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Get Your 2014 Amazon Early Black Friday Carseat Deals Here!

Amazon has started their 2014 Black Friday deals early!

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Here’s a sampling:

Britax Advocate G4 $249.99

Advocate G4 Review HERE

ADV G4

You save $130! on the Onyx fashion! Other fashions also discounted.

Britax B-Safe $119.99

B-Safe Review HERE

B-Safe

Save $60 for a great rear-facing only infant seat in Red. Black is $123.65!

Britax Boulevard G4 $209.99

Boulevard Review HERE

BV G4 

Save $112!

Britax Roundabout G4 $139.99

Britax Roundabout Review HERE

Britax Roundabout G4 - silverlake

Save $40 on Silverlake fashion!

Britax Frontier 90 $230.99

Frontier 90 Review HERE

Frontier 90

Onyx fashion only. You are saving $99! Desert Palm fashion is on sale, too, for $247.49. Congo is super-sale priced at $235.99!!!

Britax Marathon G4 $202.99

Marathon Review HERE

MA G4

Cowmooflage only discounted by $72.50. Pink Giraffe is $219.99. Other fashions discounted as well.

Britax Pavilion $219.99

Pavilion Review HERE

Pavilion G4

Save $125 on Onyx! Cowmooflage is $241.89! Other fashions on sale too!

Britax Pinnacle $259.99

Pinnacle Review HERE

Britax Pinnacle 90- Manhattan

This carseat is $110 off! Manhattan fashion only. Cityscape and Broadway fashions are also discounted.

Evenflo SecureKid DLX $86.06

SecureKid Review HERE

SKDLX

Save $63.93–almost half off!

Evenflo SureRide $67.49

Evenflo SureRide - Pink Nicole

“Nicole” fashions only. You save $32.50 and get a seat with 19″ top harness slots!

Evenflo Symphony DLX $137.82

Symphony Review HERE

Evenflo Sym65 - Ocala

Saving $92.17!

Graco Argos 65 $129.99

Argos

Savings of $70!

Graco Head Wise $119.99

Headwise Review HERE

HW

Save $80 on all available fashions!

Graco Nautilus $123.49

Nauti Matrix

Matrix fashion only. You save $66.50!

Graco Size4Me $116.99

Size4Me Review HERE

S4M

It’s available in Go Green, Nyssa, and Pierce. Happy shopping and saving $63!

Graco Click Connect SnugRide 40 $142.99

SnugRide 40 Review HERE

SR40

Save $77! Green “Fern” or Pink “Azalea” fashion

Find All CarseatBlog Reviews Here

 

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ABC Expo 2014: Strollers! What’s New from Orbit Baby, Baby Jogger, UPPAbaby & Quinny

Orbit Baby O2

Orbit Baby:

Orbit doesn’t have anything new this year on the car-seat front, but they do have a very cool new stroller in the works: The O2 Hybrid is a combo jogging/regular stroller compatible with Orbit stroller seats, bassinets, and car seats using Orbit’s patented SmartHub system. 

The stroller uses a piston system to raise or lower the seat depending on the situation. In City Mode, the seat is higher up, giving the baby/child a better view of the world, and giving mom/dad a better view of the child. It provides for easy steering for malls or casual strolls.

In Performance Mode, the seat sinks down and back, lowering the center of balance for the stroller to make it safer and easier to steer when running with a locked front wheel.

You can see here how the seat rises and lowers:

The stroller features an adjustable handle; red- and green- coded pedicure-friendly brakes, and a design that allows it to stand when folded.

The O2 Hybrid should be available in Summer 2015 for $600 standalone or $900 as a travel system.

Orbit Baby O2 jogger stroller rf Orbit Baby O2 jogger stroller rf reclined

Baby Jogger:

Vue Double (Coming Spring 2015)

Baby Jogger Vue Double Baby Jogger Vue Double side

Baby Jogger Vue Double Baby Jogger Vue Double

Vue Single

Baby Jogger Vue Baby Jogger Vue with Nuna Pipa

Vue Lite (Coming Spring 2015)

Baby Jogger Vue Lite Baby Jogger Vue Lite Red Baby Jogger Vue Lite inside

City Mini

Baby Jogger City Mini Baby Jogger City Mini

City Select

Baby Jogger City Select

UPPAbaby:

2015 VISTA is updated and this model can comfortably hold 2 MESA infant carseats, or two bassinets or 2 toddler seats. Or any combination of those, facing in any direction. Truly an amazing engineering feat!

UPPAbaby Vista 2015 2015 Uppababy Vista

2015 Legacy (Coming Spring 2015)

2015 Uppababy Legacy

Quinny

Moodd

Quinny Moodd Stroller DSCN5537 DSCN5538

Quinny Yezz Stroller

Quinny Yezz stroller Quinny Yezz

BUYER BEWARE – Illegal “Car Safety Seats” for Children

Illegal Chinese Car Seat - death by bunniesParents – if you see something for sale online that claims to be a “child safety seat” or “booster” or “car seat” but it comes from a manufacturer that you have never heard of and it doesn’t say that it meets federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) please be suspicious and do some research. It may be a legitimate product but it may also be an illegal death trap.

Currently Amazon is FLOODED with products from China claiming to be child restraints that are being sold by 3rd party sellers. Please don’t be duped into thinking these are a safe alternative to a car seat or booster seat that meets FMVSS 213 standards. As much as the seller wants you to believe that this product is “Compact and reasonable design make it enjoy the safety of traditional child seat”, it is neither safe nor reasonable.

A few examples of what’s available through 3rd party sellers today on Amazon:

Child Safety Car Seat 3 Colors Portable /Kids/infant/children Baby Car Safety Booster Seat Cushion Multi-function Chair Auto Harness Carrier 5-15kg

Sold by ZheJiang PT Car Accessories Manufacturing Company

Illegal Chinese Car Seat - no name

Child Car Seat 6 Colors Vehienlar Thickening Seat Cover Car Portable Annbaby Child Safety Seat Infant/baby Car Seat (Dark Blue)

Sold by ZheJiang PT Car Accessories Manufacturing Company

Illegal Chinese Car Seat - vehienlar

docooler Convertible Car Safety Booster Seat Cover Cushion Harness Carrier for Baby/Kids/Infant/Child/Toddler

Sold by Docooler

Illegal Chinese Car Seat - docooler

Bluesky Home Need Child Safety Seat for Car (Auto Thick Cushion Cover Harness Protector)

Sold by Willtoo(TM)

Illegal Chinese Car Seat - bluesky

I could keep going because there are even more products than this on Amazon right now but hopefully I’ve made my point.

A few years ago Jennie got her hands on one of these types of products and did a lovely “review” of it:

YIREN-Trouble: A Review of an Illegal Chinese Car Seat

Illegal Chinese Car Seat

I know most of our readers don’t need any further convincing that putting a child in one of these contraptions in a moving car is a really, really, bad idea. But just to highlight how bad the outcome really could be – check out this video courtesy of Surrey County Council & Britax. 

The Wrong Belt Path!

Have you ever had your carseat installed by a well-intentioned family member or friend and it just seemed off somehow? When you went to put your child in the seat, it tipped really easily?

Duhn Duhn Duhn! It was installed using the wrong belt path!

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Use the wrong belt path and the carseat won’t protect as it should. In a crash, it will rotate around the belt path and if that belt path is several inches away from the seat belt/LATCH anchors, the results could be disastrous.

Using the wrong belt path isn’t limited to rear-facers. It can be even more damaging to forward-facing kids if the tether strap isn’t attached. In these situations the child’s head can be slammed into the vehicle seat or front center console that’s in front of them, or even the side pillar structure of the vehicle.

Rear-facing or forward-facing – it’s vital to make sure that you are installing the carseat using the correct belt path!

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Watch this video from the Child Passenger Safety Board demonstrating using the wrong belt path. The carseat on the left has the seat belt threaded through the rear-facing belt path (incorrect). The carseat on the right has the seat belt threaded through the forward-facing belt path and the top tether attached (correct).

What can you do? Look for labels marking the correct belt path. They’re there. Read the manual that came with the carseat. If you can’t find it, look online or call the manufacturer and they’ll send you a new one. Give your kid a fighting chance if the time comes that the carseat is needed as a safety device.