The Ally 35 seems promising in many ways. The low strap height will fit infants well, and the European routing method of baseless installation and relatively light carrier weight make it a good choice for travel. However, we are very discouraged that it’s already in stores with no instructions on how to adjust the crotch buckle, and the upright angle makes us less likely to recommend it for preemies and low birthweight babies, who would fit well in it otherwise. We’d love to take a further look at the Ally 35 once the instructions in the manual are clarified.
The Britax Two Way Elite is a versatile, well loved car seat in Europe. It’s best known for its extended rear facing capacities for tall children and for its ability to fit in small vehicles.
This recall applies to Canada only. Harmony has issued a recall for the Optyma combination car seat. Issue: the harness straps can be positioned incorrectly on the splitter plate. This issue could potentially result in the straps being loosened or unsecured. Date range: This issue applies to Optyma car seats made between December 27, 2017
Rear facing only car seats offer quite a lot when it comes to convenience. These types of car seats typically include two parts — a base that remains installed in the vehicle and an infant carrier portion that easily snaps in and out of the base. Many caregivers like this type of car seat for newborns and younger babies because it makes bringing the baby to and from the vehicle fairly easy. We’ll highlight some of the common challenges and suggest ways to use your child’s rear facing only car seat safely.
Buckle crunch is not a candy bar. It’s a situation where the vehicle seat belt’s buckle is pulled up into the belt path of a car seat. Instead of the seat belt webbing doing all the work of restraining the car seat, the hard plastic of the buckle is pulled inside the belt path. This makes for an insecure installation because the plastic of the buckle can shatter or the car seat can shift along the plastic portion of the buckle instead of being held back by the webbing.
The Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC) is a German automobile organisation that performs rigorous crash tests on car seats. Twice a year, a selection of car seats are tested and rated on various criteria. Let’s take a look at the results from Spring 2018!
Cybex is a name well known to those in search of trendy, unique seats. The Cybex Aton and Aton Q are compact, colorful rear facing only seats, and the Cybex Solution boosters are well-featured, padded, colorful additions to the booster world. And now, Cybex has introduced a convertible to the US Market! Let’s take a look at the new Sirona M.
The Maxi-Cosi Pria 65 has a lot of comfort features and would be a good choice for small, average, and even some tall children (depending on how they carry their height), and will work nicely in a wide variety of vehicles.
The Britax Highpoint is a very nice booster seat that’s easy to use. We’re particularly fond of the plush cover, the lower anchors, and the consistent vehicle seat belt fit that it offered to our young passengers.
Families who don’t find themselves moving booster seats between vehicles too often (or who don’t mind contorting themselves around the seat to move it) and/or families who have children who are prone to overheating will find a solid choice in the Kobuk Booster Seat.