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Honoring All Who Served

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CarseatBlog would like to thank all veterans who have served our country as well as all active military personnel who are still serving all over the world. We appreciate the sacrifices they have made for us. We also tip our hat to the families of those who are serving and who have served. We know many of our readers are military families and we acknowledge the unique challenges that come with that territory. As far as we’re concerned, you deserve thanks and praise for all you do too!

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Halloween – The Most Dangerous Night of the Year

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The risk of a child pedestrian being killed by a driver is twice as high on Halloween night.

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If you are driving today (especially during the hours of 4-8 pm when most young pedestrian deaths occur) please exercise extreme caution and follow these tips:

1. Drive slowly and don’t pass stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children.
2. Park your cell phone. Tonight is the worst possible night to be a distracted driver!
3. Watch for children darting into the street. Kids can cross the street anywhere and most young pedestrian deaths happen at spots other than intersections.
4. Always yield to young pedestrians. Children might not stop, either because they don’t see your vehicle approaching or don’t know how to safely cross the street.
5. Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals and if you have to pull over to drop off or pick up your kids, turn on your hazard lights.

Have a Happy & Safe Halloween!

2017 Kiddy Cruiser 3 Highback Booster Preview – Look How Much You’ve Grown!

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kiddy-logo-newWe had a chance to visit the Kiddy USA booth at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas and we were pleasantly shocked by the new Kiddy Cruiser 3 Highback Booster that will be coming to the U.S. market in the 1st quarter of 2017! This new improved version of the Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro is considerably taller than the original model. We measured 23″ to the bottom of the belt guide in the tallest height setting! Check out the pics – it’s even taller than the discontinued Kiddy World Plus booster. This. Is. Awesome!!!

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Kiddy Cruiser 3 Specs & Features:

  • 33 – 120 lbs.
  • Up to 63″ tall (that’s 5′ 3″!)
  • Highback booster only (cannot remove back and use as a backless booster)
  • Height and width adjusts simultaneously
  • Seat depth (leg support) is also adjustable
  • Rigid LATCH attachments
  • Unique shoulder belt guide traps seatbelt so it cannot slip out of guide unintentionally
  • Various types of thick energy-absorbing foam (Honey Comb V2, EPP & EPS)
  • Kiddy Shock Absorber “crumple zone” technology in lap belt area
  • MSRP $259
  • Available 1st Qtr 2017

 

Open the guide to slide the shoulder belt inside – release it and it’s locked inside!

Reflective panels & a dot pattern that represent a Morse Code message: "Kiddy - we love our kids."

Reflective panels & a dot pattern that represent a Morse Code message: “Kiddy – we love our kids.”

Compared with KIddy World Plus booster. Same overall height but belt guide are placed higher on Cruiser 3.

Compared with Kiddy World Plus booster. Same overall height but belt guides are situated differently on Cruiser 3, allowing for a taller child – up to 63″.

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2017 fashions for Kiddy Cruiser 3 Booster

Currently, the Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro Booster is on our exclusive list of Recommended Seats and we have a full review of that model HERE. We look forward to reviewing the Kiddy Cruiser 3 model as soon as it becomes available.

Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Infant Carseat Preview – ABC Kids Expo 2016

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graco-snugride-snuglock2017 Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Infant Carseats

These new SnugLock 35 models will be available 1st qtr 2017. There will be various “trim” models with different features. All models will have front harness adjusters. There will be an “Elite” model ($219 Amazon), an “Elite with Safety Surround” model ($219 Target exclusive) a “Platinum” model ($219 BRU exclusive) and a “Platinum XT” model ($249 BuyBuyBaby exclusive).  These will have minor variations.

SnugRide SnugLock 35 Elite Specs & Features

  • Rear-facing only 4-35 lbs. and up to 32″ tall
  • No-rethread harness
  • 4-position premium SnugLock base with belt tensioner/lock-0ff
  • Safety Core energy-absorbing feature
  • “Texas-sized” Canopy
  • MSRP $219

Graco SnugRide SnugLock Elite Carrier:

The carrier for the SnugRide SnugLock Elite is basically a SnugRide 35LX ClickConnect with a Rapid-Remove cover. The SnugLock carrier will also feature a new “Texas-sized” canopy that glides open and closed almost silently.

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Graco SnugRide SnugLock Base:

We were very impressed with this base. To achieve a secure install, you simply thread through and attach the lower anchor strap or seatbelt, and just remove any excess slack. Then you can easily push down on the large lever, which tightens the belt and serves as a lock-off. (Always check for less than an inch of movement at the beltpath to make sure.) We were able to install the base properly in less than 30 seconds.

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If you need to uninstall the seat, unlocking the lever is a snap…but it won’t snap your fingernails. Kecia referred to it as “manicure-friendly.”

You can see our installation video here:

The base features a 4-position spring-loaded recline foot and a bubble level indicator. It also has a honeycomb-like “Safety Core” to help absorb energy in a crash. A handy storage slot allows the manual to be stored inside the front of the base, and it can be accessed without needing to uninstall the seat or remove the carrier.

If you need an extra base for your SnugRide SnugLock or any existing SnugRide Click Connect model, the SnugLock base will be available separately for $89. (A more simplified base with a similar but smaller “arm” will retail for $59. That base will also be available with a lower-priced carrier.)

The SnugRide SnugLock 35 models will be available in early 2017. Graco is working on certification in Canada.