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Monthly Archive:: February 2012

Carseat Click Tip

Do you have an infant seat that you’re pulling out of storage for another child? If so, flip the bucket over and check out the harness. Some infant seats (and convertibles too!) have 2 harness lengths from which to choose—a newborn setting and a setting for larger infants/toddlers. If you’re like me, as soon as your child is done with the seat, you promptly stick it in the closet and forget about it without adjusting the straps; but, that means that that when you’re ready to use it again for a newborn, it’s set up for a larger child.

The following picture is from a Graco SnugRide manual (but it’s generic enough to work for other carseats) and it shows the 2 different loops where you can attach the harness to the metal splitter plate on the bottom of the carseat. Working on one side at a time, take the harness off the splitter plate and reattach it using the inside loop to shorten the harness. If you have one of the SnugRide models with a higher harness weight (this doesn’t apply to the SR with a 22 lbs. weight limit), you’ll also be able to adjust the harness length at where the leg straps are attached at the back of the seat. Doing this will mean you’ll be able to tighten the harness properly on a noob.

News: Consumer Reports expresses safety concern over certain Cosco HBB with harness models

This is NOT a recall (at least not at the moment) but we thought our readers would be interested in these findings based on crash testing conducted on behalf of Consumer Reports.  To be clear, their concerns are only related to the use of the Cosco Highback Toddler/Booster seat in harnessed mode. Consumer Reports notes that they witnessed no issues with this same seat in booster mode.  Here at CarseatBlog we have our own issues with this particular seat when used in booster mode – but our concerns are solely related to proper belt fit.

For the full story, please see:  Consumer Reports recommends replacing older Cosco Highback child car seats

And:  The Cosco Highback car seat: How we tested and what we found

Personally, I’m struggling with this one comment:  “Even with the cracking we observed, we believe the car seat would meet federal safety standards.”  I want to say, “Really”???  Grrr…  I’m both annoyed and disappointed at that possibility.

So, what do our savvy and educated blog readers think?  We know you have an opinion!

 

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP Convertible Seat Unboxing

Here’s the unboxing of the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP convertible carseat we introduced last October at the ABC Show. In the video you may hear me say that the forward-facing weight limit is 20-70 lbs. Man, my video editor did a number on my voice because I actually said 22-70 lbs. in no uncertain terms. Indeed the ff weight limit is 22-70 lbs., not 20-70 lbs. like my video editor inserted. ‘Cause I never make mistakes. Nope, never.

Rear-facing weight limits: 5-45 lbs.
Forward-facing weight limits: 22-70 lbs.

 

Evenflo Secure Kid Review – the new lightweight champion of combination seats?

Evenflo’s newest addition to their child restraint lineup is the much-anticipated Secure Kid 300 (LX) and Secure Kid 400 (DLX) combination harness/booster seats.  Here at CarseatBlog, we know it’s our job to give you the kind of thorough, professional, parent-perspective reviews that you’re just not going to find anywhere else on the Net.  And we take that responsibility seriously, so here it goes…. First, let’s clarify the differences between the 300 and 400 models:

  • Secure Kid 400 (DLX):  This is the premium model with Evenflo’s patented, self-ratcheting SureLATCH lower LATCH connectors and their “e3″ side impact protection technology which utilizes 3 different types of energy-absorbing foam in the headwings to minimize crash forces.
  • Secure Kid 300 (LX):  This model offers nice, push-on lower LATCH connectors (Evenflo calls them “Quick Connectors”) and EPP energy-absorbing foam lining the headwings. This is NOT a low end, stripped-down model by any means.  And the price point is about $20 less than the 400 model.
  • “Platinum” Secure Kid DLX: This model is a BRU exclusive. It offers all of the features of the 400/DLX model plus buckle pockets and OUTLAST performance fabric. We have a separate review of the Platinum SecureKid DLX model here.

The sample used for this review is the Secure Kid 300 in the “Loy” pattern.  This padded cover has solid black fabric with gray mesh accents and yellow piping.  The black poly fabric has a smooth feel to it and should, hopefully, hold up well over time.  It’s definitely a gender-neutral pattern that should appeal to most grownups and look good in most vehicles. If you know me, you know I’m a fan of fun, colorful and kid-appealing.  This falls a little short on those counts but the integrated dual cupholders are bound to be a hit with almost any kid so that makes up for the basic, neutral fabric in my opinion.

Upcoming Midsize 3-row SUVs from the Chicago Auto Show

 

We’ve reviewed a number of 3-row crossover SUVs in the last year or so.  Coming soon we will also be reviewing the Mazda CX-9 and, hopefully, the Ford Explorer with inflatable seatbelts as well as the Dodge Durango.  Those models are already on showroom floors, but there are a couple more that should appear later in 2012.  The refreshed 2013 Ford Flex and the all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.

The Flex gets some new styling, new power rear seating options and an active collision avoidance system in top trim levels.

 

The Pathfinder switches from a truck-based chassis to a unibody crossover SUV.  It touts more interior space than its predecessor and a tilt-forward second row seat that allows access to the third row without uninstalling a child safety seat.

We hope to review both of these new models later this year!

In other news, the GMC Acadia Denali gets a refresh this fall for 2013.  Said to be included is a front seat middle airbag that deploys between the driver and front seat passenger.

 

Finally, according to Ford reps at the auto show, the 3-row Ford C-Max Grand will not be coming to the USA in the near future.  Instead, I was told that only the 5-passenger C-Max Energi hybrid line will debut this fall.  Sad news for those looking for an alternative to the fuel-efficient Mazda5.  Also, in minivan news, it sounds like there will not be a new Kia Sedona for 2013 as some had expected.  All the other minivans are recently refreshed or re-designed, so don’t expect much on the minivan front for 2013!