Thing 4, aged 4 years was using a high back booster seat before and I was looking at replacing it as it was looking a bit tired and worn. I also didn't like the fact that he never really look that comfortable in it and we never seemed to have him sitting and strapped in quite right, which isn't good when you are off out in the car. Car seat safety being at the front of every parents mind when it comes to choosing the appropriate car seat for their child.
When we were offered the chance to review the Cybex Solution Q Fix we accepted. From the information given it looked good and we couldn't wait to receive it. Once it arrived we took it out of the box. It was in two pieces, the booster seat style base and the back. Taking a quick glance at the instructions, which were very easy to follow, the OH fitted the seat in seconds. With illustrative pictures as well as written instructions in the manual we found it very easy to connect the two parts of the seat together and then use the Isofix points to fit it in our car, a 2014 Ford Galaxy.
The car seat also came with a handy information sheet on all different makes and models of cars and where the seat can be fitted in each car when using the Isofix Connect feature. Ours, for example, can only have it fitted in the middle row of seats as there are no Isofix points in the back two seats. The chart was very handy though as we were unsure at first where it could be situated in our car.
Alongside the headrest feature is also an array of other features including;
In order to provide the best possible protection and comfort for the entire duration of use, the Cybex Solution Q-fix car seat features an integrated height and width adjustment - a new safety function for flexible and optimal alignment of the seat to the child's size. With a one-handed mechanism and 11 adjustment possibilities, the height and width of the seat can be adjusted simultaneously. The seat can grow up to 8 cm in width and up to 20 cm in height. The child thereby always remains in the optimal protection zone of the head and shoulder protectors and never feels constricted, even towards the end of the usage period.
The L.S.P System Plus is extra side impact protection that fits easily to the side of the seat. The new width adjustment as well as the L.S.P work together to systematically reduce the force of a side impact collision, at the same time the body's kinetic energy resulting from an accident is absorbed at a very early stage and the head is actively directed into a secure position.
We could have used the seat without the Isofix fitting. If we had put the car seat in one of the two back seats in our car then Isofix wouldn't have been an option but I preferred to make full use of the Isofix as it made the seat feel a lot more sturdy and fixed into the car, something that our old car seat lacked a lot.
There are two fabrics variations for the Q Fix car seat. The comfort version comes in ten cosy and comfortable colour combinations. Q Fix Plus comes with a more rugged, hard wearing twill effect in a denim look and is available in five different colours.
Car seat specifications are;
Full details can be found here at; Cybex Online. The RRP for the car seat is £190 and can be found at many leading retailers including Mamas and Papas and Mothercare.
CYBEX have also recently been awarded 2 Which? Best Buy awards for the Autumn Gold Aton Q (with Isofix Base-Fix) £295 and the Autumn Gold Aton Q, £185