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ABC Kids Expo 2012: What’s New from Clek, The First Years, Baby Trend & Nuna!

Yup, it’s officially the holiday season but we’re still cranking out updates from the ABC Show!  My goal is to be done before next year’s show!  Lol.

Seriously, the ABC Expo is soooo overwhelming but Darren, Heather and I try to document every detail that we think will be of interest to our loyal and information-obsessed readers.

 

Clek:

    

 

Foonf Convertible

  • Rf belt path changed from original prototype design
  • Lock offs changed
  • Hip straps come from back of seat instead of bottom
  • Double loop harness (to adjust harness length via splitter plate )
  • Crotch strap position moved back to avoid belt intereference with RF installation
  • Slots on prototype used to be angled, are now straight
  • No price yet on replacement covers
  • Top tether use mandatory ff
      

Stroller Update from the ABC Show 2012

I missed being a stroller gearhead when my kiddos were young enough to use one; guess I could use a stroller for my dog, but, uh, she’s a dog and I won’t embarrass her by doing that. So as we were at the various booths checking out carseats, I asked about strollers if they were there and I also hit some stroller booths on my half-day “off” when we didn’t have appointments. Hopefully you’ll find some new fashions to tide you over!

 

Baby Jogger

All strollers but the POD accept the car seat adaptor, which is designed to fit Chicco, Cybex, Evenflo, Graco, Maxi-Cosi, and Peg Perego infant seats. I was told that the Shadow Black color is being phased out.

City Mini
Colors: black/gray, crimson/gray, blue/gray, sand/stone, green/gray, purple/gray

City Mini GT
Available at independent retailers
Colors: black/black, shadow/green, shadow/orange, shadow/bamboo, shadow/crimson

City Elite
Colors: black, red, sand

City Versa
Colors: black, green, silver, blue, red

City Select
Colors: ruby, onyx, quartz, amethyst

  

Summit X3
Front wheel lock is on handle
Colors: green/gray, black/gray, orange/gray

Front wheel lock on handle

F.I.T.
Colors: slate/black

POD
Colors: orange/gray, crimson/gray

ABC Kids Expo 2012: What’s New from Britax, Cybex & Evenflo

Britax:

Not much that was new or news (that we were allowed to preview)

  • New BOB branded B-Safe infant seat
  • A couple of new fashions

          

 

Cybex:

Current Aton fashions

 

Aton2 available [hopefully] by 2nd qtr 2013! Woot!

  • JPMA innovation award winner
  • Height-adjustable load leg; increases stability and improves crash protection
  • L.S.P. System (Linear side-impact Protection)
  • Will be in addition to regular Aton, not a replacement
  • Aton $249, Aton2 $299
  • 2013 colors Heavenly Blue, Violet Spring, Classic Black, Red Poppy and others

  

ABC Kids Expo 2012: What’s new from Chicco, Combi & Recaro

We already reported some of the highlights from the ABC show in our previous blogs but here is our full scoop:

Chicco – the big news is their NextFit convertible which will [hopefully] be available by early summer 2013.

                

NextFit Specs & Features:

  • 5-40 lbs RF; 22-65 lbs FF
  • Overall max height of 50″
  • Rear-facing height limit: 1″ rule
  • 17.5″ top harness height
  • 25-26″ seated height
  • 2 position chest clip: wider for forward-facing, more narrow setting for rear-facing
  • Harness straps widen automatically as harness height is raised
  • 9 recline angles & dual recline angle indicators (for both RF and FF position)
  • SuperCinch LATCH tightening system (force multiplying system)
  • Bottom infant insert cushion should be removed at 11 lbs
  • Lockoffs: for both RF & FF; use lockoff opposite buckle side; don’t switch retractor if using lockoff but doing so won’t be considered misuse either
  • Latch: open belt doors to remove LATCH attachments; move LATCH belt into desired belt path then close doors
  • Product weighs approx 25 lbs
  • Expected availability in U.S. – June 2013
  • $279.99
  • Will go to Canada but not right away

We messed up our first NextFit video when we failed to attach both LATCH connectors before pulling on the SuperCinch tabs. Ooops! So here’s a redo, showing the correct way to attach and use the SuperCinch feature on the NextFit.

 

 

New Chicco fashions:

  

 

Combi

  • Working on Coccoro adapter for Catalyst stroller; expected availability 2nd qtr; no pricing yet
  • Red Coccoro! (Not a sure thing so don’t hold your breath)

 

 

 

MGT-1 (prototype name)

  • 5-65 lbs
  • Egg crate foam & EPS
  • Potentially available 4th qtr 2013
  • $399.99?

          

 

Recaro

HERO (Headrest Optimization System) technology will be incorporated into new Recaro CR models with an integral belt system

Working on 5-35 lbs infant seat
Will hopefully be ready by next ABC show

Performance Series

  • New convertible line 5-40 lbs rear-facing; 20-70 forward-facing up to 50″
  • Harness pads are removable; 12″ long
  • Harness slots will be wide enough so pads will slide through them (to shorten pad length on smaller child)
  • Rear-facing belt guide (faux lockoff) on previous convertibles has been removed

      

 

ProSport combination seat – now allows lower anchor attachments to be used in BPB mode

 

NEW ProBooster Performance Series (prototype)

  • 15″ depth
  • 12″ wide at armrests
  • Non-adjustable lower LATCH attachments
  • Didn’t measure height but should be as tall as current ProBooster model

    

Vivo booster fashions

 

ABC Kids Expo 2012: What’s New from Dorel (Maxi-Cosi, Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer & Cosco)

In their Maxi-Cosi line, the Prezi infant seat (based on the European Maxi-Cosi Pebble) is already shipping! We had a chance to play with it at the show and I was very impressed! Stay tuned to the blog for a full Prezi review coming soon! In the mean time, here are some Prezi details and pics:

  • 4-30 lbs
  • Adjustable headrest with no-rethread harness
  • Removable infant insert (4-11 lbs)
  • Air Protect technology and G-Cell energy-absorbing foam (from Indy race car technology)
  • Easy out harness; not removable
  • Anti-rebound bar
  • Going to Canada, possibly 2nd Qtr 2013
  • Push on latch connectors
  • 4 position adjustable base
  • 11.7 lbs carrier weight
  • 4.5, 6.5″ crotch strap/buckle slots
  • 12″ top harness height setting
  • Harness stiff but smooth
          

 

Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 will be available soon *without* TinyFit insert! $249

  • Shipping in Dec, avail 1st Qtr 2013
  • Will be called Pria 70
  • Minimum weight rating 9 lbs (not designed to fit smaller newborns)
  • 9-40 lbs RF; 22-70 lbs FF
  • 8.5″ bottom harness slots
  • Air Protect technology
  • Fashions include pink/steel blue/dark gray/ light gray
  • Will also be available in black leather
I am VERY excited about this new addition to the product line! I really love the Pria 70 but the TinyFit insert made it relatively complicated and most parents use an infant seat first and don’t necessarily want or need the additional insert.  See our full review of the Pria 70 (with TinyFit) here.

  

 

Pria 70 with TinyFit insert will continue to be available $289

  • Will be called “Pria 70 with TinyFit”
  • See Heather’s thorough review of this innovative convertible here

 

New from the Safety 1st product line:

  • BOOSTAPAK! It’s an adjustable backpack! It’s a backless booster! It’s totally funky and innovative & cool!
  • We’ll have a review soon so stay tuned

 

        

 

New from the Cosco product line:
  • Stack It backless booster: $18.99; currently available at K-Mart
  • Rightway Highback Booster $34.99; Walmart exclusive; hbb version of Stack It. (Stack it bottom with Pronto back)
  • New fashions for Apt 40RF convertible & Comfy Carry infant seat
      

 

I had some questions about the seatbelt routing on the Top Side backless booster (since it’s different from almost all other dedicated boosters) and they confirmed that the shoulder belt portion of the seatbelt MUST be routed over the armrest. Routing the seatbelt the traditional way is not an option based on their testing. I think this is one of those rare situations where parents and kids are going to get it right – and CPS Techs may mess it up if they don’t carefully read the manual and follow the diagrams.

 

Cool, ultra-compact  Quinny Yezz stroller $279 (weighs only 11 lbs)