Monthly Archive:: June 2013

2013 Chevrolet Traverse Video Review: Kids, Carseats & Safety


CarseatBlog has already reviewed the similar Buick Enclave.  In fact, we declared it as one of our two safest family vehicles for 2012!  For the 2013 model year, only minor changes were made to GM’s crossover trio that includes the Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia.  So, this review will be a bit less detailed than some of our other auto reviews.  The main changes for the Traverse are to styling, primarily the front end and the interior.  Also touted are minor improvements to the transmission and suspension.  For safety, GM’s front center airbag, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning are now available and the rear camera with a new 6.5″ screen is now standard.  The MyLink infotainment system with bluetooth streaming support is also available.


Please note that since our video above was made, the 2013 Traverse received the same top crash test ratings from the NHTSA as the 2012 and earlier models, so it remains one of the safest vehicles on the road!  For bigger families, there’s also an 8-passenger version that includes a second row bench seat, rather than captain’s chairs.  The 2nd row center seat is not particularly wide, but should accommodate a narrow carseat or passenger. We took a look at one at the Chicago Auto Show, but unfortunately the lighting available left our video a little dark, so apologies in advance!



Child Passenger Safety:

Overall, my comments are very similar to our previous review.  Like the Enclave,

Britax Pinnacle 90 Giveaway! (USA and Canada)


This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for participating!

First, congratulations to blog comment #303, koda&phiasmama, the winner of our Frontier 90 giveaway from Britax USA.  We’ll be contacting you shortly!

For our next giveaway, we’ve partnered again with our generous sponsor, Britax USA, to offer one Pinnacle 90 Combination Harness-2-Booster seat to a single winner!  This forward-facing only seat is for kids over age 2 who weigh at least 25 lbs. With the 5-point harness, it’s rated from 25 – 90 lbs and has very tall top harness slots.  In booster mode, it’s rated from 40-120 lbs.  Be sure to check out our review of the Pinnacle 90 HERE.  The winner will have their choice of available Pinnacle 90 fashions (subject to availability at contest end)!

  • To enter, you MUST reply to this blog and leave a comment below (only 1 entry per household).
  • If you also LIKE the CarseatBlog Facebook Page (if you haven’t already), CarseatBlog will send a winner a bonus prize, a pair of Britax Kick Mats to go along with your new Pinnacle 90.

Shipping to USA only, including Alaska and Hawaii.  Readers in Canada are welcome to enter, but a winner from Canada will be shipped a similar product for the Canadian market at the discretion of Britax Canada, most likely the Britax Pinnacle CT.  Shipping dates, product and fabric choices may be subject to availability in Canada at the time time contest closes.  Britax Kick Mat bonus must be shipped to a USA address only, sorry!

Now for the fine print:

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsored giveaway at during 2011 or 2012 (our own giveaways of goodie bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned). Blog writers and editors are also not eligible. Only one entry per household/family, please. If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above. We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules for any reason.

The contest will close on or around June 30th, 2013, and a random winner will be chosen on July 1st or shortly thereafter. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 30 days, a new winner will be selected.

Good luck!

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