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Rear-Facing Space Comparison: Britax G4 Convertibles vs. New Britax ClickTight Convertibles

Today we wrapped up the 10th annual Kidz in Motion (KIM) Conference in beautiful, sunny, New Mexico. It was another great conference and a good time was had by all. While I was here I had the opportunity to do some comparison testing of the current G4 Britax convertible models and the brand new Britax ClickTight convertibles that now available for pre-order. I was particularly interested in seeing how the seats compared side-by-side when installed rear-facing.

The vehicle used for this comparison was a 2014 Dodge Charger. Both the driver seat and the front passenger seat were set in the same positions at the same recline angle in order to accurately compare how much room each seat took up while rear-facing. On one side we installed the Britax Boulevard G4, on the other side we installed the new Britax Boulevard ClickTight. Both seats were installed with seatbelt.

Britax Blvd G4 and Blvd CT

Since the new ClickTight convertible models have 7 recline positions that can be used to achieve an appropriate recline, I took several different measurements so you can have an idea of how these new seats will fit rear-facing in backseats as compared with the Britax G4 convertible models which have a reputation for fitting exceptionally well in tight spaces.

Installed at a recline angle appropriate for a newborn or young baby with the headrest in a low height setting- the Boulevard ClickTight model took up approximately 3/4 of an inch (.75″) more room than the G4 model did. That’s still better (space wise) than most other convertibles currently on the market.

KIM Conference 2014 Updates – Cosco Scenera NEXT Convertible, Improved Cosco Apt 50 Convertible, Diono Cambria Booster, Ingenuity InTrust 35 Pro Infant Seat & New Chicco KidFit Booster

New Cosco 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

Cosco Scenera NEXT Cosco Scenera NEXT

Cosco Scenera NEXT Cosco Scenera NEXT

 

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

Cosco Apt 50 Convertible Apt 50 top harness slots

 

Improved onBoard 35 Infant Seat

  • Carrier is very similar
  • Redesigned base has 5 recline positions
  • New bases will be compatible with older onBoard carseats

New onBoard 35 base

 

Working on improving DreamRide Car Bed

  • Working on a LATCH installation for this product
  • Expected availability summer 2015
  • Will continue to be available through institutional channels

DreamRide Car Bed

 

New Diono Cambria Booster - on its way to retailers now and should start shipping to consumers in the next two weeks.

Diono Cambria Diono Cambria

 

Cambria Specs and Features:

  • Diono Cambria40-120 lbs.
  • 38-63″
  • Flexible lower LATCH anchor attachments (hook style)
  • Dual cup holders
  • Can be used as highback or backless
  • Requires head support from vehicle in either mode

Cambria Measurements:

  • 21″ to belt guide opening on highest height setting
  • 14″ deep (leg/thigh support)
  • 12″ wide at narrowest point near armest
  • 17″ wide in back

 

New Ingenuity InTrust 35 Pro Rear-Facing Only Carseat

  • 4-35 lbs., up to 32″ tall
  • SmartAdjust Headrest system adjusts harness height and harness tension simultaneously
  • AirInfuse helps air flow through mesh and ventilated panels
  • Push-on lower LATCH anchor connectors
  • 3 position base
  • Bubble level indicators on both sides of base
  • Handle can be in any locked position in vehicle
  • Available Oct 2014 at BRU (not BRU exclusive – will be available at other retailers by end of year)

Ingenuity Infant Seat Ingenuity Infant Seat base Ingenuity base

 

Chicco KidFit BoosterNew Chicco KidFit Booster

  • 30-100 lbs. with backrest
  • 40-110 lbs. without backrest
  • 38-57″
  • Flexible lower LATCH anchor connectors
  • Collapsible cup holders
  • Expected release date Jan 2015
  • MSRP – to be determined (no info available yet)

Mythbusting: Legs bent or feet touching the backseat when rear-facing is dangerous

Welcome to our Mythbusters Series. Each week we will explore a new myth regarding kids and carseats.

Myth #2: My child’s legs will be injured in a crash if their feet are touching the back of the seat or if their legs are bent. 

This is a very common and very persistent myth.  Child Passenger Safety Technicians spend a lot of time talking to parents about this subject.

Diono Rainier - Clara  Kecia's DS2 rear-facing at 3 years old and 33 lbs

rxt-ds2-rf-2  Toddler rf close to 30* in 2008 Civic

CONFIRMED, PLAUSIBLE, or BUSTED?

In reality, during a frontal crash (the most common type of crash), the legs will fly up and away from the back seat. It’s also much more important to protect the head, neck and spinal cord in a crash which is exactly what rear-facing carseats do so well. If you’re still not convinced – there is this study by CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) that looked at injuries to children ages 1 – 4 who were hurt in crashes and leg injuries were rare for those kids in rear-facing seats. However, injuries to the lower extremity region were the second most common type of injury for the kids in forward-facing seats. That’s because the legs of a child in a forward-facing seat are thrown forward and often hit the hard center console or the back of the front seat. Study quote: “Injuries below the knee were the most common, particularly to the tibia/fibula, and they most often occurred due to interaction with the vehicle seatback in front of the child’s seating position.”

This myth is definitely BUSTED.

Rear-facing for best protectionIMG_0798

RF in ETA  E rf side view

The video below is part of the curriculum for training new Child Passenger Safety Technicians. In the video, Dr. Marilyn J. Bull, MD, outlines the reasons why rear-facing is so important and also addresses the concerns many parents have about children with longer legs.

Last but not least, we should address the issue of comfort since that’s another big hang-up that adults seem to have with older kids.  The reality is that while *we* might not be happy if we had to sit this way for prolonged periods, kids will always find a way to make themselves comfortable. They might sit “criss-cross-applesauce”, or they might stretch their legs straight out and prop them up, or they might even dangle them over the sides of the carseat. Regardless of how they make themselves comfortable – they will find a way to be comfortable.

And remember – these kids didn’t wake up one morning with an extra 5″ of legs. Every day is the same as yesterday except maybe you’re a millimeter taller today. Kids don’t notice growing – and when they grow enough to warrant a shift in how they position their legs to sit rear-facing, they will make the adjustment without even thinking about it.

Do I look uncomfortable

 

 

Blogiversary Celebration Giveaway – Nuna PIPA & PEPP Travel System + LEAF Curv!

It’s week 6 of our Blogiversary Celebration! We’re thanking our loyal readers and followers for supporting us throughout the last six years. And we know the best way to say “thanks” is with awesome giveaways. This week you’re in for a real treat. Not only are we giving away one fabulous Nuna PIPA infant carseat in the Navy fashion, we’re giving away a matching Nuna PEPP stroller too! That’s right, our incredibly generous friends at Nuna USA have offered up an entire premium travel system! But wait, it gets even better. They’re also including a brand new award-winning LEAF curv! One very lucky winner is going to receive this exceptional Trifecta package of ultra-premium baby gear products from Nuna USA!

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

If you’re not already familiar with the company – Nuna produces a collection of modern and stylish baby gear inspired by Dutch designers who wanted to combine cutting edge safety technology with style and functionality. The idea is to keep things simple, practical and stylish while still being innovative. PIPA is Nuna’s first carseat and while they may be the new kid on the block – they did their homework and it shows. With rigid lower LATCH attachments, a load leg, lots of padding and a canopy bigger than Texas – this seat could set the bar for all future high-end infant carseats. We have a full review of the Nuna PIPA here. The Nuna PIPA is also on our list of Recommended Carseats.

NUNA PIPA + BASE - NavyNuna PIPA Specs & Features:

  • Rear-facing only: 4-32 lbs and 32″ or less
  • 3 harness height positions
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions (plus adjustable crotch strap length for smaller babies and preemies)
  • Adjustable base with “stability leg” (a.k.a load leg)
  • Base has rigid lower LATCH anchor connectors
  • Base has sturdy lock-off for installations using seatbelt
  • Can be installed without base using standard or Euro beltpath routing
  • Thick energy-absorbing EPS foam lines entire upper portion of shell
  • Canopy with unique “dream drape” feature
  • FAA approved for use in an airplane
  • 7 year lifespan before expiration

PEPP is their modern, stylish stroller packed with great features.

Nuna PEPP FRONT - navy

  • Birth – 50 lbs.
  • Folds down to a flat backpack size for trunks, taxis, airplanes and tight entryways
  • Opens easily with just one hand
  • Stands on its own when folded
  • Two-position, adjustable calf support comforts little nappers
  • Made with plush, cushy, better for baby certified Oeko-Tex® fabric
  • Harness features quick click release button
  • One-touch, rear wheel braking system
  • Front wheel swivel locks
  • Three-position full recline
  • Progressive suspension technology for a smooth ride
  • Height-adjusting handle
  • conforms to ASTM safety standards and is JPMA certified

Nuna PEPP FOLD - Navy

With adapters, the Nuna PEPP & PIPA form the ultimate, high-end travel system.

Nuna Travel System - Navy

 

 

The LEAF Curv is the newest addition to the Nuna family.

Nuna Leaf awardThe LEAF Curv recently won a Gold IDEA in the 2014 International Design Excellence Awards for design excellence in the children’s product category.

Every bit as eco-smart and evolutionary (yes- it too can hold up to 130 lbs) as its “big bro” the LEAF, the LEAF curv gives a sharp, sassy and swirl-like spin to this award winning design and is sure to throw a contemporary curve ball to traditional nurseries and living spaces alike. Perfect for baby. Perfect for mom and dad. Perfect for the modern day family.

  • Birth – 130 lbs.
  • Curv base provides a chic and contemporary design for baby use & adult décor
  • Motion lasts unassisted with a gentle push for over 2 minutes
  • No batteries, no cords, no buzz, no noise
  • Made with plush, cushy Oeko-Tex® certified fabric
  • Organic cotton insert is soft and light
  • Easily locks stationary for feeding or playtime
  • Pops out of base for easy storage or quick trips
  • Evolves with baby to big-kid size
  • Perfect angle for both playing and napping
  • Mesh backing for improved air flow

Nuna LEAF-curv

 

Giveaway:

Winner must have a U.S. shipping address.  Hawaii and Alaska are excluded – sorry!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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. AK and HI are excluded. Only one trio of prizes will be awarded. PIPA and PEPP will be the Navy fashion. LEAF Curv will be limited to available fashion at the time the prizes are awarded.

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsored giveaway at CarseatBlog.comduring 2013 or 2014 (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 19, 2014, 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!

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