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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.

Too much of a good thing? Summer Prodigy Infant Seat

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There has been buzz for a while about the new Prodigy car seat from Summer Infant. Darren wrote a bit about it after the ABC show last year, but now it’s closer to being a reality (it should hit shelves this summer). I had a chance to play with it at Lifesavers this past weekend, and I definitely got a better feel for the seat.

First, I do like the concept of the electronic display to help parents know what their seat is doing. When the seat is level, a green smiley face pops up. If it’s not level, you get a red exclamation point. Same goes for the tightness of the seat.

Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Carseat Preview!

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Greetings from the Lifesavers Conference! Heather, Jennie and I are enjoying a few beautiful days in warm, sunny Phoenix.  Tonight Heather and I were honored to be included in a small, informal gathering of advocates invited to preview a new prototype convertible seat from Dorel – the Maxi-Cosi Pria 70!

So what’s so special about this seat that it warrants making us late for dinner in order to break the news?  The most innovative feature is the seat-within-a-seat feature of the Pria 70.  What starts off as a nice, higher weight harness convertible with a no-rethread harness, decent harness slot heights and good rear-facing and forward-facing weight limits then transforms into an excellent seat for infants and even preemies with the addition of the Tiny Fit™ insert.  And no we’re not talking about a wedge of foam. This is truly a seat within a seat and it’s so coooool! It’s its own shell! It fits into the Pria and has 3 harness slots of its own for the little ones. When inserted into the larger carseat shell, it changes the recline angle for the child substantially so the seat can be installed more upright in the vehicle, but the infant has the near 45* recline. Both the larger seat and the Tiny Fit™ insert will incorporate Dorel’s Air Protect technology for increased side-impact protection.

Prototype Specs & Measurements (may change for final version so don’t hold us to these numbers):

Rear-facing 4-40 lbs

Forward-facing 22-70 lbs

Top harness slots of main shell:  17”

Harness slot heights with Tiny Fit insert: 5”, 7”, 9”

3 positions for crotch strap

Optional harness strap covers and infant head hugger support

Additional preemie chest clip (not pictured) will be included in the box for those infants who may benefit from something smaller than the standard chest clip

Maxi Cosi Pria 70 Price Point $249

Expected Arrival – late summer

Without the Tiny Fit insert, the recline in the recommended “this line level to the ground” angle is pretty upright – somewhere around 30-35 degrees. This means the seat will take up considerably less room in the rear-facing position despite the fact that it’s rather tall.  Ultimately, this should make many rear-facing toddlers and preschoolers happy to be sitting more upright.  Mom and Dad will be happy too because they won’t have to eat the dashboard just because junior is rear-facing behind them.  Younger babies will have closer to a 45 degree recline with the TinyFit insert.