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SafeGuard IMMI Sliding Quick LatchWe heard there were some innovative products on display at the IMMI/SafeGuard exhibit, but somehow we missed it.  Thanks to Anthony at IMMI, here’s a brief look at what we missed!  First, here’s an awesome system that lets you use the same LATCH connectors for front and rear facing, without any need to reroute them!  Built-in retractors make installation very easy, just as in the SafeGuard Child Seat.

Feature:  With Sliding KwikLATCH, retractable SafeGuard MiniConnectors are fastened to retractors that travel along a belt path on the car seat.  To convert between rear facing and forward facing mode, the user simply slides MiniConnectors along the belt path, without rethreading. As the child seat is pushed into the vehicle seat, retractors tightly lock the child car seat into place.  The user hears a clicking sound until the child car seat is as tight as possible. 

Benefit: Sliding KwikLATCH simplifies the process of switching between rear and front facing installations of convertible child car seats by eliminating rethreading.  MiniConnectors reduce misuse by providing an audible click that indicates the child car seat is attached to the LATCH anchors on the vehicle seat.  The car seat is quickly and easily tightened in place with a small amount of pressure, and the clicking sound helps assure the user that the car seat is at its maximum tightness. 

 

Next is a top tether attachment that takes up minimal room.  This is handy for vehicles where the anchor is positioned very close to the back of the child restraint:

TopTetherCombo

Feature:  In some vehicles, the distance between the top tether anchors and the child restraint is too short.  This can make it difficult to properly tighten the top tether. The Top Tether Combo Adjuster combines a top tether hook and a tether strap adjuster.  This shortens the amount of space needed between the tether anchor and child restraint by approximately 2”.

Benefit: The Top Tether Combo Adjuster helps parents achieve a tight tether installation in those vehicles with tether anchors that are located too close to their child restraints. 

 

And finally, the 1Adjust infinitely adjustable harness system:

1Adjust

Feature:  With 1Adjust, one operation tightens the five-point harness and adjusts shoulder height.  The shoulder height adjuster travels on a track, offering an infinite number of positions for securing the child, which helps enable the parent to achieve an optimal fit every time the child travels in the car seat.  1Adjust works with infant, convertible and forward facing child car seats. 

Benefit:  The parent can change the tightness of the harness without rethreading. Infinite adjustability means that the parent can quickly secure the child in a 1Adjust harness with an optimal fit and correct strap position. 

 

We sure hope some savvy child restraint manufacturers pick up these great features in future products!

ABC Kids: Accessories

Here are a few photos of some accessories we saw that might interest you, especially with fall and winter around the corner.  Neither of these interferes with the harness system or carseat padding in any way, so you can use them safely!

First, the Carseat Blankie is a  very nice baby warmer; it’s a right sized flannel blanket available in various patterns.  It can travel with baby in the car or around the house.

carseatblankie 

Next, the BabbaCo infant carrier covers, in a wide range of cute designs for both winter and summer!

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ABC Kids Expo: It’s Another Photo Blog (With a Video and Commentary, too)!

Here’s yet another photo blog of some things we saw at the ABC Kids Expo.  Some we’ve touched upon in earlier blogs, others we have not.  As we like to frequently remind viewers, many of these are prototypes and the final retail versions may differ slightly from what you see at the show.  Enjoy!

For some time, Britax has been including “overmolded” buckles (below, left) on many of their products. This is a minor running change to the design that has no safety implications. It may, however, help reduce strap twisting on the Britax Frontier, a model that uses slightly different strap material than the Britax convertibles:

 Overmolded BuckleNot Overmolded

 

We didn’t have much new product news from Britax, beyond the new accessory Slide Guard clip that will be available later this year for the Frontier at somewhere under $30.  As noted in our Advocate review, Britax is shifting to “non-handed” LATCH hardware that will not require you to re-route them from one side to the other when you transition from rear-facing to front-facing.  The Roundabout, Roundabout 50 and Marathon CS are now using the same attachments, with some other models to follow in the future.  Also, as we’ve probably mentioned at some point, their D-ring strap for rear-facing tethering was lengthened by a couple inches earlier this year.  Fashions?  Pink Sky will appear on the Parkway SG later this year, with Mossy Oak and others to follow early next year.

ABC Kids: More Photos!

Here’s another photo dump.  Most of these Heather has covered in her summaries from the show, others are self explanatory.  Any of these products may differ slighlty from retail versions, as prototypes are often displayed at the show.  More photos and blogs from ABC still to come!

 

You want Mossy Oak?  You got it!

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And More ABC Fun!

ABC Kids Show floorOh really, we could drag this out for a week, at least ;) .  Darren and I made a quick run-through of both floors yesterday, our last day, to catch what we may have missed and even our quick run-through took a few hours.  I don’t know about Darren, but my feet, legs, and back still hurt, lol!

First stop: Peg Perego.  There will be all new colors for the Primo Viaggio 30/30 and you’ll be able to see them on their web site in December.  Per usual, very nice patterns and colors.  This year they are introducing a new version of the PV 30/30 that will be sold as a travel system only with the Si and Switch strollers.  The handle on the PV was labeled Tri-Fix ES, but there was no base laying around to see.  The rep said the only differences were in the infant seat itself.  The sliding SIP headwings have been removed and the SIP has been built into the seat itself.  There are 3 harness slots and the harness must be manually changed, with the lowest measuring around 7.25″ with the infant insert in place.  The top slots measure 11″ without the insert.  It will be available in the 1st qtr of 2010.

Recaro is introducing a new G2 Pro Series in 2010.  They’ll also be combining the best features of the Signo and the Como into 1 seat, so they’ll have just 1 convertible on the market starting in the 1st qtr of 2010.  Recaro will be moving all assembly of their products back to the US (Auburn Hills) from China.  And, to save the best for last, they are working on a HWH seat to debut next year.

We were going to visit Chicco yesterday, but their booth was closed as their VP Ken Sears passed away in the morning.  CarseatBlog sends our condolences to his family and his colleagues at Chicco during this difficult time.