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We bought this car seat as our group one car seat after my daughter grew out of her maxi cosi cabrio fix which was the precursor to the maxi cosi pebble. At the time there was a lot of confusion over the iso fix bases as the family fix base that fitted the pebble and the pearl was slightly different to the old iso fix base for the cabrio fix, however the new base could be used with the cabrio fix – much confusion ensued! Anyway, we chose the pearl because we had bought the family fix base and we wanted to make the most out of paying out for the base. However, if I had my time again I wouldn’t have done this. The reason being that the pearl CANNOT be fitted with a seatbelt – only the isofix base. This is fine and dandy if you only need the seat to be in one car all the time. But if you want the grandparents to take your little one out for the day and they do not have iso fix then this seat is of no use whatsoever. And even if they do have isofix it is a real faff getting the base out and in again. I have no idea why they don’t make this seat with a seatbelt option as they do with the baby carrier seats.
That said, apart from this one, rather major, issue, this seat is actually pretty great. It is comfy and very safe. We only considered the seats that Which! had rated highest for safety. It has different recline positions and the seat belt is really easy to use; much easier than older versions. It comes in lots of different colours and the covers can be removed and washed – although I have only managed this once and it isn’t the easiest of tasks. It’s a good height in the car and has an adjustable headrest too.
So although it wouldn’t be my first choice for ease of use, as a car seat in place in the car it is great. Just make sure you don’t need to move it much!
"At a Glance The Pearl car seat from Maxi-Cosi is suitable for children from 9kg to a maximum weight of 18kg. The car seat can only be fitted in the vehicle with the Maxi-Cosi Familyfix ISOFIX base (sold separately) Features and benefits for Maxi-Cosi Pearl Car Seat - Walnut Brown Forward facing toddler car seat Easy IsoFix installation with FamilyFix Base Light and sound confirmation of correct installation on Maxi-Cosi FamilyFix Base Fasten your child in the seat in no time with the innovative stay open harness system the harness belts and belt buckle no longer get in the way Easy to adjust at the front from sitting to sleeping position Five recline positions, from sitting to sleeping Side Protection System offers optimal protection against side impact Harness and harness height height adjust easily together from the front so that the Maxi-Cosi Pearl grows with your child Awarded Best Buy by Which? Approved to the latest European safety standard ECE R44/04 Free 2 year guarantee Mothercare Loves...?? The stay-open harness, which makes it quick and easy to place and secure your child into the seat.Want To Know More?The Maxi-Cosi Pearl ISOFIX car seat is classed as a group 1 seat which means it must be installed in your car in a forward facing position. The high-tech safety feature of this seat means that it can only be used in the car with the Maxi-Cosi FamilyFix ISOFIX base which is sold separately. For additional reassurance, the Familyfix base feature a system that will alert you with lights and sounds if the seat or base unit are not correctly installed. The side impact technology of the Pearl car seat provides optimum protection in the event of a side-on collision.The Maxi-Cosi Pearl car seat features 5 recline positions to ensure your child is always seated comfortably. The car seat can be adjusted depending on whether your child prefers to travel in a slightly laid back position so they can sleep during the journey, or in a more upright position so they can see out of the car window and watch the world pass by.So you don't have to struggle with the harness while trying to place your child in the seat, the stay open harness allows you to quickly place your little one in the correct position and then securely fasten them in easily and quickly.The seat harness and headrest easily adjust together to ensure the headrest always remains in a comfortable position, and the harness stays at the correct level as your child grows.Don't Forget...Our range of travel toys to keep your little on entertained on the move. Fabric composition: 100% Polyester Care Instructions: Shell: Wipe clean only; Cover: Hand wash, do not use bleach, do not tumble dry, do not dry clean, do not iron"