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Evenflo Titan 65 Convertible with SureSafe Installation System – Unboxing, Preview & Giveaway

This brand new retail version of the popular Evenflo convertible also know as the “SureRide” will be available exclusively in Walmart stores and on walmart.com beginning on August 11th. The Evenflo Titan 65 with “SureSafe” offers some nice features not found on other retail Evenflo SureRide models. The SureSafe Series is all about making installation with LATCH easier. The seats in this Walmart-exclusive lineup will include the Embrace infant seat, Titan 65 convertible, Triumph LX convertible and the Symphony LX All-in-One. All the Evenflo “SureSafe” models will feature:

  • SureSafe Quick Connectors for installation with lower LATCH anchors
  • SureSafe LATCH Guides (plastic funnel guides for the lower anchors in your vehicle)
  • Buckle pockets (hold buckle tongues out of the way when loading/unloading child)

Check out the video for the rest of the details! http://youtu.be/37zp3gFIG8Y And get this – the price will still be under $100!  MSRP will be $99.97 which is a great deal for consumers looking for a budget-friendly, higher-weight harness convertible. For the record, the LATCH limit on this new model is 50 lbs. which is really nice considering how many other convertible seats are limited to lower weight limits because of the new LATCH weight limit regulations that went into effect earlier this year. More info on the Titan 65 with SureSafe can be found on the Evenflo website:  http://www.evenflo.com/Products/Evenflo/Car_Seats/Titan_65_SureSafe/

Giveaway:

This contest is closed, sorry!  A winner will be announced on Rafflecopter soon.

This contest is sponsored by our Car-Seat.Org community forum.  It’s a little different than most of our contests, because you must follow the Rafflecopter instructions to leave a comment both here at CarseatBlog AND also at Car-Seat.Org to enter!  If you don’t enter at both places, you will not be entered, sorry! Winner will win their choice of one (1) carseat, either an Evenflo Titan 65 SureSafe OR an Evenflo SureRide DLX.  Winner may choose any fashion in stock and eligible for free shipping at Walmart.com online eligible for free shipping, up to a maximum of $100 (no third party vendors sorry).  Titan 65 SureSafe is expected to be in stock on or around 8/11, so there may be a delay if the winner prefers this model.

Winner must have a U.S. shipping address.  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.  Only one prize will be awarded.  Winner’s shipping information will be shared with Walmart.com online for delivery of the prize.  We reserve the right to use an alternate supplier for fulfillment. Previous CarseatBlog contest winners are 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 11, 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!

Diono Rainier Convertible plus Booster Preview

Diono Rainier - ClaraThe new convertible+booster lineup from Diono features deeper side wings than the previous Radian models and some other minor changes. In the head area, a compression wall design features a rigid double wall structure for enhanced side-impact protection. The outside wall compresses under load to absorb additional energy in an impact, enhancing side-impact crash performance without increasing width. New fabrics on certain models wick moisture for comfort. The harness webbing is slightly different and the seat now comes with 2 sets of harness strap covers.

The Diono Rainier, Paifica & Olympia are either currently shipping or coming soon to Amazon.com and specialty retailers.  Stay tuned for the Diono Rainier review at CarseatBlog!

      

Diono Rainier Specs & Features:

  • Rear-facing 5-50 lbs.; or outgrown by height when there is less than 1.5″ of shell above child’s head or child reaches 44″
  • Rear-facing lower LATCH anchor limit is 35 lbs. (once child weighs more than 35 lbs. you must install with seatbelt)
  • Forward-facing 20-90 lbs.; or outgrown by height when top of child’s ears are above top of restraint or child reaches 57″
  • Forward-facing lower LATCH anchor weight limit is 40 lbs. (once child weighs more than 40 lbs. you must install with seatbelt and tether, if tether is available)
  • Booster 50-120 lbs.; up to 57″
  • 5 sets of harness slots
  • 3 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • Aluminum reinforced headrest
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • SafeStop load-limiting device (only use with forward-facing children who weigh less than 40 lbs.)
  • Rear-facing tether capability
  • Heavy-duty SuperLATCH lower anchor connectors
  • Comes with 2 sets of harness strap cover – usage is mandatory (use one set for children under 65 lbs; other set for children over 65 lbs.)
  • FAA certified for use on aircraft
  • Folds flat for travel or storage
  • When used with harness seat has 8 year lifespan before expiration; when used without harness in booster mode seat may be used up to 12 years (4 extra years)

The Diono Rainier is packed with features but does it pass the ultimate test by pleasing a finicky rear-facing 4-year-old?

 

Edited to add: Here are a few comparative pics showing the Diono Rainier next to the previous generation Diono Radian R120. Even though it looks much wider, the Rainier is actually only 1″ wider but the widest point is now up at the top. The side walls of Rainier are also considerably deeper than its Radian predecessors.

Side-by-side Diono Rainier & Diono Radian R120

Back-to-back Diono Radian R120 & Diono Rainier

Back-to-back Diono Radian R120 & Diono Rainier

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Back-to-back Diono Radian R120 & Diono Rainier

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 Infant Carseat Unboxing, Preview and Giveaway

 

Key features of the Primo Viaggio 4-35 Infant Carseat Include:

  • For babies 4 to 35 lbs. and up to 32” tall
  • Includes base with “Right Tight System”
  • SIP Side Impact Protection
  • Dual Stage Cushion System
  • Travel System Compatible

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 Giveaway:

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for your participation. A winner will be announced shortly!

Contest open to all residents of the USA, including those residing in Alaska and Hawaii. :) 

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.  Only one prize will be awarded, choice of colors will be limited to those in stock at Peg Perego USA at the time the contest closes.

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). 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 June 15, 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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Volvo’s Innovative Inflatable Child Seat Concept

We know rear-facing is safest. But lugging a heavy convertible seat around when traveling can be a chore. Many convertibles with high rear-facing limits can weigh 25 pounds or more! Volvo has a concept solution that weighs just over 10 lbs. and fits into a small bag. Do you like the BubbleBum inflatable booster for your older kid? Do you need something like that for your younger child? It’s just a concept right now, but check it out! Maybe you can buy one some day soon with your Volvo XC60, one of the safest vehicles on the road, according to both the IIHS and NHTSA for 2013-2014!

 

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According to Volvo:

Children’s car seats are historically bulky, hard to move and tedious to mount. This is why Volvo Cars has designed a lightweight and inflatable rearward-faced child seat concept using groundbreaking technology. The seat is safe, easy to pack and carry and will enable parents to use it in many situations not practical with the seats on the market today.

Lawrence Abele, Design Manager at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Los Angeles and the designer behind the new seat, had his two children in mind while designing the concept seat: “For me child safety is always the number one priority and when we lived abroad with two toddlers we had to haul bulky child seats through airports and then into taxis. For many, traveling with young children is a challenge; any assistance to simplify the parents’ life with young children is a great thing.”

The concept seat is as safe as anything on the market right now. It inflates in less than 40 seconds and the total weight of the seat is less than 5 kg, half the weight of a contemporary seat, and deflated it fits into a weekend bag together with other necessities for your child. The concept presents new opportunities, for example grandparents and friends who take care of your kids and need an ultra mobile child seat. It is also very convenient when travelling by taxi, rental car or bus, situations where you historically had to rely on the safety measures available.

Our idea was to create a child seat concept that would be convenient for anyone to use anytime and for it to be compact to be able store it in small spaces. Children will find it more comfortable as the main structure is filled with air, which serves as a better and softer cushion than the traditional plastic molded child seats. It also has interchangeable inserts in a wide arrange of materials, which enables personalization”, Lawrence explains.

The Inflatable Child Seat Concept faces the rear of the car, as it is the safest way for children to travel. A child’s neck is under development and not as strong as an adult’s neck. In a frontal impact collision, the head of a forward-facing car occupant is thrown forward inducing great stain on the neck. Children therefore need special restraints and to face the rear of the vehicle until at least 3-4 years of age.

Actually, it would be better for all of us to travel facing the rear but given how cars are designed nowadays it’s not feasible. Young children, however, can and should travel facing the rear of the car as long as possible“, says Lawrence.

The goal was to design a seat as safe, or safer, than anything on the market right now but second to that I want everyone, including kids to be exposed to great design every day,” Lawrence ends.