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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. 

Britax B-Safe 35 & B-Safe 35 Elite Infant Seat Preview

Happy Birthday B-Safe 35Greetings from the Britax launch event in NYC! Today Britax USA officially introduced the newest member of their carseat family to the world. Welcome, Britax B-Safe 35 & B-Safe 35 Elite rear-facing infant seats!

Check out yesterday’s Sneak Peek blog for all the official specs and features. Today I will focus on pictures and first impressions.

Britax B-Safe 35 Top View Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Fit

What I love:

  • Unique, center-pull lower LATCH anchor installation with premium push-on lower anchor connectors
  • SafeCell impact-absorbing technology in the base
  • Dimensions small enough to fit preemies well
  • Wide beltpath guides on carrier for easier installation without base
  • Spring-loaded adjustable base with 3 positions
  • New cinching lockoffs for seatbelt installations
  • New smaller chest clip design
  • Extra large canopy
  • Easy-to-remove cover on Elite model
  • Designed to take up less space in the vehicle
  • Made in USA, a rarity for infant seats!

Seats will be shipping in early December and should be available in stores by mid December.  Price point for B-Safe 35 is $209. Elite is $249. “Shower Collection” fashions (bright colors) will be available in early March. Oh Canada – you will be getting your new B-Safe 35 (and yes it will be rated to 35 pounds!) sometime in January!

Britax B-Safe 35/Elite Base Britax B-Safe 35/Elite Base Bottom View

Britax B-Safe 35 Base Seatbelt Lockoff Britax B-Safe 35 Lockoff Closeup

Britax B-Safe 35 Recline Angle Indicator Brtiax B-Safe 35 Elite in B-Agile Stroller

ABC Expo 2014: What’s New from Baby Trend, Chicco, Evenflo, Recaro & UPPABaby

Here’s a quick run down from ABC of some of the new and updated products that are coming soon (or already available, in some cases) from Baby Trend, Chicco, Evenflo, Recaro & UPPAbaby.

babytrend

New EZ Flex 32 Infant Seat

  • 5-32 lbs.; up to 32″ tall
  • No rethread harness
  • 4 piece insert
  • New 4 position base
  • Sleeker handle
  • BRU Exclusive
  • Going to Canada with anti-rebound bar

Baby Trend Flex 32

Baby Trend Flex 32 Base Baby Trend Flex 32 Base - LATCH Storage

Inertia Infant Seat has renamed “Kussen” and will be sold under new MÜV Brand.

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MUV Kussen - Inertia

 

 

chicco

New labels and fashions for KeyFit 30; New Chicco Bravo Stroller

Chicco - New KeyFit Marketing Chicco KeyFit 30 Chicco Bravo Stroller & KeyFit - Empire fashion   Chicco Bravo stroller - Ombra fashion closeup Chicco Bravo - Rain Chicco KeyFit 30 - Rain

NextFit Convertible with “ComfortFlex Harness Management” pads – harness strap covers for the lower portion of the 5-point harness. They keep the buckle tongues from sliding down during loading. In hot weather you can also tuck the metal buckle tongues into the top of the pad to keep them from heating up too much.

Chicco NextFit - ComfortFlex pads Chicco NextFit with ComfortFlex pads

KidFit Booster wasn’t available for viewing because it will likely be a Target Exclusive. No price point yet.

No update on NextFit going to Canada so that’s not likely to happen anytime soon.

 

evenflo

New fashions and buckle pockets being added to more models.

Evenflo Symphony - Blue Evenflo Maestro with Buckle Pockets Evenflo Maestro Buckle Pockets Evenflo Tribute New Purple Fashion for SecureKid LX Evenflo Embrace 35Evenflo Collection

New Stroller Frame coming soon

New Evenflo Stroller Frame

 

recaro

New Performance Coupe Infant Seat

Recaro Performance Coupe

  • 4-35 lbs.; up to 32″ tall
  • No rethread harness with 5 height positions
  • HERO harness technology
  • Temperature balancing fabrics and memory foam
  • Easy to remove cover

Prototype of new Easylife umbrella stroller – comes with adaptor for the Coupe infant seat, weighs just 12 lbs, and folds up tiny!

Recaro - easylife umbrella stroller

New “Plum” fashion for Performance Sport

Recaro Performance Sport - Plum

 

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New fashions for MESA Infant Seat. ETA late Spring 2015.

Denny (red), Pascal (light grey) & Georgie (royal blue).

UPPAbaby MESA - Denny UPPAbaby MESA - 2015 fashions

ABC Expo 2014: What’s New and Coming Soon from Dorel

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cosco logo  maxi-cosi  Safety1st logo   Eddie Bauer logo  Quinny logo

As usual, Dorel had a large exhibit booth this year to display all their newest products. They also had food and a cappuccino bar so we found various reasons to visit their booth almost every day of the show! Here are some of the highlights.

What’s New & Coming Soon from Cosco:

New Scenera Next Convertible

  • Rear-facing 5-40 lbs., up to 40″ tall
  • Forward-facing 22-40 lbs., 29-43″ tall, AT LEAST 2 YEARS OLD
  • 5 sets of harness slots (5″, 7″, 9″, 11″, 13″)
  • Walmart exclusive
  • Price under $50
  • Available Jan 2015

Updated Apt 50 Convertible

  • Rear-facing 5-40 lbs., up to 40″ tall
  • Forward-facing 22-50 lbs., 29-43″ tall, AT LEAST 2 YEARS OLD
  • 5 sets of harness slots (5″, 7″, 9″, 11″, 13″, 16″)
  • Price $65
  • Available Jan 2015 at Target, Amazon, and other retailers

For additional pictures of the Scenera Next and Apt 50 see our previous blog from the KIM Conference.

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New fashions for Cosco Light n’ Comfy Infant Seat

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What’s New & Coming Soon from Maxi-Cosi:

Mico Max 30 Infant Seat

  • 4-30 lbs.
  • Base with anti-rebound bar
  • Lightweight; 8.5 lbs.
  • Larger canopy
  • Easy remove cover that is machine washable and dryer safe
  • Fully customizable with choice of white, black or pink shells (2-3 weeks for delivery direct from Dorel)
  • ETA December 2015
  • Canada ETA sometime in 2015
  • MSRP $229

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Maxi Taxi

  • Accepts Mico & Prezi Infant Seats

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Pria 70 with TinyFit

  • No changes; will continue to be available in 2 fashions (black & walnut)
  • MSRP $289

Pria 85 Convertible (no TinyFit)

  • 14-40 lbs RF; up to 40″ tall (this is a Stage 2 seat meant to be used after the infant seat)
  • 22-85 FF; 29 – 52″ tall
  • Currently available in 3 fashions (black, navy, pink)
  • Slightly wider seating area
  • Wider spacing inside headwings
  • Air Protect technology in headwings
  • Same bottom and top harness height adjustments as current Pria
  • Harness holder clips to help keep harness out of the way while loading/unloading child
  • New fashions with sweatshirt “jersey” fabrics
  • Easy to remove cover (it has snaps!) that is also machine washable and dryer safe
  • MSRP $299

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85

Updated Pria 70 Convertible (no TinyFit)

  • 7-40 lbs. RF; up to 40″ tall
  • 22-70 lbs. FF; 29 – 52″ tall
  • Same tall top harness slot as all other Pria models
  • Bamboo, self-wicking fabric
  • Easy remove cover is machine washable and dryer safe
  • ETA December
  • MSRP $279

Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 - 2015

New Vello 65 Convertible

  • Basically a lower price-point Pria
  • Rear-facing 14-40 lbs.; up to 40″ tall (this is a Stage 2 seat meant to be used after the infant seat)
  • Forward-facing 22-65 lbs.
  • No-rethread harness
  • Very tall top harness slots (same height as regular Pria)
  • Fabric cupholder
  • No Air Protect cushions in headrest
  • ETA December
  • MSRP $229

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Pria & Vello Convertible Canopy Accessory

  • ETA 1st Qtr 2015
  • MSRP $29.99

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What’s new & Coming Soon from Quinny:

Quinny Moodd Stroller

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Quinny Yezz Stroller

Quinny Yezz stroller