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Monthly Archive:: August 2013

Safety 1st Incognito Kid-Positioning Seat Preview

Safety 1st Incognito - stockThis week at the Kidz In Motion (KIM) Conference, Dorel unveiled an exciting new product. It wasn’t anything flashy or high-tech but it did elicit a lot of praise. It’s the Safety 1st “Incognito” Kid-Positioning Seat which is appropriately named because it’s meant to blend in with the vehicle interior and be less conspicuous. I can attest to this claim because I walked right past it at the Dorel booth without even noticing it! Lol.

The Incognito is special because it’s meant to be “the seat after the booster”. It was specifically designed for older kids and Tweens who still need a little help getting the adult seatbelt to fit properly but who probably aren’t using a booster anymore. With its very low profile and covers designed to blend in with vehicle interiors, the Incognito should be more appealing to older kids who may be self-conscious about using a more traditional-looking booster. This is extremely important because one of the biggest challenges we face as CPS Technicians and advocates is getting the message out to parents and kids that they are NOT ready to ditch the booster and move directly to the adult seatbelt at age 7 or 8.

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The Incognito will be rated from 60-120 lbs. and from 47-60″ tall. Currently, Dorel does not have the dummies they would need to crash test and rate the seat to weights higher than 120 lbs. So for now, we have to be happy with what it does offer – which is a lot. I’ve seen the questions and comments about older kids who weigh less than 60 lbs (27 kg) and honestly, I think kids who are considerably smaller than average for their age would probably be better served by a traditional booster. However, if I had a 10 yr old who was in the 10th percentile for weight and didn’t quite weigh 60 lbs yet, I know *I* would be comfortable making the parental decision to use this product if it was really important to my child. I get that being a 4th or 5th or 6th grader who is still using a traditional booster can be upsetting for some kids. I’ve had one of each type of kid so I know first-hand that some kids (like my 9 year old DS2) are perfectly happy in their boosters, while some other kids (like my DS1) are/were embarrassed about it.

Personally, I want to throw my arms around the Dorel people who decided to make the minimum weight 60 lbs. They absolutely did the right thing here and I really appreciate that. This product is targeted to kids in the 8-13 year range and the weight minimum reflects that. It really is meant to be “the seat after the booster”.

Incognito is made of dense foam so it’s extremely lightweight. It’s firm and supportive but not as hard as sitting on plastic.

Careful attention was paid to the belt guide design so it would be quick and easy for kids to thread the lap belt portion of the lap/shoulder belt through the guide correctly every time. If the seat is staying in the vehicle then the child can leave the seatbelt threaded through the guide on one side and only have to thread it into the guide on the buckle side each and every time.

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Measurements:

Height: 2.5″ tall

Depth: 16.5″ from back to front

Width in back (narrowest point): 12″

Width at widest point: 16″

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The Incognito does have the potential to be useful in some 3-across situations but it’s not a narrow booster so I predict that results will vary depending on the situation. It’s going to “play well” next to other seats because there are no armrests but you still need the space for it.

Since there were no real kids at the conference (only dolls and grown-ups acting like kids ;)), we had to improvise. Special thanks to Betsey Mowery, CPST-Instructor from University of Arkansas Medical Center, for being a good sport and modeling the Incognito in a 2013 Toyota Sienna! At 5’2″ tall, Betsey is technically above the 60″ height limit but you can see that she fits very nicely in this product anyway. FYI – there is no age limit on this product so if you are a small-in-stature adult and you don’t exceed the height or weight limits of this product – then you can use the Incognito too! Jockeys rejoice!

Betsey modeling the Incognito  Incognito in Sienna

Incognito should be available on Amazon.com in a few weeks. There will be 4 cover choices. Price will be around $20. It will go to Canada eventually but there is no estimated ETA on that right now.

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More info can be found on the Dorel website here: http://safety1st.djgusa.com/en/djgusa/safety1st/booster-car-seats/incognito-booster-seat–bc093blk

Stay tuned to CarseatBlog for a full Incognito review coming soon!

 

CarseatBlog Quick Tip: Funky Label Wording

Have you ever been confused by the wording “Use only in a rear-facing position when using restraint with an infant weighing less than 22 pounds”? This text is found in a convertible carseat manual and on a label on the side of the carseat and is, without a doubt, one of the most confusing statements a parent will read when trying to figure out if that convertible is appropriate for their rear-facing child. What does it mean?

It doesn’t mean that the convertible only rear-faces to 22 lbs. What it does mean is that all children weighing less than 22 lbs. have to ride rear-facing in that restraint. So now you know!

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Rear-Facing Convertible Seats: Measurements, Height Limits & Weight Limits

Convertible MeasrementRecently, we published our Rear-facing Convertible Space Comparison blog, but it wasn’t an all-inclusive list and the primary focus was on how much room different convertible seats take up when installed in the rear-facing position. As part of that review, we listed the rear-facing seated height measurements and stated height limits of various convertibles. In the breakdown section for each seat, we included additional information such as RF weight limits and FF height & weight limits.

Now, we’re expanding that database and making an all-inclusive list, specifically of rear-facing convertible measurements, height and weight limits. We have data on almost every convertible seat currently in production. I have measured each seat personally because measuring is a bit subjective but I have done my best to be consistent in the way I measure each seat. Even then, measuring isn’t an exact science since the contours of these seats aren’t in a straight line. But again, I have done my best to be consistent in my measuring techniques.

Here are the results:

 

Convertible

RF Shell Height Measurement

RF Child Height Limit

RF Weight Range

Britax “Classic”  Marathon 65

25.5” tall

1” rule from top of shell

5-35 lbs.

Britax “Classic” Roundabout 50

25.5” tall

1” rule from top of shell

5-35 lbs.

Britax Roundabout

24” tall

1” rule from top of shell

5-40 lbs.

Britax Marathon, Boulevard, Pavilion & Advocate

24” tall

1”rule from top of main shell, not from top of HR

5-40 lbs.

Chicco NextFit

26” with HR fully extended

1” rule with HR fully extended

5-40 lbs.

Clek Foonf

26.5″ tall with HR fully extended

Child height 43” max and 1” rule from top of HR when fully extended

14-50 lbs.

Combi Coccoro

21.5″

Child height 36” max

3-33 lbs.

Cosco Apt 40RF

23” tall

Child height 40” max

5-40 lbs.

Cosco Scenera

23” tall

Child height 36” max

5-35 lbs.

Diono Radian R100

25” tall

Child height 44” max and 1.5” from top shell

5-40 lbs.

Diono Radian R120 & RXT

25” tall

Child height 44” max and 1.5” from top shell

5-45 lbs.

Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 /Comfort 65

26” with HR fully extended

Child height 40” max and top of head below top of HR

5-40 lbs.

Eddie Bauer Sport

23” tall

Child height 40” max

5-40 lbs.

Eddie Bauer XRS 65

24.5” with HR fully extended

Child height 40” max

5-40 lbs.

Evenflo SureRide

25” tall

Child height 40” and 1”rule from top of shell

5-40 lbs.

Evenflo Symphony/ Snugli All-In-One

23” tall

Child height 37″ and 1” rule with HR in 2nd lowest height setting

5-40 lbs.

Evenflo Tribute

22” tall

Child height 37” and 1” rule from top of shell

5-40 lbs.

Evenflo Triumph 65

23” tall

Child height 37″ and 1” from top of shell

5-40 lbs.

Graco ClassicRide

23” tall

1” rule from top of shell

4-40 lbs.

Graco ComfortSport

23” tall

1” rule from top of shell

5-30 lbs.

Graco Head Wise

27.5” tall

1” rule from red plastic actuator when HR fully extended

4-40 lbs.

Graco My Ride

24” tall

1” rule from top of shell

5-40 lbs.

Graco My Size

27.5” tall

1” rule from red plastic actuator when HR fully extended

4-40 lbs.

Graco Size4Me

27.5” tall

1” rule from red plastic actuator when HR fully extended

4-40 lbs.

Graco Smart Seat

24.5″ tall

1” rule with HR in third lowest height setting

5-40 lbs.

Maxi-Cosi Pria  (with TinyFit)

25” with HR fully extended

Child height 40” or less and head below top of HR

4-40 lbs.

Maxi-Cosi Pria (without TinyFit)

25” with HR fully extended

Child height 40” or less and head below top of HR

9-40 lbs.

Orbit Baby Toddler G2

25” tall

None stated

15-35 lbs.

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP

24” tall

1” rule with HR in max RF height position (7th notch)

5-45 lbs.

Recaro Performance Ride

23.5″ tall

Child seated height max 22.5”

5-40 lbs.

Safety 1st Advance 70 Air + (Plus)

29” tall

Child height 40” max and top of head below top of restraint HR

5-40 lbs.

Safety 1st All-In-One Sport

25” tall

Child height 36” max

5-35 lbs.

Safety 1st Alpha Elite 65

26” with HR fully extended

Child height 40” max and top of head below top of HR

5-40 lbs.

Safety 1st Chart Air

24.5” tall

Child height 40” max

5-40 lbs.

Safety 1st Complete Air

27.5” tall

Child height 40” max

5-40 lbs.

Safety 1st Elite Air 80

29” tall

Child height 43” max and top of head below top of restraint HR

5-40 lbs.

Safety 1st Guide 65

24.5” with HR fully extended

Child height 40” max

5-40 lbs.

Safety 1st onSide Air

23” tall

Child height 40” max

5-40 lbs.

The First Years True Fit Premier C670

27” tall

1” rule from top shell with upper headrest portion attached

5-35 lbs.

The First Years True Fit SI C680/I-Alert C685

27” tall

1” rule from top shell with upper headrest portion attached

5-35 lbs.

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For more detailed information please see our list of Carseat Reviews and our list of Recommended Carseats.  There is also a similar database of Carseat Measurements database at our Car-Seat.Org forum.  Unlike this chart above, the database measurements are mainly contributed by members, so some of the numbers may vary slightly from those I’ve measured.  The database is also easily viewed on the Car-Seat.org app for Apple and Android, on the iTunes and Google Play stores!

 

Car Slams into Pool

photo 2[1]CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.—No one was injured when a vehicle crashed into a wading pool full of rollicking children in a quiet neighborhood Wednesday afternoon. Around 3:45 p.m., a red and yellow Cozy Coupe was seen traveling toward the pool at a high rate of speed. Unable to stop in time, the driver slammed into the side of the pool, causing ripples but no injuries. The sole occupant of the Coupe, identified only as Oliver, age 1, hit his head on the steering wheel but fled the scene giggling. He was later apprehended. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

The occupants of the pool continued to play as though nothing had happened. When questioned about the incident, they responded, “Huh?”

Authorities remind residents to practice pool and vehicle safety for the rest of the summer.