10-Year Blogiversary Celebration ~ Cybex Sirona M Convertible *Giveaway*!

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This summer marks a full decade of CarseatBlog.com! We can hardly believe it. In some ways, it seems like not so long ago that we began writing about carseats, child passenger safety, and vehicle safety. In other ways, it feels like we’ve been doing this for eternity! 😀 Along the way we’ve shared a lot of laughs, made amazing friends, written over 1,500 blog posts and reviewed over 120 carseats and boosters!

Whether you’re new to CarseatBlog.com or have been with us since the start in 2008 – we’d like to share our celebration (and our cupcakes) with you! You are the reason we’re still here 10 years later, still blogging away, always looking for ways to improve our content and better serve our readers.

During the next 10 weeks, we’re celebrating by giving away some awesome carseats, so stay tuned! Each week will feature a new giveaway promotion and your odds of winning something are pretty darn good. Consider it a personal “thank you” from Darren, Heather, Kecia, Jennie, Alicia, Katie and all of our guest bloggers at CarseatBlog!

This week we’ve partnered with our generous friends at CYBEX, to give away their new Sirona M with SensorSafe 2.0 Convertible! Sirona M is a feature-rich technology seat, designed to be used with an app. The app tells you if your child has undone their chest clip, if they’re in the safe temperature zone, or if you’ve walked away from your vehicle without your child. The SensorSafe 2.0 app also includes your instruction manual and some vehicle-specific information as well. SensorSafe 2.0 works in conjunction with a receiver plug that is inserted in your vehicle’s ODB port. Winner will have their choice of available Sirona M fashions!

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating, a winner will be announced soon!

CYBEX Sirona M Specs:

  • Rear-facing 5-40 lbs., head at least 1″ below top of headrest
  • Forward-facing 22-65 lbs., 49″ or less

Features:

  • SensorSafe 2.0 integrates important safety technology into the smart chest clip
  • No-rethread harness with 12 height positions
  • 10-position adjustable base
  • L.S.P. (Linear SIP) bolsters
  • Lockoffs for both RF & FF
  • Push-on LATCH connectors
  • Infant insert
  • Cupholder

   

How to Enter Sirona M Giveaway:

  • Leave us a comment below (required to be eligible to win), then click on Rafflecopter to qualify yourself.
  • For extra entries, be sure to follow the Rafflecopter instructions to like and follow our Facebook page, like and follow the CybexUS Facebook Page and tweet about the giveaway!

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Now for the fine print – winner must have a USA shipping address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded. 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 September 23, 2018, 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. Good luck!

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Good luck!

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New from Cybex – Sirona M Convertible with SensorSafe 2.0 & Aton M Infant Carseat

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News and Updates from the 2018 JPMA Baby Show

Overall the trend in carseats for 2018-2019 is ease-of-use and technology. We saw that in abundance at the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) Baby Show this year. From technology that tells you if your child has unbuckled their chest clip to QR codes that help you register your carseat and get installation help, to new seats with load legs and rebound-management features, there were plenty of new and exciting products on the show floor this year.

Cybex Sirona M with SensorSafe 2.0 wins 2018 JPMA Innovation Award for “Best in Show”!

Cybex Sirona M is finally available! This is a feature-rich technology seat, designed to be used with an app. The app tells you if your child has undone their chest clip, if they’re in the safe temperature zone (55˚-85˚F), or if you’ve walked away from your vehicle with your phone but without your child. The app also includes your carseat’s instruction manual and has some vehicle-specific information as well. The SensorSafe 2.0 app works in conjunction with a receiver plug that is inserted in your vehicle’s ODB port, so if you drive a vehicle without an OBD port (an electric vehicle), it won’t work. Our full review is coming soon so stay tuned for more Sirona M details!

Sirona M is currently available in 4 fashions – Pepper Black, Manhattan Grey, Lavastone Black & Denim Blue.

Sirona M Specs & Features:
  • Rear-facing: 5-40 lbs.
  • Forward-facing: 22-65 lbs., 49″ or less
  • Integrated SensorSafe 2.0 Technology monitors child in seat through smart chest clip
  • 12-position no-rethread harness
  • 10-position adjustable base
  • 3-position L.S.P. (Linear SIP) bolsters
  • Lockoffs for RF & FF (for installations with seatbelt)
  • Push-on LATCH connectors
  • Infant insert
  • Cupholder
  • 8-year lifespan before expiration
  • 2-year warranty
  • MSRP $329.95
New Aton M Infant Seat

  

The Cybex Aton M is a brand new infant seat that will be available this summer. Aton M combines some of the features of the GB Idan and Aton 2 seats. It offers a no-rethread harness and a multi-position load leg. The load leg features indicators that provide feedback to the parent and it locks flush underneath the base. The base also features an anti-rebound bar, a simplified beltpath with a true lockoff (yay!) and metal ball recline angle indicators on both sides. The L.S.P. (Linear Side-Impact Protection) system on the sides of the carrier are similar to those on the Idan and it has the ability to be installed Euro-style without the base. We’ll have a full review once Aton M is available this summer!

    Aton M load leg indicators

Cybex Sirona M Convertible Preview – Drool Worthy!

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20161018_095643Greetings from the 2016 ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas! One of our first stops today was to the Cybex booth to see the new Cybex Sirona M convertible seat. This seat is expected to hit stores sometime in the 3rd quarter of 2017. We will have a better idea of their ETA after the JPMA show in May 2017. The models we saw today are prototypes so it’s possible that some things may change or be tweaked before the final production models go to market.

Cybex Sirona M Specs & Features:

  • Rear-facing: 5-40 lbs.
  • Forward-facing: 22-65 lbs.
  • No rethread harness with 11 height positions
  • 10 position adjustable base
  • 3 position L.S.P. (Linear SIP) bolsters
  • Lockoffs for RF & FF (for installations with seatbelt)
  • Push-on LATCH connectors
  • Infant insert
  • Cupholder
  • Available 1st Qtr 2017
  • MSPR $349

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Sirona M Measurements:

Max harness height: 17.5″

Lowest height: 7″ without infant insert (closer to 6″ with infant insert)

Max width at widest point 19″

Weight: Roughly 25 lbs. (it’s still a prototype so there was no point weighing it)

sirona-front-with-romeoThe Sirona M appears to be a solid and stylish convertible seat with premium features. We look forward to reviewing a final production model as soon as it’s available!

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Cybex Introduces Sirona S: First Convertible Car Seat with Load Leg in North America

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Cybex Sirona S Convertible Car Seat Preview: Swivels for Convenience, Load Leg for Safety, SensorSafe for Peace of Mind

We’re thrilled that Cybex is working on an epic, game-changing convertible car seat: the Sirona S. Not only does Sirona S swivel 360 degrees for easy loading and unloading of children, it will also be the first convertible car seat in North America to have a load leg, a safety feature that significantly enhances crash protection in a frontal crash. As if that wasn’t enough, the Sirona S will also come standard with SensorSafe technology, which is built into the chest clip. Although unexpected delays are always a possibility, Cybex estimates that the Sirona S will be available in October 2019 and will be arriving in Canada (hopefully) a few weeks after the U.S. launch.

Sirona S Specs & Features:
  • Rear-facing: 4-50 lbs.
  • Forward-facing: 22-65 lbs.
  • LATCH weight limits: 35 lbs. RF, 40 lbs. FF
  • Maximum harness height: 17″
  • Swivels for easy loading or switching between modes
  • Multi-position load leg with indicators
  • No-rethread harness with easy height adjuster
  • 7 recline positions rear-facing
  • 4 recline positions forward-facing
  • SensorSafe chest clip with bluetooth/app reminders and alerts
  • Pop-out Linear Side-Impact Protection
  • MSRP: $499

  

With features like swivel and load leg that are currently unique to the USA market, plus safety enhancements like LSP and SensorSafe, we deem it a “Shut Up and Take My Money” Award winner!  We acknowledge that $499 is a lot of money for a car seat but just like automobiles, innovations almost always launch on premium products and eventually work their way down to more affordable models. We hope consumers in North America understand and appreciate the safety benefits of a load leg because this is the evolution of crash protection for children!

2019 CarseatBlog Shut Up and Take My Money Award Winner: Cybex Sirona S

 

Better than a JPMA award!

The Sirona S has a single belt path for both rear- and forward facing, with a seatbelt/lower anchor belt tensioner for simple and secure installation. Once installed, the seat can swivel 360 degrees on its base, allowing parents to get kids in and out without having to lift them over the sides. This can be a convenience for any caregivers, but especially those who might have mobility difficulties. The swivel feature will also make it easy to switch between rear- and forward-facing for situations where two or more kids might share a seat.

An indicator on the load leg will show when the seat is engaged in rear-facing or forward-facing mode since driving with the seat sideways will be neither secure nor allowed!

The telescoping load leg can be used rear-facing and forward-facing. Until now, the US has only seen load legs on rear-facing-only infant seats, so having one that can be used with larger children, rear-facing or forward-facing is a very big deal. For a rear-facing seat, the load leg prevents downward rotation in a frontal crash – maintaining a more upright position throughout the crash. This significantly improves crash protection and also reduces the secondary rebound rotation that a rear-facing car seat will experience in a frontal crash. Additionally, a load leg greatly reduces the likelihood that a rear-facing car seat will make contact with the front seat. For forward-facing, similar principles apply. The load leg will decrease how far the seat moves in a frontal crash, thus reducing head excursion (or how far forward a child’s head moves) in a crash.

As usual, there is a tether on the back of the seat’s shell for forward-facing, and it would need to be unhooked from the tether anchor in the vehicle before you are able to swivel the seat when it’s installed for forward-facing use. We mused whether people would be able to use the load leg in place of the tether to potentially reduce head excursion (in situations where a tether anchor wasn’t available) but at this point we aren’t sure if that’s even a possibility. Due to current federal regulations, car seat manufacturers can’t use the load leg to comply with FMVSS 213 standards since the test bench doesn’t have a floor. Cybex is testing the seat with load leg using a modified 213 sled, but even then, legal issues (including mandatory tether usage in Canada) make it seem unlikely that Cybex will ever say it’s okay to use the load leg as a substitute for using the tether. Keep in mind that all seats in the US have to pass testing with and without a tether so it’s almost always possible to install a forward-facing car seat without tethering it, **if there is no tether anchor available**. (Note: there are some exceptions for seats rated beyond 65 lbs. in the U.S. that REQUIRE tethering and all forward-facing seats in Canada REQUIRE installation using the tether). The bottom line here is that this is uncharted territory in North America, so it’s going to be complicated for Cybex to navigate these waters.

Cybex plans to release the Sirona S in the United States in fall 2019 with the release in Canada a few weeks later. The seat will retail for about $499. Stay tuned for more information and a full review when production-model seats are available.

Watch our video for a demonstration of key features. (Note that the seat is NOT actually in full recline position when Kecia states it is. The prototype was a bit sticky. It does recline more for younger babies.)