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Old 02-29-2012, 05:34 PM
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BMW Infant/Child Seats

Have a 2011 E92 with 2 1/2 years left on the lease. Baby showing up end of summer. Was looking at BMW infant/child seats, but cannot find them listed in the US. Am i missing something? Are they available here or not?

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I have not seen a BMW branded child seat in the US, but the best place to inquire would likely be the dealership's parts/accessory counter. You can also look online.

My advice would be to stick with a good car seat that receives excellent reviews from independent sources rather than focus on it having the Roundel.

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A bunch of our friends have/had Recaro seats for their kids. I profess to having absolutely no direct knowledgeable or experience in this area whatsoever.
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IMHO Britax, which is a European brand, seems to fit better in European cars. Many car seats have wide bases which don't fit well in our cars. Especially in the middle seat.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:32 AM
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IMHO Britax, which is a European brand, seems to fit better in European cars. Many car seats have wide bases which don't fit well in our cars. Especially in the middle seat.
Since the OP has a coupe, the middle seat isn't an option. Of course, even the E90 is not designed to host a child seat in the middle, though it can be installed that way; the manual just advises against it. Not sure about the wagons...
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:25 AM
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I have always used Recaro and Brittax seats in my E46 M3 coupe. They fit securely with the latch system. The original Brittax I had for the brand new baby was a fixed base with removable seat. I had to use swimming pool noodles (foam) to fill a couple of gaps but this is accepted as a usual way to ensure a good fit.
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Infant seats are designed to be installed rear-facing. Just find a reputable seat (Britax, Graco, Recaro, etc) that fits properly and allows the seat back in front of it to be inclined at the desired position. Lots of integrated seats (that also have a grab handle and can be placed into a stroller, e.g. Graco Snugride) start to impede the front seat movement when they are PROPERLY installed. The grab handle is often designed to lay flat, not upright, during travel. This extends the outer dimensions of the car seat and often creates a problem. Bottom line, don't worry about the style, get a decent seat that fits your car. You will have way too much other stuff to worry about once junior arrives. Good luck with the great big adventure, it's a fun ride.
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post 1001!! I agree with everything above. I've seen the BMW branded car seats at the Welt -- get a name brand, high rated infant seat that fits in your car. Lara was already 3 when I got my E93; the recaro front facing car seat (for toddlers) has been awesome. Not sure what is the best for an infant.
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There's some useful info on this site : http://www.carseat.se/ . US infant seats are pretty good(RF), but once your kid gets older, consider a Scandinavian seat. Car make branded seats (with possible exception of Volvo) are usually not the best you can get. They're normally produced by 3rd parties, added some brand stitching, and jacked up price.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:50 PM
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Thanks for all the responses!

In regards to the BMW branded car seat...it wasnt for the brand, I was just wanting to find a seat that would fit/mate easily and figured that would be the easiest solution.

I originally went to the dealership for a 335d in Vermillion, but loved the lines/mineral white on the M Sport coupe and got a smoking deal on a 15k/yr no-money down lease. Kinda wish I got the red peanut oil burner now...
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For an infant seat get a Chicco keyfit30. They're great!
http://www.chiccousa.com/gear/car-se...-30-fuego.aspx

My daughter is nearly 3 and I have a Recaro ProSport car seat and it fits really well in the back of my E90. My daughter loves it. Overall I'm really happy with it.

http://www.google.com/products/catal...wBw#ps-sellers
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I have a 18 month kid and 335i sedan.

Used Chico keyfit and its best in the class ( for the price ). drove Austin to Grand-canyon when my kid was 5months old - no issues.
had to upgrade to front facing , as my kid out grew the keyfit on height.

went with Britax Marathon 70 (Fits well on EU cars) . excellent quality , drove from Austin to Seattle with 10 month old kid - no worries !

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The BMW branded car seats are not approved for sale in the US.
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If you want some pictures of the product we can't buy, here are some on the UK Accessory site:

http://www.bmw.co.uk/bmwuk/owner/acc...quiry/subhome/


BTW, I hear you on this--American baby car seats are HUGE. There is no way to fit 3 car seats across in any car that I've seen except a Yukon...

And yeas, you'll need 3 different car seats per kid up until they are 7-8 depending on state law... The 2 larger child seats below use the car's seat belt--in the US, they much favor a 5 point harness, so thats probably why these aren't sold here... It's all BS really--the important thing is that the belt cross the child's shoulder, not their neck...





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Regarding infant car seats, I suggest you look for something nice and light weight unless you will never remove them from the car and will just remove your child. We used and were happy with the Graco Snugride. It's well made and easy to get in and out of the car. It fit fine in the back of my e90 and we had a separate base for my wife's car. We also used a stroller frame instead of a dedicated stroller.
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For an infant seat get a Chicco keyfit30. They're great!
http://www.chiccousa.com/gear/car-se...-30-fuego.aspx

My daughter is nearly 3 and I have a Recaro ProSport car seat and it fits really well in the back of my E90. My daughter loves it. Overall I'm really happy with it.

http://www.google.com/products/catal...wBw#ps-sellers
So the base isn't too wide to fit in the bucket (I think you have the Sport version) ? That's the problem I've noticed with large Britax seats, and I think they'd deform the leather around the bucket in short order.
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So the base isn't too wide to fit in the bucket (I think you have the Sport version) ? That's the problem I've noticed with large Britax seats, and I think they'd deform the leather around the bucket in short order.
The Britax Boulevard 70 we have fits perfectly in the back of my E93, so I don't think you'll have a problem with it. Best thing to do is go to BabiesRUs or BuyBuyBaby and they will let you take different seats out and try them in your car. That way you can see for yourself how they fit.
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I am a cerified child seat installer, and, like the rest said, Britax has the reputation of being top of the line. They are significantly higher priced though. For the first year, you are going to only have a base, with the carrier being removable. The baby will be facing the rear. After the year, then you will get a convertible seat. Most, if not all, of the big brand companies offer really good seats with excellent safety ratings. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration has very strict standards on these.
Like on of the posters said, go to Babies R Us and see what you like and fits well that will make you satisfied. All the seats will leave indentations in your car due to the tight fit that the seats need to be.
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My son was a toddler by the time we got our e93, so no advice on the rear facing seats. However, I'll second (or third I lost count) the recaro prosport for front facing. It fits great and the back is more vertical, which is what you need in the coupe/cabrio back seat. For protection against scratches and indentations, get a protector mat like the kiddopotamus brand. Works great. Good luck and congrats! :beer:
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I have a 18 month kid and 335i sedan.

Used Chico keyfit and its best in the class ( for the price ). drove Austin to Grand-canyon when my kid was 5months old - no issues.
had to upgrade to front facing , as my kid out grew the keyfit on height.

went with Britax Marathon 70 (Fits well on EU cars) . excellent quality , drove from Austin to Seattle with 10 month old kid - no worries !
Don't put a 18 month old in a front facing car seat. Please read this , http://www.carseat.se/rearfacing/rear-facing-basics/ and do some research yourself.

If possible, you should keep your kid in a rear facing seat till ~4 years old ( physiological reasons ). Our 4 year old is still rear facing, and we'll keep her that way at least one more year ( or till she outgrows her seat )
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Don't put a 18 month old in a front facing car seat. Please read this , http://www.carseat.se/rearfacing/rear-facing-basics/ and do some research yourself.

If possible, you should keep your kid in a rear facing seat till ~4 years old ( physiological reasons ). Our 4 year old is still rear facing, and we'll keep her that way at least one more year ( or till she outgrows her seat )
Holding out as long as possible to transition to front-facing is good advice. But our 3 year old would have her knees up at her chest if she were still rear-facing. And that's not reasonable, IMHO. Of course, I've never seen the special seats that allow you to keep them rear-facing by moving forward towards the front seat. Those haven't traditionally been sold at places like Babies R Us as far as I know.
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Don't put a 18 month old in a front facing car seat. Please read this , http://www.carseat.se/rearfacing/rear-facing-basics/ and do some research yourself.

If possible, you should keep your kid in a rear facing seat till ~4 years old ( physiological reasons ). Our 4 year old is still rear facing, and we'll keep her that way at least one more year ( or till she outgrows her seat )
Yes, it's safest having your child in a rear facing seat but I don't possibly see how you can have a 4 year old facing that way. Where does she put her feet? My 18 month old son is just about ready to face forward as his feet are hitting the seat.
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Our son's feet have been hitting the seat since he was about 1 year old (he is almost 16 months now). I asked the pediatrician if we should change his seat to forward facing as his legs are bunched up a bit in rear facing. He said that we should still keep the seat rear facing, as the stats for leg injuries are about the same for rear or forward facing, while the head/neck stats are significantly better for rear facing. So, just because the kids feet are hitting the seat does not mean they need to change to forward facing.

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Expecting twins here! My only question is...is there a way I can fit comfortably in my seat with a rear facing baby seat behind me?
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