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Except, when you try to install it, you discover it barely fits. The LATCH straps won’t reach the hooks in the seat. It’s impossible to get the seat angled properly so baby’s head won’t slump. And no matter how hard you try, you cannot get it strapped tightly enough, so the seat is flopping around everywhere. There’s no way you can bring baby home in a car seat that just won’t work.
One in three children who die in auto accidents aren't protected by seat belts or car seats, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since the implementation of laws and national awareness campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, deaths have plummeted. In children younger than a year, for example, the proper use of car seats has reduced deaths by 71%.
Features: 4-35 lbs.; up to 32″ tall; no re-thread harness with 6 height positions; single buckle position; adjustable base with anti-rebound bar and load leg; push-on lower LATCH connectors; built-in lockoff for easy seatbelt installations; EPS foam; 2-stage infant insert; has unique anti-rebound handle and European beltpath routing when installed without base; huge canopy.
Very young children are especially at risk for head and spinal cord injuries because their bones and ligaments are still developing. Their heads are also proportionately larger than their necks, so the structural support system is still a little wobbly. Rear-facing seats give the best support to your child's head, neck, and spine, and prevent your child's head from being thrown away from his body in the event of a car crash. 

Hi there, I’m having a hard time finding safety reviews on the Chicco MyFit LE harness car seat. It was released early this year with a new latch system, which is different from the Chicco Myfit harness car seat. Do you know anything abt the seat? Any safety ratings or insight you could provide would be helpful. I posted my question on the Chicco website and then it was mysteriously deleted. Then I emailed the company directly without response. Thank you.
We found that the Britax Frontier was one of the easiest booster seats to install overall thanks to its ClickTight technology. The headrest has 9 positions to grow with your child. The seat cover is easy to remove and wash or just spot clean. The weight limits (90 lbs forward-facing, 120 pounds booster) and height limits (58 in. forward-facing, 62 in. booster) are quite high. Plus, heavy padding and quality construction mean it will probably last through at least a couple of kids.

Our Comments: We jokingly refer to Extend2Fit as the “Shut Up and Take My Money Seat” because it’s a home run for Graco! A top choice for extended rear-facing. Easy to install in most vehicles but discontinue installation with lower LATCH connectors and use seatbelt (plus tether if forward-facing) to install if child weighs more than 45 lbs. Since this seat lacks a lockoff for seatbelt installations you must read your vehicle owner’s manual to determine how your seatbelts lock in order to properly install the E2F with a seatbelt. Should fit average-sized full-term newborns well but may not be a good fit for low birthweight babies or preemies. See our full Extend2Fit review here.
Even if your baby's legs are touching the seat back, or the baby cries when rear-facing, you should still keep baby rear-facing until he or she reaches the rear-facing weight or height limit of the car seat. Most convertible car seats have rear-facing weight limits of 35-40 pounds now, so you should be able to keep your toddler rear-facing to age 2, if not longer. Some children never like sitting in a car seat, and they may cry. However, being properly restrained makes it more likely that a baby or toddler will survive a crash to cry another day.
Drawbacks: No lockoffs for seatbelt installation but you can use LATCH up to 50 lbs.; moving LATCH belt from RF beltpath to FF beltpath is challenging; both seats come out of the box with the LATCH strap routed in forward-facing beltpath which means parents will have to make this adjustment before they can install the seat in the rear-facing position.
A. Rear-facing car seats are designed to protect the fragile skeletal and muscular structure of their occupants. When an infant or toddler faces forward during a crash, the head snaps forward, causing softer neck and spinal bones to separate. This is an injury worse than whiplash. A rear-facing car seat is designed to cushion the head and prevent those whiplash-like injuries. Parents may want to have face-to-face time with their children, but safety should be a larger concern when transporting a fragile young passenger in a vehicle.
Also called car seat / stroller combos. Several infant car seats you’ll see here can either be bought alone or as part of a travel system. The seat will simply click onto the stroller. You may already have a stroller. But keep in mind that not all infant seats are compatible with all strollers, as is the case with the UPPAbaby MESA, which only fits the Vista and Cruz UPPAbaby strollers.
Some parents have reported that they feel like the seat loosens more frequently than other seats, but it could be due to vehicle seat design, user error, or a wiggly child. Even if your child doesn’t move a lot, it might be a smart idea to check the seat for looseness regularly. There have been no recent recalls of this seat, however. But be sure to thoroughly inspect all parts and if anything is broken or malfunctioning, contact the seller and ask for a refund or exchange.
Many police and fire departments now have officers/firefighters who are certified child passenger technicians. You can contact your local police force to ask. Otherwise, you can search for local car seat inspection centers and professional installers near you. The technicians will be able to verify if your car seat is safely installed and help you do it the right way.
Note that this seat does NOT convert to a backless booster. Quality control can be hit or miss with this seat. As far as visual appeal goes, the seat is superb for the younger kids who love Disney and other superhero characters. Once your kids approach the upper limit for the booster seat however, they may be very disenchanted with the look and want something more “grown up”.
Safety is a priority with the Evenflo Amp Performance. This booster seat was designed and tested at roughly two times the federal crash standard. In the event of an accident, research suggests that this seat maintains its structural integrity — a plus for safety-minded parents. The seat also comes with a removable, 100% polyester pad for easy washing and dual cup holders that are accessible to most children.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all infants ride rear-facing starting with their first ride home from the hospital. All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat manufacturer. When infants outgrow their rear-facing–only seat, a convertible seat installed rear facing is needed. Most convertible seats have limits that will permit children to ride rear-facing for 2 years or more.
Except, when you try to install it, you discover it barely fits. The LATCH straps won’t reach the hooks in the seat. It’s impossible to get the seat angled properly so baby’s head won’t slump. And no matter how hard you try, you cannot get it strapped tightly enough, so the seat is flopping around everywhere. There’s no way you can bring baby home in a car seat that just won’t work.

Our comments: Consumers are encouraged to always use the seatbelt with the ClickTight system to install these seats. Very easy to install properly rear-facing or forward-facing with ClickTight. Very easy to use correctly. Excellent option for extended rear-facing for kids under 40 lbs. Fits newborns very well. If you don’t need the maximum recline angle (for a newborn or very young baby), then these seats do not take up a lot of space when rear-facing so they are a good option for smaller vehicles. Anti-rebound bar (ARB) accessory is available for purchase if you want that additional feature. See our full review of the Britax Marathon CT here, full review of the Britax Boulevard CT here. See our full review of the Britax Advocate CT with ARB here.
It’s no surprise that children grow fast! When your child has outgrown the height and/or weight limits for their harnessed car seat, it’s time to shop for the best booster car seat you can find. Booster seats are designed to help prepare your child for using the vehicle seat belt alone. They properly align the vehicle belt across your child’s lap and shoulder.
Our comments: This unique “kid-positioner” fits kids bigger, older kids when traditional boosters don’t. Its short stature boosts those bigger kids up just enough for proper belt fit while its plain design makes it look more like a vehicle cushion than a booster. Shorter adults have even been known to use it to improve belt fit! See our preview and kid-written review of this terrific product.
It’s made of an extremely durable “grime guard” fabric and is placed directly over the seat of your chair. Not only does it protect against food, it also protects against scratching, which is important if you’ve got a nice set of wood dining room chairs. There are also traction pads on the bottom to keep it firmly in place and help prevent the booster chair from slipping.
Britax is known for top-of-the-line quality. Britax car seats may cost a bit more than some others. This is because every Britax car seat is manufactured to the highest quality standards and is designed to deliver superior safety and enhanced comfort. With careful attention paid to each detail from the shell to the stitching, you can count on a well-made product. That said, Britax offers an extensive range of car seats with an option for just about every budget.
The Chicco KidFit is for kids who weigh between 30 and 110 pounds and are between 38" and 57" tall. The back of the seat can be removed, depending on your and your child’s preferences, and the booster seat has easy-to-use seat belt guides. Further, it features 10-position head and shoulder side-impact protection, as well as a contoured, reclining seat with double foam padding for both protection and comfort. Finally, both the seat and ​armrests have removable, washable covers, making it easy to keep the car seat clean.
Differences between Foonf & Fllo: Foonf has rigid lower LATCH connectors for forward-facing; sits up higher when rear-facing due to its unique base; has rear-facing LATCH weight limit of 25 lbs. and requires using the anti-rebound bar. Fllo has flexible (typical) deluxe LATCH connectors for both rear-facing and forward-facing, a different base that sits a little bit lower; rear-facing LATCH weight limit of 35 lbs. and the anti-rebound bar is optional.
For infant car seats, height and weight limits vary greatly, with many of them topping out at about 25 – 30 pounds. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) now recommends that children ride rear-facing for as long as possible (as opposed to 2 years old). So car seat manufacturers are designing more infant seats with higher weight limits of 35 pounds and more. This allows extended rear-facing well past 2 years for most children.
The Chicco Fit2 infant car seat is a step above the top-rated KeyFit in its dual-mode design and added safety features. The unique 2-stage adjustable base allows for a better fit for toddlers who are rear-facing. For those who are worried about lack of legroom for toddlers, this could be a great option. It comes in 3 colors and is designed for babies 4 – 35 pounds.
Our comments: We recommend only for kids over 4 years old who weigh at least 40 lbs. and are mature enough to sit properly in a booster. It’s reasonably priced, comfortable, LATCHable and tends to fit kids of different ages and sizes well. We just wish it was a little bit taller! The KidFit has a Best Bet rating from the IIHS in both highback and backless mode. See our Chicco KidFit review here.
A backless booster seat must be used with a lap and a shoulder belt. These work together to keep your child safe. These are considered the most efficient booster seats because they are easy to move from car to car. However, there are a few fit requirements: your car needs to have a headrest, and your child’s ears must be no less than one inch below the top of the vehicle headrest when he is sitting down.

During a crash, occupants will travel towards the point of impact. When a child is forward facing in a 50km/h frontal accident, the force of the crash pushes the head forward at 180-300kg and thrusts the neck, arms and legs forward while the harness holds the child’s underdeveloped rib cage in the seat. In crash tests, the neck of the crash test dummy has been stretched as much as 2 inches. However the spine cannot be stretched more than a quarter of an inch before transecting/snapping. This in conjunction with force of the car crash can lead to catastrophic injuries, internal organs damage, paralysis or even death. This is one of the main risks associated with using forward facing car seats.

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You may have heard that babies can ride forward-facing at 1 year old or 20 pounds from many well-meaning sources. That's the old standard, though. All children are safer if they remain in a rear-facing car seat beyond their first birthday. Thanks to higher rear-facing weight limits on car seats, nearly all toddlers can remain rear-facing to age 2 and beyond.
Specifically designed for newborns and younger babies, infant car seats may only be used in the rear-facing position. Experts unanimously agree that this is the safest position, and most recommend starting out with an infant car seat. At the time of this writing, all Britax infant car seats feature the Click & Go system for effortless connection to any Britax stroller.
Many parents choose to start their babies out in infant seats simply for the added convenience. Infant seats can easily be removed from your car, carried, and locked into a stroller since they include a detachable base. In terms of safety, convertible car seats are just as safe for newborns and infants as long as the weight minimum is met and they are used properly. Look for seats which offer a newborn insert to best fit a small infant.

Britax offers state-of-the-art side-impact protection and head/neck support. Britax was the first car seat manufacturer to recognize the need for improved side-impact protection. Realizing that one out of three car crashes are in the form of side-on collisions, Britax set about finding a safer solution. The first step was lining car seat walls with shock-absorbing EPS foam back in 1996. While other manufacturers soon followed suit, we can thank Britax for setting the industry standard. In 2002, they introduced the first energy-absorbing headrest for improved head and neck stability. Later, in 2009, they brought forth yet another breakthrough offering in the form of external cushions with energy-diverting technology.
Our car seat buying guide will help you find the best car seat for your child at each stage, as well as tips to navigate your way around car seat features and installation. Our ratings reflect how easy seats are to use, how well they fit into challenging vehicles, and how they perform for crash protection in our own specialized testing that challenges seats beyond the federal safety standard.
All Britax convertible car seats come with a patented V-shaped top tether that's designed to minimize seat rotation and divert collision forces. Furthermore, every Britax convertible car seat is made from premium materials and designed for superior durability. However, just like the company’s line of infant car seats, Britax convertible car seats are sold at a range of prices to suit different budgets. The main trade-offs for a lower-cost Britax convertible car seat versus a pricey one are padding (for both comfort and impact protection) and convenience features.
I just bought a High Point for my 5 year old for my in-laws car. She has Pinnacles in mine, my husband’s and my mom’s vehicles. We are hooked on Britax. She’s never ridden in anything else. Where the physical differences seem to be pretty significant, I am still very happy with the purchase. It’s significantly lighter and therefore easier to move in and out. Installation is a breeze, but not as secure as the clicktight in the pinnacles. The combination of the side impact protection, shoulder belt positioner, and secure guard, eases my fears that she would be protected in an accident. Side note: I’m a seasoned Paramedic and EMS Instructor. Car seat safety is VERY important to me.
Police can and will enforce car seat laws as a secondary offense. Harried parents and other caregivers may decide that a quick trip to the grocery store or local park doesn't require bundling the child in a rear-facing car seat and harness. But in the eyes of the law, there are very few excuses for putting a child at such risk. Drivers pulled over for minor traffic infractions can also be ticketed for violating child seat laws if the officer notices an improperly restrained child.
Drawbacks: Very heavy; LATCH installations are very limited due to LATCH weight limits; if seat is attached with LATCH, the hook connectors can be very challenging to disconnect from the lower anchor bars in the vehicle; HUGS pads can be bulky and annoying if you are using the seat for a newborn or small baby but they are optional for rear-facing so you can remove them if they get in the way more than anything else. Just remember to put them back on before using the seat forward-facing. HUGS pads are required for forward-facing. M
Our comments: Excellent overall if you are planning to use an infant seat from birth and then transition to a convertible when your baby is bigger/older. The 50 lbs. rear-facing weight limit gives parents the option to keep their kids rear-facing longer but the top harness slots aren’t especially tall (16″) so it will be outgrown by height in the forward-facing position long before the 65 lbs. weight limit is reached. Rava is one of the most expensive convertibles on the market but the quality and features are all top-notch and the styling and fashions are luxurious. LATCH weight limits are 35. lbs in the rear-facing position and 40 lbs. forward-facing but Nuna recommends installation with seatbelt so you don’t have to remember to switch from one installation method to another when your child reaches a certain weight. See our complete Rava review here.
There is no one set way to install a car seat. You should always thoroughly read the manual before doing anything. Good manuals will have clear directions in many different languages as well as models and diagrams that you can use. If you’re still having trouble installing the seat, look for tips and installation videos on YouTube or the manufacturer’s website.
Features: Rear-facing 9-40 lbs. (Pria 70), 14-40 lbs. (Pria 85); Forward-facing 22-70 lbs. (Pria 70), 22-85 lbs. (Pria 85). Both seats have no re-thread harness; deep head wings with Air Protect technology for enhanced side-impact protection; push-on LATCH connectors; 3 position base; integrated cup holder, easy remove covers that are machine washable and dryer safe.
For infant car seats, height and weight limits vary greatly, with many of them topping out at about 25 – 30 pounds. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) now recommends that children ride rear-facing for as long as possible (as opposed to 2 years old). So car seat manufacturers are designing more infant seats with higher weight limits of 35 pounds and more. This allows extended rear-facing well past 2 years for most children. 

Parents should never skip the booster seat stage after convertible car seat graduation. Most states allow parents to switch from a front-facing convertible car seat to a belted booster seat after the child has outgrown the convertible seat harness or has reached age four. This booster seat phase is very important in terms of safety and seat design. It should never be skipped in favor of a regular seatbelt.
Booster seats are designed for children who have outgrown their forward-facing seat and weigh at least 18 kg (40 lb). A booster seat helps children sit comfortably by raising them up so they can sit up against the seatback with their knees bent over the edge of the booster or vehicle seat. Even if a booster seat meets Canadian regulations, the booster seat you choose needs to fit your child, and your vehicle.
The Graco Backless TurboBooster's safety ratings are definitely impressive. The IIHS awarded this seat the coveted “Best Bet” designation for its outstanding ability to protect riders in the event of an accident. Aesthetically speaking, this booster's Disney Cars pattern will appeal to children of all ages. The colorful seat, with solid black accents and white piping, brightens up a car's interior while supplying dual hideaway cup holders and removable padded seat cushions. Note: A pink Disney princess seat is available for those children who might prefer a different design. 

Our comments: Both Nautilus models offer a no-rethread harness. Both are generally easy to install and use correctly although the new Nautilus SnugLock model has a nifty tensioning and locking feature that makes it super easy to achieve a secure installation. Use seatbelt plus tether to install if child weighs more than 45 lbs. Since the original Nautilus models lack a lockoff for seatbelt installations you must read your vehicle owner’s manual to determine how your seatbelts lock in order to properly install that model with seatbelt. The original Nautilus models and the Nautilus SnugLock DLX have a Best Bet rating from the IIHS when used in highback mode.