Greetings from the Lifesavers Conference! Heather, Jennie and I are enjoying a few beautiful days in warm, sunny Phoenix.  Tonight Heather and I were honored to be included in a small, informal gathering of advocates invited to preview a new prototype convertible seat from Dorel - the Maxi-Cosi Pria 70!

So what’s so special about this seat that it warrants making us late for dinner in order to break the news?  The most innovative feature is the seat-within-a-seat feature of the Pria 70.  What starts off as a nice, higher weight harness convertible with a no-rethread harness, decent harness slot heights and good rear-facing and forward-facing weight limits then transforms into an excellent seat for infants and even preemies with the addition of the Tiny Fit™ insert.  And no we’re not talking about a wedge of foam. This is truly a seat within a seat and it’s so coooool! It’s its own shell! It fits into the Pria and has 3 harness slots of its own for the little ones. When inserted into the larger carseat shell, it changes the recline angle for the child substantially so the seat can be installed more upright in the vehicle, but the infant has the near 45* recline. Both the larger seat and the Tiny Fit™ insert will incorporate Dorel’s Air Protect technology for increased side-impact protection.

Prototype Specs & Measurements (may change for final version so don’t hold us to these numbers):

Rear-facing 4-40 lbs

Forward-facing 22-70 lbs

Top harness slots of main shell:  17”

Harness slot heights with Tiny Fit insert: 5”, 7”, 9”

3 positions for crotch strap

Optional harness strap covers and infant head hugger support

Additional preemie chest clip (not pictured) will be included in the box for those infants who may benefit from something smaller than the standard chest clip

Maxi Cosi Pria 70 Price Point $249

Expected Arrival – late summer

Without the Tiny Fit insert, the recline in the recommended “this line level to the ground” angle is pretty upright – somewhere around 30-35 degrees. This means the seat will take up considerably less room in the rear-facing position despite the fact that it’s rather tall.  Ultimately, this should make many rear-facing toddlers and preschoolers happy to be sitting more upright.  Mom and Dad will be happy too because they won’t have to eat the dashboard just because junior is rear-facing behind them.  Younger babies will have closer to a 45 degree recline with the TinyFit insert.