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Beware of Illegal Chinese “Car Seats” for Sale Online

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Sale of Illegal “Portable Car Seats” are a Growing Cause for Concern

Illegal Chinese Car Seat - death by bunniesIf you see something for sale online that claims to be a “child safety seat” or “booster” or “car seat” but it comes from a manufacturer that you have never heard of and it doesn’t say that it meets federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) please be suspicious and do some research. It may be a legitimate product but it may also be an illegal death trap.

Amazon is FLOODED with products from China claiming to be car seats that are being sold by 3rd party sellers. Please don’t be mislead into thinking these are a safe alternative to a car seat or booster seat that meets FMVSS 213 standards. As much as the seller wants you to believe that this product is “Compact and reasonable design make it enjoy the safety of traditional child seat”, it is neither safe nor reasonable.

A few examples of the type of products available through 3rd party sellers on Amazon:

Seat Cover Car Portable Child Safety Seat Baby Car Seat to Baby Seat 1-6 Years Old

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CdyBox Portable Car Safety Seat Cover Travel Vest Harness Cushion for Baby Kids Infant Children (Blue)

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Adjustable Portable Babies Child Infant Car seat safety Belt Harness Blue

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Amazon Black Friday Deals in Baby!

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Black Friday Carseat Deals: Evenflo, Graco, Diono, Cosco, Britax and More!

We’ve already been tracking the best Amazon holiday deals on our Deals Blog.  We’re updating it multiple times a day to alert you of any good deals that are below recent average prices.  Check back often for lightning deals, as many times the best deals sell out fast!


Some Black Friday deals at Amazon are already announced, but more are coming!  For timed deals, Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom members get 30-minute early access on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which can make the difference between getting the deal or finding it out-of-stock.  There’s a 30-day free trial, so be sure to subscribe to Amazon Prime now, and give a gift of Amazon Prime to a relative or friend before Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Without further ado, here are the Black Friday Deals in Baby:

20% Off Evenflo Car Seats (Ends 12/5)

Save 30% or More on Graco Car Seats & Strollers (Ends 11/27)

30% Off Diono Car Seats (Ends 12/5)

Up To 40% Off Select Britax and BOB Car Seats and Strollers (Starts 11/26)

25% or More Off Select Car Seats and Strollers from Britax and BOB (Ends Today!)

25% Off Chicco (Ends 12/5)

Save 20% on Select Disney Products from Cosco (Starts 11/25)

20% Off 4moms Baby Gear (Starts 11/27)

Spend $60, Save $20 on Select Fisher-Price Gear (Ends 11/27)

25% Off Baby-Proofing Products from Safety 1st (Starts 11/27)

Up to 30% Off Select Graco Pack ‘n Plays and Gear (Starts 11/28)

Up to 45% Off Philips Classic Plus Essentials Gift Set (Ends 11/27)

More:

30% OFF Select Clothing, Shoes and More with Promo Code 30BLACKFRI (Starts 11/26)

A complete list of deals in all categories can be found in Amazon’s Black Friday Deals Store

February 2016 Carseat Deals, Sales & Coupon Codes

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We find the lowest prices on car seats and strollers in 2016.  Bookmark us and check back frequently for the latest bargains and promotion code offers!  Update: 2/7/16

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We’re the experts on carseats and deals, so we know where to find the best discounts on the products that parents actually want to buy! This list will be updated anytime we see a great deal or promotion code below recent average prices, so you don’t have to wade through dozens of normally priced models to find the bargains.  You can help us (and your fellow shoppers) by leaving us a comment if you find a deal on a carseat, booster or popular stroller that isn’t posted yet.  We recommend that you bookmark this post, as we will make full updates at least a few times per week in 2016!  If we see a bargain deal price on a popular model from our Recommended Carseats List, like the Britax Pinnacle, Britax Advocate ClickTight, Chicco NextFit Zip Air, Graco 4Ever, Diono Rainier, Diono Radian, Maxi-Cosi Pria, Clek Foonf or Clek Fllo, we’ll update as soon as possible!

What you need to know about Amazon pricing: it’s FICKLE. When a product’s price is reduced there is no way to know how long it will remain at that price. Sometimes it’s a few days, sometimes it’s a few hours. The best advice we can offer you is to ACT QUICKLY if you see a great deal on something you really need or just seriously want. Just adding something to your cart does not guarantee you that item at that price – you must complete the checkout process to seal the deal. Most items on our list offer FREE SHIPPING & FREE RETURNS to Prime members but always double check this before you put the item in your cart and checkout. Not a Prime member? There’s a 30-day FREE trial. It’s a no-brainer! Try it out and score some great deals. You can always cancel before the 30 days is up if you’re not sold on the many benefits of an Amazon Prime membership.

Looking for more info on a certain carseat or booster? Check out out REVIEWS page. We have in-depth reviews of over 100 carseats and boosters an updated DEALS post with the best prices.

Prefer to shop at other stores?  If you found a good deal here or received great advice on our facebook page, please consider using and sharing our links to AmazonAlbee Baby, Diapers.comTarget.com, Walmart.com, Kohl’s, BuyBuyBaby and BabiesRUs.

Select Editors’ Picks:

These carseats may not be great deals right now, but are among our Editor’s Picks and are reader favorites, too.  For our current deals, please scroll to the next section.

Updated Sunday, February 7, 2016
NEW – Indicates a new deal or lowered price within the last 7 days
** – Indicates a CarseatBlog.com Recommended Carseat

Chicco KeyFit30 Fuego Graco SR40 - Fern

Infant Carseat Deals:

Britax B-Safe 35 in various fashions for $157.49 **

Britax B-Safe 35 Elite in various fashions for $187.49 

Chicco Keyfit 30 in “Surge” for $159.99 NEW

Cosco Light N Comfy DX in “Rainbow Dots” for $63.99 

Graco SnugRide 35 LX in “Rittfenhouse” for $129.99 ** SOLD OUT 

Safety 1st onBoard 35 Infant Car Seat in “Orion Blue” for $89.99 **

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Travel System Deals:

(carseat + stroller)

Britax B-Agile 3 / B-Safe 35 Travel System in Red for $329.99 

Chicco Neuvo Stroller + KeyFit 30 Carseat Travel System in “Glacial” for $209.49 SOLD OUT

Graco Relay Jogging Stroller + SnugRide 35 Carseat Travel System in “Jaguar” for 350.40  SOLD OUT

Graco Modes Sport Stroller + SnugRide 35 Carseat Travel System in “Cedar” for $249.99 NEW

Graco Soho Stroller + SnugRide 35 Carseat Travel System in “Presley” for $217.60

Britax Marathon G4.1 - Kiwi Graco Milestone - Ayla

Convertible & All-in-One Deals:

Britax Advocate ClickTight in all fashions for $314.99 ** 

Britax Boulevard ClickTight in all fashions for $277.49 ** 

Britax Marathon ClickTight in all fashions for $247.49 

Britax Advocate G4.1 in “Silver Diamonds” for $249.88  NEW

Britax Boulevard G4.1 in various fashions for $247.49 

Britax Marathon G4.1 in all colors for $217.49 

Britax Roundabout G4.1 in “Onyx” or “Silverlake” for $134.99

Diono Radian RXT select colors $243.90 after extra 10% off in cart NEW

Evenflo SureRide DLX in “Nicole $73.80 **

Evenflo Tribute in “Maxwell” for $49.97 

Evenflo Triumph LX in “Charleston” or “Mosaic” for $112.49 NEW

Graco Fit4Me in “Lacey” or “Flip”for $149.88 NEW

Graco Milestone in Ayla for $210.35 **

Graco Extend2Fit in “Gotham” or “Kinzie” for $179.99 NEW

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible in Black for $244.99 ** SOLD OUT

Safety 1st Guide 65 in most fashions around $74.99  NEW

Safety 1st Grow and Go in “Everest” for $127.49 NEW

Evenflo Maestro Keller Graco Argos 80 Elite

Combination Seat Deals:

(forward-facing with harness + booster)

Britax Frontier G1.1 in various fashions $247.49 ** 

Britax Pinnacle G1.1 in various fashions for $277.49 ** 

Britax Pioneer in various fashions for $172.49 

Evenflo Maestro in “Taylor” for $59.99 or “Thunder” for $63.74 ** NEW

Evenflo SecureKid LX in “Kohl” for $97.44 NEW

Graco Argos 65 in “Sapphire” for $119.99 SOLD OUT 

Graco Nautilus LX in “Jetson” for $142.88 NEW

Harmony Defender 360 for $94.88 

Graco Affix Evenflo Amp LBB - blue flames

Booster Deals:

Britax Parkway SGL G1.1 in all fashions for $119.99 ** 

Graco Turbo Booster with Safety Surround in “Ancor” for $72

Britax affinity stroller blue Bob double stroller

Stroller Deals:

Single strollers

Baby Jogger City Mini for $199.99 (6 colors) NEW

Baby Jogger City Lite 2014 in Three Colors for $143.99 NEW

Baby Jogger City Elite for $319.00 (3 colors)  NEW

BOB Revolution SE Stroller in Black for $344.99 

BOB Revolution SE Stroller in Navy for $344.99 

BOB Revolution Flex Stroller in most colors for $359.99 

Britax Affinity Stroller in Black with Color Pack (various colors) for $299.00

Britax B-Agile Double Stroller in Black or Red for $337.49 

Britax B-Agile 3 Stroller in Black for $202.49 

Chicco Liteway Plus in “Surge” or “Aster” for $143.99 NEW

Graco Relay Click Connect Performance Jogger in “Cougar” or  “Lynx” for $179.99 NEW

Maclaren Quest Stroller in “Black/Majesty” for $167.67 NEW

 

Double Strollers  

* accepts one infant carseat; **accepts two infant carseats

Baby Jogger City Mini Double in three colors for $359.99 NEW  *can accept 1 infant carseat if you purchase separate adapter bar

Baby Jogger City Select with Second Seat (Onyx) for $543.74 NEW  **can accept 1 or 2 infant carseats with separate adapter bar(s)

Baby Jogger City Select with Second Seat (Ruby) for $519.00 NEW  **can accept 1 or 2 infant carseats with separate adapter bar(s)

Baby Trend Universal Double Snap-N-Go Stroller Frame for $71.99 **

Britax B-Agile Double Stroller in Black or Red for $337.49  *can accept 1 Britax infant carseat

BOB Revolution SE Duallie Stroller in all colors for $502.49  *can accept 1 infant carseat if you purchase separate adapter bar

BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Stroller in “Lagoon” for $517.49  *can accept 1 infant carseat if you purchase separate adapter bar

BOB Revolution Pro Duallie Stroller in Orange for $532.49  *can accept 1 infant carseat if you purchase separate adapter bar

Graco Fastaction Fold Duo Click Connect Stroller in “Piazza” for $189.99 NEW **accepts 1 or 2 Graco Click Connect infant carseats

Other Baby Gear Deals:

 

More deals will be posted as they become available. Find a deal that isn’t listed here? Leave us a comment and let us know what you found!   If you found a good deal here or received great advice on our facebook page, please consider using and sharing our links to AmazonAlbee Baby, Diapers.comTarget.com, Walmart.com, Kohl’s, BuyBuyBaby and BabiesRUs.

2016 Carseat and Stroller Preview: What’s New, Improved & Coming Soon from Baby Trend, Britax, Chicco, Clek, Combi, Cybex, Doona, Dorel, Evenflo & GB!

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There is too much info to cover in one article so here is Part 1 of our complete 2015 ABC Expo tradeshow experience! Well… mostly complete. Some things really must stay in Vegas. 😉

Part 2 of our show coverage can be found HERE and includes updates on Graco/Baby Jogger, Hauck/iCoo, Lil Fan, Maxi-Cosi, Mifold, Mima, Nuna, Orbit, Peg Perego, Recaro & UPPAbaby!

Baby Trend

Baby Trend has a purchased the molds for the popular TrueFit convertible seats (formerly manufactured by TOMY/First Years) and will revive them as the new PROtect convertible carseat, improved with a 40 pound rear-facing weight limit.  They will also bring back the Folding Booster (also formerly by TOMY/First Years) as the Yumi Booster. See our blog with all the details here: http://carseatblog.com/35369/abc-kids-expo-2015-new-from-baby-trend-somewhat-new-to-us/

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Britax

Britax B-Covered - ABC 2015Britax didn’t have any new seats at the show, but they have some new accessories available for the B-Safe Infant Seat: the B-Warm and B-Covered. The B-Covered ($29.99) is a UPF-rated sun screen/bug screen, available only in gray. The B-Warm ($49.99) is a heavier, fuzzier cover for cold winter months. The B-Warm is currently available in two fashions, Polar Mist (black) and Arctic Splash (with a splash of color).

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There are also a couple seats going away. The G4.1 Advocate will be phased out by the end of the year. (The Clicktight Advocate will continue to be available.) Also retiring is the Parkway SG. The more popular Parkway SGL (with lower LATCH attachments) will be sticking around.

Limited Edition Frontier CT fashions – Liberty Sapphire, Meadow, and Concord are selling out fast—and when they’re gone, they’re gone forever. If you’ve been planning to purchase a Frontier ClickTight in any of these fashions, don’t wait much longer.

Chicco

New KidFit Zip booster is now available at various retailers including Amazon.

New “Pirvata” fashion for KeyFit, NextFit & KidFit will be available only at specialty retailers.

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Clek

The Capri fashion is available on Foonf, Fllo, and Oobr. On Foonf, it’s available in both black and white shells. Also on all fashions, enhanced padding is added throughout. Harness pads are slightly longer and softer and now attach with snaps.

Clek Foonf Fllo Capri

Big improvement: new lockoffs close ski boot-style. The end of the top lockoff clips over the edge of the bottom lockoff, then the long handle gives extra torque as you close it. Brilliant! Want these new lockoffs for your older seat that has problem lockoffs? Give Clek a call. They’ll put you on their list to get them to you when they’re available.

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