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Britax B-Safe and Frontier 85 SICT Preview!!!

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Have you ever gone looking for something and instead of finding whatever it was that you were looking for, you stumble across something even better?  That’s what happened today at CarseatBlog!  

Behold the new Frontier 85 SICT (Side Impact Cushion Technology) available at Amazon.com for as low as $240 on sale.

From the Britax website:

How does Side Impact Cushion Technology work?

Side Impact Cushion Technology is comprised of patented energy-management cushions on either side of the child seat. During a side impact crash, the energy-management cushions compress to absorb the incoming crash forces safely expelling the air through strategically placed vents.

These robust air chambers require up to 10 times more force to compress than competing technologies, which results in the transfer of significantly more crash force energy AWAY from your child. This is important because the amount of force required to compress the cushions is directly related to the amount of energy diverted away from your child. It is important to note that the cushions do NOT deploy upon impact, like vehicle airbags do.

In addition, Side Impact Cushion Technology is the first and only technology to offer protection by:

  • Absorbing side impact crash forces before they reach your child, resulting in fewer head injuries.
    This is important because head injury is the leading cause of death for children in vehicle crashes, and the amount of crash forces reaching the child’s head determines the severity of a head injury.
  • Providing an energy-absorbing surface area along the full length of the seat, protecting your child’s head, neck, and torso.
    This is important because incoming crash forces are not limited to the head area.
  • Offering a soft, protective surface for the adjacent passenger in a side impact crash.
    This is important because adjacent passengers are vulnerable to injury from contact with child seats in a side impact crash.

 

Now, if you have your heart set on a Frontier 85 but the SICT model doesn’t work for your situation (or your budget), don’t be alarmed. The current Frontier 85 model without the side-impact cushions probably isn’t going anywhere. The SICT model is presumably an addition to the current Britax lineup, not a replacement for the current Frontier model.

The only other differences between this new model and the current Frontier 85 model appear to be cover related. The SICT models will feature an Easy-Remove cover which will allow for “easy cleaning without disassembling or uninstalling the car seat”.  And last but not least, it looks like none of the initial fabrics are mesh! 

Cardinal (Red), Onyx (Black) and Portobello (Gray) all appear to be meshless (yes, I just made up that word), which I’m sure will make a lot of people happy!  Thank you, Britax!

(now hurry up and get busy on those Livia, Maui Blue & Cowmoo SICT covers, k?)  😉  

We promise to share details on price and estimated availability as soon as we have the info.  In the mean time, check out our full review of the current Frontier 85 model HERE.

There’s also some information on the upcoming Britax B-Safe Infant Seat, courtesy of Rated By Mom.  It appears that it will be less expensive than the Chaperone, omitting some features like the anti-rebound bar and True Side Impact protection.  It also appears to be shorter and lighter, too!

Product Weight (lbs): 16 (car seat only 9.8)

Product Dimensions (in): 17.5W x 24.5H x 27.5D (handle up)

Product Dimensions (in): 17.5W x 15.5H x 27.5D (handle down)

Seat Back Compartment Height (in): 20

Seat Area Depth/Width (in): 13/19

Shoulder Width (in): 10

Harness Slot Heights (in): 5, 7, 9, 12

Buckle Strap Depth (in): 3.5, 5.5

Check out the preview at Rated By Mom.  Stay tuned for our full review!

The Kiddy World Plus & Kiddy Cruiser Fix Booster Preview ~ let the drooling commence!

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This video from Lifesavers Phoenix covers most of the important features and specs of these two new-to-us, Kiddy Child Restraints.  Keep in mind, both of these seats were prototypes so changes should be expected before the final products reach store shelves.  Heather was camerawoman extraordinaire and, as usual, I played the part of “the mouth” of CarseatBlog.com!  Disregard the racket in the background – it was the end of day 2 and everyone was literally breaking down camp around us!    

I am copying and pasting info from Heather’s Lifesavers Manufacturers Update blog and adding a few extra notes: 

Kiddy is a well-known German CR Manufacturer with several German award-winning CR models. They are known for their emphasis on and utilization of energy-absorbing impact shield technology.  The Kiddy World Plus combination seat & Kiddy Cruiser Fix Pro booster will be the first Kiddy CRs available in the US. 

The Kiddy World Plus is expected to be available in June. MSRP will be approx $269.  Features include:

 

The Kiddy Cruiser Fix Pro is expected to be available in May. MSRP should be under $250 but they didn’t have an exact price point to give us yet. Features include:

  • honeycomb in head and shoulder area
  • shock absorber technology in area of lap belt guide
  • Rated up to 110 lbs
  • Several unique features (check out the video – we don’t want to spoil the surprises!) 

 

After watching the video back, I realized that I was off in my projections of height and depth measurements.  Forgive me – we had taken measurements earlier and I wasn’t spot-on in my recollection of the actual numbers. 

Kiddy World Plus (KWP):

  • top height in booster mode (measured to bottom of belt guide) 22.5″  
  • Seat depth (leg support) 15.25″

Kiddy Cruiser Fix Pro (KCFP):

  • top height in booster mode (measured to bottom of belt guide) 20.5″  
  • Seat depth (leg support) – 3 positions. Range from 13.75″ – 16.5″ fully extended

Lifesavers 2011 Manufacturers’ Update

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Heather and Kecia attended the pre-conference manufacturers’ session just to get the scoop on the new products just for YOU! So read on to see what’s coming out now and in the near future!

Kiddy

The Kiddy World Plus available in June. Features include:

  • 20-40 lbs. with energy absorbing shield
  • up to 100 lbs. without shield used as a belt positioning booster

 The Cruiser Fix available in May. Features include:

  • honeycomb in head and shoulder area

Kecia will have more, including measurements, in an upcoming blog, including a video showcasing both boosters! I know, I’m such a tease ;).



Summer Prodigy Infant

  • available in summer
  • 4-32 lbs.
  • Smart Screen technology screen
  • SafeGuard 1-Adjust harness adjust
  • $179 infant seat with base, $89 extra base, $329 travel system, $169 stroller only

You read Jennie’s thoughts on the new infant seat and saw how it installs, so here are some pictures.

          



Combi

Shuttle

  • 2011 model will be from birth-35 lbs.
    • base or baseless installs from birth-22 lbs., but must use base from 23-35 lbs.

 Navette

  • baseless Shuttle to 22 lbs. (institutional seat)

 Coccoro

  • 2011 models have SafeGuard push-on LATCH miniconnectors with green “on” indicators (see Jennie’s Summer Prodigy LATCH install video–they will be using the same miniconnectors)
  • 3-33 lbs. rf
  • rf tethering is retroactive to all Coccoros, so you can start rf tethering RIGHT NOW
  • comes with dual anti-skid tape attached to seat rails on the bottom
  • coming out with new delicious colors, but Vera didn’t know what colors yet

 Kobuk bpb

  • 33-125 lbs.
  • designed with air vents since kids were complaining of being hot

 Combi has a no inflatable airbag seatbelt policy with its carseats; includes new Ford airbag seat belts as well as aviation airbag seatbelts.



The First Years

Via 35 (I470)

  • 5-35 lbs., can use baseless to 22 lbs.
  • handle is used as an anti-rebound bar: rotate forward and lock in position toward feet
  • it’ll be released in Canada FIRST before the US (look for it in Zellers, then BRU)

Unite Belted Booster (BB830)

  • 20-65 lbs. with harness, 30-100 lbs. as bpb
  • combination seat!
  • 2 position recline
  • 18.5″ top slots, 12.5″ bottom slots
  • 19.5″ shoulder belt guides
  • 6″ and 7.25″ crotch strap positions
  • removable cupholders that can be put in dishwasher
  • late August/early September

       



Orbit Baby

Orbit Infant G2

  • has been certified to 30 lbs. retroactively
  • is sending stickers out to all registered G2 owners or owners can request stickers

Toddler Car Seat

 


Cybex

Aton (pronounced ātahn)

  • 4-32 lbs.
  • will be in major BRU stores in early April and specialty stores soon
  • EPS foam and an EPS foam inlay for newborns used to 11 lbs. for proper fit
  • separate fabric infant insert used to 22 lbs.
  • 3 harness slots
  • 4 adjustment levels on base
  • handle must be UP in vehicle for rebound and rotation management
  • $199 fabric, $219 suede, $99 extra base

 Remember to read Jennie’s blog on this new infant seat shipping now.

Solution X-fix bpb

  • can find it for $99 as a promotion to get the Cybex name on the market in preparation for the Aton launch

Cybex has a no inflatable airbag seatbelt policy with its carseats; includes new Ford airbag seat belts as well as aviation airbag seatbelts.

A ton of Cybex Aton info

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Cybex ATON infant seat

I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of infant seats. I understand why people like them, but they’re just not for me. That’s why I was surprised to find myself wowed by the new Cybex Aton infant seat–to the point that I just might get one for my upcoming baby.

Heather and Anne/ketchupqueen have previously reported on the Aton (here and here), but my report comes to you complete with moderate-quality video!

The seat, which was due to hit the Cybex warehouse this week, accommodates children from 4-32 pounds and 30 inches. It features three handle positions, though the handle must be up in the car. The angle indicator will allow for a more upright installation for an older/heavier child.