carrier. The seat must first be removed from the car before the seat position can be altered.

PRICE: Approx. £200


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