Monthly Archive:: March 2012

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Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusmail is the official blog of is a group of forums designed to help parents and caregivers find answers to carseat dilemmas. We have a Canadian/International forum, a technical forum, and a forum for vehicle selection to name a few. Many of our blog readers found us through CSO, as we lovingly call it. If you found the blog through Google, you probably don’t know of some of the many helpful threads found on our forums. Following is a list of our favorite threads.


Have you tried to find a technician local to you but been unsuccessful? Try this link for a partial listing of CSO techs.


I know we have environmentally conscious readers (hey, I’m green too!) who would rather recycle their carseats than throw them out with the garbage when they’re at the end of their useful life or have been in a crash. This thread lists recycling centers—maybe you’ll find a center close to you!


Need to get 3 carseats across your back seat? Not sure if you can do it in your vehicle? Try searching this thread for help.


Do you have a special needs child? We have a forum for you!


Here’s a thread that shows booster comparisons for a thin child.


I know it’s getting warmer out now, but maybe I’ll plant a seed for next winter. Coats and carseats don’t mix and here’s a picture tutorial. and a somewhat updated version,


Hopefully this gives you a taste of what a goldmine CSO truly is. We have lots of techs and knowledgeable regulars who are willing and able to answer your child passenger safety questions.

Now for your role: do you have a favorite “upstairs” thread that you’ve found particularly helpful? Please post the link in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!

Evenflo Symphony 65 e3 Review: Impressive!


Here at CarseatBlog we’re very familiar with the Evenflo Symphony which first debuted back in 2008.  We’ve reviewed the first and second generation models of this popular 3-in-1 and we’re happy to report that the version with enhanced “e3” Side Impact Protection technology continues to impress!

Our most recent review of the 2015 Symphony DLX models can be found HERE.

First, let’s clarify that there are two versions of the Symphony that are currently available on store shelves. The Symphony DLX (previously named the Symphony 65 e3) is the premium model with SureLATCH connectors and deeper headwings for enhanced protection in side-impact crashes.  The Symphony 65 LX model has different headwings, lacks the high-end e3 foam (but still has plenty of energy-absorbing EPP foam) and has nice push-on lower LATCH connectors instead of Evenflo’s patented, self-ratcheting “SureLATCH” connectors.

Both models are very nice although I personally prefer the DLX version with deeper headwings if your child is going to be riding in either of the outboard seating positions in your vehicle.  If you plan on installing the carseat in the center position of your backseat (which is considered the safest spot in the vehicle since it’s the furthest away from any potential point of impact), then I think either model is fine.  Of course it never hurts to have more protection than your child might need but if you’re drawn to the LX model because you prefer the standard push-on connectors, or if you’re just trying to stay within your budget – the LX model still has a lot of great safety and convenience features to offer.

Currently, the “Porter” and “Ocala” fashions (pictured below) are available on and may offer the best Symphony DLX value.

Evenflo Sym65 - Ocala

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible Review


Peg Perego breaks into the convertible carseat market with the new Primo Viaggio Convertible. It’s been a long time in coming, but I think you’ll be happy with the results. Fine fabrics, thick harness webbing, and deluxe LATCH straps are what we’ve come to expect from Peg Perego and this carseat doesn’t disappoint. The Primo Viaggio rear-faces from 5-45 lbs., then converts to a forward-facing convertible for 22-65 lbs. and less than 49”.

The Primo Viaggio Convertible comes with harness covers and an infant cushion.


  • Weight limits: 5-45 lbs. rear-facing, 22-65 lbs. forward-facing
  • 10 harness slot positions on carseat: 9”-17”, highest rear-facing position is about 14.25”
  • 2 buckle slots: approx. 4.5”, 6”
  • Restraint weight: 21.5 lbs.
  • Width: approx. 18.5” at widest point (torso)
  • Seat depth: 10.5” to where edge starts to angle down
  • Seatback height: 21”; 24” with headrest in highest rear-facing position; 26” with headrest extended to top position
  • 7 year expiration

Contest: Get a car, slob!


There’s nothing quite like being at the ballpark. The strange aroma of hot dogs, peanuts, and beer wafting through the air. The crack of the bat. Men in tight pants. (Bear with me; I promise this will relate to car seats in a minute.) Anagrams.

What? Yes, creating anagrams, or the rearranging of a word’s letters, is a bit of a ballpark tradition for me. During particularly slow games (no, that’s not a redundancy), my dad and I often see if we can rearrange the names of various players. It doesn’t always work, but we can usually come up with something.

Sometimes the results are clever (DANNY TARTABULL became TAN BURNT L.A. LADY). Others are downright bizarre (PAUL ASSENMACHER became AH! MULE’S PANCREAS!). Every once in a while, we would accomplish the best kind of anagram: one that pertains to or describes the original word or phrase (TROY PERCIVAL became VICTOR PLAYER).

So what does this have to do with car seats?

The other night, I woke up around 3 a.m. and couldn’t go back to sleep. To try to tire myself out, I began anagramming car seat names in my mind. That wound up being a stupid idea, because not only did it not bore me to sleep, it got me so hyped up that I was awake for another two hours. I did come up with a great anagram, though, that I’ll share at the end of this post.

The next day, I pulled out some paper and started rearranging.



I’m surprised it hadn’t occurred to me before, but GRACO CARGO is an anagram of itself!

CARSEATBLOG wound up providing a wealth of great outcomes: BELT AS CARGO, CARS GOT ABLE, STABLE CARGO, CLEAR GOAT B.S., CLOG A BASTER, ESCARGOT LAB, and the title of this post, GET A CAR, SLOB!

That brings us to our contest. You won’t get a car (nor are you a slob), but you will have a chance to win a Joovy Doll Infant Seat.

Take a word, words, or phrase pertinent to car safety, scramble up the letters, and share your results. Use a car seat name or a few car seats together. Try to rearrange “Rear-face as long as possible.” Make an anagram of the content of FMVSS213. (Don’t really do that.) Whatever you’d like, as long as it pertains to vehicle safety.

(Hint: There are programs that will rearrange things for you. You can use them, though I’d recommend sticking to good ol’ pencil and paper for shorter words/phrases. It’s more fun that way.)

You must use ALL of the letters exactly one time. You can freely add punctuation wherever you’d like.

Submit your results in the comments section of this post. You may enter up to three times, but only include one anagram per response.

The contest will close two weeks from today, so think fast. CarseatBlog staff will select the cleverest anagram shortly thereafter. The winner will receive a Joovy Doll Infant Seat in his/her choice of blue or pink, shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. CarseatBlog staff and those with addresses outside the continental U.S. are not eligible to win, but can play for fun.

Get scrambling!

Oh, and the anagram I came up with in the middle of the night?