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Monthly Archive:: September 2011

ABC Expo 2011: What’s new from Diono

This year Diono didn’t have a booth at ABC since they weren’t sure if they would have their new products in time for the show. Luckily, they did manage to have some products ready and they wound up in a big meeting room at the convention center.  We popped in to say hi and check out what was new and updated.  Unfortunately, the highly anticipated recline angle adjuster for their convertible seats didn’t make it to the show so we have nothing new to report on that accessory at this time.  But as soon as we have ANY news to share – we will post it (probably on our carseatblog facebook page). 

New Diono Radian models are shipping this week!  That means good deals can be found on existing stock of Radian models.

The new 3-in-1 models (RXT, R120 & R100) offer 2″ more interior room but have the same external dimentions as the original Radian models.  New models will also have darker grey shells & darker red belt guides.  LATCH is recommended in booster mode!  There is a standing height limit of 44″ listed for the rear-facing position (language in manual says 1.5″ of shell above head OR 44″ tall) *BUT* Diono has confirmed for us, in writing, that you can continue to use the seat RF if your kid exceeds 44″ tall but still has more than 1.5″ of shell above his/her head. This is great news and we’re really happy they took this stance.  I’m not sure how many kids taller than 44″ still fit RF with more than 1.5″ of shell over their head, but either way we’d like to hear comments from you on this issue.      

   

   

   

New Monterey booster with different shoulder belt guide placement. The updated placement of the belt guide should help the seat fit better on kids with narrow shoulders.  

   

Belt guide for booster mode on R100 & R120:

ABC Expo 2011: What’s New from Evenflo

It seems that everyone is stepping up their game and Evenflo is no exception!  There are several exciting, new and improved CRs from Evenflo that are either hitting the shelves now or coming soon.

First up – the highly anticipated Securekid 300 & Securekid 400 based on the Maestro platform. These new combination seats offer a higher weight limit on the 5-pt harness, an adjustable head support, deeper side wings and premium LATCH connectors.  These are going to be very popular seats – I guarantee it! 

Securekid 300:  20-65 lbs with harness, 30-100 lbs HBB, has premium push-on lower LATCH connectors and deep headwings with EPP foam, SI tested to Aussie standard, shipping December, $129

     

Securekid 400:  20-65 lbs with harness, 30-100 lbs HBB, has SureLATCH self-ratcheting lower LATCH connectors and deep headwings with e3 triple-layer foam for enhanced SIP, SI tested to Aussie standard, shipping December, $159

     

SecureKid 300 compared to Maestro:

   

New SecureRide 35 e3:  infinite slide harness, e3 triple-layer foam SIP, SureLATCH self-ratcheting lower LATCH connectors, shipping Dec, $179

New Embrace 35 infant seat:  4-35 lbs, fits preemie doll really well, anti-rebound handle position, under $100, shipping now 

   

New Big Kid Amp patterns:

   

New “Loudmouth” fashions:

   

Symphony 65 e3:  I <3 this seat!

More info on Dorel’s new rear-facing recline range for convertibles

We broke the news on facebook & twitter this past Monday that Dorel has new labels for their convertible seats which will allow children who weigh more than 22 lbs and who can also sit upright unassissted to be more upright in the rear-facing position. The new labels have two “level to ground” lines and the bigger RF kids can be anywhere in between the two lines which are set at 45 degrees and 30 degrees (measured from vertical).   The new labels will start to showing up on Dorel convertible seats by next month so keep your eyes peeled for them!

We asked Dorel for clarification regarding which convertibles would and would not get the new sticker labels. This is the response we received:

  

By April of 2012, our goal is to have the new double level line on all of our convertible seats.  Most of the seats will be changed over before the end of the year, including the Alpha Elite 65 and Complete Air 65.  The only convertible that will not get the double line is the Maxi Cosi Pria 70.  Since that particular seat uses the Tiny Fit System and already provides an upright position of the main seat, it will not get the new double line treatment. 

We already knew that the new Cosco Apt (Scenera with intergrated cup holders – see Dorel ABC blog for pics) was going to have the dual level lines.  And apparently the Scenera will too – at least eventually.  Oh, happy day!  :)

ABC Expo 2011: What’s New from Britax

No new Britax CRs at this time but some new fashions for existing convertible seats. There were also some new accessory products including a wheeled travel bag for $69.99.  B-Safe infant seat has received a fix for falling recline foot issue and a smaller chest clip and there will be minor improvements to make the lockoff system more user friendly.

Britax infant seats. Check out our reviews of the Chaperone & B-Safe.

 

Britax Marathon 70. See our full review of the MA70 here.

         

Britax Boulevard 70 & Boulevard 70 CS. See our BV70 CS review here.

         

Britax Advocate 70. See our review of the Adv70 here.

   

Britax Roundabout 55. See our review of the RA55 here.

     

Britax Frontier 85 & Frontier 85 SICT. See our reviews of the FR85 and the FR85 SICT.

Britax Parkway SGL Booster. See our PWSGL review here.

New Britax Accessories:

         

ABC Expo 2011: What’s New from Graco

Lots of great new and updated products coming soon from Graco!  They also had an awesome spread at their booth with a mac ‘n cheese bar, cookie bar, wine and ice cold beer!  Did I mention ice cold beer?  I decided it was 5 pm somewhere and had to have one (…or two).  Darren promtly followed my lead.  Then we asked the bartender to take our picture.  Heather was the designated blogger so she did the responsible thing and passed on the adult beverages. ;)    

In real news, there’s a change to the popular SnugRide 35 infant seat. A lower body insert cushion has been added and the seat now has a 4 lb minimum weight rating. The unique insert raises a smaller baby up to the lowest bottom harness slots and a portion of the insert goes under the crotch strap which really helps to position the buckle in a more appropriate position.  Heather tried her preemie doll in it (yes, she carries her own) and the fit was pretty darn good. We were impressed!  This new model will start shipping next month (October).   

     

 

Other Graco highlights:

New My Ride 65 featuring Safety Surround Side Impact Protection system , 4-40 lbs RF or by height using 1″ rule, 20-65 lbs FF or by height at 50″, adjustable head restraint designed with Safety Surround for infants-small toddlers (optional but if you remove it, you lose the enhanced SIP),  attaches through the harness slots when the child is shorter, Safety Surround is also built into the sides of the seat near the top of the shell for the taller kids, seat tested to draft Euro SI standards, available early November 2011 at BRU, $179

   

 

New Highback Turbo booster with Safety Surround
Also tested to draft Euro SI standards, $69, shipping 1st qtr 2012

   

 

New Fashions for Smart Seat All-in-One:  Jemma & Rosin now available thru Amazon.  See our full review of the Graco Smart Seat here!

 

 

New My Size 65 (Prototype model)
4-40 lbs RF, 20-65 lbs FF, adjustable 8 position headrest, no-rethread harness, 17.5″ top harness height, single recline position for RF. Separate LATCH strap for each belt path just like the MyRide. Cool, new “In Right” lower LATCH connectors on both RF & FF LATCH straps. Production begins in February, 2nd qtr 2012 release.

                         

 

New Classic Ride
An updated ComfortSport using the existing shell (will not replace CS), 4-40 lbs RF, to 50 lbs FF, added inserts

 

Argos & Argos Elite (based on Nautilus platform)
Elite version has lockoff and width-adjustable head support, no rethread harness, 20-70 lbs with  harness, 30-100 lbs HBB, 40-120 LBB.  MSRP $199, Elite $219

     

 

New Aprica “Moto” Travel System with “A30″ infant carseat - No pics. Looks like a Snugride 30. Not sure if there are any differences besides cover and branding. Will confirm and follow-up.

Canadian news on the My Ride: they’re in the final stages of testing. Soon!