Monthly Archive:: October 2009

Something we missed at ABC!


SafeGuard IMMI Sliding Quick LatchWe heard there were some innovative products on display at the IMMI/SafeGuard exhibit, but somehow we missed it.  Thanks to Anthony at IMMI, here’s a brief look at what we missed!  First, here’s an awesome system that lets you use the same LATCH connectors for front and rear facing, without any need to reroute them!  Built-in retractors make installation very easy, just as in the SafeGuard Child Seat.

Feature:  With Sliding KwikLATCH, retractable SafeGuard MiniConnectors are fastened to retractors that travel along a belt path on the car seat.  To convert between rear facing and forward facing mode, the user simply slides MiniConnectors along the belt path, without rethreading. As the child seat is pushed into the vehicle seat, retractors tightly lock the child car seat into place.  The user hears a clicking sound until the child car seat is as tight as possible. 

Benefit: Sliding KwikLATCH simplifies the process of switching between rear and front facing installations of convertible child car seats by eliminating rethreading.  MiniConnectors reduce misuse by providing an audible click that indicates the child car seat is attached to the LATCH anchors on the vehicle seat.  The car seat is quickly and easily tightened in place with a small amount of pressure, and the clicking sound helps assure the user that the car seat is at its maximum tightness. 


Next is a top tether attachment that takes up minimal room.  This is handy for vehicles where the anchor is positioned very close to the back of the child restraint:


Feature:  In some vehicles, the distance between the top tether anchors and the child restraint is too short.  This can make it difficult to properly tighten the top tether. The Top Tether Combo Adjuster combines a top tether hook and a tether strap adjuster.  This shortens the amount of space needed between the tether anchor and child restraint by approximately 2”.

Benefit: The Top Tether Combo Adjuster helps parents achieve a tight tether installation in those vehicles with tether anchors that are located too close to their child restraints. 


And finally, the 1Adjust infinitely adjustable harness system:


Feature:  With 1Adjust, one operation tightens the five-point harness and adjusts shoulder height.  The shoulder height adjuster travels on a track, offering an infinite number of positions for securing the child, which helps enable the parent to achieve an optimal fit every time the child travels in the car seat.  1Adjust works with infant, convertible and forward facing child car seats. 

Benefit:  The parent can change the tightness of the harness without rethreading. Infinite adjustability means that the parent can quickly secure the child in a 1Adjust harness with an optimal fit and correct strap position. 


We sure hope some savvy child restraint manufacturers pick up these great features in future products!

Magna Clek Oobr Booster Guest Review: Über cool, über stylish…über expensive


IMG_2245Continuing with their consistently Duggar-esque nomenclature, Magna Clek recently welcomed it’s newest–and largest–baby yet, Oobr.  Baby Oobr follows on the footsteps of older siblings Oto (now discontinued), Olli, and Ozzi.  Clek boosters have thus far been famous for four things: rigid LATCH attachments, Paul Frank fashions, hefty price tags, and being the cutest little things to come out of Canada since Avril Lavigne.  But after hype extending back to 2008, does the full-sized sibling really measure up?

Yet Another ABC Bag Giveaway!


It’s another tote bag.  It’s full of mostly the same ‘ol stuff.  Some of the stuff you will like.  Other stuff may find its way into a drawer.  Some stuff is destined for the circular file.  If you are lucky, one or more of these extra stuffs will be thrown into the bag, but no guarantees!  All you have to do to enter is to reply with a comment!  One entry per person, if you leave more than one, only the first comment counts.  Winner selected at random on Monday!  Maybe our last winner will post what she won and that will encourage [or dissuade] you from entering again!  Good luck!

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.