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My son outgrew his rear-facing baby seat relatively early, at 8 months. When I say outgrew, he was still within the safe weight limit (just!) but seemed too long for it and no longer looked comfortable. He also had lost interest in looking out the back window of the car and had a habit of pulling upwards and peering around to see what we were doing - so I was worried about the lack of support to his neck should we suffer an accident. I decided now was the time to start looking for a forward facing car seat to ease his curiosity and keep him safe.
I began researching car seats online and it soon became apparent that there was a lot of choice in a somewhat crowded market. Speaking to friends of mine that were parents, Maxi Cosi was a brand that kept coming up and was well spoken of, so I decided that this was a good place to start. Eventually, we settled on this Maxi Cosi Priori SPS seat in Stone (Grey).
The seat is forward facing and is a Group One child seat - for children weighing 9 to 18 kg. This is roughly 9 months to 3 and a half years. As stated earlier, my son was ready for this seat a little earlier, at around 8 months but met the minimum weight criteria and was sitting independently very well.
The SPS in the title refers to the Side Protection System which means that your baby is offered extra protection against side impact. The seat also has a feature that it can be reclined into 4 positions allowing you to make your baby/toddler more comfortable for sleeping.
The seat itself feels secure without being too heavy. It is also padded suitably (I say padded, but mean that it is not hard plastic - there is a sturdy almost polystyrene layer to it) to ensure that little one will be comfortable during long journeys. The cover is washable, a necessary feature for a car seat that will be used for roughly 3 years! There is a 5 point seat belt for securing your child into the seat, with padded shoulder cushions and crotch plate for comfort.
This seat retails at around £100, which is a lot of money but, from my research, is about an average price to pay for a seat of this sort. It can be found a little cheaper online or if there are offers on at the retailer.
FITTING THE SEAT
Depending on where you buy your seat, they may fit it for you. However, it is still important to know how to fit the seat in case you want to take baby in another car or change cars etc. Therefore, we have familiarised ourselves with how to do this. Once you get your head around the instructions that come with the seat (these are a little on the confusing side!), fitting the seat using the 3-point safety belt found on the back seat of your car is relatively simple. The seat needs to be placed in recline position for fitting. The seat belt fits around the back of the seat and must run under the red guide marker. You then pull the belt tightly an attaching it into the red locking off clip on one side. After fitting, the seat feels securely held in place and does not move.
USING THE SEAT
The seatbelts really simple to adjust. There is a red button on the bottom of the seat that you can compress with one finger (or a thumb) and then you simply pull the belts to the desired length. They can be tightened equally simply as there is a length of belt at the bottom of the seat that can be pulled to tighten them. The seat belts can also be moved into three different shoulder heights as your child grows. Again, this is simple once you get the hang of this but we found the instructions VERY difficult to follow and ended up looking online (and then feeling very silly once we realised it was really just the matter of a simple twist!).
The seat is really simple to use and my baby fits neatly in. The straps are easy to pull over his arms and the the clips on each strap fit neatly together and clip easily into the fastening unit. The seat also has the feature that any metal attachments can either be covered or moved, and held, outside of the seat. This has two benefits - the straps do not get sat on when placing your child into the seat and the metal can be moved out of direct sunlight so that there is no risk of hot metal coming into contact with your childs skin.
The reclining feature of the seat is easily used, simply by placing your hand under the bottom of the seat and pulling forwards. The reclined position looks comfortable for sleeping but still feels very safe and secure.
I am really pleased with this purchase and feel that this car seat is very safe for my baby at the same time as being comfortable to him - a very necessary factor for long car journeys! Another important factor is that my son seems very happy in this car seat, particularly that he can now be nosey as to what is going on in the front of the car without having to move. In turn, I feel happier that he is well supported and safe. I also have peace of mind that he is offered extra protection from side impact from the SPS feature.
The car seat is also quite light weight and easy to fit. I am therefore satisfied that I would be able to do this myself unassisted if necessary (you never know when you might breakdown). The features of the seat are very easy to use - recline, seatbelt adjustment - but the instructions on how to do this are over complicated and very hard to understand initially. If you are purchasing from a retailer I would strongly advise that you ask for a demonstration as it is much simpler and easier than the instructions seem!
Overall, this seat is good value for money and I would definitely recommend it.
Child car seats are an essential for any family who have kids and have a car, they keep the child safe and secure and prevent the child from coming through to the drivers section of the car if there is an accident. I have two boys (3 and 2) and we have two car seats in the back of the car.
Child car seats cost between £80 and £150 depending on the car seat, this one cost us £100 or thereabouts and was fitted by the shop we bought the car seat from. Since then we have had to take the seat out and put back in again, and to be honest its really easy. The seat belt clicks through the back of the car seat, through a groove, through a clip and into the seat belt holder. Putting the car seat in takes about 5 minutes with practice and once fitted pulling the seat around shows that the car seat is tight in the car. The seat has a lever at the front which can be used to push the seat backwards and forwards for sitting or for a more prone position for sleeping.
After owning a couple of car seats now, there are certain aspects of the car seats which are essential to consider. The most important is getting the child in the seat and clipping the harness in and around them so preventing them from escaping the car seat. This car seat has a front clip in harness and the two harnesses go over the childs shoulders and clip together before being clipped into the central holder.Once placed in the harness can be tightened using the cord projecting from the front of the car seat. This is particularly important when placing my youngest son in because he likes to try and wriggle his way out of the car seat, so once in, tightened he can't get out by himself. Getting him out of the car seat can in extreme cases be as important as getting him, this car seat operates by pressing the button which opens the harness clip and the child can be pulled out of the car seat.
These car seats are all forward looking, once a child gets towards a year old they will complain if looking in any other direction to the way the car is going. This makes watching the child and what he's doing very easy, they can move there arms and legs around to a certain degree and can be fed or hold a toy if desired. The seat is padded and can be sponged clean if the child has been a little too liberal with his chocolate bar or ice cream.
The other aspect for any car seat is the ease of use and the ease of clipping into the car, the maxi cosy is easy to use for both of these aspects. Getting a child into the seat is easy, the car seat can be fitted easily and so far has put up with the travails of two boys for over 2 years so has a durability.
The cost of car seats appears honorous, £100 or so seems like a lot of money but have you considered the alternative? A child unharnessed in the back of the car, moving around and if there behaviour is anything like there normal behaviour they will want to get into the front and help mummy or daddy drive the car and then lets not think about an accident. Do you remember the advert showing that a child turns into an elephant during an accident?
The Maxi cosy seat is a decent, durable car seat which is worth every penny of its £100, it has moved onto its second child and I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be suitable for children for the next few years as well. So yes its a big buy but they last forever, they give peace of mind and offer a rarity a place where you can put children and they can't escape, the price might be worth it just for that!
Having been recommende the Maxi Cosi brand by several friends we purchased this car seat for our 9 month old son. We do not have an Isofix base, yet the car seat is easy to fit into the car and is easy to take out again. Once clipped in it feels secure and does not move around. The seat is comfortable, with adequate padding both on the seat and the straps. The child sits relativelt high in the seat, which our son liked as he could see more out of the window. It is very easy to adjust the straps, and I particularly like how when you pull one strap the other pulls itself out as well. This was a feature our travel system car seat did not have, and it was very annoying trying to make the straps the same length all the time. The Priori also has 2 hooks to put the straps in when you take the child out to assist outting them back in again. However, having looked into car seats in more depth since buying this one I have found that rear facing ones have been found to be much safer. We have therefore purchased a Maxi Cosi Mobi. It cost a lot more but I would urge anyone to research rear facing seats before they purchase their car seat.
Recently my youngest son made it up into the next group car seat. Unfortunately for us my eldest is too small for the one up from that group 2 - 3. So we have ended up with two in the same group. As money is tighter these days I couldn't warrant the £180 we spent on the car seat we bought for my eldest and there are plenty of car seat's just as good out there. We decided to put my youngest in the more padded Maxi cosi Tobi and try our eldest in this slightly cheaper version Maxi cosi Priori sps. We got it for a bargin price of £80 from tescos direct it does retails for about £100. So we made another saving!
The Maxi cosi Priori sps is a group 1 car seat. It is forward facing for children weighing 9 to 18 Kg which is roughly for children 9 months to 3 ½ years. This is something I never considered when I had my children so close together! My eldest is 2 ½ years old and fits nicely in it. I have tried my youngest who is 1 year and he looks secure enough but quite small in it. But most children do when they move up to the next car seat. My youngest is quite long but slim, I couldn't have put him in it from 9 months as his weight was under 9 Kg and wouldn't have felt he had enough protection for his head.
I love the maxi cosi car seats and this one makes it our 3rd. I feel they are safe and comfortable for my little ones. Making the car seat secure with a 3 point seat belt is simple enough. I find it easy to get in the car and do it as I am quite small. There are instructions on the side of the car seat to help you are easy enough to follow. The belt goes round the back of the car seat. Comparing it to the Tobi it doesn't seem to be connected to as much but giving it a bit of a push about it feels secure enough and doesn't move.
We chose the stone colour there are plenty of colours to choose from. This is black and grey and seems to blend into our cars interior. Having two little boys they can be a bit messy so I prefer dark colours so they can be wiped and don't leave any dark stains!
Once your child is in the car seat and you have fastened the straps you pull the strap like in the maxi cosi Carbio to tighten the straps. I found this too be a little stiff but manageable. I guess it's better to be a little stiff and secure. To loosen the straps to get your child out there is a release button you press. I found this a little fiddly at first but got used to it quite quickly. There are some handy belt hooks to hold the straps out of the way. I find this great when my toddler wants to get in the car himself.
The seat comes with 4 different reclining stages. It is easy to move just by lifting the handle under the front of the seat and it moves up or down. They are great for a sleeping child. My toddler is at the stage where he only sleeps on long journeys so most of the time he likes it upright so he is more comfortable to play with his drawing board. But once he is asleep it is easy enough to lift it up into the reclined position. It does tilt back quite well so when you child is quite small their head is held back and there is no fear of their head nodding about.
Adjusting the height of the shoulder pads is easy enough when you follow the instructions in the handy instruction book you get with the seat. It takes you through a step by step guide with a picture that is labeled up to refer too. As well as this you can remove the cover with instructions in the book to follow. I haven't tried it on the Priori yet as I have had no need too. But if it's as easy as the Tobi it will be fine as the instruction were easy for that one.
Now the manual says it has a side protection system so it offers lots of protection against side impact which as a parent this is extremely important, we want our pride and joys to be safe.
As I mentioned I bought this car seat because it was slightly cheaper than the Tobi but was still a Maxi cosi. I can see the slight differences between the car seats. There are just little bits that make it slightly easier for a lazy mum! It doesn't feel as padded as the Tobi but that said there is still plenty of padding. My eldest is comfortable enough in it. If I had lots of money which one would I buy? The Tobi of course but that is probably because I'm a car seat snob!! There is absolutely nothing wrong with the Priori is a great car seat and well worth the money. I would recommend it to anyone.
Having already had a Maxi Cosi Cabriofix rear facing baby seat, which proved to be an excellent first stage baby seat, the next stage Maxi Cosi Priori was a natural and preferred choice from the dozens available. Like it's predecessor it is constructed very well from good hardwearing materials and easily clean removable cover.
The straps are nice and supportive and easily adjustable ensuring a safe snug fit for our little Princess. The buckle has a padded guard to prevent possible discomfort. Judging by the way she quickly nods off I guess she feels safe and is comfortable to remain in it. Even on very long drives she happily cruises along and we have never had any difficulty getting her back in it after stopping for shopping or lunch enroute. The seat tilts easily on an adjustable slider to allow extra comfort or head support whilst she is sleeping.
The deep lipped back edge of the seat allows a good, comfortable grip for carrying the seat with sleeping beauty still sound asleep on the odd transfer from car to home. The aforementioned tilt back mechanism allows for the seat to be secured to the vehicle. With the seat slid forward, access can be gained to the 2 strong and very secure clips which hold the seat belt in place. Anti slip metal strips ensure the belt is tightly held in position when the clips are fastened. The only improvement I'd suggest to the seat is that the clips be angled to take account of the fact that, once fastened, the seat belt runs at a sharp angle across the seat and it can be a bit of a fiddle to hold the belt square with the clip and fasten it whilst keeping the desired tension on it. I have occasionally had to re-do the clip a couple of times because of this to ensure a tight fit to the car.
That said I find it an excellent product which, whilst not cheap at around £110, is well worth the money for the comfort and safety it affords it's very precious cargo and for the peace of mind that it gives us. Highly recommeded well done Maxi Cosi for another excellent product.
I bought this seat 3 months ago for our (now) 1 year old son. We are using it for a second car and ocasionally borrow it to the lady who takes care of our boys while we work hard. It is easy to take it out and put it back in the car. It is probably not the lightest on the market but among lighter models. Looks rigid and secure for a baby. Can be used between 9 months (when baby starts to seat firmly) up until 4 years. It is fixed to the car seat by adult belt. It can be reclined in 4 different positions. There is a nice little feature - harness holder. Small hinges on the side of the seat where you can hook the harnesses so that they are not underneath the child when you are putting the child in the seat. Harnesses could be adjusted in 3 different height positions. The best thing is buckle which is the easiest to use from 4-5 I have used.
We've had this car seat for about two and half years now. We're currently looking for the next stage up, as my son has almost reached the top weight limit of 18kg recommended for this car seat. I originally chose the Maxi Cosi Priori for three reasons (in the order of importance):
1) It had a good safety report by Which?
2) It looked slightly bigger, better padded and more comfortable than most other car seats in its category.
3) I liked the overall styling and look of this seat.
So, has it lived up to my expectations? Yes, pretty much so. Luckily, we never had to test its performance in a crash, but I always thought my son looked safe and snug strapped down by the five-point harness. I can tell that this seat is well designed by the way that the harness fits so perfectly. It's also good to know that this seat has a superior side-protection system.
We often used the recline function when my son was younger, so he could sleep better during long car journeys. This mechanism is easy to operate both ways. But even without reclining the seat, he always looks comfortable when he's asleep, without his head bobbing around.
Fitting the car seat is not rocket science, but you do need to follow the instructions to do it properly. This is quite a heavy seat, so I wouldn't say it's easy to transfer it from one car to the other, but it's managable. You wouldn't want to do it on a daily basis though. We have two estates, a Volvo 850 and a V70 and it fits both cars fine.
I bought this car seat for about £100 on-line from an independent retailer some time ago. Since then the prices might have gone up slightly. There's a good chance that our next car seat will also be a Maxi Cosi because we are satisfied with this one (or maybe a Britax , which is in the same league as the Maxi Cosi). I would 100% recommend the Maxi Cosi Priori to other parents with children aged 9 months to 3.5-4 years for its safety and comfort.
We bought this car seat as it performed well in the safety tests for this class of car seat, and was the only one of 2 available at the time with a decent safety rating. It has a side protection system that a lot of child seats in this age range don't have.
It is very easy to fit securely, easy to take out of cars, and I have never had problems with any of the cars I have used it in (ranging from an old lexus to a polo). The maxi cosi website has an online checker where you can see if it will fit your car.
It is comfortable for my child - he always falls asleep on longish journeys, and he seems comfortable in the seat. The tilt function makes the seat more comfortable for sleeping.
There is a five point harness - so the seat belts can be tightened with just one pull. The seat belts are height adjustable (this is a real faff but only has to be done twice thank goodness).
There is a cup holder and a play tray that can be bought as add ons as well as a summer cover. The summer cover brings me to the only downside to the maxi cosi - the original cover does not wear very well. However, this really is a minor gripe as overall the seat is great (apart from the fiddle when you are adjusting the seat belts or taking the cover off to wash) and I would whole heartedly recommend it.
Choosing the Maxi Cosi Priori XP for our daughter was one of the best purchases as a parent so far!
Firstly it's easy to fit. We did go to a baby shop to be shown how, however, it really is quite simple.
2 of the main things I love about this seat is the 'wings' on the sides. So when my daughter falls asleep in the chair, her head rests against the sides of the seat (wings). The other main reason was the very easily reclining action. There is a lever at the front of the chair (which I can reach from my drivers seat, and we have quite a large car) which you simply pull towards you, and the chair tilts backwards. This never wakes my daughter if I do this once she has dropped off to sleep. The lever is out of the way, so there's no chance your child can find it to play with it.
Another great feature is the hooks on the side of the chair for tucking in the straps after undoing them. This keeps the straps out of the way, ready to put your child into the seat without him/her sitting on the straps, which makes it difficult and more time consuiming to strap them in. The 5 point harness is simple to use, and the shoulder straps, and between the legs buckle all come padded so there will be no chaffing of babys skin.
Once you've done the 5 point harness up, there is a strap coming out of the front of the chair, which you simply pull forwards to tighten the harness. So there's no need to really pull the straps to get them to clip together. Simply clip together with tons of slack in the harness...then pull the bottom strap to tighten.
The chair is very deep, and includes side impact protection, which was another very important factor when we were searching through many possibilities to buy.
We did have to remove the rear headrest for the seat to be properly installed, however, I am not sure if this would be the case for every car.
I have no down points about this carseat as of yet, however we have only been using it for 6 months.
This carseat comes in a variety of colours. Ours is bright red and very eye catching.
We can also still fit 2 adults on the back seat next to the carseat, however like I have previously said, we have a slightly larger car than normal.
My daughter ALWAYS falls asleep in this seat if she's in it more than about 5 minutes, which to me, says it's very comfortable. But when she is awake, it's up nice and high and she can see everything out of the windows, which makes driving more enjoyable for her, and me! (no crying!)
So far we haven't had any spillages so unfortunately I cannot comment on how well the cover washes, but after 6 months of daily use, it still looks 100% clean and as good as new.
I believe this seat is good value for money, as we all know, we cannot put a price on our childrens safety. Approx price is £80 - £130.
Suitable for babies and toddlers weighing 9-18kg (20-40lb) approx. 9 months to 4 years
This car seat is fantastic for a few basic and simple reasons... read on...
It is really easy to fit, simply feed the seat belt through, clip it in and pull to tighten then clip to rear of seat, can be done in seconds.
It reclines so easily, it has a leaver down low between the infants feet, lift the leaver and the chair glids into I believe, 4 different positions making your little one as comfy as can be.
It has nice deep sides which leads me to believe it would protect my daughter well in the case of an accident.
It has padded traps for more comfort.
It has a five point harness which is easy to use, we also own a britax car seat which is really awkward to do up and everything seems back to front on it, the maxi cosi though is great, really simple, quick and easy to use.
On the down side, it is quite chunky so if you had a really small style car you may find it doesn't leave the child with much leg room
All in all, in my opinion, a great buy, does everything a car seat needs to, looks good, seems safe and stable and is easy to fit and comfortable.
After looking around at all the different car seats on the market for my 10 month old daughter, i decided the priori XP had the features i wanted. It fits very well and securely in my car, has a really easy to use recline mechanism, is well padded and seems comfortable for my baby, and also i liked the way the sides seem to come out more than other seats, to help protect her in an impact. (Side Impact Protection System) The seat was one of the more expensive on the market so i thought i would be buying something well made and durable. However, after a week of using this seat and being very happy with it, I noticed that something on one side seemed loose, so i took off the cover to have a look and found that the polystyrene bit inside had come away from the main seat and was flapping around. I went straight to the shop where i bought the seat and they told me i was the third person that week with the same problem and was basically told it was my fault for leaning on the side of the seat when putting my baby in the car. To be honest if it cant stand up to that for one week im not sure how long the car seat would last with a rough toddler climbing in and out of it! My retailer told me i should just glue the piece of polystyrene down and to come back if it actually breaks as this would not be safe. I am not altogether happy with this as im sure any other parent would understand and have conacted the manufacturer who seemed quite offhand with me and said if it wasnt safe it wouldnt be on the market and again told me to just glue it back together! I cant understand why i should have to make bodge repairs to a product that is only a week old, and is supposed to be protecting my child in the event of an accident! I have tried to stick the thing back together but have found it wont stay stuck so am going to go back to the shop and hopefully get a refund as i dont trust this seat at all now. We shall see what happens... meanwhile my baby will have to go back in
her group 0+ car seat for the time being and i remain £108 out of pocket with no new seat!
We chose the latest XP range of this car seat which although more expensive did offer an additional seat belt tensioner to hold the seat securely in place and added side impact protection. Everything has been fine for three weeks until the polestirene side became unstuck causing the whole side to flop about looking very unsafe. We did contact the retailer who asked us to come in and they would swap replace the seat and swap the fabric cover over to the new one. We had a problem in so much that we did not buy this locally and will have to travel into London to arrange the replacement. In the meantime we had to use the seat as is and wanted confirmation that it was not unsafe. Contacting Maxi Cosi 'customer service' we were told that this is not an uncommon problem and it is not unsafe. When I asked if they could put that in writing they refused because they needed to see the seat first. This did not make sense to me. How can they confirm it is not unsafe when they need to see it first! On pushing them on this I was left with them practically putting the phone down on me. We really liked our purchase initially. Now we have doubts about it's durability over the next three years and cannot recommend the manufacturer to anyone. Such a terrible attitude to my little daughters safety.
I've had my Maxi Cosi seat for about a year now (well, I've not had it - my daughter has because she sits in it - not me!). It cost about £90ish from Mothercare. The car seat is very sturdy and very easy to fit. I love the way the it reclines so that if my daughter falls asleep, I can just lift the lever undearneath to recline it. The strap hooks on the side are very useful, well they would be if I wasn't lazy and did actually hook them round! The only things that annoy me with this car seat are: 1. The straps seem quite flimsy in the sense that they get twisted really easily and; 2. The buckle that the straps clip into isn't long enough - sometimes when I put my daughter in it ends up being under her bum and it can be especially irritating if she's asleep when I put her in because I end up having to mess about trying to find the buckle which sometimes results in her waking up. Overall though, it was a very good purchase and well recommended.
When my son was about 8 or 9 months old, and his legs were dangling off the end of his carry-tot, I decided it was time to buy a "proper" car seat. I looked around and this was one of the seats I like best (well, it DID match the upholstery in the car, you know!) - but as a single mum, I had to consider the price factor, and initially chose a cheaper seat. I have to admit that I wasn't happy with the fit of the first one I bought, so I went to a local outlet, which I knew had staff that were trained in fitting different brands. The nice young gentlemen (I must be gettin' old, saying something like that!) did not criticise the seat I had bought, but did comment that he didn't think it fitted into my car properly. Which is what I felt too. Patiently, he tried many different seats, and was fairly happy with some - but you could tell he wasn't over-enamoured. After telling me that the Maxi-Cosi Priori was one of the seats that fits most cars, he tried it and was, I can only say overjoyed! at the fit. Suffice to say, I spent the money - so what if it wasn't the cheapest seat? It was cheaper than buying another car that would accept different seats!! I had it fitted in the centre, with the lap belt. Very tight, rock solid, no movement. (I also felt the middle was the best, safer from side impact) Whilst the best position in my car (Honda Concerto) was the middle, with the lap belt, it was still secure with the lap and diagonal, and VERY easy to move to other cars using the three point. I felt my son was very safe in the seat, and was very sad when I had to change it to a bigger one. Things I thought made this an outstanding seat? The fit The little pocket at the back of the seat which means you keep the instruction booklet with the seat at all times! The little hooks to hold the straps out of the way when sitting baby in the seat. The hei
ght, the recline, and the one pull harness. **** What I would make a point of saying is that although it is aimed at 1-4 years, the crucial point is actually your child's weight - once they reach 18kg, I child should no longer be in a five-point harness - My son still fit comfortably in the seat, and I wish he was still in the middle (they get a good view that way!), but his weight meant that I had to change the seat. Oh, and make sure you buy your seat from place where they have trained fitters - it might not be the cheapest place for your chosen seat, but its well worth it to know that the seat is fitted correctly - a poorly fitting seat is almost as bad as non at all.
NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS NOT FOR THE SPS VERSION. DOOYOO HAVE PUT THE OLD REVIEWS INTO THIS NEWER CATEGORY.
We weighed up the Maxi Cosi Priori against the Britax Renaissance (no belt holder) and the Bebe Confort Iseos (width adjustment is a bit floppy and the reclining mechanism is too time consuming). We chose and would recommend the Maxi Cosi Priori.
Our daughter has been in this seat for a month now. She started in it at 12 months. The official line is that it can be suitable from 9 months or 9kg. Our daughter is a slim build and did not make the weight criteria, but we consulted our trusted Health Worker who advised that as long as they have good neck strength to hold up their head then it's OK.
The seat can be fitted on the right, left or centre in the rear of the car or on the front seat if there is no airbag or the airbag is switched off. There are three shoulder strap heights. The shoulder straps will involve a little more work to adjust, than say the Britax Renaissance Adjusta-fit system, but it's not a job you have to do on a regular basis. The seatbelt clamp is easy to use and secure. Our daughter loves being able to see us now and the height of the seat allows her to see out of the window.
We chose the "Harry" material, a stylish grey and black, so that it would go well with the car interior (hey, it's not as if the child can see much of the car seat as they are facing out of it). The car seat cover is easily removable for washing.
The belt hooks are great to use. The seat reclines easily with five positions between upright and sleeping. Try the reclining mechanism in the shops, it stands out a mile in ease and simplicity.
The only downside so far is that a metal bar that acts as a pivot at some point in the seat, rattles a little when the seat is in the car with no child sat in it.
The instructions were clear and comprehensive. There was no problem fitting the seat and it was over very quickly.
Currently the one pull strap system is a bit hard to pull (harder in relation to the Group 0 car seat we have, Maxi Cosi Citi), this is probably due to the tight fit of the straps sliding through the shoulder pads.
The reclining feature is superb. The seat has a handle under the front lip of the seat, which is easy to locate and use. The seat has five positions and is very quick to set. The Bebe Confort Iseos reclines via a knob that you have to twist and twist and twist, which would have been slow and harder to access if the seat in front were close. The Priori allows adjustment from fully upright to fully reclined in a second.
We got a great price (£70) from John Lewis, as they were matching a local price!
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17th November 2003
The seat has been used for nearly two years now and everything is working perfectly. We bought another one for our son in the summer (not quite the bargain this time), same colour, slightly updated model.
THIN PLASTIC EDGES MARK SEATS
My only additional negative comment so far is that the seat has thin edges where it touches the upright of the car seat it's fixed to. The upholstery in the car is leather and the edges of the seat have left pronounced indents in the leather. I've got round this by buying a foam camping mattress and cutting a liner for both seats. In the worst places it is double thickness mat glued together and this seems to protect the seat OK.
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9th November 2005
Two years on.....One seat in use at the moment as eldest has gone up to a Rodi. Still a great seat, especially the easy tilt.
SHOULDER STRAP JAM
** Now and again the shoulder straps curl over at the edges where the buckle slides over them (I guess due to the softening of them through use). They form a double thickness strap at this point and they wedge in the slot for the buckle. This stops the buckle sliding up or down and it needs to be yanked from the obstruction. **
AT THIS AGE I HAD NO SEAT BELT AT ALL!
We now have three Maxi Cosi's across the back seat, Citi, Priori and Rodi in a NCAP 4 Star car......
------------------------------- UPDATE 3 ---------------------------------
13th May 2008
Just about to move our youngest (3) to a Maxi-Cosi Rodi so we're finished with these. Still going strong, worn well, working fine.
The Maxi-Cosi Priori Side Protection System is a forward facing child car seat. The Maxi-Cosi Priori Side Protection System has to be installed by using a 3-point car belt system.