I recently called Maxi-Cosi to get their advice for getting Win into the car seat. Just seemed too tight. While Win has grown a lot in the past 8 weeks, now about 13 lbs, the seat is rated to like 20 lbs. I figured there must be a way to expand the harness beyond what I could see. They gave some advice but ultimately told me that Win could have nothing but a onesie on as the model was relatively tight and the fit for all seats are already meant to be snug.
During the call I was surprised when the Quinny rep asked if I would like a new base for the seat. I inquired if there was a safety recall that I should be aware of and was told definitively no- but they had made an easier base and would send it for free. Of course I said yes, send one. A week later I received a safety recall repair kit from Quinny (they own Maxi-Cosi) instructing how to replace springs in the base.
Unfortunately, one of the screws was stripped. So I called them back and they are sending us a new base with the correct springs installed.
I am not sure exactly what was wrong with the base to begin with, but we have driven both Theory and Win in that seat quite a bit. We all worry about the safety of our kids. Tara and I try to buy toys from Germany where the safety requirements are much stricter than the US. We avoid plastic toys with phalates, etc. But these things pale when compared to the risks of driving.
Car accidents are the leading cause of death for infants and toddlers so it is the one area that deserves particular diligence. There is good reason to be obsessed with car seats…. Really, kids should be rear-facing for as long as possible. According to carcrash.com, “frontal and frontal offset crashes combine for about 72% of severe crashes. Side impacts are about 24%. Rear and rear offset crashes only account for about 4%” In countries like Sweden, virtually all infants and toddlers travel in rear-facing seats. Not because it is the law; because parents know it is safer. A lot safer.
The US policies are based on the idea that you are an idiot. Like the immunization policy, policy-makers take a paternalistic approach to generate the greatest good assuming you cannot make informed choices. So the front seat is sold as a death trap. Truth is, if the passenger air bag is deactivated, the front seat is actually safer for a child, assuming they are in a rear facing seat. The front seat has the greatest passenger protection zone. It also allows parents to safely monitor their child without trying to look in the back seat.
I wish some rebel would keep his kid in the front seat and then contest the law in court. It is nuts that you have to actively endanger your child to comply with the law.