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Dorel Cosco Scenera Review: A True Workhorse.

In the November 2009 issue, Consumer Reports listed the Cosco Scenera as one of their Top Products.  Does the Scenera qualify as a “top product?”  It was introduced as a replacement to the Cosco Touriva back in 2005.  It’s a convertible seat that’s basically tried and true: it has reliable belt paths that are easy to access, installs well in a wide variety of vehicles, and is a low-cost seat.  This is a convertible (rear-facing and forward-facing) child restraint for kids 5-40 lbs. who are less than 43″ tall.  Rear-facing the seat is rated from 5-35 lbs.  Forward-facing, it can be used for children over 1 year old who weigh between 22-40 lbs. Keep in mind that even though the Scenera can be used for children over age 1 and 22 lbs., the American Academy of Pediatrics now highly recommends rear-facing to at least age 2.

The is a basic seat and some models may have a removable cupholder, infant head roll, toddler pillow, and harness strap covers.

Dorel is an umbrella company under which many other companies exist.   Cosco, Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer, Maxi Cosi, Quinny, Alpha Elite, and Alpha Sport are all brands under the Dorel name.

Maybe the Graco My Ride 65 Could Be *My* Ride? A Review.

The latest trend in child restraints is higher rear-facing weight limits.  We’ve been seeing 35 lbs. rear-facing weight limits, but now we have a standout.  Graco has introduced a new seat called the My Ride 65 that breaks the 35 lbs. barrier and accommodates a rear-facing child to 40 lbs.!  This is a convertible (rear-facing and forward-facing) child restraint for kids 5-65 lbs. who are less than 49″ tall.  Rear-facing the seat is rated from 5-40 lbs.  Forward-facing, it can be used for children over 1 year old who weigh between 20-65 lbs.

The My Ride 65 comes with an infant body support cushion, a head support pillow, and harness strap covers.

Combi Coccoro Review

The Coccoro \’kō-kə-rō\ is a new child restraint from Combi. It is a convertible seat that can be used rear or forward facing for children 5-40 lbs who are less than 40 inches tall. Rear facing, the seat is rated from 5-33 lbs with a stated height limit of 36 inches. Forward facing, it can be used for children over 1 year old who weigh between 20 and 40 lbs.

The Coccoro is compact at just over 15 inches wide and weighing only 11 lbs. The back of the shell measures ~21 inches tall with harness slots at 9, 11, 13 and 15 inches. The lack of a base makes it is a good candidate to fit in even the smallest of vehicles.

Sunshine Kids Monterey Booster Review

Sunshine Kids Monterey: A Versatile Booster

Vehicle seat belts are designed to fit an average 160 lbs. man, not your average 4-10 year old child.  That’s why we have booster seats.  A booster seat raises the child up so that the lap portion of the lap/shoulder belt falls across the bony hips, not the soft, easily injured abdomen.  High back boosters, like the Sunshine Kids Monterey, have headrests with shoulder belt guides to keep the shoulder belt off the child’s neck.  Booster seats should always be used with a lap/shoulder seat belt.

Who should use this seat?

Sunshine Kids recommends this seat for children who are about 4-10 years old, weigh 30-120 lbs., and are between 38″ and 63″ tall.  The back can be removed and used for children who fit the same size specifications.  Some booster seats require a 40 lbs. minimum when switching to backless, but not the Monterey.  As a technician, I would never recommend a child under 40 lbs. use a backless booster.

Quick Reviews: Evenflo Symphony and GoGoBabyz Infant Cruizer

Our friends at Evenflo and Go Go Babyz sent us some very nice products for review.  I’m impressed by both of them, but will only do quick reviews today.  They will be followed by full reviews in the near future, as they are being evaluated by parents with children who can more fully put them through their paces!