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SNEAK PEEK: Nuna EXEC All-in-One Preview!

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Nuna EXEC All-in-1 Carseat Preview

A few months ago, I had an extremely cool opportunity to meet up with a small group of other technicians and the team at Nuna to see the new things they had been working on. And after keeping my mouth shut for several agonizing months, I can finally spill some beans, and trust me, if you’re a Nuna fan (or just a well designed, high-quality car seat fan) you won’t be disappointed.

Yesterday Nuna announced their newest car seat, the EXEC. The EXEC definitely looks a little different from the Rava and the Aace, but at its core, it’s an obvious member of the same car seat family. It’s like Nuna took the best parts of two already great seats, added a few extra safety and comfort features, and the result is this awesome all-in-one.

Nuna EXEC Features
  • The EXEC is an all-in-one seat: rear-facing, forward-facing and highback belt-positioning booster
  • Rear-facing: 5-50 pounds, up to 49″
  • Forward-facing: 25-65 pounds, up to 49″
  • Belt-positioning booster: 40-120 pounds, 38-57″, 4 years old minimum
  • No-rethread harness with 12 harness height positions
  • 4 rear-facing and 4 forward-facing recline options with easy push button adjust and no bubbles or lines or zones or any other indicator to keep track of
  • True tension doors, one for each rear facing and forward facing, as seen on the Rava, make installation an absolute dream
  • Anti-rebound bar, that both extends to give extra leg room for rear-facing AND flips around to become a leg rest for forward-facing.
  • EPP energy absorbing foam
  • Aeroflex™ Side Impact Protection System
  • Merino wool insert
  • Additional GOTS certified organic cotton inserts and harness covers
  • No added fire retardant chemicals
  • Spring touch shoulder belt guides make getting the belt into place a breeze for kids and adults, but hold it in place while in booster mode.
  • Magnetic harness holders
  • Delightfully narrow, to allow 3 across in most mid-size vehicles
EXEC Dimensions:

These are provided by Nuna, but will be verified once I get my hands on a final product in a few weeks.

  • Seat width at widest point: 18.5″
  • Seat height lowest and highest harness position: 26″, 33″
  • Inside shoulder width: 14″
  • Inside hip width: 11.5″
  • Seat weight: 26.6 pounds
  • 12 harness height positions from 5″ with insert to 17.5″
  • Crotch buckle positions 4″ with insert, 4.5″ without insert and 6.5″ at farthest position
So What’s New Here?

The first, biggest, coolest thing is the anti-rebound bar. In rear-facing mode, the anti-rebound bar is a super cool, adjustable component to reduce potential rebound in a crash. It can be adjusted in 2 ways: first, the angle can be adjusted up or down to ensure it lays flat against the vehicle seat back; second, it adjusts in or out to provide extra inches of legroom. I don’t have the exact details on how much extra room it provides at this moment, but when playing with a prototype a few months ago, it wasn’t insignificant. It also comes with a slipcover so that the fabric on the anti-rebound bar doesn’t get totally destroyed by shoes before you’re able to use it in forward-facing mode.

When you switch to forward-facing mode, the anti-rebound bar flips around and becomes a leg rest. Like a legitimate, substantial leg rest. It can be adjusted up and down in several positions and would provide a lot of comfort to little dangling legs. Also, you’ll find the EXEC offers more room for growth when forward facing than the Rava (top harness height is 17.5” on the EXEC vs. 16” on the Rava), which has been a complaint some have had about the Rava in the past. The EXEC will harness the vast majority of (typically developing, average-sized) kids to booster age.

In booster mode, the spring touch shoulder guides are this tiny detail that I am obsessed with. They spring open to let the belt in easily, but they hold it securely in place. The prototype had good mobility of the belt through the guides (no bunching), but we will have to confirm that on the final product. It was definitely a thing Nuna was keeping its eye on, which is a good thing.

Fine Print Details
  • 10-year lifespan
  • The cover is machine wash and air dry
  • 2 different fashions are offered currently, a black (caviar) and a gray (granite)
  • Crash replacement follows NHTSA guidelines(!)
  • FAA certified in rear-facing and forward-facing, not in booster mode (this is true of all boosters, it’s not a shortcoming of the EXEC)
  • MSRP $649.95
  • Available at Nordstrom and assorted small boutique shops for pre-order to be released on 8/21/2019.

I can tell you that even the prototype of the EXEC impressed me and that isn’t easy to do. Nuna has combined and I think, improved upon, two already excellent seats, to create a seat that could literally last you the full 10 years and potentially be the only one you’d ever need. There is a myriad of thoughtful details that make carseating easier and more comfortable for everyone involved. Nuna has a history of raising the bar in the car seat world and once we can do a full review, I suspect we will confirm that the EXEC is another example of that.

Hold on tight, the EXEC is coming soon!

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.)

Britax Unveils One4Life All-in-One Car Seat

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Britax One4Life All-in-One Carseat Preview

Britax has expanded its car seat line with the introduction of the One4Life all-in-one car seat. The One4Life will serve kids from 5 to 120 pounds as a true “3-in-1” car seat with rear-facing, forward-facing, and high-back booster modes. Here are the key features based on this prototype from today’s reveal session (all information subject to change before retail production):

  • Rear-facing: 5-50 lbs.
  • Forward-facing: 22-65 lbs.
  • Booster: 40-120 lbs.
  • ~19″ measured top seated harness height measurement
  • ~21″ for maximum booster shoulder belt guide height
  • 7″ bottom harness measurement (without included newborn/preemie insert)
  • 19.5″ wide (at cupholders)
  • Improved easy-access ClickTight for rear- and forward-facing installation
  • Anti-rebound bar for rear-facing that easily removes and converts to a footrest for forward-facing (included with some models, available for others)
  • Push-button, multi-position recline
  • No-rethread harness
  • Steel-reinforced frame
  • V-shaped easy-store top tether with tilt-lock release
  • Safe Cell Technology integrated into recline system for enhanced safety both forward and rear-facing
  • Two removable, dishwasher-safe cupholders
  • Tailored covers and performance fabric options
  • Integrated harness storage for booster mode
  • Secure Guard-ready high-back booster mode

The availability of ClickTight on this seat should allow for very easy, secure rear- and forward-facing installations, as it does for Britax’s existing ClickTight seats. The push-button recline is a welcome feature that should make finding the correct recline angle a breeze.

The 50-lb. rear-facing weight limit and tall shell mean extended rear-facing shouldn’t be an issue. The 19″ top harness measurement will also allow almost all kids to remain harnessed to appropriate booster age.

Britax is still finalizing the One4Life but expects it will be available in the September-October timeframe (estimated) and will retail for around $350-$400. We look forward to bringing you a review as soon as we can, and we’ll update with more information as it becomes available.

Gallery:

Britax One4Life All-in-One Booster Mode

 

Britax One4Life All-in-One Internal Harness Storage for Booster Mode

 

Britax One4Life All-in-One Buckle Storage

 

Britax One4Life All-in-One Internal

 

Britax One4Life prototype max harness height measurement

 

Britax One4Life prototype max harness height (~19″)

 

Britax One4Life All-in-One

 

Britax One4Life Shell – Clicktight panel

 

Britax One4Life All-in-One Anti-Rebound Bar

 

Britax One4Life All-in-One Forward-Facing Footrest

 

Britax CPS Advocate Sarah Tilton is excited!

 

Here is our Facebook Live video describing the features here:

New Chicco GoFit Plus Booster – a very stable, genius, new feature!

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I’m convinced that the engineers at Chicco know how to make everything easier. Maybe they could rewrite our tax codes, or invent an easier way for me to get out of bed in the mornings? Well, the getting out of bed thing is probably asking too much but they did make their awesome GoFit backless booster “latchable”, which is what everyone had hoped for. But they couldn’t just stop there, they’re Chicco!  So they asked themselves, “how can we make this easier”? And their solution was genius, in a very stable way! 😀

Introducing the brand new Chicco GoFit Plus

Chicco GoFit Plus Booster Specs & Features:
  • Backless booster: 40-110 lbs.; 38-57″ tall; at least 4 years old
  • Quick-Release premium push-on LATCH connectors
  • Ergonomically contoured seat
  • Double foam padding
  • Padded armrests
  • Space-saving “cup folders”
  • Shoulder belt guide clip (optional)
  • Carry handle for easy transport
  • MSRP $49.99

 

The GoFit Plus is a welcome new addition to the Chicco lineup. For those of us who desire a nice backless booster that can be secured with lower LATCH anchor connectors, it’s an easy winner. Plus, for your school-age carpooling kids, it’s going to bring you peace of mind knowing that they can easily secure and use this booster properly even when you’re not around to supervise.

GoFit Plus fashions: Iron, Avenue

 

GoFit Plus is available now from Amazon, Target, BuyBuyBaby, and ChiccoUSA.com.