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Monthly Archive:: June 2009

The First Years/Lamaze True Fit Premier C670 Review: Very Nice!

Learning Curve’s The First Years/Lamaze True Fit C630 convertible seat has been on the market since the beginning of 2008 and they’ve just introduced the Premier line.  The new Premier C670 models have an anti-rebound bar for rear-facing use, which rotates forward from under the car seat and rests against the vehicle seat back.  This anti-rebound bar, which Learning Curve calls a “rear-facing rebound management bar,” keeps the car seat from rebounding or hitting the vehicle seat back after a crash.  It also translates into more energy absorption during the crash.  The Premier models also have a ball angle indicator just above the harness adjuster strap and a 2 position recline handle.

This is a convertible (rear-facing and forward-facing) child restraint for kids 5-65 lbs. who are less than 50″ tall.  Rear-facing the seat is rated from 5-35 lbs.  Forward-facing, it can be used for children over 1 year old who weigh between 23-65 lbs.

The True Fit Premier comes with an infant body support cushion, buckle cover, a head bolster, harness strap covers, and a cupholder.

What’s the Buzz? Safety 1st Complete Air

It goes to 40 pounds rear-facing.  It goes to 50 pounds forward-facing.  It also has Air Protect, “the most innovative and groundbreaking safety feature ever offered in a car seat. Developed in conjunction with Kettering University’s renowned Crash Safety Center, Air Protect™ is designed to protect children in side impact collisions, putting a state-of-the-art layer of air protection where it’s needed most, around the child’s head.”

Not only that, but it’s created a lot of buzz at the Car-Seat.Org forums.  This thread is less than a week old and it’s already one of the most viewed on the forums and has almost 250 posts in it so far.  We hope to have a full review of the Safety 1st Complete Air with Air Protect at CarseatBlog.com later this summer!

You can find the official press release here: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/safety1st/38800/ .

CarseatBlog’s First Charity Auction!

A few months ago, we praised SafetyBeltSafe USA and their tech special membership package.  For those who aren’t yet aware of it, the 2009 Child Restraint Manufacturers’ Instructions with Summary Sheets with the April Revision is now available on CD.  The summaries are the result of a ton of hard work.  “Summaries for each seat include revised recommendations from manufacturers, minimum and maximum weights, first and last dates made, harness threading and belt path diagrams, and identification photos.”  This information is invaluable to review before an appointment or just to brush up on newer models.

In fact, along with Monika Toney, our very own Heather Watson was responsible for much of the effort involved in creating the summaries!  Thank you Heather and Monika and everyone who helped SafetyBeltSafe USA put this together!

To celebrate their hard work, CarseatBlog is going to auction the very first CD taken out of the shipping box by SafetyBeltSafe USA’s Executive Director, Stephanie Tombrello. But that really wasn’t enough to make it auction-worthy.  So, I went one step farther and had it autographed by Heather, Monika, Stephanie and the crew who contributed to this great effort!

Single copies start at $10 each including shipping, if you order from SafetyBeltSafe USA.  So, our auction will also start at $10.  If you would like to bid, simply reply with your bid, in even increments of $1.00 or more.  The auction will run a minimum of 2 weeks from today.  The highest bidder will be expected to pay with Paypal or a money order from the United States Postal Service or a major USA bank.  No cash or personal checks, please.  You may also arrange to make a donation for the winning bid amount directly to SafetyBeltSafe USA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  This may allow you to obtain a tax deduction as well.  The CD will be shipped once payment has cleared.  If the winning bidder does not complete payment within 5 business days of the close of the auction, the option will be given to the next highest bidder and so on.  100% of proceeds will go to SafetyBeltSafe USA.  Shipping costs will be covered by CarseatBlog.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire this unique treasure that is sure to appreciate in value for many years to come!  This autographed disc is absolutely unique and would also make a fine piece of wall or desk decor, once you’ve loaded the summaries onto your computer!  Or, use it as a coaster at your after-event parties to impress your CPS friends!

Added 7/11/09: Here’s a link to a sample summary in case you’ve never seen one before: sk-radianxt-09sample1

Britax Parkway SG Review: Secure Guard and You.

The Britax Parkway SG should be on retail shelves in July. No, it’s not the old Parkway booster with new fashions; it’s an entirely new product. The Parkway Secure Guard (formerly known as Slide Guard) is rated for kids 40 to 120 pounds and a standing height of 38 to 63 inches. The top seated shoulder height with the backrest is listed as 21.5 inches. The Parkway SG converts from an adjustable high back to a backless booster. It features the unique Slide Guard clip that helps prevent the child from sliding under the lap belt portion of a lap/shoulder belt, reducing the risk of abdominal injury.

I’m going to try to make this review somewhat shorter than normal, so as not to bore everyone with my typical review novel. After all, a booster is a glorified phone book, right? (Wrong!)

Where on Earth is Paw Paw, Michigan?

If you’re a computer geek, you stay up late running raids in an online game, hanging out in chat rooms or seeking out the latest reviews on the hot gadgets.  What about carseat geeks?  Well, okay, we hang out in carseat chat rooms and read all the reviews on kids gear, too.  We also drive hours to meet up at nice restaurants where we discuss the merits of the latest products.

Yesterday, we had just such a mini-conference.  A half dozen moderators and long time members at the Car-Seat.Org forums got together in Paw Paw, Michigan.  While I’m sure the area golfing was great, as the Golf Michigan commercials claim, we chose Paw Paw for another reason.  It’s more or less midway between the western suburbs of Detroit and Chicago.  Oh, and there was a Play Place!

Despite temperatures in the high 90s in the asphalt parking lot plus sweltering humidity, we managed to oogle some recently released products and try a few in vehicles, too.  My wife will be most pleased that I returned with a few less carseats than I brought!  I bet the next get together is near Vegas.