Greetings 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
Available 1st Qtr 2017
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)
The 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!
The 4moms infant car seat is expected to ship by late September 2016.
4-30 lbs., up to 32” or head 1” below top of headrest
Base auto-levels and auto-tensions
Continuous monitoring while carrier is on base
No re-thread harness
8 position adjustable headrest
Buckle tongs covered by plastic
Smooth harness adjuster
Buckle pockets to keep harness out of the way
Extra-large canopy with peekaboo window
Infant insert for 4-11 lbs.
Can be installed without base using Euro belt path routing
Machine washable cover
2 year warranty
An app, initially available for iPhone users—available for Android users in a few months—continuously checks that the base is correctly tensioned, the lower LATCH connectors are correctly attached, the recline angle is appropriate, the carrier is correctly affixed to the base, the battery life is satisfactory, and the child is within the correct size range. The app also offers tips and tricks on different installation types, such as a baseless installation, how to adjust the harness, and how to replace the batteries on the base.
The base requires 8 D-sized batteries, but it is designed to last for the regular use of one child. Of course, each child grows at a different rate, so your mileage may vary. To install the base, you attach the lower LATCH connectors then press a button on the side of the base. The programming ticks through steps that check whether or not the LATCH connectors are securely attached to the vehicle’s LATCH anchors, the tension in the LATCH strap is correct, and the recline angle is correct. If any of these things are off, you’ll either be notified by an alarm (in the case of the lower anchors not being attached) or the base will automatically be installed. Don’t worry about needing a rolled towel or stack of noodles: the adjustable foot on the base can accommodate even the deepest of sloped bucket seats. And never fear! You can install the base manually and with the seat belt if you choose.
4moms recommends leaving the handle in the “up” position in the car—plop the carrier in the base and go. The carrier can also be installed baseless using European bethpath routing. The included infant insert is mandatory until baby weighs 8 lbs. and must come out once baby weighs 11 lbs. Accessories will initially include a foot muff and all-weather cover. The carrier weighs 10 lbs.
It’s been two years since the Nuna Pipa infant seat arrived, and now Nuna is adding to its family with a new convertible seat and a new booster seat.
While we haven’t seen them in person yet, both seats appear to be sleek and stylish, plus full of safety features, just like the popular Pipa. Here are the details on both.
The Nuna Rava convertible car seat features a 50-lb rear-facing weight limit, making it one of a handful of seats with such a high capacity. It also features two “True Tension Doors” (one for rear-facing, one for forward-facing), which are panels that clamp down on top of the seatbelt, making for an easy and tight installation. A retractable Calf Support Panel adds extra legroom for rear-facing and provides extra support for forward-facing kids.
Rear-facing from 5-50 lbs. and 49 inches or less
Forward-facing from 25-65 pounds, 49 inches or less, and suggested age of at least 2 years old
True Tension panels for easy installation
Retractable Calf Support Panel
Bubble-free recline—recline angle guides confirm the perfect riding angle
Energy-absorbing foam and side-impact protection pods
One-hand, no-rethread harness
Steel frame and reinforced belt path
Ten-position head support
Ten-position recline (five for forward-facing, five for rear-facing)
Two crotch buckle positions
Removable infant inserts (for babies 5-11 lbs)
Dual, flip-open cupholders that tuck away when not needed
The Nuna Aace booster seat is a high-back booster that also converts to a backless booster. It features rigid LATCH connectors to hold the seat in the car, which can help it from becoming a projectile in a crash. The seat’s shoulder wings adjust out as the headrest is raised, allowing for a more comfortable fit as kids grow. The Aace also features a three-position expandable seat depth to accommodate growing legs.
High-back limits: 40-110 lbs, 38-60 inches, minimum age of 4 years
Backless limits: 50-120 lbs, 38-60 inches, minimum age of 5 years
One-hand, 9-position heigh adjustment
Shoulder system moves in/out in tandem with the height adjustment
Three seat depths
Eight recline positions (when used as high-back with rigid LATCH)
Energy-absorbing foam and side-impact protection pods
Removable, dishwasher-safe cupholder (additional cupholder available separately)
Ventilation panels and breathable, machine-washable cover
LATCH guides for easy lower anchor attachment
Both seats will be available in a range of solid colors: Slate, Indigo, Berry, and Caviar.
The Aace booster seat is scheduled to start shipping to retailers Friday, July 15. Shipping for the Rava convertible is still to be determined, but we will update when we hear more.
There is too much info to cover in one article so here is Part 2 of our complete 2015 ABC Expo tradeshow experience!
Part 1 of our show coverage can be found HERE and includes updates on Baby Trend, Britax, Chicco, Clek, Combi, Cybex, Doona, Dorel, Evenflo & GB!
All convertibles now have a 22 lbs. forward-facing minimum to be comparable with the industry standard.
SnugRide infant seats now come in 2 flavors: the $99 model and the $129 model both with the front pull adjuster. The rear-adjust model is only available in very few travel systems.
The Milestone All-in-One market has expanded to include more retailers.
The Size4Me convertible is now available with a Rapid-Remove cover that can be removed in less than a minute while the seat remains installed in the vehicle. Super convenient! It also features a new LATCH bar on both sides of the seat that allows the [now] single LATCH connector strap to slide easily from a rear-facing to forward-facing position.
The Atlas is combination seat sort of like the Nautilus, but it switches from a forward-facing harness to a highback booster, not a backless booster, too. It harnesses from 22-65 lbs., boosters to 100 lbs., has a no-rethread 10-position harness, and two-position recline. It retails for $129.
Baby Jogger “City Go” Rear-Facing Only Infant Carseat
The City Go is based on the SnugRide 35 LX, so it has similar features to that seat yet meets the needs of the Baby Jogger customer.
A more square handle
Huge 50 SPF canopy
Euro-style baseless install allowed
All-new base with dual bubble recline indicators
6 position adjustable base
We know you love to read about the Extend2Fit Convertible Carseat, so here are the important specs about it again:
4-50 lbs. rear-facing
22-65 lbs. and 49″ or less forward-facing
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
The new Tranzitions Combination Carseat is going to be Graco’s entry-level combo seat that will be perfect for tight spaces and travel.