The Evenflo Maestro is the workhorse of combination car seats: it doesn’t have a lot of flashy features, but for under $100 it will harness the average kindergartener. And for that, we love it!
In the market for a low-cost convertible seat that will last your child a few years? The Cosco Apt40 is the way to go.
Looking for an inexpensive, compact convertible car seat after the rear facing only seat is outgrown? The Safety 1st Guide 65 is a great convertible for just this situation. The Guide 65 rear faces to 40 lbs or 40″ and is easily found in most bix box stores. Check it out!
If your child’s seat is installed using lower anchors and the seat belt is within their reach, it poses the risk of strangulation if the child begins to play with it, particularly if your seat belt has a switchable locking retractor. Remember to buckle the seat belt before or after installation (just tuck it between the vehicle seat back and the car seat, don’t thread it in the belt path) and engage the locking mode by slowly pulling the seat belt all the way out.