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    I reckon a compilation related to car seats should be made as a FAQ's.
    Stage three seats, you know, the more basic ones which use the cars seat belt on a daily basis and eventually come apart to just leave a booster seat.
    What are your experiences with these in a Vectra, do they have few compatible seats to fit on the rear bench as the early stage seats? Is the fit of these seats so critcal as at the end of the day the belt's being released & done up all the time.
    I've read the Recarro ones being used which I saw yesterday. Used to paying in excess of £100 for a seat the Recarro at £99.99 looked appealing but then it was double the price of just about everything else

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    I've got one....it's a Graco seat, cost about £30 or £40 from mothercare. Fits just fine on the back seat.

    In all honesty, your best bet is to go somewhere like Mothercare or Toys R Us and try a few different ones in the car. They're all really helpful.

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    Personally I wouldn't trust either of the two. My local Toys R Us you can't understand a word of attempted english being spoken by their car seat specialist and Mothercare refused to fit the seat after we purchased one from them before as it was against their policy and left my girl friend to struggle & fit it herself. They claim if they fit it and we attempt to refit it in a week or so they simply don't want the liability of being accused of fitting it incorrectly in the event of an accident which I can perfectly see their point but in practicality is ridiculous.
    Also to be honest their range of seats is little to useless. We travel 60 miles to a shop in Peterborough where we've had service second to none, if they said black is white in regards to a car seat I'd believe them and they have an amazing range including Vauxhall embroidered ISOfix seats. They also fit them for your homeward journey too

    Just been looking on their website & have just learnt you can get these seats which use the ISOfix to secure it and the seatbelt is used as an everyday belt.

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    If you are near Peterborough goto Kiddicare, they have a specialist car seat department where they will fit seats all day long to get one thats the right fit, nothing is too much trouble, they are about the cheapest place in the UK for seats , highly recomended

    Dont trust the monkeys in Halfrauds they sold us a seat and tested it in our old car and said it was fine, when we went to Kiddicare ti get another seat for our baby on the way at the time they were horrified as it would suffer buckle crunch (google it), the bloke spotted it straight away.

    www.kiddicare.co.uk

    BTW try and keep your kids in a 5 point harness as long as you can as they are alot safer
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    The next seat I will be buying for my little one is this one.

    http://www.jane.es/seguretat/index.p...yplusteam&id=1

    It's a really decent seat and has won lots of awards for safety & design etc.

    ISOFIX fittings as well, and has a metal, (aluminum I think) frame for extra safety and general robustness.

    Here's a pretty good description of it! http://www.kiddicare.com/webapp/wcs/...__22887_10001_
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    Vectra isnt on the fitting list tho m8 ?

    http://www.jane.es/seguretat/index.p...team&id=1#box2

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanos View Post
    Vectra isnt on the fitting list tho m8 ?

    http://www.jane.es/seguretat/index.p...team&id=1#box2

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    Yeah I know, it does fit, apparently it's something to do with some of the earlier vectras not all having ISOFIX as standard.

    The Indy Plus is homologated as 'Universal' and the Vectra is also listed under the Universal category.
    Basically if car and seat type match then they should be Ok. If your vec has ISOFIX as well then all the better. As we have seen on this site though some members cars do not have the ISOFIX points.
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    halfrauds were spot on for our seat they tried 5 diffrent seats and we picked wot fitted best halfords fitted it then put the kid in and showed us how to fit with kid in.
    all in all was by far the best place to go and get fitted and price was best too.

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    I have used a Graco (I think) baby Seat in the Vecra using the ISOFIX System - and I think its Great, its a Friends so I have no Idea how to fit baby seats but this just snapped into place and done.

    Go for an ISOFIX one in my Opinion, well worth the Money

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    Been reading up on the Jane one and it looks good , i may go and get one as our daughter is ready to move up to the next stage any time soon, will go check it out in Kiddicare when I'm that way next week to see what the padding is like on the seat bottom, i find most are ****** awful and i wouldn't expect an animal to sit on them let alone a child, as alot have wafer thin padding on the seat which is unacceptable IMO

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