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Diono Approves Convertible & Booster Installations with Ford’s Inflatable Seat Belt Technology

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Effective immediately all current models of Diono convertible seats (R100, R120, RadianRXT, Olympia, Pacifica & Rainier) and Diono boosters (Monterey, Cambria, & Solana) can now be used in Ford vehicles that have inflatable seatbelts! This allowance is retroactive to previous Diono Radian and Monterey models.

Currently, inflatable seatbelts are an optional feature in the Ford Explorer, Edge, Flex, Fusion and F-150 as well as in Lincoln’s MKT, MKX and MKZ models. Read more about our experience with inflatable seatbelts in our Ford Explorer Review. This new allowance from Diono does NOT include the inflatable seatbelts found in some Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

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If you own a Ford or Lincoln vehicle with inflatable seatbelts, or if you are a CPS Technician working in a Ford/Lincoln vehicle that has this technology, please make sure you understand how to lock this particular type of seatbelt before attempting installation of ANY harnessed carseat.

ford-inflatable-seatbelt-upper-elr-retractorThe Ford inflatable seatbelt system uses 2 retractors which is very unusual. One retractor at the top of the shoulder belt, where you normally expect to find a retractor (pic right) and a second retractor (pic below) is near the floor at the end of the lap belt portion of the lap/shoulder belt. When installing ANY approved harnessed seat with these seatbelts you must switch the retractor on the lap belt portion of the seatbelt to locked (ALR) mode. The retractor at the top for the shoulder belt is not “switchable” – it is ELR only, meaning that section of the seatbelt will only lock during a crash or under emergency conditions. ELR retractors don’t do you any good when it comes to a harnessed carseat installation (boosters are a different story) so you MUST lock the lap belt portion of the seatbelt by “switching” the bottom retractor to locked mode. Switching a switchable retractor to locked mode is achieved by pulling the webbing of the seatbelt all the way to the end. When the webbing starts to retracts, you will hear a ratcheting sound and you will notice that the belt webbing goes in but won’t come out in this locked mode. Read the vehicle’s owners manual for clarification and more specific details.

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If using an inflatable seatbelt to secure a child in a Diono booster seat, you don’t have to worry about any of this. Just route the seatbelt properly and buckle.

Additional information regarding Diono seats and Ford’s inflatable seat belts can be found on the Diono website:  https://us.diono.com/update-on-ford-inflatable-seat-belt-use-with-diono-products

Graco Extend2Fit 3-in1 (USA) & Contender 65 Convertible (CANADA) Giveaways – The Blogiversay Celebration Finale!

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This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week in the U.S. and we’re also wrapping up our summer-long “Blogiversary Celebration” toasting to 8 wonderful years of CarseatBlog.com! We’ve given away many truly awesome carseats and boosters in the last few months and we would like to thank all of our readers and followers for making us the most trusted source for professional carseat reviews, ratings, deals & news. We would also like to thank our generous manufacturer friends and sponsors for supplying all the amazing loot we’ve given away recently! Cheers!

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For our Blogiversary Celebration Finale, we’ve partnered with our very generous sponsor, GRACO, to offer an Extend2Fit 3-in-1 model to one lucky winner in the USA! Since the Extend2Fit isn’t currently available in Canada but we didn’t want to exclude our Canadian readers from the final giveaway, Graco has been kind enough to offer up a Canadian Contender 65 convertible model too! In both cases, fashion choices will be limited to colors currently in stock at Graco.

Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1 Specs & Features:

  • Rear-facing 4-50 lbs.
  • Forward-facing 22-65 lbs., 49″ or less
  • Booster mode: 30-100 lbs.
  • 4-position leg extension for rear-facing comfort: adds up to 5″ extra legroom!
  • 10-position headrest with no re-thread harness
  • Fuss Free Harness Storage pockets on both sides of seat for storing buckle tongs out of the way
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • 6-position recline
  • Steel reinforced frame
  • InRight push-on LATCH connectors
  • Two cup holders
  • Machine-washable cover
  • FAA-approved
  • 10 yr lifespan before seat expires

How to Enter Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1 Giveaway – USA

  • Leave us a comment below (required to be eligible to win), then click on Rafflecopter to qualify yourself.

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Now for the fine print – winner must have U.S. shipping address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded. Fashion choices will be limited to those in currently stock at Graco. 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 October 2, 2016, 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!

Graco Contender 65 Canadian Specs & Features:

  • Rear-facing: 5-35 lbs.
  • Forward-facing: 22-65 lbs.
  • 8-position headrest with no re-thread harness
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • Approved for use on aircraft
  • 7 yr lifespan before seat expires
  • Cup holder

How to Enter Graco Contender 65 Giveaway – CANADA

  • Leave us a comment below (required to be eligible to win), then click on Rafflecopter to qualify yourself.
  • For extra entries, be sure follow the Rafflecopter instructions to visit our Facebook page, visit the GRACO Facebook page and tweet about the giveaway.

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Now for the fine print – winner must have Canadian shipping address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded. Fashion choices will be limited to those currently in stock for the Canadian Contender model. 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 October 2, 2016, 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!

UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Carseat Giveaway – the Blogiversary Celebration Continues!

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uppababy-mesa-2016-jake-blackWe’re winding down our summer-long promotion celebrating 8 fantastic years of CarseatBlog.com. But we still have a couple more fabulous giveaways for our faithful readers and followers. This week we’re giving away a MESA infant carseat in the “Jake” fashion, courtsey of our generous friends at UPPAbaby!

We love the MESA infant carseat and it’s on our exclusive short list of Editors’ Picks. You can find our complete Mesa review here.

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating ~ a winner will be announced soon!

MESA SPECS & FEATURES

  • 4-35 lbs and 32 inches or less
  • No-rethread harness with 5-position adjustable headrest
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • Robust head wings and shell lined with thick energy-absorbing EPS foam for enhanced side-impact protection
  • SMARTSecure™ system features auto-retracting lower anchor LATCH attachments
  • Built-in lockoff for seatbelt installations
  • Tension indicator on base – turns from red to green when base is installed tightly
  • Recline angle indicators on both sides of base
  • Storage pockets in cover for keeping buckles out of the way when placing a child in the seat
  • 7 year lifespan before expiration

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How to Enter UPPAbaby MESA Giveaway

  • Leave us a comment below (required to be eligible to win), then click on Rafflecopter to qualify yourself.
  • For extra entries, be sure follow the Rafflecopter instructions to visit our Facebook page, visit the UPPAbaby Facebook page and tweet about the giveaway.

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Now for the fine print – winner must have a U.S. shipping address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded in the Jake (black) fashion. 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 September 25, 2016, 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!

Maxi-Cosi RodiFix Booster Giveaway – More Blogiversary Awesomeness!

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It’s our 8th “Blogiversary” but this celebration isn’t about us – it’s about you! We are thankful to have so many awesome readers and followers who all care deeply about keeping kids safe. We want to reward you for supporting us throughout these past 8 years and we know the best reward is another fantastic giveaway promotion!

This week the celebration continues with a brand new RodiFix Booster, courtesy of our generous sponsor, Maxi-Cosi!

The Maxi-Cosi RodiFix is a great booster for older kids and it’s on our list of Recommended Seats. We think it’s most appropriate for kids ages 5-10 years old who weigh over 40 lbs. You can find our complete Maxi-Cosi RodiFix review here.

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating ~ a winner will be announced soon! 

Winner will have their choice of 4 new RodiFix fashions: Brilliant Navy, Devoted Black, Grey Rose & Loyal Grey.

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RodiFix Specs & Features:

  • maxi-cosi rodifix-devoted black rigid latchHighback Booster (does NOT convert to backless booster)
  • 40-120 lbs., up to 57″ tall
  • Rigid lower LATCH attachments
  • True recline feature
  • Innovative locking shoulder belt guides
  • Deep torso wings and headwings with Air Protect technology for enhanced SIP
  • Premium self-wicking fabrics and additional cushioning for comfort
  • Cover is machine washable and dryer safe
  • Narrow profile
  • Hourglass shape design for easy buckling

How to Enter RodiFix Booster Giveaway

  • Leave us a comment below (required to be eligible to win), then click on Rafflecopter to qualify yourself.
  • For extra entries, be sure follow the Rafflecopter instructions to visit our Facebook page, visit the Maxi-Cosi USA Facebook page and tweet about the giveaway.

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Now for the fine print – winner must have a USA shipping address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded. 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 September 18, 2016, 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!