“ For ages 3 to 12. ECE groups II & III. Back rest position changeable. Comfortable arm rests. Side impact protection. Comfortable arm rests. Head rest has 7 positions. Optimised belt guiding. „
Last summer I decided it really was time to think about buying my son the next stage of car seat. I had been very happy with his Britax seat but as he was nearly 5 it was looking a bit small for him. Although most car seats have recommended age bands for use you should really go by the weight and size of your child. My son is still quite small so had been fine in his Britax seat.
Like most parents car safety is very important to me. So before buying a seat I did a lot of research. The seat that rated best in eurocrash test results, was the concord lift pro evo PT. (pt for protection). The seat was voted best junior car seat by mother and baby magazine for 2006/07. Which also rated this seat highly, giving it the highest marks for all round performance. The concord lift pro evo PT is the top of the range and has the highest price tag. There is also a concord lift seat that is cheaper but did not fare quite so well in the Which report-although was still very good seat.
Having decided this was the seat for me, I hit the high street to see the seat in the flesh. Halfords had the seat in stock, although did not have the choice of seat fabrics available on the Internet.
The first thing that struck was just how well padded this seat was. It has far more padding that any other seat I have come across and certainly more that my Britax.
The seat is also very light, weighing just 5.2 kg. It is a very tall seat at 84 cm so gives good head and neck protection. The seat is 47 cm wide and has wings that extend down the seat so giving good protection to your childs abdomen and pelvis.
Although they are not the cheapest, I choose to buy from Halfords, as they will check that the seat fits into your car correcting. I paid £89.99 for the seat but have seen it for about £5 less. In our case we had to remove the back head restraint to ensure a good snug fit. This is not a problem as the concord lift has a high moulded head restraint.
Fitting the seat is really easy as it uses the 3-point car seat belt to hold both the seat and child securely. I was also relieved to see that when in the seat my son would not be able to unclip the seat belt as it too difficult to reach!
The headrest has 7 positions and is easy to adjust. In addition to giving first class protection my son loves the comfort of the large side wings-very comfortable for sleeping.
Another real plus with this seat is its child appeal. It looks a bit like a racing seat and comes in several lovely colours. We choose the magnum, a mix of red and black that looks very smart and grown up! For little girls who dont aspire to having a racing seat there is a lovely pink cover available. The seat cover is cotton and machine washable. I have washed the cover a few times and can confirm that it washes well.
The concord lift pro evo pt also boasts that it will help keep your child cool on a hot day due to its air circulation system. I wasnt convinced by this claim when I bought the seat but having used it in hot weather my son did seem to stay cool and his head wasnt sweaty as it used to be in his Britax seat.
The seat is recommended for children from 4-12 years or from 15-36 kg. The tall back makes this seat a good choice for a tall child.
When reviewing a product I like to make it a balanced review. However I have really struggled to find anything negative to write about this seat. It looks good, my son loves it and it has an excellent safety rating. I hope I never have to put its crash test results to the test, but feel that my son is not only very comfortable in his seat but that he is safe too.
These Car Seats are a fantastic buy :
1. Value for money ...whilst prices vary for the different colourways they are approx £84.99 and that makes it less than 1p a day if you use it from ages 3-11 yrs as recommended.
2. The padding on these seats is so superior to seats such as Britax, Maxi-Cosi, Recaro etc... To my mind there is no competition for comfort.
3. SAFETY ..these seats are absolutely brilliant ..see the crash test pictures on their website (www.concord.de) These show you what happens in an accident of just 17-19mph side & rear impact on a basic 'box' booster & then the concord ..believe me ..this will really help you make up your mind if you are in any doubt !
4. The law is changing (probably May next year) and ALL children under 4'11" will HAVE to have a car Seat (booster) (approx 10-11yrs). **About time too !*
5. Did you know that even up to 10-11 Yrs your child should not sit in the front seat of your car if your car has a passenger airbag ? The impact of the airbag is made to take the weight and height of an adult ..it can seriously injure your child !!!!
6. There is a gorgeous range of colours available .. they are in two price brackets the 'comfort line' which is styled differently (it is the older style of Lift car seat...then there is also the lift evo ..the newer one ) although there is a newer one coming out soon ! All the fabrics are washable, I have washed both of mine and they do wash well !
All in all I don't think that you can find a better seat in terms of Safety (1st & foremost), Design and comfort and affordability.
I wholeheartedly recommend this product 100%
My son is only 2 years of age but is now too heavy for his britax clubclass elite (maximum weight 18lbs) which was meant to do him until he was four (roughly). Britax advised me that the seat itself was okay for him, but the five point harness was not, and that he needed a seat which would utilise the car seat belt. Having spent the best part of two days looking at what was available, we were very disappointed in the choice and also the quality. Now you might think I am being paranoid, but the majority of seats out there have the seat belt round the childs neck at a stange angle, and with very little padding to the side, and these would probably be fine for a four year old, but my son is only two and is still a relative baby in the car seat stakes. I wanted something that was slightly more robust in terms of neck support, and a better fitted seat belt adjuster (most brands had either horrible plastic clips to hold the seat belt in place, one in particular flew off when we were testing it! or more worryingly, a tie that you secure to the seat to hold the car seat belt down!) In Halfords, we stumbled across the Recaro Startrite (very nice.... ages 4 - 11 price £175.99) but it was too expensive, and I suspect my son will want out of a seat well before then anyway. The second seat of interest was the Concord Lift Pro (£79.99 - age 4 - 11 roughly). The seat belt goes through the padded headrest which is adjustable, therefore wherever the childs head is, the seatbelt is the correct height for the neck. No fiddly bits of platsic to adust and go wrong. We bought the padded belt protecter/pillow from mothercare, and my son is as happy as lark - he is sitting up straight, looking out of the window, seat belt in the correct position, no rubbing his neck, and a padded headrest, which, should we be hit side on, will protect his little head and neck. The seat is covered in washable cotton bla
ck and dark green. Dads will love this seat as it is like a racing bucket seat that you would see on a rally car! (no clowns or flowers on this one!) I am glad I took the time to search for the right product. If you are in a similar position with a 2year old that is too heavy for the five point harness - I would recommend this seat. Out of every product out there, (except the Recaro) this one was a clear winner!