Maxi-Cosi is a worldwide name in rear facing only car seats. There have been several renditions of the Mico seat here in the United States. The Mico Max 30 is the latest version, which features an increased height and weight limit and an anti-rebound bar on the base.
CSFTL Quick Stats:
- Weight range: 4-30 pounds
- Height range: 19-32 inches tall
- Shell height: 21 inches
- Lowest harness position: 6.5 inches without insert
- Weight (carrier only): 8.9 pounds
- Expiration: 8 years
- Handle position: any locked position
- Anti-rebound bar
- Low birth weight insert for 4-6 pounds
- Customizable colors
- Adjustable recline foot
Installation of the Mico Max 30 is comparable to other seats on the market. It can be installed with seat belt or lower anchors and with base or without. It was very straight forward in the Town and Country with its very generous recline foot.
Installation With the Base
The Mico Max 30 can be installed with either seat belt or lower anchors, never both. There is a line on the carrier that has to be parallel with the ground when the seat is installed. The base has three recline positions. Most rear facing car seats in the Town and Country need to be fully reclined and often need additional help to get the proper recline, the van has very sloped seats, but this only had to use recline two. The recline positions are very generous. Using a noodle or towel to achieve the proper recline angle, when using the base, would not be something to worry about.
When installing the Mico Max 30 using the seat belt, the lower anchor connectors clip into the storage anchors on the base.
Installation Without the Base
The Mico Max 30 can be installed without the base using the vehicle seat belt. Use the line on the carrier as your recline guide. This is a great feature for parents who travel frequently or use taxis often. It installed very quickly using the inside of a knee to help push the seat, from behind, into the vehicle seat while tightening the belt. There is no European routing (with European routing, the shoulder belt is threaded through a belt guide on the back of the car seat) option with this seat, so the shoulder belt will be against the vehicle seat back when installation is complete. You can see the seat installed baseless in the picture to the left.
Fit to Child
This is the CSFTL Huggable Images preemie. She weighs 4 pounds and is 17 inches long. According to the minimum height restriction of the seat, she is 2 inches too short for this seat, but normal size for an infant this weight. It’s not a perfect fit, the harness falls just slightly above her shoulders, but depending on the torso length of baby, it could be a good fit assuming baby is 19 inches long.
Important Features: Where to Find
The Mico Max 30 was easy to install, both with and without the base. It is a bit long front to back with the base, but should fit in most mid-sized vehicles. The added rebound protection of the anti-rebound bar is a great bonus not found on most rear facing only seats. The harness is low enough it’ll fit small babies well and will last the first year for most kids. I do wish the seat didn’t have a 19 inch minimum as that isn’t realistic for a lot of 4 pound babies, but otherwise I think it’s a good choice fit wise for average babies. It’s a bit on the high side price wise for a seat you’ll only use for around a year, but if you are able to use it for a few children before it expires, it would even out.
Maxi-Cosi was also generous enough to provide a Mico Max 30 for a giveaway as well. Don’t want to wait to see if you win, you can order the Mico Max 30 now on Amazon.com. Maxi-Cosi provided this seat for review but provided no compensation for it. The thoughts above are entirely that of the author. Originally written by Jennifer Penick. Edits maintained by CSFTL.