Monthly Archive:: January 2013

Graco Head Wise 70 With Safety Surround™ Unboxing

Our Graco Head Wise 70 reviews will be coming soon.  It’s very similar to our recommended Graco Size4Me 70 convertible, with the addition of Safety Surround™ Side Impact Protection.


  • Helps protect rear-facing infants or toddlers from 4-40 lbs. and forward-facing toddlers from 20-70 lbs.
  • Meets BOTH Graco’s Side Impact Testing and Europe’s Side Impact standard* (*draft standard)
  • SafeSeat Engineering – Engineered & Crash Tested to Meet or Exceed US Standard FMVS213:
    – Side Impact Tested* (*In addition to meeting or exceeding all applicable US safety standards, the Head Wise™ 70 featuring Safety Surround has been side impact tested for occupant retention by the harness system)
    – New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) – peak crash force approximately 2X Car Seat Standard
    – Extreme Car Interior Temperatures
  • Simply Safe Adjust™ Harness System is safe and simple with a one hand, no re-thread harness that automatically adjusts
  • One hand, 8-position adjustable headrest easily adapts to your growing child’s needs
  • One-second LATCH attachment
  • 5-point, front-adjust harness helps you get baby in and out
  • 2-buckle positions to accommodate your growing child
  • EPS, energy absorbing foam for effective impact energy management
  • Easy-to-read level indicator for hassle-free installation
  • 3-position recline keeps your growing child comfortable
  • Integrated cup holder keeps drinks within your child’s reach
  • Removable head and body support helps keep baby comfy


The First Years True Fit SI C680 Convertible *Giveaway* – Week 12 of CarseatBlog’s Extended Holiday Giveaway Bonanza!

Give it up for the final promotion of our Extended Holiday Giveaway Bonanza! It’s been an impressive string of weekly giveaways and we appreciative all of our wonderful sponsors. For our week 12 finale, we’ve partnered with our generous friends at The First Years to offer a brand new, not-even-released-yet, True Fit SI C680 Convertible in the winner’s choice of either “Abstract O’s” or “Naturalization” fashion!  This is the highly anticipated, updated True Fit Premier model with enhanced side-impact protection. It still has the anti-rebound bar feature and the removable upper headrest portion. The True Fit SI C680 is rated from 5-35 lbs. rear-facing and from 23-65 lbs. forward-facing. It’s a tall seat and great option for extended rear-facing with kids who weigh less than 35 lbs. The new True Fit SI is on our list of recommended seats and we hope to have a review of this new model in the near future. Winner will receive their prize once the seat is available for shipping – hopefully by the end of February!

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating! A winner will be announced soon!

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

  • Leave a comment below (only 1 entry per household).
  • LIKE the CarseatBlog Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on our True Fit SI C680 giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).
  • Reply to the True Fit SI C680 Giveaway thread at our Car-Seat.Org forums (must be registered).

Winner must have a U.S. shipping address. Canada is excluded – sorry!

Now for the fine print:

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsor giveaway at CarseatBlog.com during 2012 or 2013 (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, 2/10, and a random winner will be chosen on Monday, 2/11. 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!

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u made me sad

To whomever punched or whacked my Toyota Highlander a week ago with their luggage at the O’Hare airport daily lot in the hybrid parking spot near elevator center 2, please contact me to arrange a $400 payment.  I parked all the way at the edge of the spot to take advantage of the 4 foot buffer to the handicap spot next to it and, yeah, still some swell person still nails it and doesn’t own up to it.  rly?  thx.


Someone inconsiderate or angry ding your car?  Feel free to lament here.

Maxi-Cosi Prezi Infant Seat Review: So Euro, So Stylin’

There are lots of infant seats on the market today. It used to be that “an infant seat was an infant seat was an infant seat,” meaning that they all pretty much looked the same and did the same thing. It’s really not that way anymore as infant seats have become specialists: this infant seat fits in small places well or that infant seat will last your child until he starts preschool. The Maxi-Cosi Prezi distinguishes itself with a sophistication that comes from European styling and with safety features like an anti-rebound bar and a new type of energy absorbing foam called G Cell™ foam. What else does the Prezi do?


  • Rear-facing only: 4-30 lbs., and up to 29″ tall. 1 inch rule also applies for determining when the seat is outgrown by height.
  • 5 harness height positions
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle slots (optional adjustment position shortens the crotch strap length for newborns)
  • Adjustable base has 5 positions
  • 2 recline angles: one for infants from 4-11 lbs., one for children from 11-30 lbs.
  • Can be installed without base
  • 2 position handle
  • FAA-approved for use in an airplane
  • 6 year lifespan before expiration



  • Energy-absorbing G Cell™ foam lines entire upper portion of shell, Air Protect® side impact protection lines the headwings
  • Carrier attaches and detaches from base easily
  • Easy-out harness keeps harness straps out of the way when baby isn’t in the seat
  • Well-padded cover
  • Compatibility with most strollers that the Maxi-Cosi Mico infant seat can be used with to create a travel system
  • Premium push-on lower LATCH connectors



  • Harness slot heights: Approx. 6.5″-10.5″ in 1/2″ increments
  • Internal shell height: 18″
  • Internal seat pan depth: 15″
  • Crotch strap positions: 4″, 6″
  • Width of base at widest point: 13.5″
  • Length of base: 24.5”
  • Carrier width at widest point (handle pivot point): 17”
  • Carrier Weight: 11.7 lbs.

Weight Limits: The Death of LATCH?

LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren.  It’s the next generation of child safety.

It’s a pair of metal anchors located in the seat bight, plus a top tether anchor located somewhere behind the vehicle seat.  Combined, these anchors were to make installation of carseats much easier than using seatbelts.  With me so far?

Problem is, at least in the USA, we made a lot of concessions to automobile and child restraint manufacturers when the system was implemented.  For example, the anchors are often hard to find or access.  Also, rigid LATCH isn’t required, as it is with ISOFIX in Europe.  Center and third row seating positions may not have anchors at all.  High weight limit seats are not considered.  This last issue has become a big problem, due to the rapid proliferation in carseats with 5-point harnesses now rated above 40 pounds in the USA and *Canada.

The rules, many of which are unwritten for the typical parent, are so absolutely crazy that certified child passenger safety technicians need a 200-page reference manual to help understand it.  The average parent or caregiver? They don’t even know about the rules or manual in the first place!  Thus, misuse happens.  It’s no wonder that parents who do know about it are so confused, they simply choose not to deal with it.

Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up:  In 2014, new federal standards, subject to petitions of the final rule, will require carseats to have another label.  This label will limit the use of lower anchors to a maximum weight for a child.  This child’s weight limit printed on each carseat, plus the weight of the carseat, must be 65 pounds combined, or less.  Thus, for any child seat that weighs over 25 pounds, it cannot be used with the lower anchors once the child is above 40 pounds (or less).  Clear as mud?

Adding to the confusion, these new federal requirements do not directly affect top tether anchors, the other component of LATCH.  Nonetheless, many automobile manufacturers are still currently limiting top tether anchor use to the same combined 65-pound [child plus carseat] weight, even when a seatbelt is used for installation.  A few still limit use to a 40- or 48-pound child weight.  That means that if you own any of these automobile makes (and you may need that 200-page manual to know which ones!), you should no longer use the top tether above this limit.  Still following me?

Of course, it is the tall and heavy kids that need top tethers the most in order to reduce head excursion, the source of severe head injury risk!  So, this is a major conflict in what we know about crash dynamics and something that could put older kids at risk.  All this leads to the following questions: