Monthly Archive:: October 2011

Peg Perego retracts stated 35″ rear-facing height limit on Primo Viaggio SIP Convertible

We received the following email from Peg Perego yesterday. We were hoping for some clarification before we posted but the day came and went without a response so we’re putting the info out there and we’ll update as soon as we have anything more to share on the subject.  

We would like to inform you that after further evaluation and testing, we have determined the 35 inch height limitation to be no longer necessary for the Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible in rear facing mode. The following guidelines should be used for rear facing mode:
1)      Use rear facing with children who weigh between 5 and 45 pounds
2)      Use rear facing if head is at least one inch below headrest edge
3)      Use rear facing when the shoulder straps are located at or below shoulder level


If you saw our extensive preview of the Primo Viaggio Convertible from the ABC Expo, you know that we were impressed by the quality and features of this new seat but were very disappointed with the 35″ stated height limit which was clearly printed on the sticker label and in the manual.  We did provide specific feedback on the product at the Expo and we’re thrilled that they listened and made some changes before the seat went to final production!  

However, it’s still unclear as to what the maximum height headrest position is going to be in rear-facing mode – which is ultimately going to determine how long this seat will last kids before they outgrow it by height using the 1″ rule.  The headrest, which extends considerably beyond the shell on its tallest setting (see pics in ABC blog), did not seem to be substantially reinforced which makes me question how far above the shell they’re going to be willing to allow.  Fingers crossed that it’s a reasonable height setting that will make this a competitive model in the current convertible market.   I just don’t want anyone to get their hopes up that this is going to be great extended rear-facing seat until we get clarification from Peg on the max height setting. 

Stay tuned – we promise to update when we have more info!

Safety 1st Boost Air Protect Giveaway: An IIHS Best Bet Highback Booster

Thanks to our generous sponsor, Safety 1st, we are giving away one Boost Air Protect in the Newsboy (ATK) fabric.  While we don’t have a review of the Boost Air yet, it is another model that scored a “Best Bet” in the new IIHS Booster testing.  Shipping is to the USA and Canada only.

There are three ways to enter!

  1. Leave a comment here at CarseatBlog in reply to this post (only 1 entry per household)
  2. LIKE the CarseatBlog Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on our Safety 1st Boost Air giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household) —
  3. Send a friend to LIKE the CarseatBlog Facebook Page.  Have them leave a comment on the giveaway post and tag you  ( @jansmith sent me ), then they get an entry and you get an extra entry (unlimited additional entries)!

Now for the fine print:

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.  Also, please note that you may enter and be eligible for any of our other giveaways running at the same time as this one!  Only one blog entry and one “LIKE” entry per household/family, please.  If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.  The contest will close on October 31st and a random winner will be chosen soon after by Safety 1st (or their designee), from all eligible entries made in one of the methods above.  Winner may be contacted via email address from the one left in your comment or via Facebook message.  Shipping information will be shared with Safety 1st or their representative(s). 

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above.  We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules if necessary.  If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 30 days, a new winner will be selected.  Good luck!

Please note: Your comment may not appear immediately if it is your first comment at CarseatBlog, if you are using a different computer/device or if you are using a new email address.  It will not be lost; it may just take a few hours for it to be approved.  Thank you for your understanding an patience as this is the only way we have to reduce comment spam. 

You’ve Been Boo’d

This article is a few years old but it’s always one of most popular blogs this time of year so we’re running it again for those who may not be familiar with this hilarious seasonal activity!    

“Boo’ing” has become a Halloween tradition in my neighborhood and the kids have so much fun with it each year.  My oldest has been Boo’ing friends for many years but this was the first year that my youngest, who’s 4 now, was able to join in the Boo’ing festivities.  He had a blast but his giggling almost got us busted last night! 

If you’re not already familiar with the game, let me explain how it works and what you need to get started.

IIHS Best Bet Booster Bonanza: Win a Chicco Keyfit Strada!

By now you’ve probably seen our coverage of the latest round of booster seat ratings from the IIHS.  Perhaps you are wondering how to get one of those top-rated Best Bets into your car?  Wonder no more, here is your chance to win a Chicco Keyfit Strada Booster in the Pearl fashion, courtesy of our sponsor, Kids-N-Cribs.com.

There are three ways to enter!

  1. Leave a comment here at CarseatBlog in reply to this post ( only 1 entry here )
  2. LIKE Kids N Cribs Facebook and comment on our post there ( only 1 entry here ) — http://www.facebook.com/kidsncribs
  3. Send a friend to LIKE the Kids-N-Cribs Facebook Page.  Have them leave a comment on the giveaway post and tag you ( @jansmith sent me ), then you get an extra entry (unlimited additional entries)!


The Keyfit Strada 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.   If you leave more than one comment here or on the Kids-N-Cribs Facebook page, only the first one will count.  A random winner will be chosen by Kids-N-Cribs or their designee on or around October 31st, 2011 from all combined entries.  The winner will be announced on or around November 1st, 2011.  Winner will be posted in reply to this blog and at the Kids-N-Cribs facebook thread and may be contacted by email or via Facebook message.  Contest rules may be changed without prior notice.  Any disputes will be resolved by CarseatBlog at their sole discretion.

Stay tuned for more Best Bet Booster giveaways here, at Facebook and at www.Car-Seat.Org!

The Safest Way to Boost ‘Em? Newest IIHS Ratings for Booster Seat Safety!

You will see it all over the news today and tomorrow.  It will be on national morning shows, local news broadcasts, in newspapers and online.  There will be a lot of good information, but there will also be the usual misinformation.  Is your child safe just because you bought a 2011 IIHS “Best Bet” booster?  Should you panic if you have one that is “Not Recommended”?  Does that mean it is dangerous or unsafe?  Of course, you came to CarseatBlog for the in-depth, expert analysis, right?  As always, we have some answers and commentary, too. :-)

Before we get to the ratings, consider that most safety advocates suggest that kids be at least 4 years old before moving from a 5-point harness to a booster.  Even at age 4 or 5, some kids will not be mature enough to remain seated properly in a booster.  Squirming, slouching, continually leaning out of position or putting the shoulder belt behind their back or arm are all indicators that they may not be ready to handle the freedom of a booster seat.  Thankfully, there are many 5-point harnessed seats on the market which are rated to 65 lbs or more and can accommodate bigger kids who still lack the maturity needed to be adequately protected in a booster seat.

The Amercian Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following:

  • All infants and toddlersshould ride in a rear-facing car safetyseat (CSS) until theyare 2 years of age or until they reachthe highest weight orheight allowed by the manufacturer oftheir CSS.
  • All children2 years or older, or those younger than 2 yearswho have outgrownthe rear-facing weight or height limit fortheir CSS, shoulduse a forward-facing CSS with a harness foras long as possible,up to the highest weight or height allowedby the manufacturerof their CSS.
  • All children whose weight or height is abovethe forward-facinglimit for their CSS should use a belt-positioningbooster seatuntil the vehicle lap-and-shoulder seat belt fitsproperly,typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches inheight andare between 8 and 12 years of age.
  • When childrenare old enough and large enough to use the vehicleseat beltalone, they should always use lap-and-shoulder seatbelts foroptimal protection.
  • All children younger than 13 years shouldbe restrained in therear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.

Boosters are recommended until at least age 8, though most kids will need to use one until they are 4’9″ tall (57″) and can pass the 5-step Test in each vehicle where they ride.  I have three kids, including a 13-year old and an 11-year old who are tall enough to be out of a booster in most vehicles, but somehow still squirm out of their shoulder belt frequently, usually in order to poke or kick each other!   They ride in a seatbelt, but for younger kids, a forward-facing carseat with a 5-point harness remains the safest choice until a child can sit correctly in a booster for the duration of a trip.  For example, my 6-year old rides in a 5-point harness or a booster, depending on the vehicle and what I have installed at the moment.  Here is a video of him in a few “Best Bet” boosters: a BubbleBum, a Clek Oobr and a Britax Frontier 85 SICT.

Finally, many parents want to know if a backless booster is really safe.  Other parents want to know if it is really necessary to spend the extra money on a high-back booster.