We’ve been testing out the new Britax King II LS car seat* the last few weeks and mainly I’ve been massively impressed. There are both good and bad points with this seat as I’m sure there is with all seats. For me though the good has massively outweighed the bad, so here goes…
The King II LS car seat came in a huge box as to be expected. Tia was very excited and wanted to open it immediately! I had watched the installation video twice before, but wanted to watch it again before fitting it myself just to make sure. You can find the installation video here. Armed with the knowledge and smug satisfaction that installing the seat would be a doddle, I went out to the car with Tia to swap her seat. Only after following the video exactly the seat wasn’t fitted correctly. I may as well have just sat it on the backseat for how safe it was. I Immediately thought that the seat wasn’t suitable for my car. I waited until my husband got home, after explaining to him the problem, he came out to look at it with me.
Turns out it’s actually a lot harder to instal than the video makes out. It actually needed the two of us to get it in properly, this just means I cannot quickly change cars and I’ve kept her old one in case we ever need to go in another car. So I would say if you will be switching the seat from one car to another to bear this in mind, if you will be purchasing the seat and it will stay in one car please read on as the seat itself is actually pretty awesome.
The fitting of the seat was totally different to any other seat I’ve seen, the whole front of the seat lifts up, I’ll never be able to explain it as it’s pretty cool. Do have a watch of the video link I posted for full fitting instructions.
Once fixed into place we tried Tia in the seat, I had adjusted the head cushion indoors before taking the seat out to my car. So she just needed strapping in and off we could go. The king ll LS has a very clever tension indicator system. Once the straps have the correct tension a light flashes and you hear a clicking noise. This means you won’t ever have to worry about the straps being too tight/loose anymore! A few other handy features include little pockets to keep the straps In so you don’t lose them and a hidden pocket on the back on the seat to store the manual.
The king II LS has four seat positions, upright and then three reclining settings. I’ve found this to be really helpful for Tia who often falls asleep in the car and has always looked uncomfortable before. The seat it’s self is deeply padded and the cover is fully removable to make washing it easy.
The king II LS is suitable from 9 months or 9kg up to 18kg which is around four years. The headrest is fully adjustable and it has a five point harness. The chest pads are performance ones made to reduce your child’s movements in the event of a crash. Speaking of crashes, the king II LS passed the roll over test which means,
In case of a roll-over, side impact or an offset impact where combined vertical, lateral and or oblique loading lateral forces can lead into ejection or submarining, the shoulder contact points and the crotch strap (of a fivepoint harness) stop those risks and keep the child safely in the protecting seat shell.
The battery for the light is built in and has a lifespan of around seven years, so no need to worry about changing that. It only comes in black and is exclusive to buy at kiddicare here.