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2017 Lifesavers Conference Highlights

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Baby Trend:

Newborn/preemie positioning insert now available. New BabyTrend infant seats will ship with this extra insert made from EPP foam in a separate bag (with instructions). Seats that come with the insert will be rated down to 4 lbs. since the insert will provide better harness fit on smaller babies.

   

Britax:

Beginning in July, all ClickTight convertible carseats will be shipping with the harness hip straps on the longer setting. The updated manuals will instruct parents using the convertibles for infants less than 11 lbs. to change the harness length to the shorter loops on the ends.

Frontier and Pinnacle Harness-2-Booster seats will also see an update this summer as a new LATCH storage panel is included to keep the lower connectors out of the way of the ClickTight panel.

Red stitching on the rip-stitch tether on the right side of the top back of the carseats will now be visible. As long as it isn’t frayed, pulled apart, or visibly broken, this is normal.

Chicco:

More Fit2 fashions coming in July when it goes to other retailers (currently Fit2 is a BRU exclusive).

Luxe” fashions on KeyFit Zip, NextFit IX Zip & KidFit Zip has leatherette punched trim.

   

NextFit IX shipping now; 9-position headrest (same bottom and top harness heights but each position is a smaller increment); new slide-style lockoffs

Diono:

Monterey booster has been updated. Now shares the same base as Cambria booster. It has a 6 year expiration; manual has a misprint showing 8 years in one place. MSRP $99.99

Dorel:

Finale combination seat arriving late summer/fall 2017

30-65 lbs. with harness; 40-100 lbs. in booster mode
Harness slots: 13″, 15″, 17″; buckle slot 6″
17″ wide at base, 18″ wide at shoulders
Will be available at Target & Walmart. $49-$59

 

Evenflo/Cybex/GB:

Cybex Sirona M Convertible: ETA is currently Fall 2017. See our preview HERE.

 

ALL Evenflo seats are now Rollover Tested!

Lyf+Guard SIP now available on 3 seats:

SensorSafe Technology now available on 3 seats:

Graco:

Carseat Roundup from the 2016 ABC Kids Expo

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New & Improved Carseats & Boosters for 2017

We’ve already brought you detailed posts highlighting many new products that debuted at the 2016 ABC Kids Expo. Here’s the roundup of what else is new and coming soon from Baby Trend, Britax, Cardiff, gb, Evenflo, Hauck, Maxi-Cosi, Nuna & UPPAbaby.

Baby Trend

A running change on Baby Trend infant seats includes a redesigned lower anchor system. A different webbing design will allow connectors to fit better in cars with more prominent anchors, and a baby-trend-secure-snapfit-signnew routing of the strap’s “tail” will allow users to pull upward, giving more leverage and making the strap easier to tighten.

Infant seats will also start shipping with a foam wedge to allow smaller babies to fit better in the harness. The insert goes under the cover and can be used until the baby fits well without it. Seats will start shipping with the insert at the beginning of the year, but existing owners who find they need one can call the company to order one.

Currently the Hybrid combination seat has dual splitter plates to hold the harness at the back of the seat. Soon that will be changing to a single splitter plate, which should eliminate some confusion. The Hybrid will also start shipping with a dual-length crotch strap to allow for more room for larger kids.

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Finally, the Yumi folding booster will also feature a backless mode.

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Britax

I’ve been in the car seat world for a long time now, and I knew the “Brit” in “Britax” had something to do with Britain, but I didn’t know what the “ax” was for…until now. Britax is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Back in 1966, the company launched as British Accessories: Brit-ax… (cue lightbulb-moment). We’re glad the company made its way across the pond and is now making amazing car seats for the U.S. market. Happy birthday, Britax!

In other news, Britax is reviewing its inflatable seatbelt policy. The company will likely add the B-Safe 35/35 Elite and the ClickTight convertibles to its list of seats that can be installed with Ford’s inflatable seatbelts. That would mean that all Britax seats could be used with those belts. Look for that change to occur in the next few weeks.

Britax will also be introducing some new fashions: Poole, Static, Mosaic, Venti, Confetti, Baxter, Oasis, Vue, Vector, and Kate.

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A few fashions will be going away, including the popular Kaleidoscope and Onyx. Cowmoo is here to stay, though, so don’t worry about that.

There are now ClickTight Boulevards and ClickTight Advocates shipping with the anti-rebound bar in the box, although consumers can still purchase them separately, too. Purchasing them together as a boxed set will save $10 off the MSRP vs. purchasing them separately.

Cardiff

Heather recently wrote a review of the Cardiff Travel Headrest, so there’s not too much new to report. They do have some new fashions, though: Camo, Polka Dot, and Melange.

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Cybex

See our full update on the new Cybex Sirona M convertible seat.

Diono

2017 Kiddy Cruiser 3 Highback Booster Preview – Look How Much You’ve Grown!

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kiddy-logo-newWe had a chance to visit the Kiddy USA booth at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas and we were pleasantly shocked by the new Kiddy Cruiser 3 Highback Booster that will be coming to the U.S. market in Spring 2017! This new improved version of the Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro is considerably taller than the original model. We measured 23″ to the bottom of the belt guide in the tallest height setting! Check out the pics – it’s even taller than the discontinued Kiddy World Plus booster. This. Is. Awesome!!!

UPDATE 4/1/17: Cruiser 3 is now available at BuyBuyBaby and is coming soon to Babies R Us!

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Kiddy Cruiser 3 Specs & Features:

  • 33 – 120 lbs.
  • Up to 63″ tall (that’s 5′ 3″!)
  • Highback booster only (cannot remove back and use as a backless booster)
  • Height and width adjusts simultaneously
  • Seat depth (leg support) is also adjustable
  • Rigid LATCH attachments
  • Unique shoulder belt guide traps seatbelt so it cannot slip out of guide unintentionally
  • Various types of thick energy-absorbing foam (Honey Comb V2, EPP & EPS)
  • Kiddy Shock Absorber “crumple zone” technology in lap belt area
  • MSRP $259

 

Open the guide to slide the shoulder belt inside – release it and it’s locked inside!

Reflective panels & a dot pattern that represent a Morse Code message: "Kiddy - we love our kids."

Reflective panels & a dot pattern that represent a Morse Code message: “Kiddy – we love our kids.”

Compared with KIddy World Plus booster. Same overall height but belt guide are placed higher on Cruiser 3.

Compared with Kiddy World Plus booster. Same overall height but belt guides are situated differently on Cruiser 3, allowing for a taller child – up to 63″.

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2017 fashions for Kiddy Cruiser 3 Booster

Currently, the Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro Booster (aka Cruiser 1) is on our exclusive list of Recommended Seats and we have a full review of that model HERE. We look forward to reviewing the Kiddy Cruiser 3 model in the near future. Cruiser 3 is now available at BuyBuyBaby and is coming soon to Babies R Us.

Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Infant Carseat Preview – ABC Kids Expo 2016

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graco-snugride-snuglock2017 Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Infant Carseats

These new SnugLock 35 models will be available 1st qtr 2017. There will be various “trim” models with different features. All models will have front harness adjusters. There will be an “Elite” model ($219 Amazon), an “Elite with Safety Surround” model ($219 Target exclusive) a “Platinum” model ($219 BRU exclusive) and a “Platinum XT” model ($249 BuyBuyBaby exclusive).  These will have minor variations.

SnugRide SnugLock 35 Elite Specs & Features

  • Rear-facing only 4-35 lbs. and up to 32″ tall
  • No-rethread harness
  • 4-position premium SnugLock base with belt tensioner/lock-0ff
  • Safety Core energy-absorbing feature
  • “Texas-sized” Canopy
  • MSRP $219

Graco SnugRide SnugLock Elite Carrier:

The carrier for the SnugRide SnugLock Elite is basically a SnugRide 35LX ClickConnect with a Rapid-Remove cover. The SnugLock carrier will also feature a new “Texas-sized” canopy that glides open and closed almost silently.

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Graco SnugRide SnugLock Base:

We were very impressed with this base. To achieve a secure install, you simply thread through and attach the lower anchor strap or seatbelt, and just remove any excess slack. Then you can easily push down on the large lever, which tightens the belt and serves as a lock-off. (Always check for less than an inch of movement at the beltpath to make sure.) We were able to install the base properly in less than 30 seconds.

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If you need to uninstall the seat, unlocking the lever is a snap…but it won’t snap your fingernails. Kecia referred to it as “manicure-friendly.”

You can see our installation video here:

The base features a 4-position spring-loaded recline foot and a bubble level indicator. It also has a honeycomb-like “Safety Core” to help absorb energy in a crash. A handy storage slot allows the manual to be stored inside the front of the base, and it can be accessed without needing to uninstall the seat or remove the carrier.

If you need an extra base for your SnugRide SnugLock or any existing SnugRide Click Connect model, the SnugLock base will be available separately for $89. (A more simplified base with a similar but smaller “arm” will retail for $59. That base will also be available with a lower-priced carrier.)

The SnugRide SnugLock 35 models will be available in early 2017. Graco is working on certification in Canada.