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2014 ABC Update: Graco

gracoIt’s time to hear about Graco, baby, and the changes they’ve made to their lineup for 2015. Let’s start with rear-facing only infant seats and move on up through boosters.

SnugRide Line

Graco has decided to remove the entire Classic Connect line of SnugRides. They’ll be phasing it out by Q1 of 2015, though stock will vary by retailer. This leaves 6 Click Connect SnugRide models: one 22 lbs. model, two 30 lbs. models, two 35 lbs. models, and one 40 lbs. model.

All models of standalone SnugRide will now be Click Connect, starting with a 30 lbs. minimum weight limit. Entry-level Click Connect 30 seats will have non-adjustable bases and a rear-adjust harness to keep cost down. Starting price will be $99. The Click Connect 30 LX at $129 will have a removable flip recline adjustment piece: turn the piece over for an increase/decrease in recline of 4°. The LX has the same base otherwise as the entry-level CC 30.

Graco SnugRide 30 entry

Graco Click Connect budget base top Graco Click Connect budget base

Graco Click Connect budget base w-foot flipped Graco Click Connect budget base w-foot

There were no changes to the CC 35 or 35 LX.

The CC 40 will be off BRU exclusivity in Q1 of 2015, so that will open up possibilities for other retailers.

There will be a Click Connect 22 sold exclusively as a travel system at Wal-Mart, so the 22 lbs. rear-facing only seat won’t be going away completely.

Also, Graco has announced that any CC infant seat may use any CC base as long as the lowest weight limit of either is followed. For example, if you use a CC 30 seat on a CC 40 base, you may only use it up to 30 lbs. maximum.

MyRide

The MyRide received an update and a decrease in price. Seriously?

Child Passenger Safety Week Kick-Off: Clek Fllo Giveaway!

Clek Fllo - ShadowThis week is National Child Passenger Safety Week and what better way to celebrate than to start off with a giveaway! And what better giveaway than a hot-off-the-molds Clek Fllo in the “Shadow” fashion! This convertible carseat is so new, it’s still waking up every hour and a half for feeding time.

Clek Fllo Specs:

Rear-Facing: 14-50 lbs; 25”- 44” tall

Forward-Facing: 22-65 lbs; 30”-49 and at least 1 year old, though Clek recommends a minimum of age 2 before ff

Clek Fllo Features:

  • 5 sets of harness slots
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • Energy-absorbing EPP foam
  • Steel substructure
  • EACT: Energy Absorbing Crumple Technology transfers force away from the child to a honeycomb deformable core in the base
  • Anti-rebound bar: optional, for a more upright install for older and bigger rear-facers
  • Built-in lockoffs for easier seat belt installation
  • FAA certified for use on aircraft
  • Very narrow: great for side-by-side installations
  • All fabrics, except Drift, made of Crypton Super Fabric, a truly wipe-away-the-mess fabric
  • 9 year expiration

Giveaway:

  • To enter, you MUST reply to this blog and leave a comment below (only 1 entry per household).
  • For extra entries, be sure follow the Rafflecopter instructions to Like our Facebook page, Like the Clek Facebook page, and tweet about the giveaway!

Winner must have a U.S. or Canadian shipping address.  Hawaii and Alaska are also included (though may incur extra shipping fees)! :)

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 or Canadian shipping address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded, in Shadow fashion.

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsored giveaway at CarseatBlog.com during 2013 or 2014 (our own giveaways of goody bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned). Carseatblog 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 September 28, 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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More on New Britax Advocate, Marathon and Boulevard ClickTight: Sneak Peek Review

PrintWith the announcement of the ClickTight Installation System in the 2015 models of the Marathon, Boulevard, and Advocate convertible carseats, Britax has indeed introduced a Game Changer into the convertible carseat market. Gone are the days of huffing and puffing and yanking on seat belts and LATCH straps to get carseats installed tightly. As technicians in the field, we know a loose install is one of the top 2 mistakes we’re going to see in a vehicle when it comes to a checkup event.  ClickTight was a big deal with the Frontier 90 and is just as big of a deal for any carseat rated above 40 pounds or so, due to new federal standards limiting the use of the LATCH system.

Britax ClickTight convertibles

Do these convertibles hold the cure for all possible misuse? Of course not. There may be some incompatibilities and the price may put it out of reach for many families but we can’t make advances in child passenger safety without advances in technology and those advances often come with a hefty price tag – at least initially.  For that price tag, you also get increased height limits and a 10-year expiration date, so there is some value added!

Kecia, our lucky reporter in the field, got to touch and feel and see these cool new seats.  We will have a full review coming in September.  For now, she took a ton of pictures for us and a video and reports that baby Jack fits beautifully in the new Marathon without the lower body insert (see pics). With the lower body insert, the bottom harness slot measures about 6.5″.

 

20" doll in Marathon CT - no lower insert needed  20" doll in Marathon CT - no lower insert needed  Marathon CT lowest harness ht measurement - with lower body insert

These pics below show the preemie doll using the lower body insert. The Britax convertibles are rated from 5 lbs. to 40 lbs. rear-facing, so our 4 lb. Huggable Images preemie doll is too small to fit in any of them, but Kecia wanted to get an idea of harness slot fit.

CTMApreemiefront  CTMApreemieside

 

Installation:

Comparisons

The Marathon CT is going to be a smaller seat for Britax while the Boulevard CT and Advocate CT have a growth spurt (see photos below).

Cybex Aton Q Review: Compact Design Conceals Big Safety Features

Cybex-Aton-Q-Autumn-GoldWe were first introduced to the Cybex Aton Q at last year’s ABC Kids Expo where it won the JPMA Innovation Award. The Q has safety features other rear-facing only seats don’t have, as well as a sleek Euro design that makes it appealing for parents who want a top-end look. Cybex took the same easy-to-use base from the original Aton, added a load leg for energy management, and greatly redesigned the Aton carrier to make the Q a seat that competitors will look to for ideas. By adding the Q, Cybex created a tiered system of products: Gold (Aton), Silver (Aton 2), and Platinum (Aton Q), with each level adding extra safety features and allowing consumers to purchase an Aton in their price range.

Aton Q Specifications and Features

  • Weight limits: 4-35 lbs.
  • Height limits: 30” or less and with a min. of 1” above head
  • No re-thread harness with 8 height positions from 7.5” to 12.5”
  • 1 buckle slot position
  • Load leg built into adjustable base
  • Telescopic Linear Side-Impact Protection™ transfers crash energy to the carrier shell
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Specially designed Perfect Positioner™ fabric insert stays in the carrier to help properly position small infants
  • Recline positions for 2 weight ranges: 4-22 lbs. and 22-35 lbs.
  • Carrier can be installed both standard-style and Euro-style without the base
  • Measured Carrier weight: 11.3 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 17¼” at widest part of handle, 14 7/8″ at widest part of base (just past belt path)

 

Aton Q colors

The Aton Q is available in 5 can’t-miss colors: Autumn Gold (reviewed here), Charcoal, Storm Cloud, Ocean, and Lollipop.

As for safety, the Q comes equipped with a couple fairly unique safety features: