UPPAbaby Knox Convertible and Alta Booster Preview

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2019 UPPAbaby Knox Convertible Carseat and Alta Booster Preview

We knew UPPAbaby was unveiling new seats at this year’s ABC Kids Expo, so we made sure to get to their booth bright and early on the first day so we could bring you all the details. The company is expanding their lineup with a convertible (called Knox) and a booster seat (Alta).

Knox

The Knox (named that because it keeps your child secure, like Fort Knox) has a lot of great features, including an innovative solution for reducing the downward rotation that happens when a rear-facing seat moves down and toward the front of the vehicle in a crash. Being able to reduce downward rotation helps immensely to reduce potential injuries to a rear-facing child. Until now, the only ways to significantly reduce downward rotation have been with load legs or Australian tethering, in which the top tether goes around the shell of a rear-facing seat and connects to the car’s top tether anchor.

Because of various regulatory issues, it’s unlikely we’ll see a convertible seat with a load leg in the U.S. anytime soon (though I’d be happy if someone proves me wrong). Australian tethering is a lightweight solution, but it also means there are straps running between the back of the child restraint and the car’s tether anchor, making it harder to load children in and out of their seats.

UPPAbaby’s solution is to use what they call a “Universal Tether.” This looks like the normal, single-strap tether parents are used to (typically for forward-facing), but when the seat is rear-facing, the tether can be routed around the back of the seat and attached to the car’s regular top tether anchor. Because it only routes around one side of the seat, it leaves the other side clear for easy loading of the child.

 

The Knox also features the company’s SMARTSecure system for installing both rear- and forward-facing. That consists of a channel for the lap belt, with an indicator that changes from green to red when it senses the seat is tight enough. Once the belt is tight, the shoulder portion slides under the lock-off closest to the retractor that keeps it secure. (When installing with lower anchors, the LATCH belt goes through the same channel as the lap belt, so the tension indicator will work for that mode as well.)

The Knox is rated from 14-40 pounds rear-facing and 25-65 forward-facing. You’ll notice that 14-lb minimum is much higher than most convertibles on the market. Because most parents start off with infant seats and don’t tend to put their children in convertibles until later anyway, the company feels it was able to create a better seat by focusing on a narrower range of child sizes. The higher weight minimum also means the seat installs more upright than it would have to for a newborn, which means it will take up less room in the car.

Parents who want to use the Knox from birth will have the option of purchasing a separate newborn insert. The insert is very substantial, raising the baby up so the lowest harness position will be at or below their shoulders. The insert is angled to add the additional recline a newborn would need (without requiring the seat itself to be reclined more). The design also allows an infant’s head to tilt back farther, helping to keep the airway open. If parents choose to purchase the newborn insert, that can be used from 5 pounds until the child has good head control and their shoulders reach the lowest harness position. (More exact requirements might come as the company finalizes the product.)

  

The Knox features side-impact pods on both sides and EPP foam throughout the seat. Plus there’s a removable cup holder!

The Knox should be available in the summer of 2019. Regular fashions will retail for around $399, and the Bryce fashion (gray wool with no flame retardants) will retail for around $449.

You can see the Facebook Live video we did from the show, highlighting Knox’s features (please note that in the video, the UPPAbaby rep shows to route the shoulder belt through both lockoffs, but it’s really only supposed to be routed through the one closest to the seat belt retractor):

  

Alta

UPPAbaby’s new highback booster is the Alta, which will be rated for 40-100 pounds and up to 57″. (It sounds like the company will recommend that children be at least 5 years old to use the seat, but we don’t know yet whether that will be a requirement or just a recommendation.) We measured the top belt guide position at about 20″.

   

Safety features include a lap-belt positioner that is required to be used at all times to help ensure proper belt fit and to reduce the possibility of a child submarining under the belt. The Alta also has rigid LATCH to help keep the seat secure when unoccupied and positioned properly when in use. The LATCH mechanism is very easy to access and store, as you can see in this quick video:

Like the Knox, the Alta has side-impact pods, EPP foam, and a removable cup holder.

The Alta should also be available in the summer of 2019, and will likely retail for somewhere around $179. (Pricing is not finalized yet.)

We’ll bring you reviews of both seats as soon as they’re available!

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10-Year Blogiversary & CPS Week Grand Finale ~ Maxi-Cosi Magellan Max 5-in-1 Convertible GIVEAWAY!

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It’s National Child Passenger Safety Week and we’re also wrapping up our summer-long “Blogiversary Celebration”, toasting to 10 wonderful years of CarseatBlog.com! We’ve given away some awesome carseats in the last few months and we would like to thank all of our readers and followers for making us the most trusted source for professional carseat reviews, ratings, deals & news. We would also like to thank our generous manufacturer friends and sponsors for supplying all the amazing loot we’ve given away recently! Cheers!

For our Blogiversary Grand Finale, we’ve partnered with our incredibly generous sponsor, Maxi-Cosi to give away TEN brand new Maxi-Cosi Magellan Max 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seats! That’s right, we’re giving away 10 fabulous new Maxi-Cosi Magellan Max convertible seats to celebrate 10 fabulous years of CarseatBlog! 😀 Winners will have their choice of available Magellan Max fashions.

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating ~ winners will be announced shortly!

MAXI-COSI MAGELLAN MAX SPECS:

  • Rear-Facing 5-40 lbs., 40″ or less
  • Forward-Facing 22-65 lbs., 29-49″
  • Booster Mode 40-120 lbs., 43-57″

MAGELLAN MAX FEATURES:

  • 14-position headrest with no-rethread harness
  • Air-Protect technology for enhanced side-impact protection
  • Unique 3-position torso adjustments make the shell taller as your child grows
  • Magnetic “Clip-Quik” chest clip
  • Spring-assisted “Easy Out Harness System” strap covers and buckle cover lift harness out of the way for easier loading and unloading
  • Lockoffs for rear-facing & forward-facing seatbelt installations
  • Push-on LATCH connectors
  • 7-position adjustable base
  • Harness storage for use in booster mode
  • Premium self-wicking fabrics provide superior comfort
  • Machine washable and dryer-safe cover
  • Dual dishwasher-safe cupholders
  • 10-year lifespan before expiration

      

HOW TO ENTER MAGELLAN MAX GIVEAWAY

  • Leave us a comment below (required to be eligible to win), then click on Rafflecopter to qualify yourself.
  • For extra entries, be sure to follow the Rafflecopter instructions to like and follow our Facebook page, like and follow the Maxi-Cosi USA Facebook Page and tweet about the giveaway!

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Now for the fine print – winner must have a U.S. address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded per winner. 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 October 7, 2018, and ten random winners will be chosen shortly thereafter. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 7 days, a new winner will be selected.

  

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Belt-Positioning Boosters with LATCH

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2018 Booster Seats with Lower LATCH Connectors

Are you looking for a dedicated belt-positioning booster with lower LATCH connectors? When you are a brand-new parent, LATCH is one of the carseat features you treasure most. It’s drilled into you that you must use LATCH to install your carseat. As you become a more seasoned parent and learn the ropes, you learn that LATCH is really a convenience feature and has its own set of rules that may preclude its use, like weight limits, being unable to use LATCH and the seat belt to install a carseat, and being unable to use it in the center of the back seat in many vehicles. But, there are many scenarios in which you can use LATCH.

Did you know that some booster seats have LATCH? It’s true! Perhaps that’s confusing to you because of those LATCH weight limits—booster seats are for higher weight kids, after all—or because you can’t install a carseat with both LATCH and the seat belt. Well, you’re right. Let me explain how it all applies to booster seats.

  

Once a child is using a booster seat, the seat belt is restraining the child. The lower LATCH connectors are only holding the weight of the booster seat. They are considered a convenience feature so that the booster doesn’t become a projectile in a sudden stop or crash when the child isn’t riding in the vehicle (always read the manual because at least one manufacturer (Chicco) requires the booster to be buckled as well as LATCHed when the seat is not being used). Having the booster “installed” also makes it easier for the child to climb in and buckle up because the booster stays in place. Just because the booster has lower LATCH connectors doesn’t mean you must use them; you can put the connectors in their storage area and use the booster seat as you would any other booster that doesn’t have the feature.

Along with reading the booster seat owner’s manual, read your vehicle owner’s manual. At least one manufacturer (Tesla) doesn’t allow boosters to be installed with LATCH, though installing harnessed carseats with LATCH is approved.

What about Combination Seats?

Combination carseats are harnessed seats that convert to belt-positioning booster seats (sometimes called harnessed boosters or harness-to-booster seats). While some combo seats are able to be installed with their LATCH connectors when converted to a booster (check the owner’s manual in the booster section), I’m talking strictly about dedicated belt-positioning boosters here.

Is LATCHing a Booster Safe in a Crash?

Well, it’s complicated. There have been very few studies done on using LATCH with boosters. Rigid LATCH, shown in the pic to the right, keeps the booster tightly coupled to the vehicle and has demonstrated improved outcomes for dummies in side impacts, though flexible strap LATCH (the kind you find on most carseats) may provide better performance in terms of keeping the seat belt in place on the dummy. And it comes down to dummies not acting like human bodies—did I mention it was complicated?

Does this all translate to increased injury? Other passengers in the back seat help mitigate injury, where the impact occurs, and safety features of the vehicle all play a role. What we do know is there needs to be more research done because it’s still relatively new with few boosters having LATCH as a feature. As the research is conducted, we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

The most important thing, whether or not you use a LATCHable booster or not, is to use a booster until your child can pass all 5 steps of the 5-Step test. By doing so, you lower your child’s risk of injury by 45% in a crash.

List of LATCHable Boosters​

Belt-Positioning Booster Name

MSRP

Britax Highpoint

$149.99

Britax Midpoint

$119.99

Britax Skyline

$99.99

Chicco KidFit

$99.99

Chicco KidFit Zip

$129.99

Clek Oobr

$299.99

Clek Olli

$99.99

Clek Ozzi

Clek Ozzi

$74.99

Diono Cambria

$79.99

Diono Monterey XT

$99.99

Graco AFFIX highback and backless

$79.99

Graco TurboBooster LX highback and backless

$79.99

Harmony Big Boost Deluxe

Maxi-Cosi RodiFix

$249.99

Nuna AACE

$199.95

Peg Perego Viaggio Flex 120

$299.99

Peg Perego Viaggio Shuttle

$119.99

Peg Perego Viaggio Shuttle Plus

$279.99

Peg Perego Viaggio HBB 120

$199.99

Updated 9/20/18

 

10-Year Blogiversary Celebration ~ Clek Fllo Mammoth Convertible *Giveaway*!

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This summer marks a full decade of CarseatBlog.com! We can hardly believe it. In some ways, it seems like not so long ago that we began writing about carseats, child passenger safety, and vehicle safety. In other ways, it feels like we’ve been doing this for eternity! 😀 Along the way we’ve shared a lot of laughs, made amazing friends, written over 1,500 blog posts and reviewed over 120 carseats and boosters!

Whether you’re new to CarseatBlog.com or have been with us since the start in 2008 – we’d like to share our celebration (and our cupcakes) with you! You are the reason we’re still here 10 years later, still blogging away, always looking for ways to improve our content and better serve our readers.

For the past 2 months, we’ve been celebrating by giving away some awesome carseats! Consider it a personal “thank you” from Darren, Heather, Kecia, Jennie, Alicia, Katie and all of our guest bloggers at CarseatBlog!

This week we’ve partnered with our generous friends at Clek, to give away their new Clek Fllo in Mammoth! Mammoth is a charcoal grey fabric made of 100% Australian Merino wool, with no added flame-retardant. Besides being luxuriously soft, Mammoth is a body-temperature regulating, naturally hypoallergenic, breathable fabric.

This giveaway is open to residents of both the USA and Canada!

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating ~ a winner will be announced soon!

Clek Fllo Specs:

  • Rear-facing: 14-50 lbs (40 lbs. in Canada), 25-43”, able to sit upright alone, head at least 1” below top of headrest
  • Forward-facing: 22-65 lbs., 30-49”

Features:

  • Designed for extended rear-facing
  • Steel anti-rebound bar
  • Lockoffs for rear-facing and forward-facing
  • Advanced side-impact protection
  • Steel sub-structure with structural headrest
  • 5 sets of harness slots
  • Adjustable crotch strap: 2 separate lengths and 2 buckle positions
  • EACT Safety System: The Energy Absorbing Crumple Technology Safety System is an aluminum honeycomb that sits under the child, designed to absorb crash forces.
  • Narrow: Fllo is one of the narrowest convertibles currently on the market
  • Extended warranty on 2018 models: register your 2018 model Fllo within 90 days to receive an additional 2-year extended warranty.
  • Mammoth cover made from soft 100% Australian Merino wool, with no added chemical flame-retardants.

How to Enter Clek Fllo Mammoth Giveaway:

  • Leave us a comment below (required to be eligible to win), then click on Rafflecopter to qualify yourself.
  • For extra entries, be sure to follow the Rafflecopter instructions to like and follow our Facebook page, like and follow the Clek Facebook Page and tweet about the giveaway!

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Now for the fine print – winner must have a USA or Canadian shipping address to claim the prize. Only one prize will be awarded. 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 September 30, 2018, and one random winner will be chosen shortly thereafter. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 7 days, a new winner will be selected.

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. If you are in the US or Canada, your comment is not lost; it just goes into a moderated queue where it has to be manually approved by one of us. This may take a few hours depending on our availability. If you are outside of the US or Canada, your comment may be blocked by our system. Thank you for understanding, as this is the only way we have to manage spam comments.

Good luck!