Volvo Britax Max-Way car seat review and GIVEAWAY

Volvo review and giveaway

I have already told you how important it is for kids under four to face backwards. It’s one of the big things I learned since joining the #CarseatFullstop campaign. Carseats were always important to me – it was a no brainer that Harley had to be in a car seat from the moment we brought her home from the hospital. But as she has gotten older, I’ve wondered which seat would be best when she outgrew her awesome chair. Once I learned that she needed to keep facing the back of the car, I wondered which model would be best. Well, I didn’t need to wonder much longer – Volvo were kind enough to send me one of their toddler seats for review.

They weren’t just kind to me, though. One lucky reader will be able to win a Volvo seat of their own. And it doesn’t have to be a toddler seat, either. Read my review, enter to win at the end and you could win a car seat for your infant, toddler (up to 25kgs) or a booster seat for your not-quite-adult-sized kid. But why should you be excited? Well, this is a top-of-the-range seat!

Carseat installation

Let’s not beat around the bush on this one. This car seat isn’t that easy to install correctly. I managed to get it in my car properly the first time without any pain or tears, but I had to go back afterwards to adjust the tilt of the seat and fiddle with things to make sure Harley was as reclined as possible – she is still a tiny thing in this seat so she needs to be in full recline. But back to the installation, this was harder than the infant seat was; you need to attach belts to anchor points in your car, get the weird leg thing in the leg well, thread the seatbelt through under the soft cover, and then tighten and adjust everything properly. Thankfully, the seat came with a fantastic instructional video! You just scan the QR code and you can watch the incredibly adept example guy show you the step by step instructions.

Or, you could watch my totally unhelpful time lapse video showing just how easily I managed to get it in my car.

The reality is that the car seat is sorta like building furniture from IKEA. If you can visualize what needs to be done and what the finished product will look like, it’s really not so hard. But if you’re confused, you might end up screaming at your partner and claiming that only someone with an engineering degree can do it. Of course, if you have a Volvo that comes with those anchorage points, I’m sure it would be a snap to install. My biggest gripe about a carseat having anything other than crazy easy installation is that most car seats aren’t installed correctly, which means that they aren’t as safe as they should be. So, if you aren’t sure if you’ve done it right, please check with a local store that stocks them, or a Wheel Well representative – they can help you make sure that your precious cargo is safe and sound. At least the seat will last you for a relatively long time; once it’s installed properly, you won’t have to move it for a while.

Safety

Speaking of safety, let’s look at how safe these seats are. I’ve seen so many adorable pictures on Instagram and Facebook of families going on holidays or even just shopping excursions – you see the parents in the front with the baby in the backseat facing forward. While I’m happy to see the kid strapped in, it simply isn’t as safe for them to be facing forward. Volvo has been researching this for a long time, innovating on car seat design back in the 1960s and changing their approach.

Professor Aldman took his inspiration from the special seats used by Gemini mission astronauts during take-off and landing, which were moulded to distribute G forces across the whole back. The principle behind rearward-facing child seats is exactly the same. In the event of a frontal impact collision, the whole of the child’s back and head takes the strain of the impact, not just its much weaker neck.

But what sort of effect does this have? Well, according to Volvo’s car seat safety manual that you can download here, it’s a big deal. Research from insurance companies show that “the risk of a young child being killed or seriously injured is five times greater in a forward-facing seat than in a rearward-facing one.” FIVE TIMES! That’s a big deal. Just imagine, those fantastic Instagram or Facebook picture-perfect families off on holiday, making me jealous with their amazing selfies and gorgeous snaps. Nothing should happen to them – they think they’re doing everything right, especially by having their kid in a carseat. How devastating would it be to end up in an accident, especially if the kid ends up hurt or worse? It can be prevented, simply by making sure your little one faces backwards if she’s under four. You’ll just have to pose for selfies before driving, or with a mirror in the backseat to show the baby’s reflected smiles.

Obviously, I was unable to personally test the car’s safety. I go the extra mile for my readers, but that doesn’t include getting into an accident just to find out if my little one is okay in her seat. That said, all the research materials suggest that Harley couldn’t be safer; the fact that she can stay rear facing until she is 25kgs means that I get 3-4 more years of peace of mind that she is the safest person in our car, no matter what kind of accident we could possibly have.

Comfort and Design

Do you have any idea how gorgeous this car seat is? I mean really – it’s stunning. Just check out these pictures. Charcoal gray with lovely details, and everything about it says that this is proper design. Nothing cheap, flimsy or crappy about it. I think I’m in love with it, actually. And best of all, Harley can use it for ages – she is only just hitting the minimum weight for it of 9kgs and she can stay in it until she is 25kgs. That’s at least another 3 years of safety!

She seems to like it, too. It took me a bit to get the recline right (in part because my seats work against the recline and in part because the legs down’t go that far out), but now she happily sits and sleeps in it, cushioned nicely but still well supported. Plus I love the way the harness clips in – it’s easier for me to buckle her in and out while still being too tricky for her to even come close to undoing it herself. Plus, thanks to the 5-point harness, I know that she is really strapped in tight, while still being comfy enough to fall asleep.

Giveaway

Now for the part you really care about, the giveaway. You could win this fantastic prize valued atΒ R 5 871.00. How can you enter to win?Β Leave a comment below saying how old the intended winner is and you’ll get an entry. You can also get extra entries by following on social media, downloading the Volvo safety manual and sharing on Facebook and twitter. It’s all nicely organized for people with OCD like me thanks to Rafflecopter. Good luck and stay safe!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ts&Cs: GiveawayΒ is only for residents of South Africa and entries close on 9 September. Winners will be announced on the site and via email by Monday, 12 September. If the winner does not respond within seven days, a new winner will be drawn.

Disclaimer: Volvo are sponsors of #CarseatFullstop and sent me the review car seat to keep for free. They have also compensated me for my participation in this campaign. However, this review is totally objective and honest and without any editorial input from the company.

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  • Zayaan27

    Rushdi is turning 3 next month!

  • Sharna

    Luca is 3 years old and like you, this campaign has made me aware of the benefits of rear facing. I thought I was a car seat fundi until I heard this, so we would really love a new seat to start implementing the rear seating.

  • Tamarah

    Baby O is 10 months and we’re starting to think of the next step up now. She has a stage 1-3 seat, but it forward faces, as it was all we could find during pregnancy. She is still in her infant seat.

  • Jonelle

    EEK! They’re beautiful aren’t they! Oden is turning one next week – think this is definitely the seat we will be getting too! Glad to see it getting good reviews!

  • Maritza Van Wyk

    My son Blake is 19 months, and we would love this seat after returning an unsafe seat to Takealot…

  • Finn is 3 months old at the moment.
    Time goes so fast.

    Nice review. Fancy seat.
    Sorry to hear about the installation though. Being able to get in and out quickly with the seat is crucial.

    • Zoe Hawkins

      For sure – was necessary with the infant seat. But once Harley moved to the next seat, doesn’t need to come out of the car until she’s four. πŸ˜›

      Also, if your car has ISOFIX, there’s a base for the seat that apparently makes installation a snap.

      • ahh, well that is great then.
        We have isofix but Finn’s seat does not πŸ˜€

  • Guild

    I would probably go for a decent booster seat for Josephine since she is 4 and outgrown the Maxicosi’s we have. James is 11 months and in one of the Maxicosi at the moment

  • Adele

    This looks great, my little boy has just turned one <3

  • Kim Muller

    Ethan just turned 2 last week. Desperately need a new seat!

  • Pippa Tshabalala

    Nice that it’s isofix as well. We have one car that is and the other that isn’t so good that it gives birth options. I need a new seat for Zakkai either way. He’s almost 2 so I’m going to go ahead and enter! πŸ™‚

    • Pippa Tshabalala

      *both options… Sigh, autocorrect…

      • Zoe Hawkins

        haha, imagine if it gave birth options, too. πŸ˜›

  • Carolyn Noel

    Aaron is 6 weeks. Have a travel system now but pretty sure he’ll have out grown it in no time at all!

  • stephanie

    I would either get it for the new born on its way in February or my 3 year old πŸ™‚

  • Rachel Goldstuck

    Awesome info in this post.
    My only gripe and why my toddler is unfortunately forward facing is that my car’s seatbelts are not long enough a do not extend around the seat. Have had this problem with a few cars/seats.

    • Mandy-Lee Miller

      The Volvo seats don’t need long belts. They thread through the front of the seat, and there are other belts provided to secure them πŸ™‚

  • Lizelle Vice Van Rooyen

    My 3year old son would be super safe

  • Tara Midgley

    Oooh I’d love this! Intended user is almost 3

  • Mandy-Lee Miller

    Testing because everybody wants to win πŸ˜€

    • Zoe Hawkins

      testing testing 123 πŸ™‚

  • Gabie Vermeulen

    #CarseatFullstop my first grandchild will be born in November, I would love to win this car seat for her (Ayla) to be safe so that I can have peace of mind. I see so many parents drive around with the child on the front seat not buckled up, when will they take responsibility. Thanks for the awareness for car seats hope everyone will take notice and share the info.

  • Olivia Williams

    My son will be 6 months on Thursday

  • Gabie Vermeulen

    #CarseatFullstop my first grandchild will be born in November, I would love to win this car seat for her (Ayla) to be safe so that I can have peace of mind. I see so many parents drive around with the child on the front seat not buckled up, when will they take responsibility. Thanks for the awareness for car seats hope everyone will take notice and share the info.

  • Tanya

    I’ve got 2 intended winners, my eldest little girl who just turned 3 or my youngest baby girl who is 5 months πŸ™‚

  • Marie Uys

    Newborn, due March 2017! Already have two little ones that will still be needing their carseats, so desperately need a 3rd! The good ones are so expensive.

  • Jaclyn Bennet

    My daughter has just turned 7 months and we would love a new car seat that she can use once she outgrows her current infant seat!

  • Samantha

    Love love love these seats! They look super safe and super comfy! My baby girl is 9 weeks old! What an awesome giveaway. Fingers crossed!

  • Liz Fulton

    My comment on the list didn’t take! Adalynn will be 16 months old on 1 September! This would be absolutely amazing! Peace of mind is priceless. Holding thumbs and sharing! All done and dusted! Ticked, followed and shared!

  • Victoire

    My daughter will be 4 years old in October, she really needs a new car seat!

  • Kim Hoffe

    My daughter Abigail is 6 months old and will be growing out of her Stage 1 carseat soon

  • Bivasha Govender

    Tat for iso fix! So difficult to find an extended rear facing car seat with iso fix in SA. I would love it for my 11.5kg 1 year old daughter.

  • Sarah Ashwell

    My eldest daughter rearfaced till nearly 6 in a Britax. I’d like the same for her 2yr old brother.

  • Julie Jones

    My daughter is five months old, and I’d love to win this amazing prize for her!

    • Julie Jones

      I tried to download the manual via the Rafflecopter link, but I kept getting an error. I’m not sure if it’s just my phone, or if it’s something you might need to check… πŸ™‚ I found the manual on Volvo’s site, though, and downloaded it from there.

      • Zoe Hawkins

        Thanks for pointing it out! Fixed now πŸ™‚

        • Julie Jones

          It’s a pleasure – glad to help!

  • Saleemah

    I would love this car seat for my first born which will be born in March 2017. He/she is currently 11 weeks now.

  • Taimeia Bismilla

    Awesome prize! My baby is two years old and this is perfect.

  • Riaz Paruk

    awesome giveaway – intended user is 3 months

  • Rebecca Wolmarans

    My little sassypants is 2! We have a very basic booster for her so it would be nice to have a good quality one.

  • My intended user is 2 and a half…going on 15 :p The three-anger is strong with him.

  • Riaz Paruk

    intended user 3 months and counting

  • Ri

    My baby girl will be 6 months .I would love to win this car seat for her .Awesome

  • Lynn Botha

    For my nephew who is 1 πŸ™‚

  • Tania Brewis

    My little girl is 2 years old!

  • Shaaista Mahomed

    I believe in Car seats 200% and always try and convince the people around me that don’t have car seats to get one or if they do have them and surprisingly enough are just to lazy to just buckle them up. That part gets me very worked up, why would you have the car seat but not buckle the kid up.

    I have a 25 month old toddler and no matter what she knows she has to be buckled up. I don’t go anywhere with out a car seat. We use the song from Barney which says that a seat belt is like a hug and that seems to get her to sit still until i buckle her up.

    This Volvo car seats sound really awesome! The intended car seat user would be for my new born baby who is due in the beginning of December. I would love to get this for him and it would be such great help! We did have a really nice infant seat but it got stolen with our car last year sadly.

    #CarseatFullstop

  • Jacqueline Wilmot

    Seat would be used for my 2 year old daughter who is currently forward facing (I unfortunately knew no better at the time of purchase and now cannot afford to replace it!)

  • emlyn thomas

    6 months old

  • Sarah-jane Van Heerden

    Id use this amazing carseat for my daughter who is a month old. This would be awesome to win holding all our fingers and toes crossed.

    • Zoe Hawkins

      TOO CUTE! so adorable

      • Sarah-jane Van Heerden

        Thanks she really is such a sweety pie I am loving dressing her and her bigger brother just adores her.

  • Megs H

    Wow, what a wonderful prize! I would love to win this for my friends son, and the intended user is 4 years old.

  • Travis August

    great- intended user 6 months .

  • Bernadine

    My little one will be born Dec 2016. Fingers crossed for this awesome prize πŸ˜‰

  • Dionne

    Hi!
    The intended user is still the belly!
    I didnt know they had to face the back, thanks for that info.

  • easterbunny

    this would be perfect for (as we call him at the moment) “little peepers” due in december. πŸ™‚

  • Monitha

    My first grandchild is due this Dec and a Volvo car seat would be a lovely baby shower gift for mum-to-be!

  • Chantelle Niemand

    It has 2 intended users πŸ™‚ Hannah is 3 and 16.5 kg and almost outgrown her curent seat. If we can get this for her, Baby, Due in November, will get her current seat. Then, once she outgrows this, it would go to Baby. Would be a GREAT help!!!

  • RehanaSeedat.5

    Intended user is one year old

  • Roxanne Chutthergoon

    My intended user is 6 months πŸ™‚

  • Bonnie Den Otter

    My grandson is turning 1 in a few days. I would love to win this for him.

  • Carla M Van Der Westhuizen

    The intended user is my little boy Harvey James… He is 11 weeks old today! He has very quickly become my whole world so I want him to be as safe as possible!

  • Carolyn Augustus

    My intended user is 2 years and 8 months old going on 21

  • Sulika Meyer

    Ben is only 2 months old and weighs 6.2 kg. I need a car seat for him asap, the one Im currently using will only hold him upto 9kg .. And his breastmilk only diet makes him grow super fast.

  • Dzunisani

    The intended user is a months. I’d really love this car seat

  • Lisa Forsythe

    The intended throne is still squishy in mommy’s tummy at 37 weeks πŸ™‚ Provided his/her little 2 year old sister doesn’t try claim the seat as hers

  • Adri de Bruyne

    My boy is 2.5, and the second is almost 4 months old. We never drive without strapping in! Very important!

  • Bronwen Amayo

    Expecting our little one around 2 January 2017 πŸ™‚

  • Lucas Baby

    Just found out baby #3 is on the way! 5 weeks pregnant!

  • Susann

    Our girl arrives in less than a month and there is lots to buy and do still. Would be great to start off with a good safety chair.

  • Kelsey De Connick

    Our little one is due to be born in December so we have started looking for a strong safe car seat to bring her home in and travel in. This would be ideal!

  • Heather Mare

    What a gorgeous car seat. My intented user is almost 2.

  • Liana

    My daughter just turned 1!

  • Tracy Davies

    12 months

  • Steph Stolarczyk

    Our precious little intended user will be born in January 2017. As someone who has survived an accident with other passenger fatalities I believe that one can NEVER be too cautious with infant chair safety. Precious cargo needs the ultimate car seat for ultimate safety #Britax #carseatfullstop

  • Julie van Greunen

    My son turned 1 last month. Love the awesome VOLVO seat.

  • EstΓ© Mostert Lottering

    Very nice! My baby will be a newborn*

  • Cobus En Rochelle Jonker

    My little girl Mia is 7 months and dont have a stage 2 car seat! Please help! #volvocarseat

  • Liza-Mare

    My son – the intended user is 18 months old πŸ™‚

  • Lise Vermaak

    This would be perfect for our little boy turning 7 months soon.

  • Jenny Stroberg

    This car seat is amazing, would love to win this for my baby girl, she is 10months this month. would feel so much better knowing my daughter is in safe “hands” in this car seat.

  • Fiona

    Busy navigating the minefield of choosing a new car seat for Ethan, now that he’s ten months old and weighing over 9kgs. My son has sensory processing issues and had severe reflux for the first six months of his life, so used to hate the car seat for longer stretches. This has changed now, and the car has become a place to get in a much-needed nap, so LOVE that this seat looks so comfy! Safety and comfort all in one, what a winning combo πŸ™‚

  • Terri Rosslind

    My son is 9 months

  • Bianca Hanekom

    Ours will be newborn coming in December 2016 would love to win this and know our little girl is safe.

  • Marilize De Klerk

    The Volvo seats are so beautiful. My little girl is 4 months old and we would love the seat for her.

  • It’s a toss up between my 1yr old and skinny 4yr old as to which seat I’d choose. This is an amazing and much needed prize.

  • Bianca Simone Ferreira Felgar

    It would either be used for my little boy who is 3 days old when he reaches the minimum weight or for my daughter who is 4 years old πŸ™‚

  • EstΓ©e WhiTe

    My precious baby boy was born a month ago, I also have a 2 year old girl that has a front facing chair. Safety is very important to us, it would give my heart peace knowing my children will be safe should we have an accident. Thanks Volvo πŸ™‚

  • Nischette Miranda Willemse

    New born baby girl πŸ™‚

  • Linda Louw

    My little girl turns one at the end of the month and I need to upgrade her to a rear facing seat soon.

  • Sylvia Van Zyl

    My boy is 14 months old now and this seat looks ideal. sillyvanzyl@gmail.com

  • Ntombi Zulu Mkwanazi

    My daughter is 4 months old.

  • Cathleen Verissimo-Scott

    My 8 month old son!

  • Jenna Richards

    Keatynn is three and her car seat (which was handed down from her big sister) practically fell apart when I washed it yesterday. We are also beginning a brand new fertility journey tomorrow so a new seat would be lovely!

  • Marilize Grobler

    Wow. And here I was thinking my almost 2 year old, is safe in her car seat. This article made me think twice, and since hubby just upgraded to a new Volvo S60, it would be super awesome to win this car seat! #volvos60 #mydreamcar #safetyfirst

  • Faziela

    My intended user will be born end November, God willing ,so it will be a definite help to our family.

  • Samantha Wiggill

    My second will be born in December! I would love to win this as we really need one!!

  • Nelmari Swanepoel

    My intended user will be turning 3 in October!

  • Melissa Olivier

    My son is 18 months and a has a Nania car seat so this would be much safer!

  • Kim-Leigj Dowd

    This is such an awesome seat.Childrens car seats are so important and need to be used.My daughter is 8 months old.

  • Lindsey

    Our little girl is due early December and would love to win this car seat for her.

  • Tarryn Keech

    Very interesting article! I have asked two different paediatricians for their thoughts/recommendations on when you should change a car seat to forward facing and both gave me completely different answers…one said after one and the other said around two…it is a very confusing topic with many different opinions! my son is 11 months so luckily there are articles like this to help provide some information and make an informed decision!

  • Janani

    My boy is 5 months old

  • Jayne Naisby

    Ben is going to be six months old next week and I would feel much happier knowing that he is strapped up in this kind of safety! The Volvo brand is synonymous with safety and this is a seat I can trust with my most precious cargo!

  • erica

    My son is 5 months old, but weighs 8kg already!

  • Julianne Joubert

    Amelia is two,but fast becoming a Three-nager! Would love a Britax Upgrad! Rear-facing advocate here all the way!

  • Stacey Scheepers

    My little Shayla-Willow is 3 months old, hoping to win this one for her!!

  • Chane Taylor

    Would so love this for my Grumpy. Alexander is 2 and a half but the size of an average 4 year old, he is my big handsome boy. Would love this fantastic chair to protect him should and accident happen as he is more valuable than anything to me.

  • Claudia De Oliveira Mitchell

    Would love to win the car seat for my 18 month old little boy as he is currently using his brothers old seat….. πŸ™‚

  • Rouxda

    My baby will be born early November. She would love this awesome carseat and i would love it too. It looks very comfy for baby and it will last her a long time. Just what we need right now. And i will be happy to know that baby Elena is safe and sound as i drive around with her.

  • Illidan Stormrage

    Intended entry is 15 months old πŸ˜› SHE IS PREPARED!

  • Stephen Rodger

    My little man Jadan will be 1year old in two weeks.

    Its actually quite shocking that rear facing seats are so difficult to find. We’ve checked the regular baby franchise stores near us and nobody has even one option to look at. Quite disturbing actually. Our boy needs to get a big boy seat to give his sister (arriving Feb 2017) the one he’s using now.

  • Helana Botha

    My daughter is 4, would love a new car seat!

  • This is such an amazing campaign! And those Volvo seats are to die for pretty! I would love to have one for my 3yo daughter Zoe, then I can really know she os super safe when travelling.

  • Melissa Petersen

    My little guy is a busy little 1 year old.

  • Sulika Meyer

    Its the last day to enter! Holding thumbs to win the 9+kgs seat for my son Ben! I’m literally wishing the weekend away in excitement! Lol

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