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Monthly Archive:: April 2011

The Kiddy World Plus & Kiddy Cruiser Fix Booster Preview ~ let the drooling commence!

This video from Lifesavers Phoenix covers most of the important features and specs of these two new-to-us, Kiddy Child Restraints.  Keep in mind, both of these seats were prototypes so changes should be expected before the final products reach store shelves.  Heather was camerawoman extraordinaire and, as usual, I played the part of “the mouth” of CarseatBlog.com!  Disregard the racket in the background - it was the end of day 2 and everyone was literally breaking down camp around us!    

I am copying and pasting info from Heather’s Lifesavers Manufacturers Update blog and adding a few extra notes: 

Kiddy is a well-known German CR Manufacturer with several German award-winning CR models. They are known for their emphasis on and utilization of energy-absorbing impact shield technology.  The Kiddy World Plus combination seat & Kiddy Cruiser Fix Pro booster will be the first Kiddy CRs available in the US. 

The Kiddy World Plus is expected to be available in June. MSRP will be approx $269.  Features include:

 

The Kiddy Cruiser Fix Pro is expected to be available in May. MSRP should be under $250 but they didn’t have an exact price point to give us yet. Features include:

  • honeycomb in head and shoulder area
  • shock absorber technology in area of lap belt guide
  • Rated up to 110 lbs
  • Several unique features (check out the video – we don’t want to spoil the surprises!) 

 

After watching the video back, I realized that I was off in my projections of height and depth measurements.  Forgive me – we had taken measurements earlier and I wasn’t spot-on in my recollection of the actual numbers. 

Kiddy World Plus (KWP):

  • top height in booster mode (measured to bottom of belt guide) 22.5″  
  • Seat depth (leg support) 15.25″

Kiddy Cruiser Fix Pro (KCFP):

  • top height in booster mode (measured to bottom of belt guide) 20.5″  
  • Seat depth (leg support) – 3 positions. Range from 13.75″ – 16.5″ fully extended

Lifesavers 2011 Manufacturers’ Update

Heather and Kecia attended the pre-conference manufacturers’ session just to get the scoop on the new products just for YOU! So read on to see what’s coming out now and in the near future!

Kiddy

The Kiddy World Plus available in June. Features include:

  • 20-40 lbs. with energy absorbing shield
  • up to 100 lbs. without shield used as a belt positioning booster

 The Cruiser Fix available in May. Features include:

  • honeycomb in head and shoulder area

Kecia will have more, including measurements, in an upcoming blog, including a video showcasing both boosters! I know, I’m such a tease ;).



Summer Prodigy Infant

  • available in summer
  • 4-32 lbs.
  • Smart Screen technology screen
  • SafeGuard 1-Adjust harness adjust
  • $179 infant seat with base, $89 extra base, $329 travel system, $169 stroller only

You read Jennie’s thoughts on the new infant seat and saw how it installs, so here are some pictures.

          



Combi

Shuttle

  • 2011 model will be from birth-35 lbs.
    • base or baseless installs from birth-22 lbs., but must use base from 23-35 lbs.

 Navette

  • baseless Shuttle to 22 lbs. (institutional seat)

 Coccoro

  • 2011 models have SafeGuard push-on LATCH miniconnectors with green “on” indicators (see Jennie’s Summer Prodigy LATCH install video–they will be using the same miniconnectors)
  • 3-33 lbs. rf
  • rf tethering is retroactive to all Coccoros, so you can start rf tethering RIGHT NOW
  • comes with dual anti-skid tape attached to seat rails on the bottom
  • coming out with new delicious colors, but Vera didn’t know what colors yet

 Kobuk bpb

  • 33-125 lbs.
  • designed with air vents since kids were complaining of being hot

 Combi has a no inflatable airbag seatbelt policy with its carseats; includes new Ford airbag seat belts as well as aviation airbag seatbelts.



The First Years

Via 35 (I470)

  • 5-35 lbs., can use baseless to 22 lbs.
  • handle is used as an anti-rebound bar: rotate forward and lock in position toward feet
  • it’ll be released in Canada FIRST before the US (look for it in Zellers, then BRU)

Unite Belted Booster (BB830)

  • 20-65 lbs. with harness, 30-100 lbs. as bpb
  • combination seat!
  • 2 position recline
  • 18.5″ top slots, 12.5″ bottom slots
  • 19.5″ shoulder belt guides
  • 6″ and 7.25″ crotch strap positions
  • removable cupholders that can be put in dishwasher
  • late August/early September

       



Orbit Baby

Orbit Infant G2

  • has been certified to 30 lbs. retroactively
  • is sending stickers out to all registered G2 owners or owners can request stickers

Toddler Car Seat

 


Cybex

Aton (pronounced ātahn)

  • 4-32 lbs.
  • will be in major BRU stores in early April and specialty stores soon
  • EPS foam and an EPS foam inlay for newborns used to 11 lbs. for proper fit
  • separate fabric infant insert used to 22 lbs.
  • 3 harness slots
  • 4 adjustment levels on base
  • handle must be UP in vehicle for rebound and rotation management
  • $199 fabric, $219 suede, $99 extra base

 Remember to read Jennie’s blog on this new infant seat shipping now.

Solution X-fix bpb

  • can find it for $99 as a promotion to get the Cybex name on the market in preparation for the Aton launch

Cybex has a no inflatable airbag seatbelt policy with its carseats; includes new Ford airbag seat belts as well as aviation airbag seatbelts.

A ton of Cybex Aton info

Cybex ATON infant seat

I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of infant seats. I understand why people like them, but they’re just not for me. That’s why I was surprised to find myself wowed by the new Cybex Aton infant seat–to the point that I just might get one for my upcoming baby.

Heather and Anne/ketchupqueen have previously reported on the Aton (here and here), but my report comes to you complete with moderate-quality video!

The seat, which was due to hit the Cybex warehouse this week, accommodates children from 4-32 pounds and 30 inches. It features three handle positions, though the handle must be up in the car. The angle indicator will allow for a more upright installation for an older/heavier child.

Car-Seat.Org 10th Anniversary Giveaway: Day 2!

Today’s installment of 10 days of giveaways for our 10th Anniversary is a tribute to the new American Academy of Pediatrics policy on rear-facing!  Thanks to our generous sponsor, Graco Children’s Products, we are giving away a Graco My Ride 65.  Heather reviewed the MR65 and so did I.  It’s a great seat for extended rear-facing.

To enter, you must leave a comment! The contest will close one week from today, on or around April 9th.  The winner will be selected by a representative of Graco Children’s Products (or their designee) and will be announced on or around April 10th, the 10th anniversary of Car-Seat.Org forums!

Eligibility:

One entry per household/email/IP address, please.

Past and present Car-Seat.Org volunteer staff not eligible, sorry!

You must provide a shipping address in the continental USA (Alaska and Hawaii will require a shipping charge).

Rules:

Any disputes will be resolved solely by Car-Seat.Org, who will make any necessary judgment required. In the event a prize winner has not submitted valid shipping information within 30 days of being named the winner on this thread, Graco and/or Car-Seat.Org will select a new winner. Car-Seat.Org reserves the right to modify the rules or eligibility without prior notice.

Please stay with us through our 10 Days of Giveaways for our 10th anniversary through April 10th! The giveaways may be announced anywhere on our websites: forum, blog or social media!  Be sure to check out our forums for our monthly giveaway for April, including a Graco Nautilus!

* These items must be shipped to an address in the USA, shipping charges may apply to Alaska or Hawaii

They Survived

You probably know ketchupqueen as a frequent commenter to CarseatBlog and she has even contributed an article or two for us. If you visit Car-Seat.org, you know her sage advice given as a Child Passenger Safety Technician and her community spirit. I’ve “known” her for years in cyberspace and even had a chance to meet her and her family last summer briefly (oh so briefly, lol!) inside a very dark rental car in a parking garage. (Hmm, that sounds bad, but I was just giving her a hand installing carseats—really!)

This is ketchupqueen’s family’s story of survival following a horrific rollover crash. As a tech, Anne knew how to protect her family and make sure they were safe, plus she had a little “inside” information that most “average” parents don’t have. As you read through our interview with her, you’ll see how this inside information helped keep her kids safe. This crash, while not sensational enough to make the news in Phoenix, has garnered the attention of the Special Crash Investigations (SCI) unit at NHTSA. SCI collects data from unique crashes and that data aids in designing safer vehicles.