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Monthly Archive:: April 2011

Britax B-Safe and Frontier 85 SICT Preview!!!

Have you ever gone looking for something and instead of finding whatever it was that you were looking for, you stumble across something even better?  That’s what happened today at CarseatBlog!  

Behold the new Frontier 85 SICT (Side Impact Cushion Technology) available at Amazon.com for as low as $240 on sale.

From the Britax website:

How does Side Impact Cushion Technology work?

Side Impact Cushion Technology is comprised of patented energy-management cushions on either side of the child seat. During a side impact crash, the energy-management cushions compress to absorb the incoming crash forces safely expelling the air through strategically placed vents.

These robust air chambers require up to 10 times more force to compress than competing technologies, which results in the transfer of significantly more crash force energy AWAY from your child. This is important because the amount of force required to compress the cushions is directly related to the amount of energy diverted away from your child. It is important to note that the cushions do NOT deploy upon impact, like vehicle airbags do.

In addition, Side Impact Cushion Technology is the first and only technology to offer protection by:

  • Absorbing side impact crash forces before they reach your child, resulting in fewer head injuries.
    This is important because head injury is the leading cause of death for children in vehicle crashes, and the amount of crash forces reaching the child’s head determines the severity of a head injury.
  • Providing an energy-absorbing surface area along the full length of the seat, protecting your child’s head, neck, and torso.
    This is important because incoming crash forces are not limited to the head area.
  • Offering a soft, protective surface for the adjacent passenger in a side impact crash.
    This is important because adjacent passengers are vulnerable to injury from contact with child seats in a side impact crash.

 

Now, if you have your heart set on a Frontier 85 but the SICT model doesn’t work for your situation (or your budget), don’t be alarmed. The current Frontier 85 model without the side-impact cushions probably isn’t going anywhere. The SICT model is presumably an addition to the current Britax lineup, not a replacement for the current Frontier model.

The only other differences between this new model and the current Frontier 85 model appear to be cover related. The SICT models will feature an Easy-Remove cover which will allow for “easy cleaning without disassembling or uninstalling the car seat”.  And last but not least, it looks like none of the initial fabrics are mesh! 

Cardinal (Red), Onyx (Black) and Portobello (Gray) all appear to be meshless (yes, I just made up that word), which I’m sure will make a lot of people happy!  Thank you, Britax!

(now hurry up and get busy on those Livia, Maui Blue & Cowmoo SICT covers, k?)  ;)  

We promise to share details on price and estimated availability as soon as we have the info.  In the mean time, check out our full review of the current Frontier 85 model HERE.

There’s also some information on the upcoming Britax B-Safe Infant Seat, courtesy of Rated By Mom.  It appears that it will be less expensive than the Chaperone, omitting some features like the anti-rebound bar and True Side Impact protection.  It also appears to be shorter and lighter, too!

Product Weight (lbs): 16 (car seat only 9.8)

Product Dimensions (in): 17.5W x 24.5H x 27.5D (handle up)

Product Dimensions (in): 17.5W x 15.5H x 27.5D (handle down)

Seat Back Compartment Height (in): 20

Seat Area Depth/Width (in): 13/19

Shoulder Width (in): 10

Harness Slot Heights (in): 5, 7, 9, 12

Buckle Strap Depth (in): 3.5, 5.5

Check out the preview at Rated By Mom.  Stay tuned for our full review!

Recaro ProSport Review

The Recaro ProSport Combination Harness To Booster seat is the new combination seat from Recaro, essentially replacing the YoungSport.  It offers increased weight ratings over the previous model, from 20 to 90 pounds in harness mode and 30 to 120 pounds in booster mode.  It also is a little roomier overall and adds a nice, no-rethread harness height adjustment system.  It accommodates kids from 27 to 50 inches in harness mode and 37 to 59 inches tall in booster mode.  New for 2011 are “luxury” fashions, Envy and Hanna (named after its designer, Hanna Cushing).

Recaro touts its key features such as Side Impact Protection (it passes the European standards, since there is no USA standard).  In addition, there are EasyGuide, color-coded belt paths, the EasyAdjust 5-point harness system, the ErgoShell structure for comfort, a SoftTouch seat cushion insert and EPS foam throughout.  I’ll add to that list with some things I like.

Monday Giveaway Sponsored By Kids-N-Cribs.com!

Thanks to our sponsor, Kids-N-Cribs.com, we have the luxury of giving away the new and innovative Kidsline Baby Chef Ultimate Baby Food Center

The Baby Chef baby food prep center from Kidsline saves time because its unique controls allow you to both steam and blend foods in multiple batches at the same time. And its dedicated heat controls means it can be used as a food and feeding bottle warmer. The generous-sized blending and chopping jar comes with a convenient storage lid so it’s ready for the refrigerator or on-the-go meals. Cord Storage, accessories drawer, space-saving spatula, tongs, measuring cup, and steaming cup included. BPA-free.

Features

  • All-in-1 Machine: It Steams, Chops, Blends, Purees, Defrosts, Warms – even accommodates baby bottles!
  • Side-by-Side Meal Prep: Steam & Blend at the Same Time!
  • BPA-free with “Same Time” Dual Function Controls
  • Space-Saving Side Drawer with Tongs, Spatula, & Lid Included
  • Measuring Cup & Bottom Cord Storage Included

Check out the youtube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wvbfsr0Na3Q

There are 2 ways to enter the giveaway:

  1. Commenting on this blog post
  2. Clicking the LIKE button on the Baby Chef Ultimate Food Center on the Kids N Cribs website!

 

It will be shipped directly to the winner from Kids-N-Cribs (shipping is free in the 48 contiguous United States, but a charge will apply anywhere else they can ship).  

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or sponsor giveaway at CarseatBlog.com (our own giveaways of bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned).  Blog writers and editors are also not eligible.  Eligibility outside of the USA will depend on where Kids-N-Cribs.com is able to ship this product.   A random winner will be chosen by Kids N Cribs or their designee one week from today (May 2).  Contest rules may be changed without prior notice.  Any disputes will be resolved by CarseatBlog at their sole discretion.

Matt and the Bubble Gum, er Bum

My wife, currently Heather, has been suggesting that I write something for CarseatBlog.com.  Were the suggestions more frequent or insistent, I would refer to it as nagging, but to her credit it has not yet risen to that level of annoyance.  In an attempt to nip that in the bud, the following is an irrelevant blog entry for your reading displeasure.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Review: Kids, Carseats and Safety

When I graduated from college, it was also a time where tech jobs were not easy to find.  We were sending tons of them overseas, prompting something of a “Buy American” phase.  I bought American, in the form of a 1991 Saturn SL2 sedan.  It was the first competitive small car from the big three in a long time, in my opinion, and arguably even the last one, until recently.  Since then, imports like Civic, Corolla, 323 and Jetta have set the trend in compact sedans.  Sub-compacts were similarly dominated by European and Japanese auto makers.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much besides fuel economy and safety when Chevrolet provided a 2011 Cruze Eco sedan.  Suffice to say, my expectations were exceeded.  The Cruze is a very competent compact car overall; one very worthy of consideration for a small family looking for a smaller and more affordable new car.

I can’t say it was particularly fun to drive, had stellar performance or turned heads as I was driving around suburbia.  As a compact sedan it is stylish, but is not pretentious in any way.  I recently rented a Chrysler minivan for a road trip and thought to myself that it looked and felt like something from 1990, rather than 2010.  Even my wife had the same impression.  I can say, however, that the Cruze did not give me that dated impression at all. I can also say that unlike some previous generation small sedans, it looks classy, drives well and has the appearance and feel of greatly improved quality, both inside and out.   In fact, it seems quite on par in almost every regard with current offerings from the competition, rather than seeming like it was a generation or two behind the times (like the Chevy Cobalt and Cavalier that preceded it).  Even the fabric covered dash was a unique touch that was well done, as was the handy lift-up storage area that I used for my wallet and phone.