Hey there! This is Anne (ketchupqueen) again, concluding the news and updates that we were given at the 2010 Kidz In Motion Conference in Ft. Worth, TX. (You can see Part 1 here.) Thanks again to Christa (celtic1885) for her help with pictures, fact-checking, and everything else!
Evenflo shared some upcoming updates with us during the manufacturers’ panel. Evenflo also has 30+ CPSTs on staff, did you know that? They are in marketing, engineering, quality control, sales, and Parent Link departments. They did confirm a few things we already knew, but I thought bore repeating in case anyone hasn’t heard- tether extenders are available for all their seats. LATCH in booster mode is allowed in all of their seats so equipped (3 in 1, combination seats) as long as it does not interfere with proper fit or positioning (for instance, you may not use offset LATCH in booster mode as it would interfere with proper positioning of the belt.)
Evenflo also shared some changes they have made recently or are making. They are adding color-coding to stickers for greater ease of installation, and as of seats shipping this December, all labels on each seat will have model name and expiration clearly marked, according to Dave Sanders, CPST and engineer who was speaking to us. All booster weight minimums have now been increased to 40 lbs., and they will not be selling boosters with a weight limit lower than 40 lbs. in the future. They have updated the fairly-new Maestro so it can be 5 degrees more reclined. The Embrace handle is being redesigned; the Z-shape will no longer be on the Embrace, it will be shaped like the handle on the Serenade that sits closer to the shell of the seat. While the “handle down, 1.5 inches clearance” rule does still apply at this time, they are “working on” allowing different handle positions (though I’m not quite holding my breath on that one.) The weight limit on the Embrace may or may not be increased in the future.