Multimac: the 4 child car seat solution

Photo of a Multimac assemble of four child safety seats in a single row in a car. One of the seats is configured to be rear-facing for infants.

Yes, that is an array of four child safety seats in the back of a car. And yes, like most things awesome, it’s not available in the North America… yet.

Multimac is a 3- or 4-seat child safety solution by Automotive Macliver Ltd, based in the UK. It fits most any car that has a bank of 3 adult seats. The seats are available in 3 widths to make this accommodation possible.

The Multimac is a single unit that mounts on top of your existing seats, secured by two tether straps that bolt onto the adult seat belt fixtures. Two adjustable legs rest on the car floor. Once fitted, the seat platform is removable within about a minute or two.

The front page of the company’s website has a drop-down menu for checking your vehicle’s compatibility (or read this 800K PDF).

Photo of adjustable height slots for a seatbelt harness.

The seats are rated for birth to 12-years-of-age with the belt height being adjustable. Rear-facing ‘Minimac’ seats are available, listed as appropriate up to age 3 (28.6 lbs).

There are two kickers to this product though. One, it cannot be sold in the US or Canada yet, but I’m told the company “will shortly be arranging testing and approval.”

Two, the four-seats retail for £1299. That’s $2126 based on today’s craptastic currency exchange rate. But hey, if you have several kids, it’s a lot cheaper than buying a minivan.

The company has its own rationale for a family of four buying between 2.7 and 10.8 individual seats over the life of their children, so, hey, Multimac isn’t so bad in comparison.

An unknown factor is the build quality. The company touts the seats as having airline-quality construction, stating “It will probably outlast your car!” I wonder what the expiration date will be on the seats when sold in the US. Most manufacturers place a 6-year limit on seat safety.

And does the whole thing work out so that average 12-year-olds really do fit in the seats without incident (belt fits, headrest at the proper height, etc.)? So far, the seat fanatics over at car-seat.org have little in the way of criticism beyond the price and wondering — what happens when your oldest child outgrows the seat?

Comments

9 Responses to “Multimac: the 4 child car seat solution”

  1. Ticia says:

    That is very interesting. The price like you said is a little outrageous, but man all those car seats do get annoying.

    July 29th, 2009 at 5:52 am

  2. Bob says:

    that IS interesting… we’re trying to decide when to have another child and one of the big factors is that we’d probably have to get a new vehicle to be able to transport 5 of us..
    the price of this seat IS pretty steep, but I could definitely see how it’d pay for itself over the years..
    thanks for the heads up AJ.. keep us posted if you find out that it’s coming to the US

    July 29th, 2009 at 7:57 am

  3. ArtsyMommaChic says:

    Oh this would’ve been sooooooo great when my kids were younger!!

    July 30th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

  4. grouchy mama says:

    Do that many people have four children?? Two is MORE THAN ENOUGH for us!

    Plus, no way is that thing fitting in our hatchback, we’d have to buy a new car anyway.

    July 30th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

  5. Mama says:

    So what happens when your kids outgrow carseat age? Have to buy a new car anyway..

    August 6th, 2009 at 11:49 am

  6. Saponaria says:

    Yeah, some of us like and enjoy our kids so much that two isn’t MORE THAN ENOUGH for us!

    August 6th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

  7. anjii says:

    I really do like the idea of this! I’ve always wanted 4 kids (although it’s highly unlikely to happen), but never really wanted a minivan. Actually, when I was a teen, I wanted a minivan so I could drive all my friends around, lol, but I had to make do with a scooter for one instead :)

    August 11th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

  8. Dor says:

    That’s a pretty nifty idea but pretty limited if you need to wheel around more adults then the standard two. I wonder if it fits in minivans.

    August 12th, 2009 at 8:04 am

  9. Jennie D says:

    Too many cons for this item, unless we’re talking triplets or quadruplets.

    August 17th, 2009 at 8:05 am

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