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Recaro Monza Seatfix Booster

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PRODUCT: Recaro Monza Seatfix Booster ( Monza Seatfix

DESCRIPTION: A high back booster seat for children between 15 – 36kg. Features include an adjustable headrest, double side impact protection, inflatable pillow system, and integrated speakers. Available in a variety of colours.

ASSEMBLY: None required.

INSTALLATION: The seat comes with integrated Seatfix arms so that it can be easily fitted to models of vehicle which have Isofix points. This is simply a case of extending and locking the arms on the back of the base into the corresponding mountings, which in turn secures the seat to the vehicle’s chassis so that it does not move out of position. The seat is designed so that the lap belt is positioned across the lap rather than the stomach of the child, and a special guide ensures that the shoulder belt does not cross the child’s neck area. As with all child seats, it is recommended that you read the instructions before fitting the seat to any vehicle.

GOOD POINTS: This seat is excellent both in terms of protection and comfort for your child. It meets all the latest European testing standards, and won the Red Dot Design Award in 2008. It is suitable for a large weight range which relates roughly to 3 - 12 years, and is designed to accommodate children up to a height of 150cm with the backrest attached. This should therefore be the only seat you will need to buy for your child.

In terms of safety, the seat provides double side impact protection and extra side impact protection for the head, and is angled so as to reduce the risk of ‘submarining’ (i.e. slipping under the belt during the event of a crash). Securing your child into the seat is a very quick and simple process using the standard adult safety belt. Full instructions on all aspects of the seat are included under the base, which are well-written and easy to follow.

Recaro Monza SeatfixThe seat is well padded to provide maximum comfort for your child during any length of travel, and is covered in top quality microfibre material which is breathable and has a very soft finish. All the covers can be removed for cleaning and are machine washable. Replacement covers are also available to buy separately should any accidents or spillages occur. In addition, the seat provides excellent ventilation through its back and base which helps reduce discomfort through natural sweating.

The seat can be customised to cater for all ages, that is, the headrest can be moved to accommodate your child as they grow in height. The headrest incorporates a clever inflatable pillow to provide extra padding and comfort for your child’s head while they are awake – this is pumped up via a rubber ball. On longer journeys where your child may need to sleep, the pillow can be deflated at the push of a button to allow a more reclined head position. Arm rests on either side of the seat give additional support.

The ultimate design feature has to be the speakers in the head support, which are simply connected to any audio source through a standard headphone socket, and the cable for this can be tucked away into a handy mesh pocket. The volume has a limited range so as to prevent damage to your child’s ears (and of course annoyance to others!).

This truly is a fantastic seat which provides optimum comfort and safety. In our opinion it is one of the most luxurious booster seats on the market, with great and novel features which set it apart from other booster seats. It is attractive and sporty in design and will definitely appeal to any age of child (it was a definite hit with our own!).

BAD POINTS: Due to the features and quality of the seat, this is at the top end of the price range for booster seats, but is well worth the money. Although the seat is designed for children as young as 3 years, the position of the safety buckle makes it easy for children to undo on their own - therefore caution must be taken when using with children at the lower end of the age range. The seat has no cup or bottle holders for your child to access.

PRICE: Approx. £140

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