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Evenflo Embrace DLX Infant Carseat with “SensorSafe” Preview

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sensorsafe embrace, transmitter signalEvenflo recently announced that they are about to launch their new SensorSafe Embrace DLX infant carseat. This is the first carseat on the market to feature technology integrated into the chest clip. This particular Embrace infant seat model will launch in August and will be available for purchase at Walmart. MSRP is $149.99.

“SensorSafe” was designed to help prevent children from being accidentally left behind in cars. Before you rush to judgement on this issue, please take a moment to read this article.

What kind of person forgets a baby?

The wealthy do, it turns out. And the poor, and the middle class. Parents of all ages and ethnicities do it. Mothers are just as likely to do it as fathers. It happens to the chronically absent-minded and to the fanatically organized, to the college-educated and to the marginally literate. In the last 10 years, it has happened to a dentist. A postal clerk. A social worker. A police officer. An accountant. A soldier. A paralegal. An electrician. A Protestant clergyman. A rabbinical student. A nurse. A construction worker. An assistant principal. It happened to a mental health counselor, a college professor and a pizza chef. It happened to a pediatrician. It happened to a rocket scientist.

The frightening reality is that everyone is capable of such an unimaginable act. I know what you’re thinking – everyone but you. *You* don’t need to be reminded that your baby is in the vehicle because *you* would never forget. It’s so easy to make yourself believe that because think of the alternative! What kind of parent believes that they could actually forget their child in the car??? But it happens. Over and over. Year after year. And there is no doubt that technology like this can – and will, save lives.

Moving beyond the debates and the horrors of reality – let’s talk briefly about how SensorSafe technology works. Keep in mind that we will have a complete review of this updated Embrace 35 model and the SensorSafe Technology in the very near future. In the mean time, if you’re looking for more info on the carseat itself – you can check out our existing review of the Evenflo Embrace 35.

How SensorSafe Technology Works:

  • Two components – a transmitter inside the chest clip and a receiver plug
  • Insert receiver plug into your vehicle’s OBDII port (receiver plug works with model year 2008 or newer vehicles with gas or diesel engine; if you have a hybrid or start/stop vehicle you will need a different receiver plug which you can get by calling Evenflo customer service)
  • Receiver plug communicates with transmitter in chest clip once vehicle starts moving
  • If chest clip is unbuckled while vehicle is moving, a series of tones will sound within 30 seconds
  • When vehicle is turned off, a series of tones will immediately remind driver the driver that there is a child buckled in the carseat

Evenflo SensorSafe - chest clip Evenflo SensorSafe - receiver

For more specific information on SensorSafe please see Evenflo’s FAQ page: http://www.evenflo.com/uploadedFiles/Pages/Products/Evenflo/SensorSafe/sensorsafe_faqs.pdf

Evenflo Sensorsafe Embrace - peridot Evenflo Sensorsafe Embrace - boot and canopy Evenflo Embrace DLX with SensorSafe - Kona

And stay tuned for a full review of the Evenflo SensorSafe Embrace DLX infant carseat coming soon!

Graco Nautilus 2015 Updates & Nautilus 65 LX *Giveaway* – The Blogiversary Celebration Continues!

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Graco NautilusGraco updates their popular “Nautilus” Combination Harnessed Booster Seats

Exciting news! Graco has just updated their popular Nautilus platform. The newest Nautilus models (Nautilus 65, Nautilus 65 LX, Nautilus 65 DLX, Nautilus 65 with Safety Surround and Nautilus 80 Elite) will all feature a no-rethread harness and the coveted 3rd crotch strap/buckle position currently only found on the Graco Argos 80 Elite model. Nautilus 65 DLX & Nautilus 80 Elite will also feature a lockoff for simplified installations with seatbelt. In addition, Graco has added “Fuss Free” harness storage on several of the new Nautilus models that will hold the buckle tongues out of the way during loading and unloading! This is all great news for parents in the market for a (Stage 3) Combination Harness/Booster Seat!

Updated Nautilus Measurements:

  • Lowest harness height setting:  12″
  • Tallest harness height setting:  18″
  • 3 Crotch strap/buckle positions:  5.5″, 7″, 8.5″
  • Booster height:  20″ to bottom of shoulder belt guide with headrest in max height position

Nautilus Comparison Chart - 7.2015

Now, even though it’s our Blogiversary Celebration, we know this really isn’t about us – it’s about YOU. We realize how lucky we are to have so many amazing readers and followers who all care deeply about keeping kids safe in motor vehicles. We want to reward you for supporting us throughout these past 7 years and the best reward we could think of was another fabulous giveaway promotion!

So, this week we’ve partnered with our generous friends at Graco to offer one brand new Nautilus 65 LX in the winner’s choice of available LX fashions. As promised, this new model will have a no-rethread harness and 3 positions for the crotch strap/buckle. This LX model also features Graco’s new “Fuss Free” harness holders.

Nautilus 65 LX Specs & Features:

  • 5-point harness: Forward-facing only for kids 20-65 lbs, at least 1 year old, height 27- 49″ tall (shoulders must be at or below top harness position)
  • Highback booster with vehicle lap/shoulder belt: 30-100 lbs., approximately 3-10 years old, height 38 – 57″ (top of ears must be below the top of the head support)
  • Backless booster with vehicle lap/shoulder belt: 40-120 lbs., approximately 4-10 years old, height 40 – 57″ (must have adequate head support from the vehicle)
  • No-rethread harness
  • 5-position headrest
  • 3 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • Standard hook-style lower LATCH anchor connectors
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Steel reinforced frame
  • 3 Recline positions on base
  • Integrated cup holder and storage cubby
  • FAA approved for use in aircraft (with 5-pt harness)
  • 10 year lifespan before expiration

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Giveaway:

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 Graco’s Facebook page and tweet about our giveaway! You can also get additional entries for each time a friend enters our giveaway using the unique URL you receive from Rafflecopter when you enter. Be sure to share it on facebook and social media for up to 10 additional entries!

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Contest open to all residents of the USA, including those residing in Alaska and Hawaii.  

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, choice of fashions will be limited to those in stock at Graco Baby at the time the contest closes. 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 2, 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.

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.

Good luck!

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Convertible Carseat *Giveaway* – The Blogiversary Celebration Begins!

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7th birthday cakeJuly 2015 marks 7 full years of CarseatBlog.com! Can you believe it?!? In some ways it seems like not so long ago that we began blogging about carseats, child passenger safety and vehicle safety. And in other ways it feels like we’ve been doing this forever… Lol!

Along the way we’ve shared some laughs, made some great friends, written about 1,245 blog posts and oh, yeah – reviewed over 100 carseats and boosters!

Whether you’re new to CarseatBlog.com or have been with us since the start in 2008 – we’d like to share our celebration (and our cake!) with you. You are the reason we’re still here 7 years later, still blogging away, always looking for ways to improve our content and better serve our readers.

The field of Child Passenger Safety is just starting to heat up and take off, and we have a lot of great things planned for the near future. We can’t wait to see all the awesome advances in safety, technology and innovation that the next 7 years is going to bring us. We hope you stick around and enjoy the ride with us!

Blog Team ABC 2014During the next 7 weeks we’re going to be celebrating by giving away some really great carseats so stay tuned! Each week will feature a new giveaway promotion and your odds of winning something are pretty darn good. Consider it a personal “thank you” from Darren, Heather, Kecia, Jennie, Alicia, Andrea and all of our guest bloggers at CarseatBlog!

 

To kickoff our Blogiversary Celebration we’ve partnered with our generous sponsor, Maxi-Cosi, to offer one beautiful, new Pria 85 Convertible. The winner will have their choice of available Pria 85 fashions – Devoted Black, Passionate Pink or Brilliant Navy!

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

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Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 - Devoted Black Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 - Passionate Pink Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 - Brilliant Navy

The Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 is an excellent convertible seat for older babies (who weigh at least 14 lbs.) and for extended rear-facing. It offers good rear-facing leg room, great padding, Air Protect® Side Impact Technology and a cover that you can toss in the washer and dryer! In the forward-facing position, it’s a tall seat with great leg support that will last many kids until they’re old enough and mature enough to safely transition to a belt-positioning booster. Our complete review of the Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 can be found HERE. We think highly of the Pria 85 and it’s on our list of Recommended Seats!

Pria 85 Specs:

  • Rear-facing: 14-40 lbs., 40″ or less, top of child’s head must be below top of the headrest
  • Forward-facing:  22-85 lbs., at least 1 year old, up to 52″ tall

Pria 85 Features:

  • Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 - RF seatbeltNo-rethread harness with 9 height positions
  • Air Protect® technology for enhanced side-impact protection
  • 3-position base
  • Premium push-on LATCH connectors
  • Harness holder clips (hold harness out of the way while loading and unloading)
  • Easy to remove cover is both machine washable & dryer safe
  • Premium fabrics
  • Separate harness strap covers for kids over 65 lbs. (only required if seat is NOT tethered)
  • Integrated cup holder
  • FAA approved for use in aircraft
  • 10 year lifespan before expiration

Giveaway:

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 and/or tweet about our giveaway!

Winner must have a shipping address in the Continental U.S. (Canada, Alaska and Hawaii are excluded – sorry!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The contest will close on Sunday night, 7/26, and a winner will be chosen within 72 hours. 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.

Now for the fine print (these may be in addition to the rules listed in the Rafflecopter terms): Winner must have a continental U.S. shipping address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded. Winner will have their choice of available Pria 85 fashions. 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). Our 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 July 26, 2015, and one random winner will be chosen shortly thereafter.

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.

Good luck!

Countdown to Amazon Prime Day – is 7/15 the new Black Friday?

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (with no wifi), chances are you’ve seen the hype about Amazon’s PRIME DAY on 7/15. Next week Amazon turns 20 and Prime Day is going to be the biggest birthday celebration ever! Amazon claims there will be more deals than Black Friday. Or maybe they should say more deals than Cyber Monday since you won’t be lining your shopping cart with barbed wire to protect your items from those innocent-looking old ladies who will lift that tablet right out of your cart the moment you turn your back.

If you’re not a Prime member already, you might seriously want to consider signing up before this event starts on midnight Pacific time on 7/15.  This is important because only Prime Members will be able to take advantage of the special Prime Day sales being offered. If you’re not sure that you want to commit to the $99 yearly Prime membership fee, Amazon is offering a 30-day free Prime trial. You can even give someone the gift of a Prime Membership if you have a special occasion coming up.

If you’re wondering if Prime is really worth it, I can tell you without any hesitation that it is. The money I save just on everyday pantry items that are staples for my family makes my Prime membership pay for itself every year. Plus, the fact that I can do all the shopping I need to do in my jammies at 11:00 PM (wiper blades for the van, BBQ grill mats, food for the guinea pigs, my favorite hand soap that I can’t find locally, these 1-minute Barilla pasta things that my teenager is addicted to, a new shower curtain liner and these tan towels that claim they will make me look good naked), and have those items delivered to my door by a cute guy wearing brown shorts in just 2 days is PRICELESS.

On Wednesday, July 15, new and existing Prime members will find deals starting at midnight (Pacific time), with new deals starting as often as every ten minutes. You can shop thousands of Lightning Deals, seven popular Deals of the Day and receive unlimited fast, free shipping.

You can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll be on top of all the best deals in carseats, boosters, strollers and other popular baby gear so check CarseatBlog.com for updates after midnight and throughout the 24 hour period. We’ll be updating our site frequently as we identify all the really good deals on the popular products that people actually want. Also, please keep in mind that you support our work here at CarseatBlog.com when you make your Amazon purchases through one of our links. It doesn’t cost you anything and it doesn’t matter whether you purchase a carseat, a toothbrush or guinea pig food – your support helps to defray the costs of running this website and allows us to continue bringing you all the best reviews, industry news and child passenger safety related resources. Thank you!