I have been asked by a dear friend of mine to do a review of the Nania Trio car seat. It is the car seat that is commonly found in Asda or on Kiddicare.com for £25.
Rear Facing: 0 – 10kg
Forward Facing: 9 – 18kg
Forward Facing with seat belt: 15 – 25kg (Please note that I am NOT reviewing this seat in high back booster mode as I have been given an old model which has been recalled. I am not swapping it as I have no intention of using this seat!)
|Bum to lowest harness slot||
|Bum to highest harness slot||
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|Width (shoulder height)||
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|Depth of seat (leg length)||
ADJUSTING THE HARNESS
Adjusting the harness isn’t too difficult, and is easier than some other seats.
Loosen the harness off:
Turn the seat around, take the metal clip and push it through the slot
Pull it through the other side, so the harness strap is away from the seat
Move the harness strap to the desired height and poke back through the seat. MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE THE METAL CLIP IS RIGHT THROUGH THE SEAT AND NOT JUST THROUGH THE SEAT COVER.
The back of the seat should have BOTH metal slips lying flat against it at the SAME height!
REMOVING THE COVERS
To remove the covers, the entire harness needs to be removed. Remove the harness shoulder straps as if you were adjusting the height. The buckle and harness that goes over the hips removes in the same fashion (pokes through the seat!)
The cover then pulls right off:
UNDERNEATH THE COVER:
There is NO additional padding on this seat. No energy absorbing polystyrene, no additional cushions for comfort, just plastic. The covers themselves are very thin and won’t give much padding.
The seat shell is very basic – but then it is a basic entry level seat.
Wow… fitting was fun with this seat, as the video will show!
Rear Facing Mode:
The lap belt on this seat goes underneath the seat, and the shoulder belt pulls around the back. The easiest way I found to do this was to clip the seat belt in, then pull the lap belt loose:
I then positioned the seat on top of the lap belt and fitted the lap belt through the appropriate guides
NOW!!!! This seat looks like it is absolutely fine! The belt fits, it is correctly fitted and positioned. HOWEVER – this seat is not compatible with this car!
The lap belt is slightly forward (not pulling the seat back), which is the only reason I can think of for it’s incompatibility, and why the seat was not secure when I tested it – Watch the video to find out more!
Forward Facing Mode
The seat is very easy to fit when forward facing:
Yet again, although this all looks absolutely fine, this isn’t really a very good fit in this car. Watch the video to find out why:
To check the seat fits, grasp the harness and give it a good pull:
BE AWARE! When you do this the seat belt will start pulling loose!!!!! There is NO lock off clip for the seat belt with this seat so you must tighten the seat belt before every single journey, without fail!
As well as the belt being too far forward, also be aware of buckle crunch! This is where the buckle sits ON or OVER the frame of a child seat and it may shatter in an impact:
In this situation, you will need to be a different child restraint, as this video shows:
I mentioned the WHICH report on this seat and that I have a re-called model. When WHICH tested this seat, it scored 0% in group 2 mode – high back booster mode. You can read the report here: WHICH Report
Viral on Facebook
There was also a story on Facebook about a little boy who broke both of his legs in an accident when he was travelling in one of these car seats.
It’s always saddening to hear of a child being injured in a car accident, and this Mother like so many others simply assumed a car seat was compatible with the car, fitted correctly and just as good as a more expensive alternative. To read more on what the basic R44.04 crash test is and other crash testing a seat can have, read my blog on group 1 seats here!
Was the seat to blame for this child’s injuries? I don’t know. I’m not a crash test expert and don’t pretend to be either. I feel that if the child was travelling in an extended rear facing seat, he maybe wouldn’t have sustained any injuries – but that is just my personal speculation. I am pleased that the mother has now had a seat professionally fitted in her car by a trained fitter to ensure compatibility.
PROS AND CONS
Easy to fit in forward facing mode
Harness is relatively easy to adjust
Some parents will like the individual harness tensioners
|No energy absorbing polystyrene materials
Fits poorly in lots of cars
Sold in stores/online with no fitting service. You have no way of knowing the seat is suitable (this goes for ANY seat sold in this manner)
Hard and little padding
Harness straps very high on lowest setting
No belt lock off meaning seat works loose easily
The entire harness needs to be removed for washing covers; there is a big risk of the harness not being put back correctly.
It’s a very big and upright seat to have a newborn in.
PERSONALLY!!!!!!!!!! (In my PERSONAL OPINION) – I have done my utmost to keep this blog impartial and fairly balanced so it is useful to parents who wish to purchase this seat, however I PERSONALLY really dislike this seat. I think it is very cheaply made and I am surprised it passed the basic crash test. I would be very happy to see it no longer available on the market (I have a feeling it has stopped being made now?? I don’t know for sure?). There are group 0+1 car seats available from £40, and whilst they may not be as good as more expensive seats that are about £70+ (IN MY OPINION) they are better than this – and £40 really isn’t much more to pay for your child’s safety. (MY PERSONAL OPINION AND NOT FACT….!!!!!!!!!!)