Evenflo Embrace DLX Infant Carseat with “SensorSafe” Preview

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sensorsafe embrace, transmitter signalEvenflo recently announced that they are about to launch their new SensorSafe Embrace DLX infant carseat. This is the first carseat on the market to feature technology integrated into the chest clip. This particular Embrace infant seat model will launch in August and will be available for purchase at Walmart. MSRP is $149.99.

“SensorSafe” was designed to help prevent children from being accidentally left behind in cars. Before you rush to judgement on this issue, please take a moment to read this article.

What kind of person forgets a baby?

The wealthy do, it turns out. And the poor, and the middle class. Parents of all ages and ethnicities do it. Mothers are just as likely to do it as fathers. It happens to the chronically absent-minded and to the fanatically organized, to the college-educated and to the marginally literate. In the last 10 years, it has happened to a dentist. A postal clerk. A social worker. A police officer. An accountant. A soldier. A paralegal. An electrician. A Protestant clergyman. A rabbinical student. A nurse. A construction worker. An assistant principal. It happened to a mental health counselor, a college professor and a pizza chef. It happened to a pediatrician. It happened to a rocket scientist.

The frightening reality is that everyone is capable of such an unimaginable act. I know what you’re thinking – everyone but you. *You* don’t need to be reminded that your baby is in the vehicle because *you* would never forget. It’s so easy to make yourself believe that because think of the alternative! What kind of parent believes that they could actually forget their child in the car??? But it happens. Over and over. Year after year. And there is no doubt that technology like this can – and will, save lives.

Moving beyond the debates and the horrors of reality – let’s talk briefly about how SensorSafe technology works. Keep in mind that we will have a complete review of this updated Embrace 35 model and the SensorSafe Technology in the very near future. In the mean time, if you’re looking for more info on the carseat itself – you can check out our existing review of the Evenflo Embrace 35.

How SensorSafe Technology Works:

  • Two components – a transmitter inside the chest clip and a receiver plug
  • Insert receiver plug into your vehicle’s OBDII port (receiver plug works with model year 2008 or newer vehicles with gas or diesel engine; if you have a hybrid or start/stop vehicle you will need a different receiver plug which you can get by calling Evenflo customer service)
  • Receiver plug communicates with transmitter in chest clip once vehicle starts moving
  • If chest clip is unbuckled while vehicle is moving, a series of tones will sound within 30 seconds
  • When vehicle is turned off, a series of tones will immediately remind driver the driver that there is a child buckled in the carseat

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For more specific information on SensorSafe please see Evenflo’s FAQ page: http://www.evenflo.com/uploadedFiles/Pages/Products/Evenflo/SensorSafe/sensorsafe_faqs.pdf

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And stay tuned for a full review of the Evenflo SensorSafe Embrace DLX infant carseat coming soon!

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Graco SnugRide 30 LX Review: History Repeats Itself in A Good Way

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Graco SR30 LX - GlacierReview of the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30 LX  Rear-Facing Only Infant Seat

Graco’s SnugRide has been around in one form or another since 1998. That’s an honor only given to a very few carseats on the market and as the SnugRide has matured, it’s gotten more safety items—EPS foam—and better design—easier-to-install bases. Let’s see why this lightweight seat, the SnugRide 30 LX in particular, has remained a favorite of parents for so many years.

SnugRide Click Connect 30 LX Specs & Features:

  • Rear-facing only: 4-30 lbs.; 30″ or less and head must be 1” below top of seat
  • 4 harness height positions
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • Thick energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Easy to remove cover is machine washable
  • FAA-approved for use in an airplane
  • 7 year lifespan before expiration

Extra SnugRide 30 ClickConnect bases are available for $49.99

SnugRides come in 2 flavors: Classic Connect and Click Connect. Unlike some ice creams, these 2 flavors don’t mix well and a Classic Connect SnugRide carrier can’t be paired with a Click Connect SnugRide base and vice versa. The “Classic” and “Click” describe the connections the carriers make to the carseat base and strollers. What’s currently available in each line?

There are 2 versions of the SnugRide 30 Click Connect: the $99 version has a rear-adjust harness while the $129 LX version has a front harness adjuster. The LX version also has a larger infant insert and includes harness strap covers. Another difference that sets the LX version apart is that it has a removable flip piece for the base that helps adjust the recline angle in 4° increments. If more recline is required, noodles may be used. This flip piece can be easily lost because it’s not connected to the base in any way, but when properly attached to the base, you will hear and feel a “click” as it snaps on. If you lose the flip piece, either order a new one from Graco or use a piece of noodle or tightly rolled towel.

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SnugRide Click Connect 30 LX Measurements:

  • Harness slot heights: 6 ¾”, 8 ¾”, 10 ¾”, 12 ¾”
  • Lowest harness slot height with body insert: 6 ¾”
  • Crotch strap/buckle positions (without insert): 4”, 5 ½”
  • Internal shell height: 20”
  • Width of base footprint at beltpath: 13 ¾”
  • Length of base footprint: 17”
  • Width of base at widest point: 14”
  • Width of carrier at widest point: 17 ¼”(outside of handle)
  • Carrier weight: 7.4 lbs. with insert; 7.2 lbs. without insert

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Midlife Crisis Car or Family Truckster? Or Both?

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hellcatQ: What has 4-doors, goes 204 miles per hour and can 3-across with LATCH in the back seat?

A: It’s the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, of course.  The ultimate head-turning midlife crisis sedan that safely seats almost any family of 5.  Well, okay, maybe the updated Tesla Model S with “Ludicrous” mode is in the discussion, but who wants silent when you can let the whole downtown know you are passing through with the rumble of the massive V8?  Almost as distinctive as the original Hellcat!

 

I didn’t have time to pile in more carseats, as I was too busy revving this finely crafted machine to 115 mph on the track.  But don’t let that scare you like it did me! The back seat is pretty nice for carseats; it’s wide, has 3 full pairs of LATCH and no pesky seatbelt/LATCH crossover issues.  So, go ahead and put that rigid LATCH seat in the center, rear seat!  Sure there are deep bolsters on the rear seat cushion and seat back that can interfere with some wide carseats, but they will come in handy when you are pulling some G’s around hairpin turns with your teenagers in the back seat!  No worries in letting them drive, either.  Just hand them the black keyfob that limits output to a mere 500 horsepower.  Or enable “Valet” mode secured by your secret PIN code and your young driver will have to suffer with significant performance limitations and an inability to override traction or stability control;-)

2015-charger-gallery-srt-08But even with the red keyfob, there’s no reason to worry about the 707 horsepower or 650 lb-ft. of torque from the 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8.  This sedan stops on a dime with Brembo 15.4″ front and 13.8″ rear brakes, while Bilstein-tuned handling keeps it firmly on the road.  Of course it has plenty of airbags, a backup camera, bluetooth hands-free, lane keep assist, blindspot/cross-traffic alerts and a frontal collision warning/mitigation system.  Plus, you get a driving school course included for your $65,000 (includes destination charge and gas guzzler fee).  Don’t let the sticker shock daunt you, there’s also the very capable SRT 392 or the R/T Scat Pack with optional Technology Group for safe, suburban driving around $45,000 :-)

Sure, these are all RWD vehicles, so if you must have AWD with your midlife crisis, then consider the Grand Cherokee SRT. This one was surprisingly agile and fast on the track as well.   Not only does it do 0-60 in 4.8 seconds, a top speed of 160mph and brake from 60-0 in 116 feet, but it tows 7200 lbs.!  This was a great day at the track with some awesome vehicles.  If you buy an SRT, I can only imagine the included track experience class is equally fun, so be sure to sign up.

And as for the Hellcat, did I mention the 0-60 time of around 3.5 seconds and the 11 second quarter-mile* capability?

*No children were subjected to excessive acceleration in the making of this blog

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Thank you to Fiat Chrysler America, Midwest Automotive Media Association #MAMATrackSchool, CGI Motorsports (Thanks, Phil!) and Gingerman Raceway for this great event- it was a blast!

 

Graco Nautilus 2015 Updates & Nautilus 65 LX *Giveaway* – The Blogiversary Celebration Continues!

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Graco NautilusGraco updates their popular “Nautilus” Combination Harnessed Booster Seats

Exciting news! Graco has just updated their popular Nautilus platform. The newest Nautilus models (Nautilus 65, Nautilus 65 LX, Nautilus 65 DLX, Nautilus 65 with Safety Surround and Nautilus 80 Elite) will all feature a no-rethread harness and the coveted 3rd crotch strap/buckle position currently only found on the Graco Argos 80 Elite model. Nautilus 65 DLX & Nautilus 80 Elite will also feature a lockoff for simplified installations with seatbelt. In addition, Graco has added “Fuss Free” harness storage on several of the new Nautilus models that will hold the buckle tongues out of the way during loading and unloading! This is all great news for parents in the market for a (Stage 3) Combination Harness/Booster Seat!

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for your participation – a winner will be announced soon!

Updated Nautilus Measurements:

  • Lowest harness height setting:  12″
  • Tallest harness height setting:  18″
  • 3 Crotch strap/buckle positions:  5.5″, 7″, 8.5″
  • Booster height:  20″ to bottom of shoulder belt guide with headrest in max height position

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Now, even though it’s our Blogiversary Celebration, we know this really isn’t about us – it’s about YOU. We realize how lucky we are to have so many amazing readers and followers who all care deeply about keeping kids safe in motor vehicles. We want to reward you for supporting us throughout these past 7 years and the best reward we could think of was another fabulous giveaway promotion!

So, this week we’ve partnered with our generous friends at Graco to offer one brand new Nautilus 65 LX in the winner’s choice of available LX fashions. As promised, this new model will have a no-rethread harness and 3 positions for the crotch strap/buckle. This LX model also features Graco’s new “Fuss Free” harness holders.

Nautilus 65 LX Specs & Features:

  • 5-point harness: Forward-facing only for kids 20-65 lbs, at least 1 year old, height 27- 49″ tall (shoulders must be at or below top harness position)
  • Highback booster with vehicle lap/shoulder belt: 30-100 lbs., approximately 3-10 years old, height 38 – 57″ (top of ears must be below the top of the head support)
  • Backless booster with vehicle lap/shoulder belt: 40-120 lbs., approximately 4-10 years old, height 40 – 57″ (must have adequate head support from the vehicle)
  • No-rethread harness
  • 5-position headrest
  • 3 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • Standard hook-style lower LATCH anchor connectors
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Steel reinforced frame
  • 3 Recline positions on base
  • Integrated cup holder and storage cubby
  • FAA approved for use in aircraft (with 5-pt harness)
  • 10 year lifespan before expiration

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Giveaway:

To enter you MUST leave a comment on this blog and then click on Rafflecopter to qualify yourself. For extra entries, follow the Rafflecopter instructions and visit our Facebook page, visit Graco’s Facebook page and tweet about our giveaway! You can also get additional entries for each time a friend enters our giveaway using the unique URL you receive from Rafflecopter when you enter. Be sure to share it on facebook and social media for up to 10 additional entries!

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Contest open to all residents of the USA, including those residing in Alaska and Hawaii.  

Now for the fine print (these may be in addition to the rules listed in the Rafflecopter terms) – Winner must have a USA shipping address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded, choice of fashions will be limited to those in stock at Graco Baby at the time the contest closes. You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsored giveaway at CarseatBlog.com during 2014 or 2015 (our own giveaways of goody 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 for any reason. The contest will close on August 2, 2015, and one random winner will be chosen shortly thereafter. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 7 days, a new winner will be selected.

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.

Good luck!