Monthly Archive:: July 2013

Graco Updates Carseat Buckle Design


gracozoomAs we have noted in the past, the buckles Graco has used on many of their carseats were changed a couple years ago.  Many of our readers and forum members have mentioned that the current ones can sometimes be more difficult to buckle and unbuckle than the previous design.  Part of the problems some owners experience appear to develop over time, as the mechanism gets dirty from routine spills, crumbs, dust and other stuff.  A proper cleaning can resolve some of these issues (see below), but Graco has also announced an update to the design being phased-in on various products!


The seats that will have the updated buckle include the MyRide 65/70, Size4Me/My Size 70/Head Wise 70 featuring Safety Surround, Nautilus and Argos car seats.

Consumers will begin to the see the updated buckles on some seats at the end of this month.




The change can be seen on the current (left) and updated (right) Graco Nautilus Car Seat above.  It’s no secret that CarseatBlog has often preferred the buckle systems made by IMMI (SafeGuard), and we are very happy to see that Graco will be using them!  Be sure to stay tuned next week for an awesome Graco giveaway at CarseatBlog!

For those having an issue with the buckles on a Graco model they already own, do not despair!  Graco’s great customer service has provided some options for you:

5 Year Blogiversary Celebration Giveaway ~ Snugli All-In-One Convertible!


Snugli All-In-OneEven though it’s our Blogiversary, this celebration isn’t about us – it’s about YOU. We know we’re lucky to have so many awesome readers and followers who all care deeply about keeping kids safe in and around motor vehicles. We want to reward you for supporting us throughout these past 5 years and the best reward we could think of was another incredible giveaway promotion!

This week we’ve partnered with our generous friends at Snugli to offer an awesome, Snugli All-In-One Convertible/Booster based on the popular Symphony 65!  This Snugli model offers all of the premium features of the Symphony 65 DLX (“e3″ Side-Impact protection, self-ratcheting SureLATCH connectors, infinite slide harness adjuster), plus it has memory foam for added comfort and Outlast® temperature-regulating fabric to keep kids cool in the heat!

Skin temperature plays a vital role in keeping children comfortable. By incorporating OUTLAST® technology, Snugli has combined safety and comfort to redefine the car seat category. This technology has the ability to:

  • Actively absorb and store excess heat, helping to reduce overheating
  • Allow the child to stay at a balanced temperature and prevent chilling during the cooler months; if the child’s skin temperature drops, the stored heat is released
  • Reduces perspiration so the child stays drier


The combination of memory foam, designer fashions and the fabric made with Outlast material (which is a technology originally developed for NASA) make this product the equivalent of a designer, temperature-regulating, tempurpedic pillow for your kid to ride around in every day!

This promotion is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. A winner will be announced soon! 

The Snugli All-In-One is a true “3-in-1” seat rated from 5-40 lbs rear-facing, 22-65 lbs forward-facing, and 40-110 lbs in booster mode. It works well in all modes of usage but it won’t be the last seat your child will ever need because it’s not particularly tall in booster mode.  The infinite slide harness adjuster is a fabulous feature – especially if you want a seat that you can easily adjust to fit multiple kids. Plus, it’s very easy to install with the SuperLATCH connectors which is a real bonus if you move your seats from vehicle-to-vehicle frequently. For more details please check out our full review of the Symphony 65 DLX here. We think highly of this seat and the Symphony 65 DLX is on our list of Recommended Seats.


There are three (3) ways to enter to win this fabulous All-In-One seat!

  • Leave a comment below (only 1 entry per household).
  • LIKE the CarseatBlog Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on our Snugli All-In-One giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).
  • LIKE the Snugli Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on the CarseatBlog & All-In-One giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).

Winner must have a U.S. shipping address. Canada is excluded – sorry!

Now for the fine print:

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsor giveaway at during 2012 or 2013 (our own giveaways of bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned). Current 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 or update the rules if necessary.
The giveaway promotion will close on Sunday night, 7/21, and a random winner will be chosen on Monday, 7/22. 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!

Please note: If this is your first comment at CarseatBlog, or if you are using a different computer/device or a new email address, your comment may not appear immediately. It will not be lost; it may just take a few hours for it to be approved. Thank you for your understanding and patience as this is the only way we have to reduce comment spam.

Winner will have their choice of either Starburst or Geo fashions!

Snugli All-In-One StarburstSnugli All-In-One - Geo

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible – now with rear-facing tether capabilities!


Peg Perego Primo Viaggio convertible - Alcantara fashionWe think very highly of the Peg Perego Viaggio Convertible and that’s why it’s on our list of Recommended Seats. Recently Peg Perego added the option to tether this seat in the rear-facing position. Rear-facing tethering isn’t required but it’s an added bonus if you have a suitable location in your vehicle to use for this purpose.

For those who are unfamiliar with the practice of “Swedish Style” tethering and its benefits – please see Heather’s very informative blog on the subject: How to Use a Rear-Facing Tether

Peg Perego added the rear facing tether strap to the 570 convertible seat in March 2013. All seats manufactured after 3/2013 include the additional RF tether strap. Anyone with a 570 Convertible made prior to March 2013 can obtain the rear-facing tether strap by calling Peg Perego during regular business hours at  (800) 671-1701.

PegViaggioConvertible - RF tether instructions


PegViaggioConvertible - RF tether instructions 2


The Peg Perego tether connector strap looks like this:

Peg RF tether strap


Peg strap compared with the current style Britax tether connector strap (Peg strap on top, Britax strap below). The current Britax “D-Ring” is just a hair longer (maybe .5 cm longer).

Peg vs. Britax RF tether strap


Peg Perego Viaggio Convertible installed RF with tether strap accessory:

Peg Viaggio Convertible installed with RF tether


For more information on the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible see our complete blog review HERE.


The Peg Viaggio Convertible is sold directly from for $329.99 with free shipping and free returns.

Graco HeadWise 70 Quick Review


Graco Headwise 70Graco’s Head Wise 70 convertible car seat with Safety Surround is the third in a great trilogy.  We’ve already reviewed the nearly identical Graco Size4Me 70 and it’s twin, the My Size 70.  The Head Wise 70 is very similar, with only minor changes that include the addition of the “Safety Surround” technology for enhanced side-impact protection and some variations in soft goods (covers and infant inserts).  So, this will just be a quick update and video review.  Please see our Size4Me 70 review for measurements and more information.  The Head Wise 70 is currently a Target exclusive, retailing around $199.


Video Review:


And here is a quick feature summary:


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