The ÖAMTC and its partner clubs have tested 18 current child seat models in all common sizes for safety, handling, ergonomics and pollutant content. The good news: All products were safe in the crash test. In the end, the testers gave it eleven “good” and six “satisfactory” ratings, with the differences usually being seen in the operation.
One model failed the test: “Besafe’s ‘iZi Twist M’ was rated ‘insufficient’ due to the presence of harmful substances that are suspected of being carcinogenic,” says ÖAMTC technician Steffan Kerbl.
- All results of the ÖAMTC child seat test spring 2023
problems in operation
An important criterion for a good child seat in the test – as in practice – is ease of use. “In the worst case, incorrect operation can lead to safety risks or damage. Here, the ‘Sky 2.0’ from Avionaut and the ‘Stretch B’ from Besafe attracted negative attention and only received a ‘sufficient’ in terms of operation and ergonomics,” explains Kerbl.
The “Discovery Plus” and “Adventure Plus” seats from Britax Römer also only achieve a “satisfactory” in this category due to a processing error on the headrest, the manufacturer was informed. Britax Römer has already reacted to the result and is offering customers an exchange, according to the ÖAMTC.
Tips for buying a child seat
Before buying a child seat, parents should find out about the wide range on offer. “Even if you already have a special model in mind, you shouldn’t buy a child seat online. In practice, not every child seat can be safely installed in every car in the desired place and children don’t sit equally well in every seat and accept it,” advises the expert. “Our tip: drive to a specialist shop with your child and car and try out the seat there together.”