ABC Kids Expo 2015 – Peg Perego


What’s new from Peg Perego? Boosters Boosters Boosters!

Viaggio Flex Highback Booster

Peg will be introducing a new highback FOLDING booster called the Viaggio Flex. It has–wait for it–no armrests! Great for those 3-across situations and tight installations where it’s hard to get your hand, or your child’s hand, down in to buckle. They’re guessing the weight limit might be 40-100 lbs, but everything is preliminary at this point. The Viaggio Flex adjusts in height in 2 steps: at the head rest and at the torso (dual height adjustment zones). ETA: May 2016 $299 Rejoice Canada! You’ll see this booster too.

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Peg Flex - side LATCH

Shuttle Backless Booster

The Shuttle backless booster goes from 40-100 lbs. and has rigid LATCH. It has a seat pan of EPS foam for the child to sit on, plus another layer of comfort cushioning–just as you’d expect from Peg. There’s a retractable shoulder belt guide using a standard harness release to extend it (a-lock, for those in-the-know), so it won’t be flopping in the way when you carry it. We measured it at 15″ deep and 16″ wide. Peg is expecting a May 2016 release date with at $99. Canada, Peg Perego loves you again :) .

Peg Shuttle - front Peg Shuttle - side and showing latch Peg Shuttle - width Peg Shuttle - depth

New Primo Viaggio convertible fashions: Camo and Techo Viaggio (evidently camo is big in Europe—who knew?!!)

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ABC Kids Expo 2015 – Graco Extend2Fit Convertible (Shut Up and Take My Money) Preview


Extend-to-Fit frontOne of the most eagerly anticipated seats at the ABC Kids Expo this year is Graco’s Extend2Fit convertible. What sets this seat apart is an innovative leg rest/seat extender that gives rear-facing children more legroom. Although we know that bent legs don’t pose a safety hazard, and we know that kids tend to be little contortionists, lots of parents worry that their kids look uncomfortable rear-facing and use squished legs as a reason to turn kids forward-facing, often before they should. Graco hopes to combat that worry with the Extend2Fit.

The seat we saw was a prototype so the soft goods and some other aspects might change a bit, but we liked what we saw.

The details:

  • 4-50 lbs. rear-facing
  • 22-65 lbs. and 49″ or less forward-facing
  • Infant insert
  • 10-position harness height, maxing out at 18 inches
  • 6-position recline (3 positions for forward-facing; 3 for rear-facing)
  • 17″ seat depth with panel extended
  • Steel reinforced shell
  • 10-year expiration

We were concerned that the Extend2Fit’s expandable seating area might cause the seat to take up an excessive amount of room in the car, but I don’t think that will be a problem. When we put the seat in the most upright rear-facing position and extended the panel, the seat took up only about 28″. Graco said they’ve done extensive fit-to-vehicle testing and found that in most cases, an average-sized man should be able to sit comfortably in the front seat.

Extend-to-fit smallest size Extend-to-Fit largest size

With a tall shell and a 50-lb rear-facing weight limit, this looks like it will be a great fit for larger rear-facing kids, yet it should still fit newborns well, too. Here’s Romeo modeling:


The seat will be available in three colors, plus there will be retailer-specific fashions. The Extend2Fit should be shipping in November and should hit stores in January. Retail price is expected to be $199.

ABC Kids Expo 2015 – New from Baby Trend! Somewhat new to us.


The first big news of the 2015 ABC Show is a surprise from Baby Trend!

Do these products look familiar?

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Introducing the PROtect convertible and the YUMI booster!

PROtect Convertible:

5-40 lbs. rear-facing

Can be used without upper headrest until 22 pounds or until top of child’s head is even with top of shell

22-65 lbs. forward-facing

ETA: Spring 2016

3 versions at 3 different price points

Going to Canada too although not sure when or which version(s).

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$139 version

  • Flip foot recline

$169 version

  • 5 position adjustable base
  • liquid bubble level indicators which will allow a range of recline angles
  • nicer soft goods

$189 version – all of the above plus

  • integrated dual cup holders
  • lockoffs for RF & FF
  • adjustable dual headrest (adjustable headrest

YUMI Booster:

40 – 100 lbs.

ETA: Spring 2016

$69 version going to Walmart

This version a little taller now (measured 20.5″ to belt guide at max height setting), highback only, folds and has flip-up armrests. Has lap belt guides. No LATCH attachments.

Also going to Canada!

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YUMI 2-in-1 (not pictured) will cost a little more ($79?) but back portion will be removeable so it can be used as backless booster.

In other BT news:

Now there are 3 versions of Snap Gear infant seats. 30, 32 & 35 pound versions.


The newest version has a 35 pound, 32 inch limit. Lockoff and easy to tighten LATCH mechanism.

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News: Acura Earns Highest Safety Ratings on ALL 2015 models. Two Dorel Boosters Re-Evaluated by IIHS.


Acura Safety v3.0We commend Acura for achieving top overall ratings from the IIHS and NHTSA on every current model!  We awarded the Acura MDX honors as the safest 2015 SUV in a recent article, and would like to acknowledge vehicle manufacturers that place an emphasis on safety.  Acura claims to be the first and only auto manufacturer to earn a 5-star Overall vehicle score from the NHTSA NCAP program, AND a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS across its entire 2015 model line (IIHS TSP+ rating when equipped with collision mitigation braking systems).  Congrats!

CarseatBlog emphasizes crash test ratings and advanced safety features in all our auto reviews.  We strongly encourage other manufacturers to put safety first and to make crash test ratings a top priority for ALL vehicles, as Acura has done.  To put it simply, an NHTSA “5-star” overall rating and IIHS “Top Safety Pick” rating is something every buyer should require in a vehicle.  No new vehicles today should earn anything less than a “4-star” rating from the NHTSA or less than an “Acceptable” rating from the IIHS in any individual crash test result.  Period.

We also encourage all auto makers to equip advanced crash avoidance technologies as standard whenever possible, especially on top trim levels and luxury vehicles.  On economy models and lower trim levels, these features should be readily available in a relatively low cost options package.  All too often, collision mitigation braking systems necessary to qualify for the IIHS Top Safety Pick “+” aware are a hard-to-find option and only on the most expensive trim level.  Then you must tack on thousands of dollars more for a safety technology package, if you can even find one at all on dealer’s lots!  That type of obsolete marketing is NOT putting customers and safety first.


booster_safety-1st_summit-65In other news, the IIHS is correcting two “BEST BET” booster recommendations from 2014.  The Eddie Bauer Deluxe Highback 65 and Safety 1st Summit 65 were given the top rating in error.  The revised rating is “Not Recommended”.  According to the IIHS:

The concern about the Eddie Bauer Deluxe Highback 65 and Safety 1st Summit 65, both manufactured by Dorel Juvenile, is that while the shoulder belt crosses the child’s body at the middle of the shoulder, it is positioned too far forward. In that position, the shoulder belt would be less effective in a crash.

The IIHS states that these models were inadvertently evaluated to the protocol used prior to 2014.  They also note that these ratings only apply to these models in booster mode, and DO NOT apply when used with the 5-point harness system.  Below, you can see the difference between a Good (left) and Poor (right) shoulder belt fit in regard to contact at the shoulder (courtesy of IIHS):

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