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10. 16. 2006

Maxi-Cosi and Aprica Euro Turn Car Seats

If the prospect of universal healthcare, affordable education and gobs of vacation time arenít enough to make you wish you lived in Europe, perhaps their selection of baby products will. Case in point: car seats.

When I registered for car seats, it was totally a case of the lesser of many evils. I simply made the decision on, gasp, functionality alone. By why should I have to compromise, when our friends across the pond revel in options? Here are just 2 examples.

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From the makers of the now famed, Quinny stroller, Maxi Cosi manufactures several attractive car seats, that take your child from 0 Ė 12 years of age. Now, I know these aren't new, but they just came out with some really cool African-inspired prints that are. Also the company assures me that their car seats will be available in the US "in a year or two," so keep an eye out. I like the mimimalist lines (especially on the Cabrio, which you can't really see here. More pictures on the website.) I am told they rate well in safety and usability - they're the #1 seller in Britain, and at £90, the price isn't too bad either.

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And for the Mercedes Benz of car seats, enter the Aprica Euro Turn. This revolutionary car seat may be the best money can buy in car safety. Its unique design is based on the latest pediatric research recommending that infants lie flat at all times before 6 months in order to keep their abdomens free of restriction, thereby decreasing the risk of oxygen de-saturation which has been linked to underdevelopment of the brain. Ergo, the Euro Turn reclines fully. It also changes from rear to forward facing, making it viable from birth to 3 years (and optimizing your £600 investment!) It's not as sleek looking as the Maxi-Cosi's, but money-no-object, I definitely wish I had this extra secure contraption during my babyís first trip.

Now neither of these car seats are homologated for US sale yet, but they should work in US cars since they sell the same ones here as in Europe. (A complete compatibility list is available on each website.) A friend of mine bought her car seat in Israel for use in her US car. So maybe, if you happen to be going to Europe, you can pick one up. Or perhaps, you can find a European company willing to ship you one.

Why all car seats either made in, or imported to the US, are so totally ugly, Iíll never know. But clearly (as evidenced by the existence of babygadget and other sites), we want more. So look out Graco, American parents are catching on.

Posted by Justine    Category: gear
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Sorry, I have to dissapoint you, this Aprica Euroturn seat isn't as revolutionary as you want the world to believe. It already existed before 1997 and the one I baught in a Tokyo shop 1998 was submitted to a dynamic test at a famous European accreditated Laboratory. We found out this seat to be very unsafe. Don't forget rear ward facing infant seats being a US invention and this system is much safer than a new born wrapped in soft warm foam transverse position. I admit the product has been changed a couple of years ago e.g. they added a support leg. However still I wouldn't trust my child to it.

Regards,

Paul van Wetten


Dear Paul,

Thank you for your comment. I realize that the Aprica car seat has been around in Japan (where it is a top seller) for a while. But it was just introduced in the UK.

Re safety: what I read says that it does rotate to rear facing, which they recommend after 6 months. Of course, I'm just quoting the written material, so it's always good to get personal feedback. Hopefully, you'll encourage our readers to do even more research, which they'll share here.

Thank you very much.

Justine


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