Product Type: Britax child car seats
Newest Review: ... anyway! Although the main times I use this car seat I use it with compatible Britax isofix base just for ease of use but on a few occasi... more
maybe Britax need to rethink their compatability?
Britax Babysafe Plus SHR II
Member Name: ariom
Britax Babysafe Plus SHR II
Advantages: good safety reports, easy to use
Disadvantages: poor angle in my car, no seatbelt protector, sunshade flimsy/
We've been using the Babysafe SHR II for just iver 4 months now, since my son was newborn. It's fitted into my Skoda Fabia 2002 version on a rear seat using the Britax isofix base. We chose this seat on account of it's good Which rating and our previous good experience with a Britax Safefit with my older son. We bought the seat in a Billy colour which is a dark checked colour, not ideal for concealing babysick, but was on offer and cleans up nicely.
The seat is sturdy and appears strong and well built. There's a clip on the side for added side impact D-SIP protection. The seat is heavy but carriable. I carried T in it once as a 1 month old but now would struggle and he's a small baby - mostly I put him in the sling if I need to carry it. It stays in our car most of the time and only comes out if I go to the dentist and need to take him in with me.
The seat is supposed to be adjustable so that the seat becomes flatter for smaller babies and becomes more of a sitting position for older babies. On the floor in my dining room this appears to work great, with a simple one-handed adjustment by bringing the backrest forward. In my car, it's really quite upright in the flat position. I don't know if this is added to by the base, but it certainly wouldn't be flat with the seat's slope even if without the base. When he was tiny I often found he'd loll forwards in the seat, so his head was outside the protection of the seat sides, and I think the seat angle was a contributing factor in this. It has improved as his neck strength has improved, but on the rare occasions he sleeps in the car, it can still be an issue. My niece also has this car seat for her little girl and has told me that she doesn't have this problem in her car, but does in her mother's. To me, it seems to be compatibility issue that needs checking out rather than a generic fault, though it is very much a problem for us.
Adjusting the seat belts is easy, height can be adjusted by moving the back rest, slackness by pressing a button at thr front. The seatbelts join together before clipping into the bracket which is easy to do, but not a one-handed job. Unlike other seats we've had from Britax, there is no fabric protector behind the seatbelt clips. This has meant skin has been caught on one occasion drawing blood. It's a complete puzzle why there isn't anything to protect there.
Our only other minor complaint is the sunshade frequently comes undone. It's good at blocking light but does seem a little flimsy when moved about, and it detaches too easily from the car seat.
Overall, this may be a very strong car seat, but it isn't as effective in my car.
Summary: not great in a skoda fabia 02
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