No side impact head protection
This seat has been great rear-facing, however we have recently turned it around to be front-facing and I am curious as to why there doesn't seem to any much side-impact head protection compared to the other Britax models? His head is entirely self-supported in the seat and he can tilt his head from side to side very far, which I feel would cause a neck injury if the car was hit from the side. I am considering purchasing a different brand seat with more side cushioning.
Easy long lasting seat
Good price for a ERF seat! its easy to install yourself following the instruction book and baby always looks comfortable and extremely safe! Nice fabric for hot weather We love ours would recommend!
Purchased in August 2018.
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Great price point
This is such an affordable car seat! Not only is it a great price point its suitable from ages birth to 4 years so it will have a good life. It was also one of the only car seats that would suit my car-Nissan Juke.
Purchased in February 2019 at Ebay for $170.00.
BABY car seat
The most uncomfortable car seat we purchase for my love. It is very narrow even for my tiny little Angel, te surface is difficult to take out to wash, the worse car seat we purchased.
Purchased in February 2014.
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Just bought a second car so require a second seat. Baby Bunting got a special so bought the CompaqKOHL. Installation was tricky to lock the belt strap through the yellow Forward facing belt path. Diagram from the manual was not clear in this installation part.
Apart from this, everything was fairly easy to install. Really like a few new initiatives; the adjusting headrest and belt. Previous model required removal of both belt and then slot through the hole. Now with press and left and voila, easy adjustment. The pocket for the back belt sto...rage also come in handy. We bought this seat because we can take it on holiday and on to the plane as it CASA approved. Removal of both car and plane is easy. Installation for car is a bit more difficult, I found the Honda CRV was easier to install then the Holden. Plus it come with Crash Exchange programs. Overall good sturdy toddler car seat, definitely much more improvement from previous model.
Very happy with it
We researched and bought the Compaq as quite a few people told us we wouldn't get a rear facing seat into a Mazda 3. It just fits behind the passenger seat, although I believe that is more to do with the car itself than the seat. Both my partner and I can travel comfortably in the passenger seat though we are not really tall.
Having bought it for a second baby we were aware that newborns may need head support so we didn't feel this was an issue. (Happened with an Infasecure as well)
Bubs seems quite comfy and I have no concerns regarding his safety in this seat, he is quite securely strapped in. The only thing I would not is that the arms straps are hard to loosen as he grows - you do have to pull quite hard.
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Good seat for older bubs, NOT from birth! (MKII)
This seat is great for bigger bubs with head control. I purchased this for my newborn and the product needs to advise customers that a head insert is needed for younger babies. This seat became dangerous for my bub even at 2 months old due to there not being any head support and risking my daughter airway. If a car seat is going to be recommended from birth appropriate supports need to be included.
buckle is very hard to lock "click"
Quite disapointed in this seat as my husband was sure he didnt want to buy a "cheapo" seat so we went to baby bunting and spent quite abit on this. My issue is that the buckle is very hard to click in and lock .. you really have to make sure its locked because it easily comes undone and has on multiple occasions while driving. My mum was also quite surprised when she put my daughter in and it just came undone cos it didnt click. Safe to say i probably would have been better to buy one from target for under 200 would have faired better and that is what im going to do.
Seems comfortable but those bloody straps!
Once in, our bub seems comfortable (albeit he's only 9m now). But the STRAPS! As with many other comments, the button was clearly broken. It would take me pulling with all my weight and my foot in the seat to loosen the arm straps - not exactly practical if my son was actually in the chair! We had it fixed (free under warranty) by an authorised repair shop (thanks Britax!) who also just removed the button. So we have to reach in and blindly find the lever with a thumb but it is still pretty stiff. I essentially reach behind the seat and pull the straps from the back...which I suspect wont be practical once he's facing forward. Very frustrating, not to mention Grandma really can't manage it at all.
Straps don't tighten up once Bub is in the seat
When I put Bub in the baby seat, the straps don't move at all when I press the button. We have two cars so I bought a different brand of car seat for my other vehicle and no probs with that one at all. I've had friends help me out with no success. The back padding also doesn't stay up. Would definitely not recommend this one.
Difficult to use
I've had so many problems with this seat. The padding always slips down and makes it difficult to get bubs in and the straps seem tight when it's really just that all the padding needs pulling up. It really is not compact, yes, it's narrow but it touches the front seat of my holden COMMODORE when rearward facing. Also, difficult to adjust the straps when rearward facing and it is impossible to get bubs out of without waking him up. I had to turn him forward facing at 7 months because I couldn't get him in and out (he's long and after almost taking his eye out for the hundredth time trying to get him out under the belt, I gave up). I've bought a different brand now and much happier.
Doesn't tighten when child is seated, straps remain loose. Even after you work hard to get the straps tight my son still gets his arms out and leans all the way forward. Best and MOST EXPENSIVE seat out there?? Well it was definitely the latter.. over $500 we paid so our son could be unsafe every single trip.. Dreadful.
It's ok but I wish I hadn't bought it
This is an okay seat. It fits well in a mid sized hatchback and my son initially looked pretty comfy in it.
I find it very hard to adjust the straps. My toddler is very tall for his age and I doubt he'll still be in this seat to 4 years as advertised.
It would be more useful to me if, rather than listing age ranges, height ranges were used to assess suitability to use this and other seats.
For tall kids, it might be worth considering the 6 months to 8 years models.
I'm sure it would be great if it could actually be installed.
The seat looks like it is well priced for the features, but not being able to fit it to my Mitsubishi Outlander in rear-facing mode without having to go out and buy an extension strap is just pathetic.
The installation pictures in the manual show the anchor being attached to some sort of magical anchor point that exists less than a foot from the headrest of the rear seat, seemingly in mid-air. I would love to know what cars have this floating wonder of physics so I can study them.
Meanwhile, the rest of us with non-futuristic cars might need to stick with anchor points at the base of the rear seats and have to purchase an extension strap to anchor the baby seat.
Questions & Answers
I just bought this seat and after concerns with babies head not getting enough support...I will return it tomorrow. What do you recommend with the product since this may happen? That seems to be a few peoples concerns
Support C.Britax Safe-n-Sound
Hi Karen N. Thanks for your question. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can further assist you. Kind regards, the Britax Childcare team.
Thanks for getting back to me. Unfortunately, we have already returned and selected another option. i would suggest that you include a note on the packaging- or how you promote the product so people are aware. I have read a few reviews and peoples concerns before making an informed decision to return this.
Hi, I bought a second hand Britax Safe-n-Sound Compaq from a good friend had a back up for my mother’s car. When my little one is in the seat rear facing, the harness straps won’t tighten, very hard to pull. I have to fiddle with the back for it to work. Though without my little one the straps can be easily pulled?
Support C.Britax Safe-n-Sound
Hi Abbey, thanks for your question. Please email us email@example.com and include your contact number in the email so we can further assist you. Kind regards, the Britax Childcare team.
I am looking at purchasing this compaq car seat for my granddaughter 6 months old, who will be coming to visit, my question is is anyone using this in a Mazda CX-3 rear facing? I am finding it difficult to find a car seat to fit, i am only 5'3 but husband is 6'2 so needs some leg room..thank you for any help
Support C.Britax Safe-n-Sound
Hi Tracey, thanks for your question. The specifications for the Safe-n-Sound Compaq are located on the website however I have supplied the link for you below:
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our consumer support team on 1300 303 330. Kind regards, the Safe-n-Sound team.
|Category||Baby Car Seats|
|Maximum Age||4 years|
|Dimensions||685 x 440 x 425-520 mm|
|Colour / Finish||Kohl Black, Greystone|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)|
|Replaced by||Britax Safe-n-Sound Compaq AHR|
|Manual||Download manual and manual 2|
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