Opal
The high comfort convertible seat

Opal

The high comfort convertible seat


The Maxi-Cosi Opal is a high comfort convertible car seat with simultaneous height and width adjustment to always ensure optimal comfort from baby to toddler. 

Luxuriously padded, Opal adjusts from sitting to sleeping for the most enjoyable of journeys. Long-lasting value car seat, it is first used as a rearward facing baby car seat from birth to approx. 15/18 months for extra head & neck protection (This is 3 to 6 months longer than infant carriers). Then Opal can be easily & safely turns to face forward, simply by using a switching device.

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Why me?

  • Combined group 0+/1
  • Extended rearward facing travel
  • Easy switch system
  • Height/width adjustability
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Car fitting
  • Seatbelt
    Seatbelt

    This product is compatible with seatbelt.

Child car seats can be installed with ISOFIX or with the car seat belt. Depending on your car and personal needs, you can choose the car seat that suits your situation.
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Safety performance
  • Good Safety

To understand the different levels of safety we offer, a car seat ranking has been put in place in addition to the independent ratings.
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Safety awards
  • ADAC MC Opal satisfactory 2011 EN

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Features

Ease of use

  • Long lasting value car seat, growing with your baby from birth up to 4 years 
  • Rotative base to easily switch from rearward facing to forward facing position 
  • Simultaneous harness & headrest adjustement (6 position) to perfectly fit the growing child 
  • One-hand harness ajuster 
  • Belt hooks:  keeps the harness open when installing the child 
  • Measuring height indicator: helps to know when it's time to switch from rear to forward facing 
  • Machine washable cover at 30°

Comfort

  • High comfort seat with length and width adjustability to ensure perfect fit from baby to toddler 
  • Extra padded wide seat 
  • 6 position headrest adjustment: always perfect fit for the growing child 
  • Baby reducer cushion to offer best comfort for the baby 
  • Optimal reclined position in rear-facing 
  • 5 position recline in forward facing to provide best travelling comfort 
  • Shoulder and croch pads

Safety

  • Extended rearward facing travel up to approx. 15/18 months for improved head and neck protection 
  • High protective headrest to offer a performant side impact protection 
  • Belt tensioner system for an extra strong and secure installation in both directions 
  • 5-point integral safety harness to ensure high safety restraint of the child 
  • Intuitive belt routing to easily install Opal using 3-point seat belt 
  • Anti-slip shoulder pads for high restraint performance in case of frontal impact

General

  • R44/04 compliant 
  • Rearward facing from 0-13kg (from birth to approx. 15/18m) 
  • Forward facing from 9-18kg (from approx. 9m to 4y) 
  • 3-point seat belt installation, with clear belt routing indicated on seat 
  • Made in Europe 


Opal is for 2 age group (Baby & Toddler) => need to be displayed in both age group
- Group 0+ (0-13kg) in rearward facing => Be carefull, it's until approx. 15/18m (not 12m like infant carrier)
- Group 1 (9-18kg) in forward facing 
Opal is ideal for parents:
- who have a baby who is too tall to be installed in the infant carrier anymore (head overtake the top of the shell) and still too small yet to be installed in forward facing car seat (less than 9kg/13kg)=> Opal is then ideal to continue travelling rearward facing until approx 15months (13Kg) to offer the best protection of the fragile head and neck of the baby
- who want to continue placing the toddler rearward facing longer after the infant carrier (until 13kg = 15/18months for Opal)
- Who are looking for a long lasting baby car seat for the growing baby (for parents who don't need a infant carrier to install on the stroller, or for the second car)
- who dont' have a car equipped with isofix

Specifications
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Manuals
FAQ
My child climbs out of the belt system on the car seat.
The same principle applies to all car seats and means that your child cannot create extra space if there is no extra space to begin with. Some children have shown us that, with only a minimum of slack in the belt system, they can get a hand between the buckle and their stomach and then, by moving it towards their head, they can get an elbow under the belts – but this requires a very flexible shoulder. These children display a tremendous desire to free themselves from their car seat. Child safety in the car and freedom of movement are not compatible in principle. To transport a child not only safely but also comfortably, a slight amount of slack in the belt system is needed. If the belt is pulled extremely tightly and the child is sitting calmly in the car seat, experience has taught us that all car seats are the same when it comes to 'climbing out of the car seat'. We see a similar pattern in children ages 1-4 years in car seats of various types and from various manufacturers. The belt system is a closed system that keeps the child in the same position continuously - during normal car trips as well as during a sudden stop or accident. This system is closed by securing the child when tightening the belts. If this is done properly, the belts cannot be loosened during use (if this does happen, we ask that you contact our Service Department through the retailer where you bought the product).
The belts are not the same length. Why is this?
Uneven belts may be caused by the incorrect guiding of the harness system. Check at the back of the car seat that the belts are not twisted and that the pull belt (that runs forward at the bottom of the shell) is in the middle of the system. Also check that the belt can move easily to and fro through the shoulder openings. For smooth movement, the belt buckle should be flapped forward completely. This belt buckle operates by releasing the belt tensioner. If the problem continues after you have checked this, consult your retailer.
From what age can the support pillow be removed from the Maxi-Cosi car seat?
The support pillow provides your child with added comfort right after birth. There is no specific age at which the support pillow should be removed from the Maxi-Cosi car seat.This depends on the size of your child. Once you notice that your child is no longer lying comfortably because his or her head is lying on the ‘roll’, you can remove the support pillow from the Maxi-Cosi car seat.
Why do babies have to travel in a rear-facing position?
Babies have a large and heavy head compared to the rest of their body. In addition, their neck muscles are not yet fully developed. If the baby is transported in a forward-facing position, his or her head will be thrown forward in the event of a head-on collision. This can cause serious neck injury and may even be fatal. By placing the baby in a rear-facing position, the forces exerted during the crash will be distributed across the baby’s entire back. Discover more about rearward facing travelling.
What is the right position for the headrest of my child car seat?
The child's head has to be totally protected and should not exceed the headrest.
How long can I use the Maxi-Cosi without a break?
This is subject to a lot of misunderstanding. This is generally said and written out of concern for babies and, in a nutshell, boils down to the fact that a baby car seat such as a Maxi-Cosi Citi SPS or Maxi-Cosi Cabrio(Fix) and Maxi-Cosi Pebble should not be used excessively. Children should not lie in a fixed position for too long unnecessarily. They must be given the opportunity to develop their motor system and arm, back and neck muscles. As manufacturers of the first car seat for babies in Europe, the Maxi-Cosi, naturally we have been including this in our instructions for many years. So do not place a baby in his or her seat for the entire day for reasons of convenience, but give him or her the opportunity to develop. This also applies to front pack carriers and all other products in which a baby sits, hangs or lies in a stationary position. However, this is not problematic whatsoever when taking a relatively long car journey or holiday trip once in a while. Our advice is as follows: stop once every 2 hours. After all, the baby must also eat and be changed on a regular basis.
I can still pull out my car seat belt, which means the car seat can move around. Is this safe?
In the event of a sudden stop or accident, the car seat belt will block automatically and the child car seat will be unmovable as a result. The Maxi-Cosi Priori XP, Maxi-Cosi Axiss and Maxi-Cosi Tobi are all equipped with a tensioner that makes it possible to tighten the car seat belt for a tighter fit and secure the car seat more firmly.
What should I do if my child opens the buckle on his or her harness belt?
In this case, we recommend, as do all international safety experts, that you stop immediately in a safe place, fasten the buckle once more and tell the child not to open it and the reason for this. It is always a possibility that an inventive, handy or strong child will open the buckle. If the force required to open the buckle were to be considerably increased to make it impossible for the child to open it himself, this would be contrary to the legal safety standards. The position of the buckle, the colour of the button, and the operating or opening force are all laid down in European standards. In the case of an accident, someone providing assistance without any knowledge of car seats must be able to see immediately how to release the child from a car seat in an emergency.
When the buckle is open, I can't lengthen the harnesses on the Tobi, as if they are stuck. What's the problem?
This may be because the belt buckle is not flapped forward enough. Pushing it forward by hand will release the blockage so that you can loosen the harnesses.
What is the right position/height for the safety harness?

The harness straps should be placed at the level of the shoulders, not coming from above nor below. The headrest should be adjusted in consequence, keeping the harness at the level of the shoulders.

Can I recline Opal in rearward facing ?
In rearward facing, Opal has a unique recline position. This natural recline had been designed to offer best protection to the child in case of collision. It then important to have this fixed position. For extra comfort, a new born cushion is included to offer an optimal recline. Nevertheless, all cars are different, and the car seat may be positionned too upright if vehicle seat as a deep angle. You may adjust the vehicle seat recline if possible or fill the seat hole without changing the car seat belt routing.
From what age can the support pillow be removed from the Opal ?
The support pillow provides your baby added comfort right after birth. We recommand you to use it from birth to approximatly 5,5kg. Once you found your baby too tight in the car seat, and exceeds 5,5kg, you can then remove the support pillow, and use the regular seat.
How long can I install my baby rearward facing on Opal ?
Opal has been tested to be used rearward facing until 13kg. With this large seat, you can easily adjust in width and height, you can install comfortably your baby until approximatly 15m, and even more if he weights less than 13kg. Of course, Opal can be used from birth, but is also perfect car seat to use right after a safety carrycot or an infant carrier, when the baby is not fitting anymore in these baby seats, but still need to be installed rearward facing for a longer time. Looking at the car seat regulation, you can install the baby from 9kg in forward facing, but we recommand to keep your baby until 13kg in rearward facing. A informative measuring scale is placed closed to the headrest to help you to know when it could be time to switch from rearward to forward facing position.
How to switch Opal car seat from rearward to forward facing ?
To change the position of Opal, you should remove the belt installation, press the switching button located on the car seat base, and simultaneously rotate the seat. You should then reinstall the seat in forward facing. The switching button should be in front of the selected position (here forward facing position). We invite you to look at the Opal instruction manual for a more details in the Maxi-Cosi website.
When can I switch Opal from rearward facing to forward facing ?
According to the car seat regulation, you can use Opal in forward facing position (group 1) from 9kg (around 9 months), but we strongly recommand you to keep your child rearward facing until 13kg (approximatly 15/18 months) to better protect the baby's fragile head and neck in case of accidents. To help you to know when your can switch from rearward facing to forward facing, you can use the informative measuring scale integrated closed to the headrest.
Why do baby and young toddler have to travel in rearward facing position ?
Babies have a large and relatively heavy head compared to the rest of their body. In addition, their neck muscles are not yet fully developed. If the baby is travelling in a forward-facing position, his or her head will be thrown forward in the event of a head-on collision. This can cause serious neck injury and may even be fatal. By placing the baby in a rear-facing position, the forces exerted during the crash will be distributed across the baby’s entire back. It then safer to travel rearward facing with babies until at least 13kg (approximatly 15/18 months).
Why there is a measuring scale (blue/red label) ? How to read it ?

This measuring scale is an informative label to help you to know when it could be time to switch from rearward facing to forward facing. In a daily basis, it's not easy to know the exact weight of your growing baby, and you may want to install quickly your child in forward facing because it's easier to see you child, but you should not placed a baby before at least 9kg, and ideally 13kg in forward facing. The goal of this label is clearly to avoid babies to be installed too early in forward facing position. By adjusting the headrest, you will see if the seat has still to be installed rearward facing (blue color) or can be installed forward facing (red color). Of course, it's an indicator, but you should always check if your child weights at least 9kg (ideally 13kg) before installating the seat in forward facing position.

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Why me?

Opal

Opal

  • Combined group 0+/1
  • Extended rearward facing travel
  • Easy switch system
  • Height/width adjustability

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