Monday, October 5, 2009

Review: Safety 1st Complete Air Car Seat

With Blake quickly outgrowing his current car seat, we went on the hunt for a new one. I had remembered seeing the New Complete Air Car Seat on display at BlogHer, so we did some research on this seat and this is what we found out.

The New Safety 1st Complete Air Convertible Car Seat with Air Protect Side Impact Technology is perfect for infants rear-facing from 5-40 lbs. and 19"-40" and toddlers forward-facing from 22-50 lbs. and 34"-45".

Air Protect Revolutionary Side Impact Technology is a breakthrough system that shields baby's head and immediately reduces side impact forces through the precise release of air. Their Quick Fit Harness System adjusts harness height from the front in one easy step without uninstalling from the car. And, one click LATCH installation system allows for faster and easier installation when moving between vehicles. This seat offers a 5-position adjustable headrest, which easily accommodates your growing child.

Here is some information from the Safety 1st site: 1 in 4 car crashes involving children are side impact collisions. They are by far the deadliest type of collision for children, accounting for 1 in 3 child fatalities; nearly all of which are caused by head trauma. Safety 1st engineers designed Air Protect™ using next generation testing methods that simulate the most violent types of side impact crashes, those with vehicle intrusion. Using this advanced methodology, Air Protect™ was engineered to defend your child in two vital ways. During a crash, the system immediately shields your child's head from the impact. In a second layer of defense, Air Protect™ allows air to escape from the headrest: channeling crash energy away from your child, creating more ride down time. It is this double layer of protection that makes Air Protect™ technology unique.

Safety 1st was nice enough to send us a Complete Air Car Seat to try in Harvest to review. First of all, I love the color, especially the brown on the headrest, which won't show sweat stains. I was impressed with how easy this seat was to install in the forward facing position. My favorite feature is the Quick Fit Harness system, which is awesome for fast growing babies! Blake really likes his new seat and here he is showing it off.

There are a few things that I recommend to Safety 1st for this seat. First, I would like for their to be either an elastic strap or Velcro to hold the straps when baby is removed from the seat. Second, I would like the bottom piece to Velcro in, as I found that it moves to easily from its position. And, lastly I would like the seat to come with strap covers for the neck area that would match the seat.

Overall, we are very pleased with the seat, and the suggestions that I have are for mostly cosmetic and ease of use reasons. I would recommend this seat to others and love that it actually accommodates kids till they are 50lbs as mine seem to hit that weight early.

Safety 1st Complete Air Seats are available at Babies R Us and retail for $249.99