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Monthly Archive:: December 2013

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid Video Review: Kids, Carseats & Safety

2013 & 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid Video Review:  Kids, Carseats & Safety

Don’t want a big minivan or midsize SUV that is lucky to get 20 mpg around town under ideal conditions?  Looking for something less expensive with great fuel economy that can still fit three kids in back?  Also want this vehicle to have good crash test results and the latest advanced safety features available?  It’s the 2013-2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid!  A fuel efficient, safe family sedan that also gives you the warm, “green” fuzzies.

 

 

As a midsize sedan, the second row seat is comparable in legroom and width to a typical midsize SUV.    A few minor compatibility issues: non-removable head restraints, very short and rigid buckle stalks, recessed LATCH anchors and some seatbelt crossover for the middle seat.  All relatively minor, so most carseats should install well.

 

Graco Buckle Replacement Instructions

As we reported a few months ago, Graco is allowing owners of some of their carseats to upgrade their harness buckles for a small fee.  Here are a couple videos with instructions for making the change!  So, if you need help installing the replacement buckle, hopefully these will do the trick!

 

 

ABC Expo 2013: The Stroller Update – What’s New from Baby Jogger, Mamas & Papas, Jané & More

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We’re obviously a bunch of car-seat nerds here at CarseatBlog, but we appreciate other baby gear, too. In fact, it might be safe to say that the product that impressed us the most at the ABC Kids Expo wasn’t a car seat at all, but a stroller: The Baby Jogger Vue. It left us drooling and speechless.

The Vue is an umbrella stroller with the features of a deluxe full-size.

First, the seatback can change directions so the child can ride facing out or facing you. That alone would make it pretty awesome, but wait! There’s more!

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The footrest can fold up to form a barrier for little babies’ feet, or can fold down for bigger kids. That fold-up footrest also serves the purpose of forming a “purse pocket” when it’s folded on the side not being used. (For example, when the child is riding forward-facing, you can fold up the rear-facing footrest to form a “basket” that’s easier to reach than the one under the seat. Brilliant!)

The stroller will be able to accept car seats Maxi-Cosi and Cybex car seats, and they’re hoping to create adapters for other brands, as well. It can also hold a bassinet (sold separately).

  

Britax Update – FAA Certification for Frontier 90, Pinnacle 90 & Pioneer 70 Harness-2-Booster Combination Seats

All current Britax Harness-2-Booster Combination Seats (Frontier 90, Pinnacle 90 & Pioneer 70) will be certified for aircraft use in early February. This change will be retroactive to all current models, and an FAQ and addendum will update this on the Britax website soon. An updated manual will follow in early February.

 Britax Frontier 80 FAA Certification Label

 

The updated instructions for airplane installation will instruct you to route the aircraft’s lap-only seatbelt in front of the ClickTight compartment. This installation method will ONLY be approved for installation on an airplane. Since the Pioneer 70 lacks the ClickTight feature, you will route the plane’s lap belt the same way you normally would on this particular seat.

More details to follow soon. We’ll share ‘em when we have ‘em!

 

Graco SnugRide 35 LX Click Connect Review – Long Live the Queen!

We recently published our complete review of the SnugRide 40 Click Connect, which I proclaimed “King” of all the SnugRide models in the Graco Kingdom. And while it’s good to be King, sometimes being Queen is just as good, or even better. I like to think of the SnugRide 35 LX Click Connect as the Queen of the SnugRide Kingdom.

You might be wondering how many SnugRides there are in Graco Land? By my last count there are now seven (Yes, SEVEN) different SnugRide models. For the sake of clarity, I’m going to list them all here just because I think it’s important for parents to understand what the differences are.

 

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“Classic Connect” Graco SnugRide Models (compatible with older Graco strollers & with new Graco “Classic Connect” strollers)

 

 

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“Click Connect” Graco SnugRide Models (compatible only with new Graco “Click Connect” strollers)

 

The Graco SnugRide 35 LX Click Connect model is available at Amazon, Kohls, BuyBuyBaby & select specialty retailers. The model I have for this review is the “Coco” fashion. This particular model comes with an optional newborn body support insert (only for babies less than 12 lbs.) and optional harness strap covers. The SnugRide 35 LX is also available in “Rittenhouse” and “Cascade” fashions.