Monthly Archive:: February 2012

Carseat Click Tip


Do you have an infant seat that you’re pulling out of storage for another child? If so, flip the bucket over and check out the harness. Some infant seats (and convertibles too!) have 2 harness lengths from which to choose—a newborn setting and a setting for larger infants/toddlers. If you’re like me, as soon as your child is done with the seat, you promptly stick it in the closet and forget about it without adjusting the straps; but, that means that that when you’re ready to use it again for a newborn, it’s set up for a larger child.

The following picture is from a Graco SnugRide manual (but it’s generic enough to work for other carseats) and it shows the 2 different loops where you can attach the harness to the metal splitter plate on the bottom of the carseat. Working on one side at a time, take the harness off the splitter plate and reattach it using the inside loop to shorten the harness. If you have one of the SnugRide models with a higher harness weight (this doesn’t apply to the SR with a 22 lbs. weight limit), you’ll also be able to adjust the harness length at where the leg straps are attached at the back of the seat. Doing this will mean you’ll be able to tighten the harness properly on a noob.

News: Consumer Reports expresses safety concern over certain Cosco HBB with harness models


This is NOT a recall (at least not at the moment) but we thought our readers would be interested in these findings based on crash testing conducted on behalf of Consumer Reports.  To be clear, their concerns are only related to the use of the Cosco Highback Toddler/Booster seat in harnessed mode. Consumer Reports notes that they witnessed no issues with this same seat in booster mode.  Here at CarseatBlog we have our own issues with this particular seat when used in booster mode – but our concerns are solely related to proper belt fit.

For the full story, please see:  Consumer Reports recommends replacing older Cosco Highback child car seats

And:  The Cosco Highback car seat: How we tested and what we found

Personally, I’m struggling with this one comment:  “Even with the cracking we observed, we believe the car seat would meet federal safety standards.”  I want to say, “Really”???  Grrr…  I’m both annoyed and disappointed at that possibility.

So, what do our savvy and educated blog readers think?  We know you have an opinion!


Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP Convertible Seat Unboxing


Here’s the unboxing of the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP convertible carseat we introduced last October at the ABC Show. In the video you may hear me say that the forward-facing weight limit is 20-70 lbs. Man, my video editor did a number on my voice because I actually said 22-70 lbs. in no uncertain terms. Indeed the ff weight limit is 22-70 lbs., not 20-70 lbs. like my video editor inserted. ‘Cause I never make mistakes. Nope, never.

Rear-facing weight limits: 5-45 lbs.
Forward-facing weight limits: 22-70 lbs.


Evenflo Secure Kid Review – the new lightweight champion of combination seats?


Evenflo SecureKid LX - KohlEvenflo’s newest addition to their child restraint lineup is the much-anticipated Secure Kid LX and Secure Kid DLX combination harness/booster seats. Here at CarseatBlog, we know it’s our job to give you the kind of thorough, professional, parent-perspective reviews that you’re just not going to find anywhere else on the Net.  And we take that responsibility seriously, so here it goes…. First, let’s clarify the differences between the LX and DLX models:

  • Secure Kid DLX:  This is the premium model with Evenflo’s patented, self-ratcheting SureLATCH lower LATCH connectors and their “e3” side impact protection technology which utilizes 3 different types of energy-absorbing foam in the headwings to minimize crash forces.
  • Secure Kid LX:  This model offers nice, push-on lower LATCH connectors (Evenflo calls them “Quick Connectors”) and EPP energy-absorbing foam lining the headwings. This is NOT a low end, stripped-down model by any means. And the price point is about $20 less than the 400 model.
  • “Platinum” Secure Kid DLX: This model is a BRU exclusive. It offers all of the features of the DLX model plus buckle pockets and OUTLAST performance fabric. We have a separate review of the Platinum SecureKid DLX model here.

The sample used for this review is the Secure Kid LX.  It’s definitely a gender-neutral pattern that should appeal to most grownups and look good in most vehicles. If you know me, you know I’m a fan of fun, colorful and kid-appealing. This falls a little short on those counts but the integrated dual cupholders are bound to be a hit with almost any kid so that makes up for the basic, neutral fabric in my opinion.