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Britax Freeway Car Seat

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Features include a five-point, one-pull harness which secures your child in the seat and is easily adjustable, three positions from upright to reclined, for your child’s comfort and a slimline base that allows it ro fit onto modern sculptured car seats. This seat installs using a lap and diagonal seat-belt or a lap belt. Suitable from 9 months to 4 years

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      11.09.2005 22:19

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      Basic car seat.

      I bought this from new, my other car seat was given to me by my sister. Costing £79.00 for 9mon to four years I found this cheap in comparison with other makes/brands. Unfortunatley on a limited budget I had little choice. However, I have found this car seat to be versatile fitting a variety of cars, easy to fit and my baby is quite happy with it.

      The other model I have which is Mothercare is much more difficult to fit, the over shoulder belt has to go between the casing and material, on the Britax it goes through a gap with spring catches. The Mothercare one is clips.

      There is much less padding on the Britax, however, neither of my babies seem to find this uncomfortable & they both use it happily. The fastening you have to hold the two strap catches together, then push them into the main catch. The mothercare one the catches clip together then push in.

      I am not displeased with this, but I will replace it with a better model as soon as I can afford.

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      07.11.2002 06:15
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      this car seat started off fine, so comfortable for my daughter but as she grew it became increasingly difficult to tighten the harness, now she was only 2yrs old when we started having problems with it. the pads that go on the five point harness are what is making pulling the straps tight so difficult and now the left hand shoulder strap is frayed and needs replacing. there are good points which are why we bought the freeway, like the reclining seat and easy to clean cover but at the end of the day that doesn't come before safety and this car seat isn't safe and it hasn't been abused in any way to cause the problems that i am having.

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        23.08.2001 04:22
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        We have recently purchased the Britax Freeway car seat from John Lewis. We were a convert to Britax after buying their rock-a-tot baby seat. The quality is good and Amy seemed to like it so why change ? The Freway itself is a very sturdy strucutre. There is a lot of good, stiff plastic around the back and base which gives you some confidence that the body would hold firm if you did have the misfortune of being involved in an accident. The five point strap system is very secure although it can be quite fiddly to change the height settings. This involves unhooking the main harness, pushing the belts throught the holes in the seat and then struggling (unless you have small hands) to push the belt back through the holes further up the seat. I guess that although it was quite difficult to do this, it at least proves that the harness would not come loose in an accident. The process of fitting the seat is pretty straightforward. Firstly, recline the seat as far as it goes, giving hand space to push the seat belt under the main seat. You then fix the car seat belt securely and ensure it runs flat behind the seat. The seat belt then threads through a simple spring mounted catch which prevents the belt slipping. A couple of good yanks later and the car seat is fixed rigid with almost no movement. The seat offers a limited degree of movement but this is a car seat designed for safe carriage of children and not 1st class on a British Airways 747. The material is of a high quality and rest assured, does wipe clean of those wonderful bodily substances that young children produce so easily. In their literature, Britax do ask you to check carefully that the seat will fit in your car. They do provide a helpful customer service line to help you check. There are obviously some seats that this model will not fit safely and it is worth double checking, for safety's sake. We found that John Lewis in Milton Ke
        ynes were very helpfull and one of their assistants brought the seat out to the car park to allow us to check it fitted in both our cars (a good plus point for John L's!). Overall, this is a very good seat and something that we are pleased with. If it's not quite what you were looking for, it's still worth going to John Lewis for the fantastic service they give you.

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        17.08.2001 03:30
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        It is so difficult to decide which car seat to buy with so many on the market. I spent hours surfing the net looking for reviews and safety tests. Just as I was about to make my descision a report was published in the national press slating all car seats available in the UK. The two that it rated were not available in this country. Once again I surfed the net desperate to ship in only the best for my son. Car seats seemed to be ruling my every thought. My son was fast growing out of his Group 0 seat so a descision had to be made. I spent hours staring at the seats in various different stores. I mean to the untrained eye they all look pretty much the same. The assistant in Mothercae was however very helpful. She assured me that it was the fit that was important rather than the actual seat. So basically I could have a top of the range seat but if it did not fit in my car correctly it would be useless. I tried one style but I could clearly see that it didn't fit, it moved around far too easily. I then tried the Britax Freeway and it was far more secure. I have 2 cars and bought different model seats for each, the Britax Freeway is by far the best. The seat comes in just one design which is a red and navy blue check. The base of the seat and the trim are also navy blue. The design always looks clean and is fully machine washable. This car seat is forward facing and a Group 1 seat. It is suitable from 9-18kg which is approx 9 months - 4 years. I was a little worried by this as my son was only 7 months when he grew out of his previous seat. The shop assistant told me that as long as he could sit unaided for 15 minutes and support his head well, this seat would be suitable. Luckily he could do both of these but I don't know what I would have done if he couldn't. The seat can be used in both the front and back seat providing your car does not have a passenger air bag fitted. The Freeway has 3 adjustable sea
        t positions so that baby can be reclined. I just tend to keep it in the mid position. The seat is so comfortable that my son falls to sleep in it almost straight away anyway. I found the seat quite difficult to fit at first. It is hard to pull the seat belt tight enough in order to make it as secure as possible. The seat belt threads through the back of the car seat and there is a lock device which makes sure that the seat belt tension is maintained. This really does work and I find that once the seat is fitted I do not have to keep tightening it. To lengthen the harness you simply press a button at the bottom of the seat and pull the straps. Once baby is clipped in you pull the bottom of the safety harness so that it is tight enough for your child. The harness is a bit puzzling to clip at first as it sort of twists one way - you'll know what I mean if you've got one. Once you use if everyday you soon get the hang of it. Or you could do what my Mum did and paint a dot of nail varnish on each clip and then simply match them up so that you know that you have done it right! I like this seat - it is sturdy, comfortable and stylish but make sure you try it out in your car before you buy! Thanks for reading.

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          19.05.2001 06:48
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          I recently discovered a terrible fact: base of the head reaching to the top of the car seat, constant straining at the harness to try to see out of the car window, screaming throughout all journeys. Yes, Leah - at the tender age of 6 1/2 months - had outgrown her stage 1 car seat! I hate it when children grow up! Here, I was left with a dilemma. Should I wait until the recommended 9 months, or should I do my own thing and move her into the next stage without delay? Which do you think I chose? With Leah getting into such a state that every journey is accompanied by the noise level usually heard only by bats and passing dogs, you would have done the same. I hold my hands up and admit - I moved her into the next stage! Aren't second stage car seats expensive? We were extremely lucky; my sister-in-law has four year old twins, who - rather conveniently for us - had just grown out of their Britax Freeway car seats! One hint that Leah was sitting unaided and ready for a change, and - hey presto! - I have not one, but two, seats for the use of! One for each car! No panicking because hubby has gone to work and taken the car seat with him! I have a lovely sister-in-law! I have to admit that I am impressed with these particular seats. Luxuriously padded, with strap and crotch padding, plus a little head cushion, Leah rides like a queen. The seats sit quite high up in the car, allowing Leah to see clearly as we speed (sometimes!) through countryside and town alike. The one-pull adjustment system on the five point harness allows for easy lifting in and out. (A little tip: before you take baby out, pull the harness so that it is loose, thus facilitating easier strapping-in ready for the next trip! Oh yeah - don't forget to tighten the harness again before setting off; I don't want anyone to accuse me of putting their child's safety at risk!) The straps connect in an unusual way (maybe it's not
          unusual; maybe I don't have the adaptability that the car seat has!) and on the first few uses (okay, I admit - for the first month!) it looks like the strap is twisted. Fear not, you will get used to it, and once you do up the straps you will see that they are, in fact, quite straight! The Freeway is simple to place in the car, and can be fitted using a lap strap or 3 point diagonal seat belt. I prefer to use the full 3 point fitting; somehow, I have this fear that the baby will tip up if only a lap strap is used, although my sister-in-law used this method successfully. (Damn, I keep giving away clues to my mental paranoia!). Modern versions of the seat have a guard that prevents the seat belt from entangling with the child's straps. It has a good, sturdy base, which is reasonably narrow - enabling it to fit into all makes of car, ancient or modern (trust me - we have both!). There is a one-handed reclining mechanism, which does not disturb the child if he/she falls asleep. Actually, they are quite likely to fall asleep. I would, if my seat were as comfortable as this appears to be! The upright position is, however, very upright. If you experiment with the positioning when the seat is out of the car, it looks almost as if you are tipping the seat forward. I hasten to add that it looks different in the car - but not a recommended position for a young baby who is just moving into a second stage seat. The seat cover is removable and machine washable, and extra covers are available (costing in the region of £30, but handy if you have an older child who eats/drinks in the car, but manages to get most of the fodder anywhere but in the mouth!). Other accessories, including a play tray, are available; Halfords seem to have a pretty comprehensive range to fit this model. The shoulder straps have 3 positions along the length of the seat back, giving greater adjustment as your child grows. So, I have had t
          o face up to the fact that Leah is a big girl now, and still growing at a rate of knotts. But at least our journeys are a damn site quieter these days!

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            12.01.2001 17:07

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            The Britax Freeway Car Seat is one of the best car seats that we have found in the car seat market. It's built to last and withstand the wear and tear that comes from the daily use of placing your baby or toddler in the car seat. My parents bought the Britax for my baby sister after carefully reviewing and testing it in the store with some of the other brands. I have to say that the Britax offer the most convenient and easiest handling when it comes to installing and removing your car seat in and out of a vehicle. Also the quilt that covers the seat is very plush and comfortable, which I found extremely wonderful since I had a premature baby and I felt that the cushioning had to be soft enough for him. The five-point harness is very easy to use even when the child has a very heavy quilted coat during the winter season. We think that this is the best car seat that we have ever bought and I just wish that I had one as a child. It may be a bit pricier that the other models but it's worth every penny. As my girlfriend is now pregnaunt we will most deffinately be buying one for our child!! Features: * Forward facing car seat * One pull harness adjustment and chest clip help provide snug fit for wiggly toddlers * Seating positions upright and recline for enjoyable travel * Deeply padded wings give additional comfort and improved side impact protection * 5-point harness to distribute loads more effectively * designed to make forward facing installation more secure

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            30.07.2000 05:13
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            We purchased the Britax Freeway Car Seat from Mothercare over a year ago and it has so far lasted very well indeed. It's a sturdy piece of kit, with more safety straps than you can shake a stick at. Over the months, the design has changed slightly, this is mainly the cover material, ours is red and blue checked which washes very well. The cover can be easily taken on and off, which if your toddler is normal, then this is surely a prime requisite. Another benefit is as the child grows, the straps can be re-threaded through the seat to give more height. When I first came to install the seat in the car (Ford Fiesta), I consulted the instruction manual, and although I have a university degree, the instructions and pictures were initially quite baffling. After spending over half an hour struggling with straps and tussling with clips, I decided to throw in the towel and consult the boss. My wife came out to the car and seat, took a brief look at the instruction pamphlet and took precisely two minutes to fit the seat with very little effort! So, any dads reading this - don't bother trying to fit the seat yourself, get the missus on the case! Seriously though, a recent survey stated that many infant car seats are improperly fitted, so try to get the friendly store assistants to fit the seat for you before taking little one home in it - you never know.

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            25.07.2000 21:01
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            I've had mine for three years and both my boys have used it. It really does look so comfortable, nicely padded [with pads on the shoulder and groin staps and a little head cushion]. It reclines, so when James nods off I can move it to stop his head lolling about. It's relativly easy to secure into the car [we've used it in four - 3 different Vauxhalls and a Mercedes] although it's heavy to lug about. I bought a spare cover initially so I just swap them about and I always have a spare in the boot in case of juice/vomiting accidents, I seem to recall the spare cover was about £30 at that time, so they may cost more now, but have lasted well and are still in good condition. I also bought a play tray but I wouldn't recommend this, as they have never bothered with it and just pull it off. It is quite high so is easy to lift them in and out of and gives a good view out of the window, which must come as a welcome change after looking at the back of the seat for months! A good, sturdy, comfortable seat.

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            16.07.2000 18:46
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            They say, don't they, that a first stage car seat should last until about 9 months!!? I'm yet to meet someone who has managed to use one for that long. There is a concern though that a second stage seat it not safe enough for a baby until this time. I suppose it's the old thing that different babies develop at different rates but I had to move my son into his second seat at 5 1/2 months. I was a bit reluctant to do so, for reasons of safety mostly, but he was starting to become unsafe in his rear-facing seat, a Klippan Carry-Easy. He was always putting his head towards his feet, I think he was wanting to sit up, he would try his hardest to get as far out of the seat as he could and I was starting to worry that , if we had to brake hard, he would bang his head back on the seat so I mad the decision to move him into his bigger seat. The Britax Freeway Seat I have is excellent! I have it in the slightly reclined position and it looks comfortable, cosy and not too big for him at all. I am actually wondering how on earth he's going to fit into it in a few years! For the mean time though, I am very glad I moved him, I actually wish I'd been brave enough to do it as soon as he looked uncomfortable in his first one!

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