I have had 2 and love them, in my ford focus! The bottom part of the tensioner sometimes needs reseting once taken out of the car, this can usually be done my lifting it away from the seat, and pulling the lever back. I had my son in his until he was over 4 yrs old, and my daughter had a new one, which she still has. My sons is now in my partners car for my daughter, as they are heavy and faffy to fit, but last a long time and are very sturdy. I also just put all the covers and belts in the washing machine to clean, but dirt can get stuck under the seat and is difficult to clean, after 5 yrs i have master this! Im also buying another for my 3rd baby. Can not rate this carseat highly enough, will buy it every time.
I bought 2 Britax Renaissance-Rome car seats from Kiddicare after having a demo model tried in my 2008 Ford Galaxy.
The staff at Kiddicare attempted to fit the new seat in my galaxy, but the tensioner would not lock down. They tried the other new seat, and the tensioner on this one would not work. They tried the seats on the test seat in the shop, and they still did not lock down.
A third seat was fetched from the warehouse, this one was tried on the test seat in the shop, no problem, and initially seemed to lock down correctly in my car, but failed when removed and re-fitted!
The seats in the Galaxy are normal seats, and the same as Ford S-Max seats, and possibly others in the Ford range.
All three seats became faulty when fitted in the Galaxy. This was a major concern for me and the staff at Kiddicare. How many seats are in the Marketplace that may be faulty, or how many are fitted to Fords with similar seats?
I urge caution to would be buyers. Test thoroughly before buying!
I have contacted Britax and am awaiting a response.
After reading the AA report regarding child car seats I opted for the Britax Renaissance. Its very heavy to lift but I say that in a good way. It feels safe, sturdy and well built. The straps adjust without removing the seat, and the seatbelt tensioner is fantastic and reassuring.
A fantastic buy, will be sad when it is outgrown, luckily it covers a wide age/weight range.
Definitly reccommend it to anyone who is currently looking for the next stage seat after a rear facing baby carrier.
At just over £130, this is not a cheap car seat. However Britax do have a reputation, stretching back many years, for producing quality, safe car seats. My parents tell me I had one when I was a bit smaller than I am today! The seat sits the child up high, which enables them to get a better view of their surroundings. The cost to this though is that it is not very easy to get the child out of the car without hitting their head on the car roof on the way out. A lower car seat would leave more room for error. My child is only 10 months old and I cannot see how we will get them out of this seat in 2 or 3 years time without the need for some form of head protection! The ability to alter the recline position easily (even whilst driving) is very helpful and means the child must be more comfortable on longer journeys. (No more sleeping with their heads at all sorts of odd angles)! The covers come in a range of different patterns and colours - most of which are acceptable and they can be easily removed for washing. The childs safety belt (within the seat) is a 5 point device which seems to hold them comfortably. It can be altered as the child grows, so the straps are always just above their shoulders. The seat seems to fit very well in the car when you use the new "foot" device, which makes the seat more secure by exerting greater pressure against the car seat belt. The only down side to this is that if you leave the car seat in the same car for a while you are left with a very obviously mis-shaped back seat. I worry that over time this will change the shape of the back seat and affect long term comfort and possibly even the cars resale value. I am told this also makes it inadvisable to use this car seat in a car with leather seats. This is the only car seat we have and so it is moved fairly regularly between our cars. Fitting the seat is fairly simple, though the size of it can make acessing the seat belt anch
or from the pavement a challenge. However by far the greatest problem we experience with this seat is its weight. It is a very heavy car seat and transfering it between cars is a physically demanding task - certainly not advisable for any mother expecting another child. On the whole, it is probably worth the premium you pay for the extra safety - just as long as you don't want to move it once it is fitted, and as long as you aren't to attached to the current shape of your back seat...............
We wanted the safest seat available and after consulting the Eurotest Child Restraint Report (available on the AA website) we decided on the Renaissance car seat over the Maxi-Cosi Priori XP, simply because it is one of the safest car seats available without ISOFIX fittings, and the seat cover is washable (Maxi-Cosi cover hand-wash only). After a lot of shopping around I found the Renaissance available for £99.99 from www.kiddicare.com as opposed to £135 everywhere else. The Renaissance is reassuringly BIG and heavy and it took a bit of manoeuvring to get it on the back seat of our 3 door Escort, but once in, it was very easy to install. I decided to try the middle seat using the lap-belt first, and found the instructions very easy to follow and the Renaissance is now firmly installed and will not move at all. The Renaissance is big but there is still plenty of room in our 3 door car. I would recommend this car seat to anyone looking for peace of mind ? it received some of the best results in tests and Britax have a Fit-Finder on their website so you can check if it is suitable for your car before you buy.
My first child?s car seat given as a leaving present by my lovely colleagues was a Britax club class. The seat was very safe, fitted well and my little boy loved it .I would have used the seat again for my second son if some b****** had not hit our car head on at speed. The car was completely mangled in the accident. What was left was finished off by the fire brigade-if any members of the emergency services ever read this thank you all for saving our lives!!! Although remarkably the child seat showed little sign of damage, it is strongly recommended that you do not use a child seat that has been involved in an accident, as it may have sustained damage to it?s frame which may be difficult to spot. Right, enough of the emotional stuff, this is an op on the renaissance seat. I have been the happy owner of this seat for over 6 months now so thought I?d write an op on my impressions, I hope it is helpful. As you can imagine child safety in the car is something I am passionate about. Prior to buying this seat I looked at just about every seat on the market. I was also interested in the britax duo isofix seat as we have a Renault Laguna sport tourer; with isofix fittings this seemed like a good choice. But when we looked for the isofix fittings in our new car guess what? The clever folk at Renault had stitched the seat fabric over the fittings! I was told that our local Renault garage would be happy to unpick the stitching and then re-sow it when we no longer needed the seat! The car is however another op! I phoned Britax (01264-386034) to ask for their recommendations on suitable car seats for our 2 cars. They couldn't have been more helpful. The renaissance was our first choice for the following reasons- 1.It has a unique seat-belt tensioner, which when fitted correctly means the seat belt is at the optimum tension for performance in a crash. The seat has a handle on the side, which takes up the seat belt slack in one
simple action. 2.The seat has an adjustable headpad, which means you do not have to unthread the harness to change the height of the harness. The seat has an adjuster on the back, which can be simply moved up or down to adjust the straps for a perfect fit. 3.The seat has large side wings for protection in a side impact. This is really important as a baby is more vulnerable to head injury than an adult and many accidents are side on. You can also visit the Britax web site at www.Britax.co.uk.I Britax was given an award for excellence by mother and baby magazine in November 2003. Having decided we wanted to buy another Britax seat the next decision was where to get it from and which fabric to choose. The seat comes in several fabric designs-all washable. After much shopping around I bought mine from Kiddicare.com.I paid only £99.50 for the seat including p&p! The seat retails in most other stores for £135.00.The only reason the seat is so much cheaper is that the fabric used for the cover (vintage check) is last years design. I checked with Britax before buying and they confirmed that the seat itself was exactly the same this year. My 2 year old did not reach the required weight for using a forward facing seat until he was 18 months old (9 kg) Initially he was unsure about travelling facing forwards! However he quickly got used to it and now loves his seat. The seat is big with lots of thick padding, which is not only comfortable but adds to the safety aspect of the seat. The seat can easily be reclined, good for long journeys. My son always sleeps in his seat when we go on long journeys. Unlike other seats friends have,his head does not fall forwards. The seat can be used with a full seat belt or a lap belt alone. The seat can be used until a child is around 4 years old. However some cons? ***************************** One concern is that my adventurous 2-year-old once man
aged to unclip the harness clasp. I would have preferred this to be positioned at the side as on the mamas and papas primo seat. It would also have been better if the seat had a second horizontal strap to prevent him from getting his arms out of the straps. The seat is very heavy and although this makes it feel safe, it is a real pain if you need to constantly transfer it between cars. Overall I am very happy with this seat .I would recommend anyone considering purchasing a child car seat should first telephone Britax to check which models are suitable for their make of car.
My first child car seat given as a leaving present by my lovely colleagues ,was a Britax club class. The seat was very safe,fitted well and my little boy loved it .I would have used the seat again for my second son if a cretin had not hit our car head on at speed. The car was completely mangled and finished off by the fire brigade-if any members of the emergency services ever read this thank you all for saving our lives!!! Right, enough of the emotional stuff,this is an op on the renaissance seat.I have been the happy owner of this seat for 2 weeks now so thought i'd write an op on my first impressions,I hope it is helpful. As you can imagine child safety in the car is something I am passionate about.Prior to buying this seat I looked at just about every seat on the market.I was also interested in the britax duo isofix seat as we have a renault laguana sport tourer,with isofix fittings this seemed like a good choice.But when we looked for the isofix fittings in our new car guess what?The clever folk at renault had stitched the seat fabric over the fittings!!I was told that our local renault garage would be happy to unpick the stitching and then re-sow it when we no longer needed the seat!The car ,is however another op! I phoned Britax to ask for their recommendations on suitable car seats for our 2 cars.They couldn't have been more helpful.The renaissance was our first choice for the following reasons- 1.It has a unique seat-belt tensioner,which when fitted correctly means the seat belt is at the optimum tension for perfomance in a crash. The seat has a handle on the side which takes up the seat belt slack in one simple action. 2.The seat has an adjustable headpad,which means you do not have to unthread the harness to change the height of the harness.The seat has an adjuster on the back which can be simply moved up or down to adjust the straps for a perfect fit. 3.The seat has
large side wings for protection in a side impact.This is really important as a baby is more vulnerable to head injury than an adult and many accidents are side on. The seat comes in several fabric designs-all washable.After much shopping around I bought mine from Kiddicare.com.I paid only £99.50 for the seat including p&p!The seat retails in most other stores for £135.00.The only reason the seat is so much cheaper is that the fabric used for the cover (vintage check)is last years design.I checked with Britax before buying and they confirmed that the seat itself was exactly the same this year. My 18 month old baby has only just reached the required weight for using a forward facing seat(9 kg)Initially he was unsure about travelling facing forwards!However the last time I took him out he seemed very happy in his new seat.The seat is big with lots of thick padding,so I hope he will sleep when in the car,he dosn't really appreciate the joy of sleep yet!! The seat can be reclined,good for long journeys.The seat can be used with a full seat belt or a lap belt alone. My only slight concern is that my adventureous 18 month old is already exploring how to unclip the harness clasp ! I would have prefered this to have been positioned at the side as on the mamas and papas primo seat. I am so far very happy with this seat,I will up date this op in a few months time.Thank you for reading I hope its helpful!
When our daughter reached a year old we decided it was time to move her out of her Britax Rock-a-Tot car seat into one which gave her more room. We had been so impressed with her Rock-a-Tot that were decided to stick to Britax - afterall they are the most tested car seat on the road. After weeks of research we settled on the Britax Renaissance. It did seem a bit pricey but I spotted one in our local Mothercare store which was a discontinued fabric and snapped it up for £90. And the price of a car seat does not even compare to the price of your child's life. In the 2 years I have been using the Renaissance I have never been disappointed. Emily is always fastened securely - and the easily adjustable straps are excellent when she's wearing a big winter coat. She is 3 in a couple of weeks time and is so far showing no signs of outgrowing the seat - I know it will last her at leat another year. The only downside I've found is that it is big and bulky and can be awkward to move between cars (especially in the dark!). I drive a Corsa and find that Emily's feet do touvh the back of my seat, but to me that's small price to pay for knowing that your child is strapped into what is probably the safest car seat on the market.
As the name implies a New Birth in the design of child carseats. Designed for the 9kg-18kg weight range, approximately 9 months to around 4 years. Offering One handed multi recline facility, five point harness with unique adjust a fit system ensuring safe travel on every journey. Seat belt tensioning foot with 2 lock off clasps. Will fit securely into many cars with both lap and lap and diagonal seat belts. (Universal) Deep padded comfortable seat with fitted headrest, chest and tummy pads. Conforming to ECE R44/03 regulations, this seat retails for around 140 pounds in baby and toy shops, and many high streets stores. Seeking a new child seat can be more difficult than you would expect when searching for the perfect fit. Our now elderly Club class child seat had certainly seen better days I discovered to my horror. Now anyone would think that buying a new seat to fit a car would be easy!!, hmmm not so. Thinking that all carseats stating ?Suitable for lap strap? would indeed be the case. Before we start Here is a vital fact ***************DO NOT USE CHILD SEATS IN THE FRONT OF CARS WHERE AN AIRBAG IS FITTED, IT IS POTENTIALLY FATAL)************* You should not buy a secondhand seat unless you know the history of it. You childs straps need checking and adjusting on every journey, remember to take into account your childs clothing. You are in the car through choice, your child isn't, make it as safe and pleasant as you can for everyone Now that is out of the way on with the opinion. We have an imported Toyota Townace which is only fitted with lap belts.(All six back seats). My tester was my very nearly 3 year old daughter, who had perfected the art of removing both arms from the shoulder harness, rendering the seat totally useless. Her weight dictated that she still needed to be in a full seat. With a younger sister hot on her heels I was quite happy to look at
the entire range of seats available knowing that I will be getting my moneys worth out of it. I didn?t really want to buy another Clubclass so I scanned the entire market and whittled it down to around 8 different seats. The Club class actually fit perfectly but was in shocking condition, and due to the tubular frame could only sit on the rear seats without the bars sliding down the gap between seats. Harmony also seemed too tall for the shoulder straps. Harmony and I headed off to Halfords for their advertised specialist Car Seat fitter to do battle with my trusty Townace. Choosing from their depleted range didn?t take long. Honestly I was not impressed with the selection in store, I had expected far more to be on show than there were, again if I ordered a seat from their extensive catalogue I would be faced a problem, would it fit securely?. The young gent was extremely helpful and happily trundled out to the car, seats in hand. After a strenuous 15 minute battle with the first two(Concorde and Graco) we headed back into the shop. Deciding that this was actually going a little more complicated than I first imagined, we tried the next two.(Another concorde and a Britax Eclipse). This time the Eclipse nearly fit. There was just the littlest movement, but to my thinking it was too much. Having seen a great deal at Tescos we headed off to try the Maxi cosi seat. Unfortunately that one didn?t fit either, pity really because it was a really nice seat. Now dejected wondering if I would ever find one that really fit, we contacted Britax who replied ?Toyota what ace, no sorry don?t have any records of that?. Plymouths Mothercare is badly situated so parking the car nearby to fit seats is a no no, however Toys`r`us have a large carpark and a wide selection of seats, including a few that I hadn?t tried. Although the staff were a bit sparse, after a little persuasion I managed to con
vince the one and only baby advisor to accompany me out with another Britax, this time a Freeway. She had worked there for 4 years and no-one had asked to fit a seat before buying it before(Huh!!) Nope not a chance of the Freeway fitting in any of the seats. My choices were becoming fewer and fewer. Lurking on the shelf was another Britax, this time the top of the range all singing all dancing multi reclining adjust a fit harnessed Renaissance. Reduced from 140 to 114 pounds it was certainly worth a look. This carseat was certainly the most substantial seat I had tried all day, it weighed a ton. To my utter amazement after a few minor adjustments here and there it started to look promising. The seat has a unique pair of lock off clips and a seatbelt tensioning foot which removes all slack from the seatbelt. by depressing itself deep into the cushion of the cars own seat and pulling the belt tight. The lever is easy to operate and uncomplicated. This done the seat was incredibly stable and more secure than any seat I had managed to install in the car. Now how did Harmony fit in the thing? Really well, with the adjust a fit harness system; the height of the straps is fully adjustable at the slide of a catch on the back of the back of the seat. The straps have an integral headrest which adjusts with the belt height. The 5 point harness is easy for an adult to use but difficult for a toddler to undo. The Straps are tightened by the pull of a single strap between Harmonys legs, and loosened by depressing a button just above the single strap. The deep padded side wings give additional side impact protection. Harmonys head is not quite level with the top of the seat and there is a fair bit of space left for growing room both upwards and outwards.(She will need transferring to the next stage seat when her eyes are level with the top of the seat or she reaches 19 kgs) Now came the r
eal test, could Harmony wriggle her arms out of the harness? Nope not a hope in h*ll. How easy was the seat to recline? Very very easy, much easier than the Club class had been and that was easy. It is simply a matter of reaching under the seat and pulling the lever which is nicely grip shaped and sliding the seat either forwards or backwards into the desired position. How many positions could I recline it into. 5 through from upright to fully recline(Which does look a tad comfy, wouldn?t it be nice if they made these for adults too!!!) Now that we had a fit we removed the seat and went back into the store to buy one. To my utter disbelief they didn?t have any more in stock, only the display model. I was caught in a quandary did I push for a further reduction due to it being the floor sample or did I head off to Mothercare, pay to park the car and spend another thirty quid on it to boot. Now offered for sale at a ridiculous ninetynine pounds how could I resist, we shortly became the proud owners of seat. It was just as easy to install it the second time. Quick painless and secure. So now that I?ve had it for a week do I still think it is as good? Absolutely, although there are a couple of things that I would like to see, on a couple of other brands of seat there are seat belt holders for the child?s harness when not in use, allowing easy fitting without having to search behind the child for the respective straps. It is incredibly heavy to carry and would be probably suited to use in a single car rather than transporting this seat from car to car. Harmony has still not been able to release herself from the seat, however it is interesting to note that her 4 year old sister is quite capable and strong to undo Harmonys clip. She fits into it perfectly with or without outer heavy coats and her belts are easily adjusted with the minimal amount of fuss. What I really
like about this seat It actually fits into our car very well. It has a special belt tensioning foot ensuring a tight fit. Two lock off clasps preventing slack in the car seat belt(Anchor) The seat cover and pads which are removable for washing at 30o, it is not however suitable for tumbling. (Ours is navy blue check) It sits up higher than most other seats allowing a better view for smaller occupants. The single one handed belt adjuster. The intergral headrest which moves along with the height. The deep side wings for extra protection. The 5 positions that it can be set at. Not having to unthread the whole belt system to move the shoulder belts height(The adjust a fit system)to suit smaller travelers. There are no visible metal fittings for sunlight to heat up. Ability to replace worn covers through seat stockists. And Harmony cannot escape YAY!!! All in all a thoroughly brilliant seat, although originally a little expensive for my taste, I feel that we certainly got our moneys worth from it. An added tip, if you have any seat with a single adjust strap??. before undoing the clasp and removing the child press that magic button and loosen the 5 point system up, it makes the next journey much easier and less stressful than trying to place a wriggly child into straps that are too small.
After buying the renaissance and having it fitted into our car from one of the toys r us shops, it was priced up as £135 and then we had a £5 voucher in our toys r us catalogue so actually got in for £130. This we were thrilled about. I admit it is attractive, easy to clean and very sturdy, however my husband lives away and i do not drive so i am a passenger in other peoples cars. I cannot get the car seat into others car so that it is tight to the back of the seat. When it was shown to us the girl made it look so easy, but i have tried several times with no success. So during the week, i will not travel, maybe it is just me.
We chose the Renaissance as a natural progression from our Britax Roack-a-Tot when our son's feet protruded just that bit too far...Anyway, we looked around, and felt that as we trusted the Britax name, it was the right seat for us. The Good Bits: It's very comfortable (I believe)and well padded. Your little angel gets a great view out of the window, and when their head hits their chin in the inevitable car-seat nod-off, you can recline the seat without taking them out. The cover is washable - great for spills, sticky paw-prints..... The harness is easy to use, adjusts well to the child, and so far, my two-and-a-half year old has failed to get it undone. It's fairly easy to fit, although see the comments below, and feels very secure when fitted The colours are good (in comparison with a lot of other manufacturers). It has good all-round shaping - looks like it protects well. The Bad Bits: The cover is fiddly to remove to wash. The pads on the shoulder straps can't be removed to wash without removing the whole harness. Although it is easy to fit, it weighs a ton -fit it in the car where it will be used most! The recline mechanism can be very stiff to use. All in all, a great seat - your little one can ride in style! And it has come down in price since the last reviews were written
I bought this car seat as i was dating my girlfriend and she had a 9 month old boy. It fitted in the back of my car no problem. It was quite an investment but worth every penny. It was very easy to instal the car seat and I loved how easy it was to strap him in. Not being a dad before and stuff, i wasnt sure how to handle car seats etc, but I found this a doddle and he seemed to love it as he looked very comfortable and was very high up. It is very easy to lay him down with the sliding seat and it is very durable! I shall now be passing it on to my my best mate as he is about to have a child of his own!
Our lad was growing out of his Britax rock-a-tot, We were therefore on the look out for the next car seat, we really wanted one that could be transferred from my husbands car to mine easily. We looked at the Britax club class, but when Mothercare went to fit it in my husbands car it did not fit properly, he has leather seats in his car and there was no grip. The only one that seemed to fit was the renaissance, however Mothercare still said that it didn't, this worried me as I thought we would have to contact Volvo and get one of their seats. We left it for a couple of weeks and went to Halfords, a very nice gentleman came out to the car and said it would fit no problem, and would you believe it, it did. The seat is comfortable and Jack loves being able to see what is going on around him !! Its a real shame that mothercare couldn't be bothered to take off the head rest, as they would of been £150.00 better off now. We did get the seat slightly cheaper as in Boots baby magazine there is a voucher for 10% off any car seat bought at Halfords. It is a lot of money but I am sure that we will get our moneys worth if it does last until Jack is 4.
If you're looking to buy a car seat for your little angel then you can't really go wrong with a Britax and this is their top of the range car seat and it's wonderful. We have just purchased ours after many months of reading about car seats,the different types, makes ,models etc and time and time again we came back to this one. To start with it's easy to install and it can be done easily by one person,(it can also be installed safely with just a lap belt) once installed its easy to recline with the child in the seat and you don't have to re-adjust the seat belts holding it in. The 5-point harness is easy to adjust with the one pull mechanicm. The seat is very roomy and well padded as well as being fully washable and it has a fully adjustable head rest for your child for maximum comfort. It also has the added benefit of seating the child high enough to look out of the car window on every journey so the child is less bored . Yes £150 is a lot of money to pay for a car seat but the Britax Renaissence is worth every penny its just a shame the child will grow out of it by the time there about 4.
A carefully designed belt allows greater compatibility with vehicles, including those with with awkwardly placed seat belt anchorage points. Features include an 'adjusta-fit system' which allows easy headrest and harness height adjustment; a belt tensioner that ensures the seat is firmly secured in the car; a five-point, one-pull, easily adjustable harness and five positions from upright to reclined.
Installs using a lap and diagonal seat-belt or a lap belt. Suitable from 9 months to 4 years