We broke the story for you a few weeks back at the ABC Kids Expo. Graco is releasing their first All-In-One carseat, the Graco Smart Seat. This week, Graco released some additional information at a product launch event. Unfortunately, no photos or video were allowed, but they did provide some more stock photos. We hope to have a full review for you within the next few months. Until then, here are some talking points to tide you over until the Smart Seat appears on shelves at Babies R Us in early 2011. Yes, I have some measurements and some information from the manual, too, some of which I already posted on the forums and Facebook. The manual was a final draft and the evaluation models were late prototypes. While they should be representative of the final retail product, changes are still likely. So, please be aware that any information below is still preliminary!
Stay-In-Car Smart Base: Similar to an infant carrier, there is a unique, wide base that installs with LATCH or seat belt. Then, you can remove the seat and turn it around and put it back in the base. You don’t have to uninstall anything from your vehicle to switch from rear-facing to front-facing or back. The base is not used for booster mode. Though the base is wide overall, the LATCH and seatbelt routing path inside the base is relatively narrow, making installations fairly easy in the various vehicles we had available. The base also includes a seatbelt lockoff, like those Graco uses on some infant seat bases.