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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 16:14 PM   1
wellyboot
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Question for UK Mums - chest clips on car seats?


Hi all,

I have a really wriggly 2 year old, who always manages to get his arms out of car seat straps. We have three different car seats, all different makes and styles, and he can do it in all of them (he's determined to turn the side light on in the car, and wriggles and wriggles until he manages, even though I pull the straps tightly). His language isn't brilliant (actually, it's hopeless, but that's another thread!) so there's no reasoning or discussion with him.

I've been thinking about getting a separate chest clip for his car seats, but I know that there are regulations in the UK about having to be able to get your child out one-handed in case of an accident. I'm worried though that if we did have an accident, without him sitting in his seat properly, he might well be seriously injured. I have a long commute to work everyday with him, so it's a daily problem.

What would you do? And has anyone bought one and found it useful?

Thanks,

Welly xx



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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 16:18 PM   2
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There is a thing called 5 point plus that is for used for this reason. I would personally rather use something like this than a chest clip.
http://www.boots.com/en/5-Point-Plus...scape%20system



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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 16:21 PM   3
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Personally i would be wary adding anything to a carseat that wasnt from the manufacturer

Also, if you do decide to put something on it, you need to be able to unclip your child with 1 hand in an emergency



 
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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 16:24 PM   4
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Thanks so much, I'd never seen these before. Do you have one and does it work? Also, if anyone uses one of these, can you carry on with it beyond 30 months (even though it says up to 30 months?).

Welly



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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 17:00 PM   5
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I wonder this too. Whilst I understand the need to get a child out one handed if there were an accident, I dread to think what would happen in an accident if their arms were out of the harness



 
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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 17:03 PM   6
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I'm pretty sure chest clips will be part of the carseat safety requirements when the new I-size regulation comes in, because studies have shown that the safety benefits outweigh the disadvantages of being harder to unfasten in an emergency. In the light of that, personally I would be happy to add a chest clip in the meantime.



 
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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 17:04 PM   7
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I haven't actually got one, my LO hasn't attempted to get out of the straps but they seem highly recommended although not going by the one review on that site.
My aunt said she always has nail scissors in her bag in case she needed to cut the carseat straps.



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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 03:23 AM   8
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I thought the chest clips were illegal in Europe or has that changed?



 
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 05:24 AM   9
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I use the houdini stop strap



It's fabby, and just unclips easily, it has 2 clips, one around each seatbelt, so you can unclip with one hand!

I would recommend it to anyone!


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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 18:43 PM   10
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Thanks for all the replies - great idea about the nail scissors, I'd never have thought of that but will be putting a set in my car door tomorrow.

I've ordered the 5 point plus so hopefully that will deter him for a while, I'll let you know how we get on!

Welly.



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