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post #1 of 8 Old 07-13-2010, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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We had an accident on Saturday and have a c-max as a courtesy car. I have checked the Maxi Cosi website and our car seat should fit in the car. But we are having problems fitting it. It seems that the seatbelt isn't locking so there's too much slack in the belt so the seat goes forward.

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-13-2010, 12:42 PM
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We use a maxi cosi in our cmax on the left hand rear seat without any problem.
In fact it sometimes is awkward to get enough belt around it as they seem fairly short.
If the issue is with the belt not locking please remember that pulling on a belt will not always cause it to lock. It is the sudden deaccelleration in an emergency that causes the inertia mechanism to activate.
Ihave owned a number of cars where the belt won't lock by pulling on it.
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We use a maxi cosi in our cmax on the left hand rear seat without any problem.
In fact it sometimes is awkward to get enough belt around it as they seem fairly short.
If the issue is with the belt not locking please remember that pulling on a belt will not always cause it to lock. It is the sudden deaccelleration in an emergency that causes the inertia mechanism to activate.
Ihave owned a number of cars where the belt won't lock by pulling on it.
Hope this assists you.

Thanks. Surely the seat should feel secure when you pull in it though? It's just moving forward. Also as you can imagine after having someone smash into the back of my car with my little boy in it iamvery nervous about the whole thing now.
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I don't think pulling on it will replicate the forces exerted in an accident so don't get too hung up about that- I had 30 years of experience attending road accidents in the police and never encountered a belt failure, but did encounter a number of miraculous survivals due to belts.
As an aside - was that particular seat in use in the accident - if so it should be scrapped and replaced according to the manufacturers - submit the cost of replacement to your insurers.

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I don't think pulling on it will replicate the forces exerted in an accident so don't get too hung up about that- I had 30 years of experience attending road accidents in the police and never encountered a belt failure, but did encounter a number of miraculous survivals due to belts.
As an aside - was that particular seat in use in the accident - if so it should be scrapped and replaced according to the manufacturers - submit the cost of replacement to your insurers.
We're getting a new seat tomorrow - the same one again - so were justchecking it fitted ok as i'm due at work on thursday so didn't want to have problems tomorrow.

Maybe it's just because in our own car the seatbelt locks once the car seat is in and is very secure so i'm used to that.
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Has the cmax got the isofix points in the bottom of the seat back exposed ?(2 square plastic pieces marked isofix). If so you can get an isofix base for your maxi- cosi ( a bit pricey I know)and install it without using seat belts.
We didn't get the isofix base because at the time didn't have the cmax.
Also they are so heavy and his parents don't have isofix in their car.
When Ollie is a bigger boy we are going to keep a seat permanently installed with isofix in our car.
We are considering a new one from Britax for 9 months to 4 years which is isofix only fitting with a top tether.

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Has the cmax got the isofix points in the bottom of the seat back exposed ?(2 square plastic pieces marked isofix). If so you can get an isofix base for your maxi- cosi ( a bit pricey I know)and install it without using seat belts.
We didn't get the isofix base because at the time didn't have the cmax.
Also they are so heavy and his parents don't have isofix in their car.
When Ollie is a bigger boy we are going to keep a seat permanently installed with isofix in our car.
We are considering a new one from Britax for 9 months to 4 years which is isofix only fitting with a top tether.


It's not an isofix seat as we can't use isofix in our own car. Even though it's got isofix points we have compartments in the floor (renault scenic) so can't have the supporting leg!

Thanks for your help.
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Hi

1. Are we talking about an infant carrier or a seat for 1-4 yr olds? If an infant carrier, as Olliesgrandad says, if anything, the belt is a bit short, and you have to tilt the seat a little towards the rear of the car to loop the belt round it.
2. I think you should buy the new seat from somewhere that fits them e.g. Mothercare...they will tell you whether it's all OK or not. I have to say it doesn't sound quite right to me.
3. I THINK that the belts will lock if they are pulled sharply. you can test that by checking all the other belts in the c-max.

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Has the cmax got the isofix points in the bottom of the seat back exposed ?(2 square plastic pieces marked isofix).
remember that you don't actually have to have the square plastic pieces fitted, especially if you're not going to keep getting the seat in and out. See another thread on isofix that I've posted on - sorry can't remember exactly where atthe moment.

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