This week, two new Britax car seats have hit shelves. Called the BABY-SAFE plus II and BABY-SAFE plus SHR II, these car seats feature Britax’s new patented technology D-SIP, and are suitable from birth to 13kg.
D-SIP is touted as providing superior side impact protection. It’s a D-shaped ring engineered into either side of the car seat. It folds out and locks into place with a reassuring ‘click’. If there’s a side collision, the D-shaped ring is the first part of the seat to come in contact with the car door. Britax says this means it will absorb and disperse the energy of the impact through the entire shell of the car seat, so the force is diverted away from your baby.
The BABY-SAFE plus II and BABY-SAFE plus SHR II are also designed to give your baby an even more comfortable, flatter lying position. The seats have an “integral recline system” – this is automatically positioned when you adjust the headrest height and harness system. It means your baby can lie flatter at first, then move into a sitting position once older.
Both car seats are travel system compatible. They can be teamed with Britax’s new B-Dual tandem buggy, or the new single buggies, the B-Mobile and B-Smart, using Britax’s simple CLICK & GO feature. (You can check out the B-Mobile and B-Smart reviews on our sister site MadeForMums.)
The “SHR” in the BABY-SAFE plus SHR II means “single-handed release”. It lets you move the car seat between your car and buggy with one hand.
These newbies can be fitted in you car with either the Britax BABY-SAFE ISOFIX Base, BABY-SAFE Belted Base or your car’s own seatbelt.
So how much can you expect to pay? The BABY-SAFE plus II is £114.99 and its SHR counterpart is a tad more, at £129.99. The bases will cost extra on top of this.