Frontier-90

This post entails a review done by New Zealand Child Restraints on the Britax Frontier 90 combined booster seat, dated October 2013. To see a larger image, click on the photo.

Brtiax Frontier 90

Britax Frontier 90

Basic seat facts:
Forward facing 11 – 54 kg (76 – 157 cm) At least 24 months old.
Harness mode to 40 kg
Maximum height – 157 cm
Standard – NZ “S” 1754 New Zealand + American FMVS 213.
Lifespan – 9 yrs

The Seat:
9 – height slots –  Adjustments from 29 – 48cm
Maximum booster slot height – 54 cm
2 – buckle slots – 17, 23.5 cm (from back of seat)
Seat width – 48 cm (across leg area)
Shoulder width – 32 cm
Leg width – 30 cm
Crotch buckle length -16.5 cm (Including buckle head)

Internal:
Bum to top  - 60 – 79 cm
Bum to legs – 35 cm

External:
Shell height – 71 – 91 cm
Back width – 34 cm
Base depth –  41 cm

Includes:
Chest clip
locking clip
Cup Holder x2
Push in lever to adjust harness.
Padded cover
Single engaging buckle tongues
Latch and top tether attachments
Easy install method

About the Frontier 90

A very generously sized combined booster seat (forward facing only) for children from 2 yrs. of age to they no longer require a car seat. This seat will fit many children to at least 8 years of age, quite possibly longer.

The seat harness is easy to adjust with one hand, just squeeze the lever on top of the seat head rest, and slide the headrest up, or down to the desired position (at, or above the shoulder). With 9 height adjustments is easy to move when needed to help maintain it as closely to the shoulders as possible.

The seat shell features plastic with steel reinforcement. It’s heavy but like other seats on the market, very solid and offers less flex during an accident.

Installation is a breeze, sit seat in the car, open front plate (under the child’s bottom) by sliding the buttons towards each other. The panel opens upwards, feed the seat belt into the belt path, passing both parts of the webbing through behind the armrests. Buckle the seat belt in, remove slack – no compression of the seat needed, and does not need to super tight, just a gentle pull, snap front panel back into place. The seat does not move, if so, open panel and pull a little bit more slack out (may be needed in cars with leather seats) and re-engage the front panel.

Top tether not required with children less than 29 kg (though can be used at all times, and should be where possible).

Seat also features isofix attachments, though with the super easy install method, it’s not like you’d need to use them.

Available in Onyx fashion, black with beige pin stripe, check patterning. Nylon fabric, easy to clean and wipeable.

Pros:

- Super easy to install
- High shoulder slots will last children to booster age easily
- Front recline lever
- Latch attachment slots to store away when not in use

Cons:
- Heavy seat
- Headrest foam may break easily if child pulls on it (while seated/mid tantrum)
- Headrest cover does not seem to fully cover headrest, which may help with above mentioned issue
- Awkward to carry

Expected retail price of this seat $549, from:

Kiwibaby
1013a Dominion Rd
Mt Roskill
Auckland

(Corner of Mt Albert and Dominion Roads, Enter driveway on
Mt Albert Road between Church and Christian bookshop).

Shop hours are Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm
Saturday 9.30am to 3pm

www.kiwibaby.com

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Please note, the “Frontier” model has existed in the US since 2007, they have had various models and features have differed between these. The model being sold here is the Frontier 90, this seat has the Click Tight install method, no side impact cushions, cup holders are solid back, the arm rests are fixed and cannot pivot. Some of the stores selling them have used the incorrect stock image. The images shown here are of the correct model, as sold at Kiwibaby.

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Evenflo Sureride

We’ve been road testing this seat and have found the following things:

It fits newborns well.
It can fit an average sized 4 year old boy rear facing
It’s so easy to install, this includes small cars and even leather seats
The sides are lovely and deep
No complaints of discomfort
So easy to swap between cars
No tether when rear facing


P
rem doll (36cm) too small. Newborn doll (46cm) good fit


4
 year old REAR FACING 4th slot from bottom (this slot can be used either rear, or forward facing). 2 slots still to go above his shoulders and last image shows the left over webbing when harness is done up at the 3rd slots with same child in the seat.

Safety 1st Complete Air 70 Car Seat – Decatur

This post entails a review done by New Zealand Child Restraints on the Safety 1st Complete Air 70 convertible car seat, dated March 2013. To see a larger image, click on the photo.

Safety 1st Complete Air 70

Safety 1st Complete Air 70

Basic seat facts:
Rear facing 2.2 – 18kg (48 – 101 cm)
Forward facing 9.9 – 32 kg (86 – 132 cm)
Maximum height – 132 cm
Standard – NZ “S” 1754 (New Zealand)
Lifespan – 8 yrs

The Seat:
5 – height slots – 22, 28, 32, 38, 42 cm (8.75, 11, 12.5, 15, 16.5 in) +2 cm without padding & compression extra
3 – buckle slots – 10, 13, 16 cm (4, 5, 6.25 in) From back of seat
Seat width – 45 cm (17.5 in) Across leg area
Shoulder width – 32 cm (12.5 in) Measured under headrest
Leg width – 34 cm (13.5 in)
Crotch buckle length -15 cm (6 in) Including buckle head

Internal:
Bum to top  - 69 cm (headrest to max. setting) (27 in)
Bum to legs – 30 cm (12 in)

External:
Shell height – 76 cm (30 in)
Back width – 27 – 42 cm (10.75 – 16.5 in)
Base width – 27 – 45 cm (10.5 – 17.75 in)
Base depth –  44 cm (17.25 in)

Includes/excludes
Chest clip
locking clip
Cup Holder x1
Push in lever to adjust harness.
Padded cover
Single engaging buckle tongues
Latch and top tether attachments

About the Complete Air 70

A convertible car seat for use from birth to 32 kg, or 131 cm tall. This seat has an easy adjust harness with no re-threading required. High rear facing weight limit. Light weight shell.

Headrest has air bags for side impact reduction, expelling air from the side of the child’s head as they strike the head rest, reducing crash forces to the child’s head.

Pros:

- Easy to adjust head rest & harness
- High shoulder slots will last children to booster age easily
- Light weight
- Toddler insert padding
- Latch and tether attachment slots to store away when not in use

Cons:
- Cannot remove headrest cover
Continuous loop harness
- To remove the toddler padding you need to remove the buckle, the slot is not wide enough to push it though.
- Headrest pushes head forward slightly (though may not be an issue once installed* we have not yet trialed this seat for fit).
- Similar fit rear facing as Diono RXT/R100, needs a lot of space – dual indicator may reduce issue this in come cars with older toddlers.

Expected retail price of this seat $399

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http://www.babycity.co.nz/safety-1st-complete-air-65-carseat-decatur.html

This is the latest model to hit the shelves, it’s identifiable by the 32 kg weight limit (normally 29 kg) and dual angle recline lines on both sides of the seat. This has currently been found at Baby City stores (in store only), currently on sale till June 24th for $299.

The seat comes with the typical features like top tether (forward facing use only), LATCH anchors, chest clip, toddler inserts and locking clip.

On the rear of the seat you see 5 levels of harness adjustment, the seat comes out of the box on setting 2 of 5 (2nd from the bottom). The seat states that you can use it from 5-70 lb (2.25 kg to 32 kg) and up to 52″ (132.1 cm) tall.
On the rear of the seat you will also find the locking clip, expiry date and top tether strap. LATCH hooks connect to D rings found on the side of the seat cover.

While we have not yet taken measurements from the seat, it looks like you will get 6 years  for a heavy/tall child, and up to 7-8 years use for children at the lower ends of the growth curves.

The seat has life span of 8 years (2013 – 2021), the manufacture clock and expiry, do not use after date, are embossed into the seat shell, so no hard to locate clocks, missing stickers or missing manuals to worry about. Speaking of which, the manual stows away in its own housing on the adjustable boot used for rear/forward facing conversion.

Seat fabric – It’s a nice mixture of fabrics, the insert is plush, the main seat fabric is a jacquard type that is similar to upholstery style fabrics. The top sides of the seat has a mesh like covering, as found on many of the S1 “air” seats, this may be to allow any air expelled from the headrest to escape quickly.

The images below will help you experience the seat as if you are in the store right now.
The final image is an example of use found online. It is not part of our review.

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Safe-n-Sound Maxi Rider Easy Adjust

Firstly let’s begin by touching base on a few things you may need to know.

This is the 4th generation of Maxi Rider car seat, the newest is very different from previous models.

*images of past models and differences.

Secondly this seat uses the “height marker” system used now on car seats in Australia, this system is unique to Australia and no longer bases it on the child’s weight. Although logically I would expect there to be some form of maximum tolerable weight limit that the seat can be physically capable of carrying. We’re yet to get a solid answer on this.
For more information on Height Markers, view this page.

The Maxi Rider Easy Adjust [MXEA] we have reviewed from is dated November 2012. Purchased from Baby City on January 18th 2013 for $499 (on sale, exclusive to Baby City). All boxes were dated the same.

The new features include:
+ No re-thread harness – as the name suggests, “easy adjust”
+ Adjustable headrest from the front of the seat (no need to uninstall).
+ 45 cm wide (was 50 cm)
+ Taller seat back/headrest
+ A stray away from the grey and black covers normally seen (though not entirely!)

Standard Features include:
- Cup holders
- Rotating armrests
- Recline foot
- 6-point harness
-Comes with tether bolt
- Safe-Guard clip for use in booster mode

So let’s talk about first impressions.
The cost is up there, the seat cannot be used rear facing, so is only for use forward facing in the harness, and then as a booster seat. The seat states from “6 months approx.”, yet personally I would not recommend using it before the age of 2 years. Many children under this would require the extra padding that comes with the seat, while this is not an issue, we’d prefer to see children remain in their rear facing seat until at least 2 years of age (longer where possible/where your seat allows it).
The box then speculates that you can use the seat until 6-8 years of age, and then need a full backed booster from 8-10 years.  New Zealand’s law is expected to change to include children up to 7 years of age be in a booster seat. The great news is that the MXEA will allow your child to fit from 2-7 years of age easily.

The colour choices are limited blacks, grey’s, beige and vibrant red. I got the red and really like it teamed up with the black. The bottom padding is removable, and reversible (without un-threading the harness) which allows more red to be seen with older children.
The harness pads are not attached, so they move about when on the child, unlike American seats there is no chest clip to help keep them in place, nor is there any form of anti-slip material on the back to prevent movement (commonly found on UK seats), they end up becoming belly pads.
The seat sports a cover in behind the buckle that helps it to keep forward when the child is not in the seat, so no more fishing out the buckle from under your child’s bottom when trying to buckle them up.

Inside the box comes a messy mat for placement on the vehicle seat, under the car seat, which covers the bottom and back of the seat. There is also an instruction manual (keep an eye out for this one falling out as it is not attached, and just rests inside a pocket on the side of the car seat), a tether bolt comes attached to the tether strap. A complimentary Baby on Board sign comes tucked into the harness.

The side of the seat sports a mesh pocket, inside this it seems is an audio cable to which you can attach your toddlers IPod (sorry guys the pocket is too small for juniors Ipad). It seems SNS include this in their top level seats; later models will be released without a speaker, at a fraction of the price.

So the thing people want to know about, the height of the shoulder markers. As previously mentioned there are 9 slots, only 8 of these are usable for the internal harness as the top most maker lines up with the “booster line” at which point once your child passes this line they’re considered too tall for their seat, even though the booster guide goes another 7.5 cm (3 inches) past the top marker.

Measurements were taken without compression and with the reversible toddler padding removed.

#1 – 26 cm
#2 – 28 cm
#3 – 31 cm
#4 – 33 cm
#5 – 36cm
#6 – 38.5 cm
#7 – 40 cm
#8 – 43.5 cm
Booster slot #9 – 46cm

Bum to top #1 61 cm – #9 78 cm (Internal Shell height)
Legs width – 29 cm
Leg depth – 29 cm
Shoulder width – 37 cm
External seat width – 44 cm
External shell height (minimum) 70 cm (maximum) 89 cm

For a comparison to the Diono RXT view this page *Coming soon.

Pros:
+ Quick, easy adjust harness with no need to remove the seat from the car to adjust
+ Light weight
+ Top tether strap
+ Easy to install, pull down cover for easy access
+ Passes no head-slump sleep test

Cons:
+ Markers do not allow full use of the harness
+ Markers do not allow full use of the booster (a loss of up to 3 inches/7.5 cm).
+ Does not allow rear facing, yet costs as much as seats that also offer this feature.
+ Difficult to adjust harness, you need to pull and tug and only a small bit tightens (we’re awaiting a reply from SNS about this).

Maxi Rider Easy Adjust taller setting

Maxi Rider Easy Adjust lowest setting with toddler insert

Side view

Buckle Adjustment – shown in middle setting (3 settings adjustable).

Seat cover clips – over front access belt path.

9 harness slots

Height Markers – harness at highest slot (#9) Booster slot – harness reaches, but needs to be used with marker below

Harness at highest harness slot (#8)

Thumb showing booster slot – where it really should line up with (booster marker is the first white label below my thumb, and harness marker below that).

Yet harness can go up to 2.5cm (1 inch) below the shoulder, which means they can go past the marker if you wish… confused? We are too.

Rear view of seat

Seat width 44cm

Our thoughts,

It’s light weight and easy to swap between cars and the belt path covers make it easy to tighten the seat belt. It would be great if it had a locking clip, or built in lock offs as getting a tight fit in other cars can be fiddly.

Overall thoughts from our mini technician, 3.5 years old,

He really likes his “red” seat, because the armrests rotate, it has a cup holder and he can sleep comfortably in it. The seat allowed for 3 children (aged 2, 9 and 3) across the back seat. With the armrests rotating this allows us easy access to getting him into and out of the seat. He can move them himself once he is in the seat.

 

Evenflo SecureKid 300

So, we have had the seat for about 2 weeks now and have been test driving it to get a real feel for its Ease of Use (EoU) in daily use. From day-care drop offs to rush hour traffic on Auckland’s roads the seat has been in use for about a week of this time and we have some things that we love about this seat and a few things we loathe.

Firstly this seat is a great forward facing only harness to booster seat. It can be used with the internal harness from 9-29 kg and then as a booster 18-45 kg. Let me add here that the seat won’t fit many children until around 2 years of age as the lowest slots are quite high, I do not think that many 9 kg 12 month old children would fit correctly, and to be honest we’d prefer to see these wee ones rear facing still. Plunket and companies alike recommend rear facing until a minimum of 2 years of age (there is no reason to turn at the age of 2 yrs if your child still fits the seat safely based on height and weight).

Light weight 

The seat is light weight, so is easy to move between cars. To install you can use 1 of 3 methods, Isofix + tether, lap only belt + tether or lap/sash (3pt) belt + tether. This is because the seat meets both American (FMVA 213) and New Zealand (NZ S 1754) standards, unlike UK standard seats that require the use of a full lap/sash seat belt to install correctly.

Harness webbing 
We noticed at first that the webbing used on the harness differed to the normal slippery webbing found on Evenflo seats sold here. The patterning on the webbing shows a “zig zag” like pattern working across the webbing, normally the patterning is straight across. While this may not sound overly important we noticed that this meant the harness was less likely to twist when trying to fit your child into the harness. We love this feature!

Harness adjustment 
To adjust harness height on this seat you do need to uninstall the seat, it does not adjust with the headrest.

Headrest
Secondly we like how easy the headrest is to adjust, simply press the red button at the top of the headrest down, grasp the top, and pull up/push down. It clicks easily into place, no numbers/notches to match up. The headrest sits above the 2nd harness slot, so does not come down to the first slot, but then does line up with all others above this.
While there was mention of head slumping in this seat when a child is restrained, we have not noticed this issue at all when the seat is in use, and our child has not complained about neck pain or the like. Once the seat is installed it appears to sit with a decent recline so this may not be a problem unless your back seats are relatively upright to begin with. We will try to calculate the angle of our back seats in the near future to compare.

Seat fit
The internal seat area of the car seat slopes back towards the back of the seat to create a well in which the child’s bottom sits low down so that the lap portion of the seat belt rests on the child’s thigh, rather than their lower abdomen. Little notches on the side of the car seat behind the cup holders help to position the lap portion of the belt onto the seat frame to minimise movement while the child is restrained.

Buckle
Upon receiving the seat the harness came buckled up, while the buckle looks the same as all other push button buckles we noticed that to release this one you had to push inwards on the top most part of the buckle, rather than to the centre of the button like you would on Safe-n-Sound seats for example. Also when engaging the buckle you have to angle the tongs in straight rather than slightly on an angle. While this is not a problem and personally I find it better as it feels more secure and less likely that a child will get themselves into or out of the seat like they can on other car seats.

Recline
One of the first things I noticed about this seat when taking it out of the box was the lack of recline boot/base. The seat simply does not have any recline at all. Though as with most American car seats the seat is designed to install with quite a natural recline. While using this seat we have not had any requests by the user to recline, or alter the install angle. Again unless your vehicle seats are particularly upright, this is not likely to be a problem for you.

Harness on neck
One of the main qualms I have about this seat is how closely the harness sits at the child’s neck. It’s incredibly close together and when pulling the harness tight we hear yelps “it’s hurting my neck”, “it’s too tight”, “Don’t do it so tight”, and along those lines. One thing I noticed was that this seat does not come with any shoulder padding at all, on other seats this is an easy way to resolve this issue as you place them over the shoulders before tightening the harness and the softness of these stops the harness pinching the neck. Here I will add that it is important that you do not use any harness pads other than those sold with your car seat. How can you resolve this without pads? We do one of two things, 1, pull the shirt neck band up around the neck before tightening the harness (not a problem in winter, but needed in summer) or 2, pulling the harness tight slowly, and not pulling with too much force near the end, the harness will not sit as tightly, but it’s still a good firm fit.

Overall
We think this seat is great. We like it, and we think many families will also like it. As with all car seats each seat has some great features, and some not so great ones. This seat has both good and bad, but has many good features including the price. It appears it will retail for $280-$295.

For a seat purchased when your child is 2 yrs old, used for the lifespan of 6 years you will get a great little seat that will see your child using it until they no longer need a car seat, or a half booster rather than a full back booster will suffice.

For our review and measurements on this seat, view this post Evenflo Securekid 300. 

     

Images above show (Left to right, top, bottom row):
Side view, back view, headrest lowest, headrest highest, installed in car, harness close to neck.

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Evenflo SecureKid 300

This post entails a review done by New Zealand Child Restraints on the Evenflo SecureKid 300 combined booster seat, dated September. 2012. To see a larger image, click on the photo.

Evenflo SecureKid 300

Evenflo SecureKid 300

Basic seat facts:
Forward facing 9 – 29 kg (<127 cm)
Booster mode 18 – 45 kg (110-145 cm)
Maximum height – 145 cm
Standard – NZ “S” 1754 (New Zealand)
Lifespan – 6 yrs

The Seat:
4 – height slots – 32, 36, 41, 46 cm (12.5, 14.25, 16, 18 in)
Booster slot – 49 cm (19.5 in)
2 – buckle slots – 13, 18 cm (5, 7 in)
Seat width – 47.5 cm (18.5 in) Across cup holders
Shoulder width – 29 cm (11.5 in)
Leg width – 31 cm (12 in)
Crotch buckle length -13 cm (5 in)

Internal:
Bum to top  - 73 cm (headrest to max. setting) (29 in)
Bum to legs – 29 cm (11.5 in)

External:
Shell height – 78 cm (30.75 in)
Back width – 27 -43.5 cm (10.75 – 17.25 in)
Base width – 27 – 43 cm (10.75 – 17 in)
Base depth –  39.5 – 41 cm ( 15.5 – 16.25 in)

Includes/excludes
Chest clip
locking clip
Cup Holder x2
Push in lever to adjust harness.
Padded cover
Single engaging buckle tongues
Latch and top tether attachments

About the SecureKid 300

The SecureKid is a light weight combined booster with high harnessing weight limit that can then be used as a full booster seat for older/heavier children.

Headrest has EPS foam under the cover.

Pros:

- Easy to adjust head rest
- High shoulder slots will last children to booster age easily
- Light weight
- Latch and tether attachment slots to store away when not in use

Cons:
- Re-thread harness
- Continuous loop harness
- Headrest pushes head forward slightly (though may not be an issue once installed* we have not yet trialed this seat for fit).

Expected retail price of this seat $280

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Evenflo Tribute vs. Cosco Scenera

This entry is to compare the Evenflo Tribute (Tas Baby) and Cosco Scenera (Dorel Products). These seats are similar in terms of features and price and are often a solution for a lower budget seat.

We will begin by covering the main features of each seat, then the measurements of each and top it off with some photos to show these seats side by side while we still have the Tribute in our collection.

The Cosco Scenera used is dated April 2008, the Evenflo Tribute is dated March 2010. Do not pay attention to these days as such as the seat moulds have not changed so the measurements are still the same and the weight limits listed are based on currently sold seats dated 2012.

Specifications:

Evenflo Tribute: RF 2.3 – 15.8 kg. FF 9-18 kg.
Cosco Scenera: RF 2.3 – 18 kg. FF  9.9-18 kg.
Top Tether: Both used only FF
ISOfix attachments: Both used RF or FF
EPS Foam: Evenflo only – covering head area.

Measurements:

Evenflo
Shoulder slots: 21, 26, 31, 36 cm
Crotch slots: 12, 17 cm
Internal width: 32 cm
External width: 45 cm
Shell height: 65cm
Seated height (bum to top of seat): 56 cm
User height : 48cm – 101 cm

Cosco
Shoulder slots: 21, 26, 32, 38 cm
Crotch slots:  10, 13, 16.5 cm
Internal width: 35 cm
External width: 45 cm
Shell height: 68cm
Seated height (bum to top of seat): 60 cm
User height: 48 – 110 cm

Overall:

In addition to above measurements and details…

- Cosco has a slightly higher shell, higher rear facing weight limit, slightly higher slots, 1 more crotch slot, same number of harness slots. Can use all slots for rear facing. Crotch strap is shorter at 13 cm. There is no EPS foam under the cover. Costs $174-$209

- Evenflo has EPS* foam under the cover, claims to be side impact tested* (logo attached to seat), has a longer crotch strap length at 18 cm. Cannot use top slots for rear facing use. Costs $179 – $249

- Both have slots for attaching LATCH and top tether when not in use. Similar thin padding. Have continuous harness (See here for a video on this). Similar flex plastics. Similar overall features and quality.

- Neither come with harness strap covers or buckle pads.

*A note on EPS foam and side impact testing – There is no proof that EPS foam is any safer than no EPS foam, while is it presumed that it plays a part in absorbing energy during an impact given their use in helmets for more than 20+ years. American Standard FMVS 213 (which both of these seats meet, in addition to NZ “S” 1754) does not test or measure side impact testing as part of their standard. However individual companies are opting to test this, though their methods may differ given the fact it is not mandatory in the States.

 

Chicco Keyfit

This post entails a review done by New Zealand Child Restraints on the Chicco Keyfit infant capsule, dated May, 2010. To see a larger image, click on the photo

Basic seat facts:

Chicco Keyfit (AU)


Rear facing only – to 9kg
Maximum height – 70cm
Standard – 5 Ticks (Australian)
Lifespan – 10 years

The Seat:
3 – height slots – 18, 24, and 29 cm
1 – buckle slot – 10cm
Width – 44cm
Shoulder width – 21.5cm
Leg width – 25cm

Internal:
Bum to top  - 48cm
Bum to legs – 34cm

Includes/excludes
No chest clip
There is no locking clip with this car seat (not required, however it pays to know how to use one).
Push in lever to adjust harness.
Angle indicator only on base
EPS foam under seat cover behind the child’s head and back.

The Base:
Width – 38cm
Length – 50cm
Angle adjustment – 18 to 25cm
Total width on base – 44cm
Total length on base – 66cm

- 5 angle “clicks”/adjustments, between 18cm (not at all adjusted) to 25cm when fully adjusted.
- Angle adjuster on base, both sides, fluid level indicator.
- The base has sliding lock-off clips for the sash portion of the belt only. The base does not have isofix attachments.
- Easy to adjust base by depressing a button, though this does require two hands to complete.

  

 About the Chicco Keyfit

Chicco offers a trusted brand name that has been globally known for many years. The seat differs from the American model with a lower weight limit and less permitted user height. The seat also has the addition of the required stabilising bar and top tether strap as is required on all rear facing seats meeting the Australian safety standard (AS/NZS 1754).

The handle has a rubber central grip so you’re unlikely to risk slippage while carrying your baby in the seat.

The base offers a useful storage pocket where you can safety stow away the instruction manual, tether strap (when not in use) or even a spare nappy and dummy for emergencies when out and about with your baby.

This seat meets the Australian standards and cannot be compared to the American model as each vary in many ways.

Pros:

- Wide canopy with additional pop out extension to offer increased sun cover. Canopy is also easy to remove and replace.
- Buckle engages individually and an audible ”click”  is heard when both tongues are engaged successfully.

Cons:
- There is no indicator on the handle to visually see if the handle has clicked correctly into place.
- Can only be installed with base.
- Recline adjuster on base is a spirit level style liquid gauge.
- If rocked vigorously the seat may tip too far forward for a younger infant, caution this motion and watch when older children are present. (Shown in image below).

Underside of seat

Rear of seat showing release handle and tether slot

Storage pocket on base

Buckle on infant

No cover on

Chicco side on

 

 

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Safety 1st Onboard 35

This post entails a review done by New Zealand Child Restraints on the Safety 1st Onboard 35 infant capsule, dated Jan. 2012. To see a larger image, click on the photo.

Safety 1st Onboard 35

Basic seat facts:
Rear facing only – 1.8 to 15.9kg
Maximum height – 81cm
Standard – NZS 1754 (New Zealand) also FMVS 213 (American)
Lifespan – 6 years (expires end of 2017, stated on seat and base).

The Seat:
4 – height slots – 14, 19, 24 and 30cm
3 – buckle slot – 8, 11 and 16cm
Width – 44cm
Shoulder width – 26cm
Leg width – 25cm

Internal:
Bum to top  - 52cm
Bum to legs – 34cm

Includes/excludes
Chest clip – yes, smaller than used on larger car seats.
There is a locking clip with this car seat.
Push in lever to adjust harness.
There are indicators on the handle to visually see if the handle has clicked correctly into place, green = good, grey = not good.
Angle indicator on side of seat, different angle depending on child’s weight, <4.9kg and 4.9-15.9kg.
Non-slip tracks under the car seat.
EPS foam under seat cover surrounding the child’s head and back.

The Base:
Width – 44cm
Length – 56cm
Angle adjustment – 23 and 28cm
Total width on base – 44cm
Total length on base – 64cm
Width between belt slots – 22cm.

- There are no built in lock-off clips on the base for use when installing with the vehicle seat belt, the base though has isofix attachments.The base has a pocket for the isofix attachments to reside when not in use.
- The base is fiddly to adjust and has only two adjustment levels.

 About the Safety 1st Onboard 35.

The Safety 1st Onboard 35 offers the highest weight limit of any capsule sold in New Zealand and as such it also offers increased leg room so older baby’s are also comfortable. It’s important to note here that it is okay for your infants feet to touch the rear of the vehicle seat.

The seat has really low height slots so will fit pretty much all newborns, even premmie babies. As shown in the images below the harness fits well height wise on our 36cm premmie doll, although the harness cannot be pulled evenly tight over the dolls body, there is an excess of about 3cm of webbing.

Top harness slots will allow use beyond 12 months of age, with some 2 year old children managing to fit well in both the harness and the seat shell.

We liked how the chest clip was smaller than the clip found on Safety 1st convertible car seats, so it fits small infants well and helps to keep the harness over their wee shoulders.

The seat is straight forward to install, but lacks features such as base lock-offs that would make the install even easier. The low slot height and multiple crotch strap slots means even the smallest of infants can fit well.

Pros:

- Handle can be at any position when used in the car.
- Headrest can be removed without removing the harness from the slots.
- Seat can be used with, or without base, using a lap or full lap and sash seat belt, or isofix (you must use only one method and never combine the two).
- Fits well in smaller cars.

Cons:
-Thin canopy, does not cover much of the child when fully extended.
- Continuous-loop harness, this means that under the child’s bottom the harness runs as one piece, in some cases this may cause one harness side to pull through longer than the other side, to remedy the other side needs to be pushed/pulled to the opposite side and made equal again.
- Feature wise the seat lacks in comfort trimmings like rubberised handle grip, and infant padding is minimal like that found on the air model (pictured below).

 

 

 

 

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Baby Safe Isofix seat 0-18kg

This post entails a review done by New Zealand Child Restraints on the Babysafe R3 convertible seat, dated July. 2011. To see a larger image, click on the photo.

Babysafe 0-18kg Isofix seat

Basic seat facts:
Rear facing to 13kg
Forward facing 9 – 18kg
Maximum height – Not stated
Standard – ECE44.03 (European)
Lifespan – Not stated

The Seat:
4 – height slots – 20, 26.5, 34 and 39cm
1 – buckle slots – 17.5cm
Seat width – 41cm
Shoulder width – 26cm
Leg width – 26cm
Crotch buckle length –  17.5cm

Internal:
Bum to top  - 63.5cm
Bum to legs – 33cm

Includes/excludes
Padded removable inserts
Push in lever to adjust harness.
Padded cover
Latch fitted base

About the R3

The R3 offers a seat upon an isofix base.The car seat can be installed with a seat belt, or isofix attachments, although seat belt mode requires long seat belts and may not fit in all cars. There is no top tether with this seat. The seat can be moved along the base to allow a thorough install in your car.

To swap the seat to a mode (rear or forward facing) the seat is removed from the base and switched to the desired orientation and re-attached to the base.

There are 4 recline position, number 4 is the most reclined and must be used for rear facing only. Positions 1-3 are for forward facing allow upright, or semi reclined positions.

Recline options

Detachable base

Uncovered seat showing foam layer

Harness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros:
- Quick to install
- Can be installed with, or without base
- Narrow width would allow multiple seat install (*note, most cars only allow isofix use on outboard positions. Do not use in the centre unless your car manual states that this is ok. Also only one seat per set of hooks, do not attempt to fit two seats on the same attachment).
- Entire inside of seat layered with EPP foam (energy absorbing)
- Seller offers layby
- Removing seat and or base from the car is simple to do.

Cons:
- Low rear facing and harnessing limits
- Seat is quite heavy and bulky
- Seat belt install difficult and fiddly
- Puzzle buckle could be fiddly with wriggly child.
- Need to remember what buttons do what on the seat and base. One lever uses both push and pull movements for different actions.

For more information on these seats visit www.allbaby.co.nz
To watch how this seat installs watch this Youtube clip

Side on

Rear facing side on

Harness/Buckles

Rear of seat with access cover open

Without infant padding

Rear facing recline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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