View Full Version : Email from Britax RE: car seats

06-02-2012, 03:54 PM
I posted a while ago about removing the 5 point harness on my stage 1,2,3 car seats when a child reaches 18kg- and the fact that I didn't want to!

Anyway lots of people said I should keep the 5 point harness on until it didn't fit anymore, even if the child was over 18kg. I have emailed Britax to check and the answer is NO. The harness is tested to 18kg so once a child reaches this weight it must be removed, and they must be secured using the cars own 3 point seat belt.

The 3 point seat belt can be used from 15kg, but MUST be used from 18kg.

Not the answer I wanted- it means my son doesn't have long left in his harness and I'm really not comfortable with just using the 3 point seat belt- but at least now it's been confirmed.

Hope this information is helpful x

06-02-2012, 03:58 PM
thanks for the info :thumbsup:

my just 3 yr old mindee is in a diagonal belt on his car seat in their car - baby sister is now 1 and in his old 5 point belted seat.

when I first saw it I was a bit taken aback, but he is quite a chunk so parents have probably done the right thing.

I don't drive but keep seats for emergencies when DH might need to drive us, or for friends children

06-02-2012, 04:05 PM
You can buy belt buddies which keep the diagonal belt at the child's shoulder if that's what you are concerned about.:)

06-02-2012, 04:22 PM
I am having the same problem with my son. I really don't want him in a high back booster with the seat belt until he is much old. After looking around Britax do a car seat with a 5 point harness that you can use upto 25kgs. It is sold as a special needs car from specialist retailers. Hear is the link


06-02-2012, 04:30 PM
The lady from Britax sent me the link the that website- the car seat looks ideal but unfortunately I can't afford to replace the seat he has. Especially with baby number 2 on the way.

07-02-2012, 05:49 PM
Oooh, I have the car seat linked to (2 way Elite) and can recommend it. My 3.5 year old is still rear-facing in it (much safer).