Evenflo Transitions 3-in-1 Combination Seat Review – Safe, Sleek, Stylish

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Evenflo Transitions - MercuryThe Evenflo Transitions 3-in-1 (aka Evenflo Evolve 3-in-1)  is a “combination” seat that can be used forward-facing with the 5-point harness until the harness is outgrown by weight or height and then the seat can transition to a belt-positioning booster using the vehicle’s lap/shoulder seatbelt. In booster mode you have the option to use the seat with the back (highback booster) or without the back (backless booster). I like to think of combination seats as “Stage 3″ seats that are most appropriate for kids over age 2 who have outgrown their convertible seats. Despite being labeled as a “3-in-1″ carseat, the Transitions/Evolve cannot be used rear-facing which is confusing for many parents who have come to associate the term “3-in-1″ with a product that can be used rear-facing, forward-facing and as a booster. If you’re looking for a rear-facing/forward-facing/booster seat, see our reviews of “All-in-One” carseats listed here: http://carseatblog.com/reviews/

Evenflo Transitions/Evolve Specs:

  • 5-point harness: Forward-facing only for kids 22-65 lbs., at least 1 year old, height 28- 50″ tall (shoulders must be at or below top harness slots).
  • Booster mode with vehicle lap/shoulder belt: 40-120 lbs., at least 4 years old, height 44 – 57″ (top of ears must be below the top of the head support).

Evenflo Transitions/Evolve Features:

  • 4 harness height positions
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • Push-on lower LATCH anchor “Quick Connectors” on Transitions model (LATCH limit is 45 lbs.)
  • Basic, hook-style lower LATCH connectors on Evolve model (LATCH limit is 45 lbs.)
  • Deep head wings for enhanced side-impact protection
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Steel reinforced frame
  • Height-adjustable head support
  • Recline feature on base (reclined position required for kids under 40 lbs.)
  • Harness strap covers (required for kids under 40 lbs.)
  • Buckle Pockets
  • Dual integrated cup holders
  • FAA approved for use in aircraft (with 5-pt harness)
  • 8 year lifespan before expiration
  • Outlast performance fabrics (on Platinum Evolve models)

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Measurements:

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Clek Fllo Blogiversary Giveway

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It’s our 7th Blogiversary and this week’s giveaway is from our generous sponsor, Clek! It’s a great convertible carseat in a pattern of your choices, subject to availability of fashions at the time the prize is awarded.  Also, be sure to check out Clek’s great back to school sale!  15% off at the Clek store through August 16th:

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Clek Fllo Specs:

Rear-Facing: 14-50 lbs; 25”- 44” tall

Forward-Facing: 22-65 lbs; 30”-49 and at least 1 year old, though Clek recommends a minimum of age 2 before ff

Clek Fllo Features:

  • 5 sets of harness slots
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • Energy-absorbing EPP foam
  • Steel substructure
  • EACT: Energy Absorbing Crumple Technology transfers force away from the child to a honeycomb deformable core in the base
  • Anti-rebound bar: optional, for a more upright install for older and bigger rear-facers
  • Built-in lockoffs for easier seat belt installation
  • FAA certified for use on aircraft
  • Very narrow: great for side-by-side installations
  • All fabrics, except Drift, made of Crypton Super Fabric, a truly wipe-away-the-mess fabric
  • 9 year expiration

Giveaway:

  • To enter, you MUST reply to this blog and leave a comment below (only 1 entry per household).
  • For extra entries, be sure follow the Rafflecopter instructions to visit our Facebook page, visit the Clek Facebook page, and tweet about the giveaway!
  • You also get additional entries for each time a friend enters our giveaway using the unique URL you receive from Rafflecopter when you enter. Share it on facebook and social media for up to 10 additional entries!

Winner must have a U.S. or Canadian shipping address.  Hawaii and Alaska are also included (though may incur extra shipping fees)! :)

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Now for the fine print (these may be in addition to the rules listed in the Rafflecopter terms)

Winner must have a USA or Canadian shipping address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded, in a fashion subject to in-stock fabrics at the time the prize is awarded.  Winner may choose one fashion and two alternate choices in case their preferred option is not available.

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsored giveaway at CarseatBlog.com during 2014 or 2015 (our own giveaways of goody bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned). Carseatblog writers and editors are also not eligible. Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules for any reason.

The contest will close on August 16, 2015, and one random winner will be chosen shortly thereafter. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 7 days, a new winner will be selected.

Good luck!

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Kids Left in Hot Cars: What Can We Do?

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In recognition of National Heatstroke Prevention Day 2015, we are re-running this article in hopes of bringing awareness to the problem of children being left in hot cars. It can and *does* happen to anyone–even the best parents who think it can’t happen to them. Please take the time to share this blog article with your friends so they can understand how it happens, and so they can understand how it can happen to them too. Then head to Facebook and Twitter to participate in today’s campaign. Thanks!

As my daughter and I dodged shredded tire treads on the freeway on the way to her oboe lesson, they reminded me that warm weather is here to stay and we should be cognizant of who is in the car at all times. As temps go up outside, they can climb even faster inside and anyone who is vulnerable—child, elderly person, or pet—can succumb to heat stroke in a short amount of time. Even moderate outside temperatures can produce deadly vehicle interior temperatures and cracking a window isn’t enough to air out the car.

When a vehicle is in the sun, it starts to heat up. We’ve all felt this when we’ve sat in a car with the engine off. What happens is the sun shines through the transparent windows and heats the surfaces in the car. The radiation from the sun touches the dashboard, steering wheel, and other solid objects, as well as floating air molecules we can’t see. Conduction works to heat the interior surfaces of the vehicle up quickly and convection moves the air molecules around faster and faster, causing them to heat at a rapid rate. Even leaving the windows down a crack doesn’t help because of the conduction heating the surfaces; the surfaces heat up, which cause the air inside to heat as well. What about a cloudy day where the sun’s rays aren’t shining through the windows? Let me tell you about the worst sunburn I ever got—on a cloudy day. The radiation from the sun still comes through the clouds and can heat that vehicle up.

The SUV in the picture below was left in the sun on a very pleasant morning for about a half hour. During that time, while the outside temperature was 66º, the inside temperature rose to 128º. The vehicle was set up for my Safe Kids coalition’s press conference and rescue demonstration kicking off our Heatstroke Awareness Campaign.

SUV in sun ready for rescue

A child left in the vehicle is at serious risk for heat stroke or death. Heat stroke is when the body’s temperature rises above 104º. A child’s body temperature rises 3-5 times faster than an adult’s and symptoms of heat stroke include red, hot, moist or dry skin, lack of sweating (their bodies have reached a point where they can’t cool down on their own anymore), headache, dizziness, confusion, and nausea. When a child’s body reaches 107º, their organs will shut down and death most likely will occur.

As much as we try to educate parents not to leave their children in vehicles, last year there were 30 children who died left in vehicles. Some of these deaths were accidental and some were intentional. It’s the accidental deaths where we can make an impact by making a few changes in our habits. But habits are hard to change and we have to be intentional in changing them. Can you imagine being this guy, who accidentally left his sleeping child in his SUV at the train station parking lot and remembered her when he got into the city? That had to have been the longest train ride back out to get her.

Time and again, a break in routine has been the reason a child has been left behind in a vehicle. The parent with the child is doing something out of the ordinary and forgets that the child is in the car or a daycare provider is overwhelmed with the number of children in the van and forgets the quiet one. From 1998-2014, 53% of children who died from heatstroke in vehicles were forgotten about by their caregivers. During that same time period, 29% were children who accidentally locked themselves in a vehicle while playing, and adults intentionally left 17% in the vehicle.

How can we address this problem and prevent it from happening again? First, we can stop blaming the victims and recognize everyone has the potential to forget their child. Sleep deprivation is a serious problem at some point for everyone who has a child and it can make your brain act in ways it normally wouldn’t. Laws may help dissuade caregivers who casually leave their children in vehicles as they run errands or get manicures, but they aren’t going to make a difference for those who forget their children. If you forget a child, you’re not going to remember them because of the threat of going to jail. Nineteen states have laws regarding unattended children in vehicles. Second, let’s be proactive, both as parents driving our children and as community members. Look in the car next to you as you get out to make sure a child, pet, or elderly person wasn’t left behind. Look in your business parking lots on broiling hot days AND teeth-chattering cold days. Safe Kids Worldwide gives us this handy acronym to help us remember to ACT to save lives:

A: Avoid heatstroke by never leaving a child alone in a car and by locking your vehicle so a child can’t get trapped inside accidentally.

C: Create reminders for yourself by putting your cellphone or wallet in the back seat next to the carseat. Also have your daycare provider call you and your significant other when the child is late or absent from daycare.

T: Take action if you see a child alone in a vehicle. This is an emergency and emergency personnel want you to call 911. Be cautious about breaking a vehicle window because you or someone else could be injured.

 

If you determine that you cannot wait for First Responders and you have to break the window yourself to get the child out immediately – break the window that is furthest away from the child. Hit the window in the corner, not in the center. The corner is the weakest point. The center is the strongest. Having a window breaking tool makes the job a lot easier. An Automatic Center Punch tool is ideal if you happen to have one. If you don’t already own a glass breaking tool you may want to consider purchasing one. They are fairly inexpensive and come in different styles and sizes.

 

 

Britax Boulevard G4.1 USA & Canada *Giveaway* – The Blogiversary Celebration Continues!

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Britax Boulevard G4.1 - laguna sideIt’s week 3 of our Blogiversary Celebration! We’re thanking our loyal readers and followers for supporting us throughout the last 7 years and we know the best way to say “thanks” is with awesome giveaways!

This week we’ve partnered with our generous friends at Britax to give away one Britax G4.1 Boulevard Convertible plus optional Anti-Rebound Bar accessory to a lucky winner in the USA. And we’re giving away a second Britax G4.1 Boulevard convertible to one lucky winner in Canada (Canadian G4.1 convertible models come standard with ARB). I hope that makes everyone happy! We love our Canadian friends as much as we love our friends in the States and we apologize that many of our giveaways are USA only. We do try to include Canada whenever possible but we are limited by our sponsors as to the terms of our giveaways. In some cases the seats we are giving away are not available in Canada so it isn’t even an option. But this week it’s all good on both sides of the border so let’s get this party started!

Britax Boulevard G4.1 Giveaway – USA

To enter you MUST leave a comment on this blog and then click on Rafflecopter to qualify yourself. For extra entries, follow the Rafflecopter instructions and visit our Facebook page, visit the Britax Facebook page and tweet about our giveaway! You also get additional entries for each time a friend enters our giveaway using the unique URL you receive from Rafflecopter when you enter. Share it on facebook and social media for up to 10 additional entries!

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Now for the fine print (these may be in addition to the rules listed in the Rafflecopter terms) – Winner must have a USA shipping address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded; fashion will be subject to availability. Ultimate Comfort Series and retail-specific fabrics are excluded. Ship date can/will be 4-8 weeks. You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsored giveaway at CarseatBlog.com during 2014 or 2015 (our own giveaways of goody bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned).  Blog writers and editors are also not eligible. Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count. We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules for any reason. The contest will close on August 9, 2015, and one random winner will be chosen shortly thereafter. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 7 days, a new winner will be selected. Good luck!

 

Britax Boulevard G4.1 Giveaway – Canada

To enter you MUST leave a comment on this blog and then click on Rafflecopter to qualify yourself. For extra entries, follow the Rafflecopter instructions and visit our Facebook page, visit the Britax Facebook page and tweet about our giveaway! You also get additional entries for each time a friend enters our giveaway using the unique URL you receive from Rafflecopter when you enter. Share it on facebook and social media for up to 10 additional entries!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now for the fine print (these may be in addition to the rules listed in the Rafflecopter terms) – Winner must have a Canadian shipping address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded; fashion will be subject to availability. Ultimate Comfort Series and retail-specific fabrics are excluded. Ship date can/will be 4-8 weeks. You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsored giveaway at CarseatBlog.com during 2014 or 2015 (our own giveaways of goody bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned).  Blog writers and editors are also not eligible. Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count. We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules for any reason.

The contest will close on August 9, 2015, and one random winner will be chosen shortly thereafter. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 7 days, a new winner will be selected.

Good luck!

Please note: If this is your first comment at CarseatBlog, or if you are using a different computer/device or a new email address, your comment may not appear immediately. It will not be lost; it may just take a few hours for it to be approved. Thank you for your understanding and patience as this is the only way we have to reduce comment spam.