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News from ABC! Because my technology is failing me, the accompanying photos for this blog will be posted on our FB page.

Britax

New fashions! Pretty and soft.

The First Years

Their new combo seat, the B830, is not expected out until the middle of next year.

The new Via 35 (or just plain Via) is out now.

To quash the rumors, the True Fit has not been tested to 40 lbs and there’s no plan on further testing.

Diono

The new Radians are very similar to the old Radians; however, the inside dimensions are about 2″ wider than the old seats and LATCH is recommended for use in booster mode (yay!). For a rf child, the height limit is 1.5″ from the top of the seat or 44″ overall height (but focus on the 1.5″!).

Chicco

Chicco has a new Liteway stroller out around 3rd qtr of 2012 that converts to accept the KeyFit without an adapter bar. Nice!

Graco

Graco has some new offerings, some based on old platforms, some brand new.

The My Ride 65 featuring Safety Surround Side Impact Protection is a My Ride with their new Safety Surround Side Impact Protection in the head restraint in the seat. It attaches through the harness slots when the child is short and as the child is taller, the Safety Surround is built into the sides. It’s basically the My Ride weight limits EXCEPT that it starts at 4 lbs! So 4-40 lbs rf, 20-65 lbs ff. The Safety Surround Side Impact Protection is tested to Euro side impact standards and isdue out at Babies R Us in November of this year. Price point is $179.
 
The Turbo High Back is also redesigned with Safety Surround. It’s much more squarish in shape and offers more head protection in addition to more torso protection, and its tested to the Euro standard like the My Ride. $69 price point.
 
The Classic Ride 50 is–you guessed–the classic ComfortSport shell with a 4-40 lbs rf weight limit and 20-50 lbs ff. They were able to get down to 4 lbs with added infant padding. The ComfortSport will still be sold.
 
*New* is the My Size 65 convertible. 4-40 lbs rf, 20-65 lbs ff with an adjustable 8 position no-rethread harness. Crotch strap slots are at (approx since it’s still a prototype) 5.5″ and 7″. Top harness height is around 18-18.5″. Just like the My Ride, there’s a separate LATCH strap for each belt path. Price point is $179 and production begins in February.
 
The Argos and Argos Elite are upgrades to the Nautilus platform.  Argos 70 has no rethread harness,  70 lbs upper weight limit for the harness and 120 lbs for the no back booster. The Elite version has belt lock-offs and width adjustable head support.

And, as reported on our FB page, the SnugRide 35 has a new lower weight limit of 4 lbs accomplished by a nice infant insert with padding between the crotch and the buckle.

Canadian news on the My Ride: they’re in the final stages of testing. Soon!

Evenflo

Amp fashions are updated and cool. Lots of color!

*New* is the Securekid 300/400. It’s based on the Maestro shell with a movable headrest. Top slots are about 18-18.5″. The 300 is the basic seat and the 400 has E3 technology and SureLATCH on it. The 300 does have push-on LATCH connectors. Price point is $129 for the 300 and $149 for the 400. They’re starting production and are hoping to ship in December (who’s going to ask for one for Christmas? ;) ). Sorry, Canadians, this one isn’t going to Canada as of right now.

There are new fashions on the Titan, Tribute, and Triumph.

Discovery infant seat: no changes. This is the one with the Z handle.

Embrace: now 4-35 lbs and is currently shipping. This is the one with the curvy handle.

Secure Ride: 4-35 lbs with the infinite slide harness, SureLATCH connectors, and E3 tech. Price point is $179 and should start shipping in December. This is the one with the straight handle.

So, there you go. That was our Friday.

Updated News: Cybex Aton and X-Fix

We like the Cybex Aton, as you may have noticed in our review.  In fact, one of our regular contributors, Jennie, is brewing up a baby for us just to test it out in the daily routine!  Sadly, we were informed today that Cybex apparently will not continue to market the Aton in the USA for 2012.  We were told this is entirely a financial decision due to fixed costs associated with the product and an issue with a major retailer.  Cybex will continue to sell their remaining 2011 stock and will continue to provide service and warranty for the Aton as it continues to do business in Germany and Europe.  The Solution X-Fix booster may also be affected, but we are awaiting an official press release for confirmation of the details.

It is always unfortunate to see innovative products from great companies leave the USA market.  In this economy, though, it is a reality that even some very good products don’t sell as well as they should.   We want to thank the great people at Regal Lager and Cybex for their cooperation and support over the last few years and wish them the best in the future!

Update 9/20/2011, I found this in the morning’s email.  It’s from ThinkPR, the public relations firm for Cybex.  We are glad to hear that the earlier decision is being reconsidered!

CYBEX TO CONTINUE SELLING THE ATON AND SOLUTION X-FIX IN THE U.S. MARKET

 New York, NY (September 19, 2011) – Regal Lager, the U.S. distributor for CYBEX, recently announced that they will no longer sell the CYBEX Aton and Solution X-fix within the U.S.; It is important to reiterate CYBEX’s commitment to the U.S., let consumers know that we are currently working with Regal Lager to find a solution which will guarantee the continued sale of CYBEX car seats within the U.S. market. This is not a quality or safety issue nor will it have any impact on the sales and distribution of CYBEX strollers and baby carriers. The CYBEX range of strollers and baby carriers will continue to be sold throughout the U.S.

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ABOUT CYBEX:

CYBEX develops and distributes safe, innovative and lifestyle-led infant and children’s products for parents. Our vision is to achieve the seemingly impossible. This finds expression in the CYBEX S.D.F. Innovation Principle, which aims to provide above-average Safety and quality, coupled with distinctive Design and ingenious Functionality. For more information please visit www.cybex-online.com

Sunset clause on lockabilit​y standard is history!

Translation: All seatbelts in new vehicles will continue to have some way to lock pre-crash (in order to keep a child restraint securely in place), even after September 2012.

Now this might seem like trivial news to those who don’t spend their lives “doing their best work in the backseat,” but I assure you that it is VERY big news for anyone who has a kid in a carseat. You see, for reasons we don’t fully understand, NHTSA was going to allow vehicle manufacturers to go back to seatbelts without pre-crash locking features after September 2012 if the seating position had LATCH anchors. This was referred to as the “sunsetting” of the lockability standard of 1996.  Had it happened, it would have meant no more switchable retractors, no more locking latchplates and a lot more locking clips for parents who didn’t want to, or couldn’t, use LATCH.  And of course, more misuse of child restraints installed with seatbelts as a result.

Fortunately, after many years of lobbying by groups such as Safety Belt Safe USA and Safe Ride News, NHTSA has announced a final ruling on the matter. The verdict is… the lockability standard will continue!  Whew!  Kudos to all the advocates who dedicated significant time and effort during the last 5 or 6 years to ensure this outcome. You know who you are, and we all owe you BIG TIME!!!

Link to the federal register which includes this final ruling announcement.

The Great Babies R Us Trade-In Event

Babies R Us is doing their trade-in event again: turn in old baby gear, including carseats, and you’ll get a 25% off coupon to use in the store that day. It’s a great time to get rid of expired or crashed carseats, or recalled baby items. Items accepted include any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards, high chairs, kids’ beds, swings, walkers, bouncers and entertainers. If you have more than one item to turn in, I suggest going on separate days to turn in the items to take advantage of the coupon.

The event begins Friday, August 26, and runs through Sunday, September 18. There’s a bit more information here: www.toysrusinc.com/press-room/releases/general/2011/toysrus-inc.-helps-parents-keep-kids-safe-with-great-trade-in-event.

So, tell us–what carseat will you be trading in? Or, if you’re using the coupon, what carseat will you be buying? Is there a great story behind the carseat?