At Kiddy we meet every challenge and so do our car seats! Exceptional safety standards combined with modern styling easily meet the challenge of providing a growing child with safety and comfort.
Kiddy USA sent us the following Kiddy World Plus in Walnut, plus one for you too!!
Here is how it looks after taking it out of the box.
I love the look and feel of the seat, it is soft and the sides are firm to keep baby safe in case of an accident.
Original Kiddy Protection Shield
The original Kiddy protection shield offers the best protection in the event of a frontal impact with the use of the LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children). The protection shield can be restrained with the LATCH system and a Top Tether anchour, or with vehicle lap and/or shoulder belt.
Kiddy World Plus states that it fits toddlers ages 1 and up and 22lbs to 110 lbs. It also states that it is for forward facing. The protection shield goes across the lap of the toddle and hooks on the other side. I am aware that this has raised some huge controversy, and after speaking with Kiddy this is what they had to say:
Our Protection Shield was created in place of a 5-pt harness. In a frontal crash, the momentum of your child’s body will move forward and rebound backward into the seat. With a 5-pt harness, it holds your child’s upper body against the seat and the child’s neck experiences the reaction from the crash thus whiplash. With our Protection Shield, the upper body rolls over the shield and it winds up not concentrating on the area of the neck rather the upper body. With little ones the development of the spine is so crucial so this almost eliminates the effects of whiplash.
In regards to 22 lbs., we are aware of what the American Board of Pediatrics says in regards to keeping your child rear facing to 2 years old. We realize as a company that not every child can stay rear facing that long and also there are 2 year olds and younger out there that weigh 22lbs. We tested to this weight for the reasons above. We would rather your child be safe as possible if they do need to turn forward facing.
The insert in the seat is to help proper positioning for smaller children relative to the shield. The top of the shield should be at your child’s armpit level similar to a chest clip. You’ll notice that the insert folds, unfolds and then can be removed since we recognize the different make-ups of children for proper positioning.
Our goal as a company is to educate the public on this seat and the positive nature in its design.
They also have this video that shows the difference between a 5 point harness and their protection shield:
Seeing how Natalie just turned a year old and is only around 30lbs, we have decided to save this car seat until she is at least two and weighing over 40lbs, that way we do not even have to worry about the dangers or non-dangers of the protection shield.
Side Impact Protection (SIP)
The head and shoulder areas in children are especially vulnerable since the head is still relatively heavy compared to the rest of the body. The SIP in the Kiddy World Plus protects your child’s head, mid-section and hip area from any side impact crashes that may occur.
Use in aircraft
In the opinion of experts, the simple airplane lap belt may already be a safety risk to small children in case of turbulence or an emergency landing. This child safety car seat has been approved by TÜV Rheinland and the Federal Aviation Authority for use in aircraft.
Easy adjustable Headrest
With a squeeze of one hand, you can choose the headrest height from 12 positions to accommodate your growing child to get the safest seating position.
The Kiddy World Plus armrest design contours the body in its natural shape to help make for a more enjoyable journey.
2 – Way Seat Cushion
The 2 – way folding seat cushion provides the optimal seating position as the child grows. Depending on the size of your child, it can be folded for height adjustment.
Integrated Shoulder Belt Guides
The Integrated Shoulder Belt Guide positions the shoulder belt properly across your child’s chest. Proper positioning ensures maximum safety in case of an accident.
Lightweight design (only 15 lbs)
The lightweight design is not only an essential safety feature. In case of impact the emerging mass is significantly less than for a heavy seat. Another decisive reason is the Kiddy World Plus can be transferred effortlessly from one car to another.
Even though there are many who disagree with the safety features of this car seat, I personally believe that it is extremely safe to use as a booster seat, for those children who are old enough to be in a booster seat. I love that it has such a nice tight fit in my car, and that once Natalie is older that we will not have to worry about the seat not be secure while driving.
It also has nice, bright instructions on the side so that you are able to look at them at all times!
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