Car seat safety is something that should be high on all parents priority list and ensuring that your child is in the correct car seat according to their height and weight rather than age. Take Tigger, at almost 5 years old you would be forgiven for thinking that he should be sat in a high back booster seat with the adult seatbelt securing him in place, however he only weighs 14kg and therefore doesn’t meet the weight requirements to move into a Group 2/3 car seat.
With him also being a slim built little boy I worry that even when he does meet the magic 15kg weight requirement that he would still be too little for a standard high back booster and adult seatbelt. CYBEX recently got in touch with us regarding the CYBEX Pallas M Fix which is a Group 1/2/3 car seat that can be used from 9kg up to 36kg. With the Group 1 stage that can be used up until they are 18kg – perfect for settling my worries about my little boy.
CYBEX Pallas M Fix
The 2-in-1 seat was test winner in Group 1/2/3 in the test 06/2015 conducted by German Stiftung Warentest and received a number of awards from the most renowned European consumer testing institutions. The Pallas M-fix grows with the child and therefore offers excellent safety for up to 11 years.
In Group 1, the adjustable safety cushion, which works like an inflated airbag during a collision, protects against neck injuries without being restrictive. For children weighing 15kg or more the seat can be easily converted into a Solution M-fix by removing the safety cushion and recline mechanism (full instructions included).
Headrest and height adjustment
The CYBEX patented 3-position reclining headrest provides optimal protection in the case of a side-impact. In the case of a side-impact collision, the child’s sensitive head remains within the safety zone of the seat, ensuring optimal protection. This revolutionary technology safely shifts the balance point of the child’s head slightly back and prevents it from falling forward when the child is asleep perfect for a more comfortable sleeping position when travelling.
The 12 position height adjustable back means that the car seat grows with your child and allows you to make sure that the top seatbelt slot is in line with your child’s shoulders.
Adjustable safety cushion
The safety cushion is fitted by sliding the side arms between the car seat armrests and base, with guides to ensure that you have inserted it fully. The safety cushion is also adjustable by pressing the button located on the front to allow the cushion to be moved closer to the child’s body to allow for the child’s build and clothing.
Retractable ISOFIX connection
Most new car seats come with ISOFIX as standard which allows for ease of fitting into your car, however this is only good if you have a car with ISOFIX. The CYBEX Pallas M Fix however comes a retractable ISOFIX connection, allowing you the option to connect the car seat to your car via ISOFIX or not. This can be done simply by pulling the white lever towards you on the base of the car seat (make sure you have the car seat raised or turned on its side to allow for the connectors to deploy).
Linear Side-impact Protection System (L.S.P. System)
The back rests on all CYBEX car seats are fitted with a Linear Side-impact Protection System (L.S.P. System). These additional side-impact protectors absorb the impact forces early on, effectively protecting the head and upper body in a side-impact collision.
Price and Availability
The CYBEX Pallas M Fix is available from Mamas and Papas, Amazon and all other good car seat retailers, priced at £260 for the CYBEX Pallas M Fix and £230 for the CYBEX Pallas M. Available in a range of 10 different colours.
Boo Roo and Tigger Too’s thoughts…
With Tigger being a slim built boy and standard group 1 car seats only being to be used up to until 15kg I was nervous about getting Tigger the next stage car seat as to look at him I don’t feel that he isn’t built for a high back booster seat with a standard adult seatbelt yet. I love that the CYBEX Pallas M Fix offers the flexibility depending on the child to use the Group 1 stage up until 18kg if desired before removing the safety cushion and reclining mechanism to transform it in to a Group 2/3 car seat.
Using the CYBEX Pallas M Fix as Group 1 car seat provides Tigger with a comfortable seat for our journeys (this was put to the test with a 300 mile journey to Granny’s house), a higher seating position so he is able to see out of the car window, the option to recline the car seat if he wants to go to sleep alongside the 3-position reclining headrest – no more drooping head if he falls asleep so much more comfortable for him and added peace of mind for me too.
Disclosure: We received a CYBEX Pallas M Fix FOC for the purpose of review