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Countdown to Amazon Prime Day – is 7/15 the new Black Friday?

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (with no wifi), chances are you’ve seen the hype about Amazon’s PRIME DAY on 7/15. Next week Amazon turns 20 and Prime Day is going to be the biggest birthday celebration ever! Amazon claims there will be more deals than Black Friday. Or maybe they should say more deals than Cyber Monday since you won’t be lining your shopping cart with barbed wire to protect your items from those innocent-looking old ladies who will lift that tablet right out of your cart the moment you turn your back.

If you’re not a Prime member already, you might seriously want to consider signing up before this event starts on midnight Pacific time on 7/15.  This is important because only Prime Members will be able to take advantage of the special Prime Day sales being offered. If you’re not sure that you want to commit to the $99 yearly Prime membership fee, Amazon is offering a 30-day free Prime trial. You can even give someone the gift of a Prime Membership if you have a special occasion coming up.

If you’re wondering if Prime is really worth it, I can tell you without any hesitation that it is. The money I save just on everyday pantry items that are staples for my family makes my Prime membership pay for itself every year. Plus, the fact that I can do all the shopping I need to do in my jammies at 11:00 PM (wiper blades for the van, BBQ grill mats, food for the guinea pigs, my favorite hand soap that I can’t find locally, these 1-minute Barilla pasta things that my teenager is addicted to, a new shower curtain liner and these tan towels that claim they will make me look good naked), and have those items delivered to my door by a cute guy wearing brown shorts in just 2 days is PRICELESS.

On Wednesday, July 15, new and existing Prime members will find deals starting at midnight (Pacific time), with new deals starting as often as every ten minutes. You can shop thousands of Lightning Deals, seven popular Deals of the Day and receive unlimited fast, free shipping.

You can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll be on top of all the best deals in carseats, boosters, strollers and other popular baby gear so check CarseatBlog.com for updates after midnight and throughout the 24 hour period. We’ll be updating our site frequently as we identify all the really good deals on the popular products that people actually want. Also, please keep in mind that you support our work here at CarseatBlog.com when you make your Amazon purchases through one of our links. It doesn’t cost you anything and it doesn’t matter whether you purchase a carseat, a toothbrush or guinea pig food – your support helps to defray the costs of running this website and allows us to continue bringing you all the best reviews, industry news and child passenger safety related resources. Thank you!

Convertible Carseat Ratings – June 2015 Consumer Reports Update

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Britax Marathon ClickTight, Britax Boulevard ClickTight and Graco Contender 65 Score High Ratings for Convertible Carseats

CR rockIn June, Consumer Reports added new models to their convertible carseat ratings.  A few newly tested products did quite well, with the Britax Marathon ClickTight and Boulevard ClickTight topping the overall ratings.  The Graco Contender 65 also did quite well overall, just above its competitors in the budget “Best Buy” category of highly rated models.

With new weight limits on the LATCH system of attaching carseats, seatbelt installations are back, especially for heavier forward-facing children.  So, we love the ClickTight system for super easy seatbelt installs, and the Boulevard CT (Our Review) and Advocate CT also offer exceptional rear-facing height limits and appear in our Recommended Carseats list.   We also share concerns at Consumer Reports about a possible harness issue on certain ClickTight convertible models.  While new models are revised to address this concern, we still advise parents to check the harness system periodically to verify.

It’s important to point out that this round of ratings is based on crash test results using their previous testing methodology (30 mph, FMVSS 213 standard bench, testing with 3-point lap/shoulder seatbelt or LATCH and no blocker plate). Convertible seat testing with their new crash test methodology is underway, but those results will not be published until some time later this year. For more info on Consumer Reports’ new crash testing program please see our previous blog on the subject:

The Safest Infant Carseats? New Crash Protection Ratings and Methods from Consumer Reports

Currently CR evaluates carseats on several points, including fit-to-vehicle, ease-of-usage, price and crash test performance. We can’t comment on specific scores but after our meeting with CR last year, we do have a general idea of how their ratings are assigned within these categories.

They break down the convertible carseat ratings into 3 categories:

  • Convertible seats rated to 40 lbs.
  • Convertible seats rated to weights higher than 40 lbs. (what we call “higher-weight harness” convertibles)
  • All-in-One seats that can be used rear-facing, forward-facing and also as a belt-positioning booster.

In the updated over 40 lbs. category, the Britax Marathon and Boulevard ClickTight models top the ratings, followed very closely by another of our Recommended Carseats, the Chicco NextFit.  After that, the rest of the Britax convertible lineup – Britax Advocate G4, Britax Boulevard G4, Britax Pavilion G4, Britax Marathon G4 and Britax Roundabout G4 all perform well. The Graco Contender 65Britax Roundabout G4 and the Evenflo SureRide were rated as “Best Buys” because they offer good value for their price but they also received good scores in all categories.  The Safety 1st Advance SE 65 was also added to the ratings with a very good crash protection score, but a middle-of-the-pack overall rating.

So, what is the “BEST” or “SAFEST” convertible carseat?  We are asked this all the time as Child Passenger Safety Technicians and it’s worth repeating the answer.  The BEST carseat is the one that fits your vehicle (installs tightly), fits your child (is appropriate for their age/weight/height), and that you can use correctly on every single ride. And of course it needs to fit your wallet too. The best carseat is not necessarily the most expensive carseat you can (or can’t) afford. And it’s not necessarily the carseat that matches the rest of your nursery collection or the one that everyone raves about online.  While no one can say which is the “SAFEST” carseat for any particular child or vehicle, if you’ve selected the “BEST” one for your own situation and install and use it correctly, then it will provide very good protection for your precious cargo.

While we think our Recommended Carseats list is a great place to start when shopping for the BEST carseat.  The seats on our list aren’t going to work for everyone and every situation. Remember – what works best for *your* child in *your* vehicle might not be the best choice for your sister or your neighbor or your friend, and that’s important. For example, a loosely installed carseat or one where you can’t easily adjust the harness to be snug on your child is not safe. A convertible carseat that doesn’t fit rear-facing in your car is not going to be the best choice for your child either.

The Ultimate Rear-Facing Convertible Carseat Space Comparison – Size Matters!

You can find Consumer Reports’ newest ratings on convertible seats at their website, www.consumerreports.org. Unfortunately, you have to be a paid subscriber to see the full ratings report.

Memorial Day Weekend Sales – Hot Deals on Carseats & Boosters

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Some of these Amazon Prime deals may have longevity but most are going to be strictly “while supplies last”, so don’t dilly-dally if you find a great price on something you really need or just seriously want.  I’ve only listed items with FREE SHIP and FREE RETURNS just in case it doesn’t work out.  Here at CarseatBlog.com we always recommend that you “try before you buy” but we understand that’s just not possible in many situations. Free shipping and free returns with Amazon Prime, in case it doesn’t pan out for whatever reason, is the next best thing!

 

Infant Carseats

safety 1st onboard 35 air - flutter Graco SnugRide 30 - metropolis B-Safe 35 red

Britax B-safe 35 Infant Car Seat in Black, Red or Sandstone for $168

Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air in Decatur or Flutter for $115

Safety 1st onBoard 35 Infant Car Seat in Orion Blue or Orion Pink $89.99

Graco SnugRide 30 Classic Connect in Metropolis for $59.99 with coupon  ($74.99 minus extra 20% off with clipless coupon – you’ll see discount appear at checkout if coupon has been applied) 

Graco SnugRide 35 Click Connect in Tangerine for $93.59 with coupon ($116.99 minus extra 20% off with clipless coupon – you’ll see discount appear at checkout if coupon has been applied)

Graco SnugRide 40 Click Connect Car Seat in Azalea for $139.99

 

Convertible Carseats

Britax roundabout G4 - onyx Maxi-Cosi Pria - blue Graco Size4me - nyssa

Britax Roundabout G4.1 in Onyx or Silverlake $144.00

Combi Coccoro in Grape $191.99

Graco Contender 65 in Sapphire $119

Graco Size4Me 65 in Nyssa $129.00

Graco MyRide 65 in Jigsaw $95.99 with coupon ($119.99 minus extra 20% off with clipless coupon – you’ll see discount appear at checkout if coupon has been applied)

Evenflo Momentum in Lilac or Bailey $125.99

Evenflo SureRide DLX in Paxton, Bishop or Nicole for $85 or less

Evenflo Symphony Elite 3-in-1 in Modesto $183.98

2015 Recommended Child Restraints for CPS Programs & Updated List of Where Carseats Are Made

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Behold our updated list of Recommended Child Restraints for CPS Programs! Several popular options have been discontinued and a few new ones have been added so it was time to refresh the list. We hope to see more production moved to U.S. facilities since several ideal program seats on the list are out of reach for many injury-prevention programs because they are currently made abroad.

Speaking of where carseats are made, we also took this opportunity to update our County of Origin – Where Carseats Are Made blog. We added all the new models that have hit the market in the last 12 months. I’m happy to report that consumers now have more options for carseats and boosters made in the USA and hopefully that list will continue to grow in the future!

Made in the USA