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Hi!

We've owned a second-hand 1.8 Zafira 'Elegance' for over a year now, and have been delighted with its general roominess, practicality, reliability and low-cost running.

We've got three kids, aged 12 years, 10 years and 11 months and have been using a baby travel chair since she was born. However, she now needs a bigger travel chair, and on visiting Halfords yesterday we discovered that because the rear seat belts are on stalks, the seat belt buckle sits snugly against the travel chair. Apparently, this causes a huge risk of 'buckle-crush': in an accident, the buckle can shear off relatively easily as it is lodged against the travel cot, rather than lower down against the seat.

I'm assuming that later models have been modified in some way, but Halfords did not have a model of chair (and they had loads!) that they could sell that would be safe. Obviously this is a huge worry for us, can anyone recommend any seats that could overcome this problem?

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Nick
 

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Might be too late for this - but guess it might help someone
I haven't got my zafira yet ...long story - so I don't know about the 'stalks' -but I had a similar problem with my Ford Escort - the buckles are on long straps - and so buckle crunch...

I struggled - there was one Maxi cosi one - tobi or something and had one of those tensioner things..it was more expensive seat...also I read somewhere about the tensioner bit broke (on another make I think) - so they were stuck not being able to secure it in the car...
Also a mams & papas (I think) expoensive without an integral harness -using the adult seat belt - and all those did really badly on a which car seat test for safety - babies flying out of the side of the seat belt

Two solutions - one a police woman showed me - but not ideal - is to buckle into the next seats buckle - if that makes sense - but it is really tricky to get it tight enough - and you lose another seat...

Or for mine - I took it to my local MOT garage and they shortened the straps on the buckle - it was simple on the escort and cost approx £20 ...and then I had a massive choice of seats...might be worth seeing if a reputable garage could do something similar for you? Not a job I would do myself ...or allow a garage I didn't know or trust to do...
 
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