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Monthly Archive:: November 2012

ABC Kids Expo 2012: What’s New from Britax, Cybex & Evenflo

Britax:

Not much that was new or news (that we were allowed to preview)

  • New BOB branded B-Safe infant seat
  • A couple of new fashions

          

 

Cybex:

Current Aton fashions

 

Aton2 available [hopefully] by 2nd qtr 2013! Woot!

  • JPMA innovation award winner
  • Height-adjustable load leg; increases stability and improves crash protection
  • L.S.P. System (Linear side-impact Protection)
  • Will be in addition to regular Aton, not a replacement
  • Aton $249, Aton2 $299
  • 2013 colors Heavenly Blue, Violet Spring, Classic Black, Red Poppy and others

  

Combi Coccoro *Giveaway* – Week 2 of CarseatBlog’s Holiday Giveaway Bonanza!

For week 2 of our Holiday Giveaway Bonanza, we’ve partnered with our generous friends at Combi USA to offer a delightful Coccoro convertible seat! We have reviews of the Coccoro here and here and it’s on our list of Recommended Seats!  The Coccoro is cute, compact & lightweight. Plus, it fits newborns exceptionally well. Winner will have their choice of available Coccoro fashions.

This contest is now closed and a winner will be announced soon. Thanks for participating! 

There are three (3) ways to enter to win this adorable convertible!

 

  1. Leave a comment below (only 1 entry per household).
  2. LIKE the CarseatBlog Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on our Coccoro giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).
  3. LIKE the Combi USA Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on the CarseatBlog & Coccoro giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).

 

The winner must have a US mailing address (Alaska & Hawaii included).

Now for the fine print:

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsor giveaway at CarseatBlog.com during 2011 or 2012 (our own giveaways of bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned).  Blog writers and editors are also not eligible.  Only one entry per household/family, please.  If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.

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.

The contest will close on Sunday night, 12/2 and a random winner will be chosen on Monday, 12/3. 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:  If this is your first comment at CarseatBlog, or if you are using a different computer/device or a new email address, your comment may not appear immediately.  It will not be lost; it may just take a few hours for it to be approved.  Thank you for your understanding and patience as this is the only way we have to reduce comment spam.

        

Maxi-Cosi Prezi Unboxing

I know you’ve all been waiting for my very special unboxing of the Maxi-Cosi Prezi! It’s my best video to date. I’d fire my new camera-person, but I probably shouldn’t admit to hiring her in the first place due to child labor laws. Besides, she did it for free and you get what you pay for. Just keep in mind that the quality of the video isn’t any indication of the quality of the carseat!

ABC Kids Expo 2012: What’s new from Chicco, Combi & Recaro

We already reported some of the highlights from the ABC show in our previous blogs but here is our full scoop:

Chicco – the big news is their NextFit convertible which will [hopefully] be available by early summer 2013.

                

NextFit Specs & Features:

  • 5-40 lbs RF; 22-65 lbs FF
  • Overall max height of 50″
  • Rear-facing height limit: 1″ rule
  • 17.5″ top harness height
  • 25-26″ seated height
  • 2 position chest clip: wider for forward-facing, more narrow setting for rear-facing
  • Harness straps widen automatically as harness height is raised
  • 9 recline angles & dual recline angle indicators (for both RF and FF position)
  • SuperCinch LATCH tightening system (force multiplying system)
  • Bottom infant insert cushion should be removed at 11 lbs
  • Lockoffs: for both RF & FF; use lockoff opposite buckle side; don’t switch retractor if using lockoff but doing so won’t be considered misuse either
  • Latch: open belt doors to remove LATCH attachments; move LATCH belt into desired belt path then close doors
  • Product weighs approx 25 lbs
  • Expected availability in U.S. – June 2013
  • $279.99
  • Will go to Canada but not right away

We messed up our first NextFit video when we failed to attach both LATCH connectors before pulling on the SuperCinch tabs. Ooops! So here’s a redo, showing the correct way to attach and use the SuperCinch feature on the NextFit.

 

 

New Chicco fashions:

  

 

Combi

  • Working on Coccoro adapter for Catalyst stroller; expected availability 2nd qtr; no pricing yet
  • Red Coccoro! (Not a sure thing so don’t hold your breath)

 

 

 

MGT-1 (prototype name)

  • 5-65 lbs
  • Egg crate foam & EPS
  • Potentially available 4th qtr 2013
  • $399.99?

          

 

Recaro

HERO (Headrest Optimization System) technology will be incorporated into new Recaro CR models with an integral belt system

Working on 5-35 lbs infant seat
Will hopefully be ready by next ABC show

Performance Series

  • New convertible line 5-40 lbs rear-facing; 20-70 forward-facing up to 50″
  • Harness pads are removable; 12″ long
  • Harness slots will be wide enough so pads will slide through them (to shorten pad length on smaller child)
  • Rear-facing belt guide (faux lockoff) on previous convertibles has been removed

      

 

ProSport combination seat – now allows lower anchor attachments to be used in BPB mode

 

NEW ProBooster Performance Series (prototype)

  • 15″ depth
  • 12″ wide at armrests
  • Non-adjustable lower LATCH attachments
  • Didn’t measure height but should be as tall as current ProBooster model

    

Vivo booster fashions

 

Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro *Giveaway* – Week 1 of CarseatBlog’s Holiday Giveaway Bonanza!

The Holiday Season has arrived and here at CarseatBlog we’re raising our glasses and toasting our smart, savvy, fabulous readers and dedicated forum members! Since we know that praise and appreciation are nice but awesome giveaways are even nicer, we’re starting this party off right…

For the 1st week of our Holiday Giveaway Bonanza, we’ve partnered with our generous friends at Kiddy USA to offer an IIHS “Best Bet” rated Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro booster seat in the Phantom fashion! We have a full review of the innovative Cruiserfix Pro here and it’s on our list of Recommended Seats for good reason!

This contest is now closed and a winner will be announced soon. Thanks for participating! 

There are three (3) ways to enter to win this awesome booster seat!

  1. Leave a comment below (only 1 entry per household).
  2. LIKE the CarseatBlog Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on our Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).
  3. LIKE the Kiddy USA Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on the CarseatBlog & Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).

 

Apologies to our Canadian friends and those residing in Alaska & Hawaii but Kiddy can only ship to a winner in the US Mainland.

Now for the fine print:

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsor giveaway at CarseatBlog.com during 2011 or 2012 (our own giveaways of bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned).  Blog writers and editors are also not eligible.  Only one entry per household/family, please.  If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.

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.

The contest will close on Sunday night, 11/25 and a random winner will be chosen on Monday, 11/26. 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:  If this is your first comment at CarseatBlog, or if you are using a different computer/device or a new email address, your comment may not appear immediately.  It will not be lost; it may just take a few hours for it to be approved.  Thank you for your understanding and patience as this is the only way we have to reduce comment spam.